Did you know that tigers have lived on Earth since 2 million years ago? Over the last 150 years, the tiger’s range has shrunk by nearly 95%. There are estimated to be around 3,900 tigers left in the wild.  To celebrate International Tiger Day and to raise awareness for tiger conservation, we put together a list of six outstanding children’s books that highlight these majestic creatures.

The Gift

Written by Alain Serge Dzotap
Illustrated by Delphine Renon

When Leo opens his birthday presents, he receives an amazing gift: a pen! Inside it, Papa says, are many beautiful things.  But how do you get them out? None of his friends can guess. Super-Zombo doesn’t get anywhere by blowing on it, and Coco-Tembo thinks it’s too tiny to hold anything important. Maybe Leo’s mama will know how to reveal all the wonders inside… 

This warm, charming story is a perfect introduction to the joy of writing. Like Leo, young readers will discover how a simple utensil can express all the words in the world—even one’s own name.

Illustration for The Gift by Delphine Renon

The Last Tiger

Petr Horacek
Ages 4-8

When hunters invade the jungle, all the animals try to hide—except the tiger. He is strong, proud, and powerful; why should he flee like a bird or a monkey? But the humans are even more fearless than the tiger is, and he soon finds himself in a cage in the city. Will he ever see his home again?

Illustrated in glowing colors, The Last Tiger is a thoughtful fable about the dangers of pride and the value of freedom.

Illustration for The Last Tiger by Petr Horacek

Panthera Tigris

Panthera Tigris childrens books

Written by Sylvain Alzial
Illustrated by Hélène Rajcak
Ages 5-9

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A highly educated scientist realizes that he doesn’t know anything about tigers! He begins studying them until he can rattle off every tiger fact imaginable, including their habitat (jungles and marshy areas), their average weight (300-500 pounds), and their scientific name (Panthera tigris). But when he hires a guide to take him to see a tiger in person, the scientist discovers that he might not quite know everything.

“Alzial’s text, translated from the French, is long and dense, peppered with complex scientific vocabulary. Rajcak’s fine-lined, black-and-white drawings, splashed with oranges, browns, and greens, are similarly sophisticated.” —Kirkus Reviews

Illustration from Panthera Tigris by Hélène Rajcak

A Good Day

Written by Daniel Nesquens
Illustrated by Miren Asiain Lora
Ages 4-8

Animal lovers of all ages will fall in love with this fanciful story about friendship and freedom.

“This special book is filled with humor and heart—a winning combination—that is sure to prompt discussion.” —School Library Journal


Giovanna Zoboli
Simona Mulazzani
Ages 5 to 9

A globetrotting story that’s the cat’s pajamas. With its rich, lovely artwork, this fanciful story will be an instant favorite for cat lovers.

“Mulazzani’s luscious paintings place gray Felix in dreamlike yet friendly global scenarios. Zoboli’s text in Watkinson’s translation is just as plush and whimsical. . . . An agreeable world tour.” —Kirkus Reviews

Illustration from Felix by Simona Mulazzani

Fur, Fins and Feathers

Abraham Dee Bartlett and the Invention of the Modern Zoo

Cassandre Maxwell

Abraham Dee Bartlett knew from a young age that he wanted to spend his life working with animals. But in Victorian London, there weren’t many jobs that provided an opportunity to do that. Still, Abraham spent years gaining knowledge and pursuing his dream until he eventually became superintendent in the London Zoo. Driven by his compassion for the animals, Abraham dramatically improved the conditions of the zoo to ensure that the animals could be happy and healthy.

With engaging back matter and charming illustrations, Cassandre Maxwell’s book brings to life the little-known story of the man who helped to create the modern zoo.

Illustration from Fur, Fins and Feathers by Cassandre Maxwell