Tigers: Picture Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about tigers?

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.

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.

Sleep Like a Tiger book
#2
Sleep Like a Tiger
Written by Mary Logue and illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

2013 Randolph Caldecott Honor Award

In this magical bedtime story, the lyrical narrative echoes a Runaway Bunny – like cadence: “Does everything in the world go to sleep?” the little girl asks. In sincere and imaginative dialogue between a not-at-all sleepy child and understanding parents, the little girl decides “in a cocoon of sheets, a nest of blankets,” she is ready to sleep, warm and strong, just like a tiger. The Caldecott Honor artist Pamela Zagarenski’s rich, luminous mixed-media paintings effervesce with odd, charming details that nonsleepy children could examine for hours. A rare gem.

When I Grow Up, I'll Be a Tiger book
#3
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
#4
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
#5
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.

  1. Little Tiger - 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.

  2. It's a Tiger! - A child imagines that he is in a story where he encounters a tiger at every turn.

  3. The Tiger Prowls: A Pop-up Book of Wild Animals - 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.

  4. Leo the Late Bloomer - 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.

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.

Little Black Sambo book
#11
Little Black Sambo
Written by Helen Bannerman and illustrated by Florence White Williams
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-10

The Story of Little Black Sambo is a children’s book written and illustrated by Helen Bannerman, and first published by Grant Richards in October 1899 as one in a series of small-format books called The Dumpy Books for Children. The story was a children’s favorite for half a century until the word sambo was deemed a racial slur in some countries and the illustrations considered reminiscent of “darky iconography.” Both text and illustrations have undergone considerable revision since. Sambo is a South Indian boy who lives with his father and mother, named Black Jumbo and Black Mambo, respectively. Sambo encounters four hungry tigers, and surrenders his colourful new clothes, shoes, and umbrella so they will not eat him. The tigers are vain and each thinks he is better dressed than the others. They chase each other around a tree until they are reduced to a pool of melted butter. Sambo then recovers his clothes and his mother, Black Mambo, makes pancakes out of the butter.

There's a Tiger in the Garden book
#12
There's a Tiger in the Garden
Written and illustrated by Lizzy Stewart
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

A gorgeous and imaginative debut picture book by author/illustrator Lizzy Stewart, perfect for fans of Emily Hughes, Peter Brown, and Julie Morstad. There’s nothing to do at Grandma’s house and Nora refuses to believe any outlandish tales of dragonflies as big as birds, grumpy polar bears who like to fish, or a magnificent tiger all allegedly residing in Grandma’s garden. Nora’s too old for silly games. But this charming picture book proves you are never too young or too old to dream—and adventure can find you when you least expect it. When Grandma says she’s seen a tiger in the garden, Nora doesn’t believe her. She’s too old to play Grandma’s silly games! Everyone knows that tigers live in jungles, not gardens. So even when Nora sees dragonflies as big as birds, and plants that try to eat her toy giraffe, and a polar bear that likes fishing, she knows there’s absolutely, DEFINITELY no way there could be a tiger in the garden . . . Could there?

Rumble in the Jungle book
#13
Rumble in the Jungle
Written and illustrated by Giles Andreae
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Explores the world of jungle animals, including hippos, leopards, chimpanzees, in poetic expression. On board pages.

I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! book
#14
I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today!
Written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Three stories in verse: “I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today”, “King Looie Katz”, and “The Glunk That Got Thunk”.

  1. Tiger and Badger - Best friends Tiger and Badger work through their disagreements over a toy, a chair, and sharing.

  2. A Tiger Tail - Anya awakens to discover she has grown a tiger tail, and it just happens to be her very first day of school.

  3. Tiger's Roar - Tiger was the champion of all the jungle. He was strong and bold and proud, and he sat at the top of the very tallest tree. But one day the winds blew, the birds shrieked, the tree shook, and…Tiger fell all the way down to the mud at the bottom of the tree, and bumped his head on a rock. What will it take for Tiger to be able to climb back to the top of the tree? A hugely entertaining picture book about teamwork and never giving up.

  4. Little Tigers - Journey with a family of tigers as they search for a new home in the jungle. As hunters approach their home in the jungle, Mother Tiger and her cubs, Puli and Sera, must venture to find a new home away from danger. Together, they explore different homes, but the ones they find aren’t suited for tigers. Some are too wet, some are too dry, and some are just downright unwelcoming. But with their mother’s help, they may be able to find one that’s just right. With gentle text and stunning monochromatic illustrations, Jo Weaver reveals the wonder of nature, the excitement of discovery, and the strength of familial bonds.

