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26 Tremendous Picture Books About Tigers

Updated Apr. 16, 2019

Tigers are such fearsome creatures! There are lots of great books about tigers. From cute little board books to great chapter books like the Life of Pi. We hope you enjoy this list of the best we've found.

Top 10 Tigers Books

Augustus and His Smile book
#1
Augustus and His Smile
Written and illustrated by Catherine Rayner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I love this sweet, meaningful book about a tiger who finds that there is joy all around him and that he can find happiness just by choosing to be aware! Such a good reminder for the reader. He goes on a fun adventure to learn this lesson, and I love the illustrations of this book, too!

Augustus the tiger was sad. He had lost his smile. So he did a HUGE tigery stretch, and set off to find it. Stunning illustrations celebrate the beauty of the world and the simple happiness it brings to us. An imaginative book for children who love to explore the world around them.

When I Grow Up, I'll Be a Tiger book
#2
When I Grow Up, I'll Be a Tiger
Written by Amy Hammond and illustrated by Charr Floyd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Follow a young Tiger around the campus of Louisiana State University as he dreams about becoming a student at LSU. A book for LSU fans of all ages.

Night Night, Little Tiger book
#3
Night Night, Little Tiger
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Reading bedtime stories to her two-year-old son, Catherine felt there was one missing from their collection - a bedtime story about Clemson. So she and her sister Elizabeth wrote this book. A fun book for children and grandchildren of Clemson alumni, students, faculty, and fans! We hope you and your Little Tigers enjoy reading Night-Night, Little Tiger and make many Clemson memories!

The Tiger who Came to Tea book
#4
The Tiger who Came to Tea
Written and illustrated by Judith Kerr
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Thoughts from The Fun Uncle

I liked this book quite a bit! It's a simple "big animal came to the house and ate everything" story, so very predictable, but still fun! I thought Judith Kerr had a couple funny moments to the story, like when the Tiger drinks all the water from the tap, but there were also a few out-of-date aspects. It seemed a little old fashioned: The wife was supposed to have dinner ready for the husband when he came home and then had to explain why there wasn't any food, which seemed a little misogynistic, but there were some cute family themes. The illustrations were really retro, but in a fun way.

A tiger comes to tea at Sophie's house and eats and drinks everything in sight, so that there is nothing left for Daddy's supper.

Little Tiger book
#5
Little Tiger
Written by Julie Abery and illustrated by Suzie Mason
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Little Tiger goes on an adventure in the jungle, but mama is always close by her cub. Short rhyming lines in this illustrated board book tell a sweet story of youthful adventure and motherly love.

It's a Tiger! book
#6
It's a Tiger!
Written by David LaRochelle and illustrated by Jeremy Tankard
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A child imagines that he is in a story where he encounters a tiger at every turn.

The Tiger Prowls: A Pop-up Book of Wild Animals book
#7
The Tiger Prowls: A Pop-up Book of Wild Animals
Written by Maggie Bateson and illustrated by Sebastien Braun
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

This beautiful pop-up features a range of stunningly illustrated wild animals. With lyrical text, stylish images and inventive pop-ups, it will be a beautiful addition to any child's shelf and a gorgeous introduction to some of the world's most iconic creatures, featuring Maggie Bateson’s eye-catching paper engineering. Sebastien Braun’s rich and recognisable illustration introduces children to a zoo and a half’s worth of animals and, of course, the prowling tiger.

Sleep Like a Tiger book
#8
Sleep Like a Tiger
Written by Mary Logue and illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

At bedtime a young girl asks "Does everything in the world go to sleep?"

Leo the Late Bloomer book
#9
Leo the Late Bloomer
Written by Robert Kraus and illustrated by Jose Aruego
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Goodfather

Leo the Late Bloomer is a nice reminder to be patient, avoid comparing our children to others, and give children space to bloom in their own time.

Leo isn't reading, or writing, or drawing, or even speaking, and his father is concerned. But Leo's mother isn't. She knows her son will do all those things, and more, when he's ready. 'Reassuring for other late bloomers, this book is illustrated with beguiling pictures.' -- Saturday Review.

Tiny Little Fly book
#10
Tiny Little Fly
Written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Kevin Waldron
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

With a tramp and a roll and a swat, Great Big Elephant, Great Big Hippo, and Great Big Tiger try to capture Tiny Little Fly as he teases each one in turn.

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