Tiger Vs. Nightmare book
#19
Tiger Vs. Nightmare
Written and illustrated by Emily Tetri
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

Tiger is a very lucky kid: she has a monster living under her bed. Every night, Tiger and Monster play games until it’s time for lights out. Of course, Monster would never try to scare Tiger—that’s not what best friends do. But Monster needs to scare someone…it’s a monster, after all. So while Tiger sleeps, Monster scares all of her nightmares away. Thanks to her friend, Tiger has nothing but good dreams. But waiting in the darkness is a nightmare so big and mean that Monster can’t fight it alone. Only teamwork and a lot of bravery can chase this nightmare away. In this charming graphic novel for young readers, cartoonist Emily Tetri proves that unlikely best friends can be an unbeatable team, even agianst the scariest monsters.

Camp Tiger book
#20
Camp Tiger
Written by Susan Choi and illustrated by John Rocco
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

A talking tiger approaches a family during their annual end-of-summer camping trip and is befriended by the youngest, a boy who does not feel ready for first grade.

Tiger Walk book
#21
Tiger Walk
Written by Dianne Hofmeyr and illustrated by Jesse Hodgson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

One day Tom draws a tiger, inspired by his visit to the art gallery… That night, when Tom can’t sleep, the tiger pads out of his drawing and purrs, “Let’s go for a walk!” It’s the beginning of a magical and life-changing adventure, as the tiger helps Tom to overcome some of his biggest fears.

The Incredible Chapore book
#22
The Incredible Chapore
Written by Monsieur Odyssey and illustrated by Jo de Ruiter
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

I’m just a Tiger, I’m easy to snatch, but I know a creature that no one can catch. It’s called the Chapore, I’ve seen one before, it stood where you’re standing, right there, on the floor!’ And so begins the story of a foolish poacher and his bid to catch an amazing and elusive creature, the incredible Chapore. During his journey the poacher encounters Tiger, Gorilla and Snake, all of whom give him a clue about where to find the Chapore in exchange for their freedom.

A Tiger Called Tomás book
#23
A Tiger Called Tomás
Written by Charlotte Zolotow and illustrated by Marta Alvarez Miguens
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

A new edition of the timeless classic by celebrated children’s author, Charlotte Zolotow, featuring Spanish words and phrases!

When Tomás and his family moved to a new house on a new street, he took it into his head that the new people might not like him. “Of course they’d like you,” his mamá said. “Why wouldn’t they? ¿Por qué no? “ But Tomás didn’t answer.

Tomás’s Mom encourages him to go out and meet the kids in his neighborhood, but Tomas is too shy. Instead, he sits on his stoop, watching the world go by. But on the night of Halloween, opportunity arrives in the form of a tiger costume, complete with a mask that hides his identity. He can go trick-or-treating without anyone knowing it’s him. But Tomás will soon discover his costume doesn’t hide him quite as well as he thinks…

  1. Heart of a Tiger - As the Name Day celebration approaches, a young kitten tries to deserve a noble name, by following the path of the beautiful Bengal tiger.

  2. The Tiptoeing Tiger - Everyone knows that tigers are sleek, silent, and totally terrifying . . . most tigers, that is. But no one is afraid of Little Tiger. He’s just too small and clumsy to frighten anyone. Determined to prove that he is terrifying, Little Tiger sets out on tiptoe, creeping through the forest to find someone to scare. He gets yawned at and laughed at, but Little Tiger won’t give up. Is there any animal in the forest who will find him just as sleek, silent, and totally terrifying as the bigger tigers? Every child who has ever crept up behind someone and shouted “roar!” will enjoy this utterly adorable story with a gentle final twist.

  3. Secret Life of a Tiger - Tiger is a cat with simple pleasures. He likes to spend his days wandering about, chatting with friends and having a little snack. But at night his secret life is revealed – and its very surprising! Find out about Tiger’s unexpected night hobby in this delightfully funny, warm-hearted picture book that reminds us that sometimes animals (and people) behave in unexpected ways.

  4. Ready, Set, Sail! - Join these sailors as they explore the sea during a fun day of sailing in this follow-up to Ready, Set, Build! Shout your orders loud and fast. “Hoist the mainsail up the mast!” Grab your life vest, hold on to your compass, and get ready for a day full of sailing fun with a playful tiger and turtle! Follow these salty sailors as they raise their anchor, cast off, and explore the sea in their little sloop. And after a long day of sailing, they gather and tell tales of all the things they’ve seen!

A Little Tiger Tale book
#28
A Little Tiger Tale
Written and illustrated by Steve Kveton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-6

Did you ever wonder what you were going to do when you grow up? Little Truman couldn’t decide until he got some good advice from his teacher. This is a story about how Truman became the biggest cheerleader for MIZZOU.

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