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Ten Terrific Books Featuring Tigers

So it is International Tiger Day on the 29th of July. As a reader, I decided that the best way to celebrate this majestic animal is to read about it. So here are ten terrific books featuring tigers for you. They cover genres and age-ranges (just as an fyi)! And if you want to find more ways to support the tiger, you can check out the WWF site here for ideas.

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Ten Terrific Books About Tigers

Augustus and His Smile

Title: Augustus and His Smile
Author: Catherine Rayner
Illustrator: Catherine Rayner
Genre: Children’s Books
Publisher: Good Books (May 1, 2013)
Age Range: 4 – 6 years
Source: Library

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A sweet read guaranteed to help you find your smile (or a wider one if you already have it)! Take a journey with Augustus from the highest peaks to the ocean depths, from forests to deserts as he looks for his smile. Gorgeous colorful illustrations complement the sweet story.

Life of Pi

Title: Life of Pi
Author: Yann Martel
Publishers: Mariner Books
Pub Date: May 1, 2003
Genre: Fiction
Age-Range: 13 and up
Source: Home library

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This book is definitely one of those books I wanted to keep reading. I think I kind of felt like the shah must have felt when Scheherazade stopped one of her Arabian night tales whenever I had to put the book down for something else.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Title: The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Author: Judith Kerr
Publishers: Harpercollins Pub Ltd
Pub Date: February 29, 1992 (first published in 1968)
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Age-Range: 3 – 7 years
Source: Library

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A whole website for this book – here. I previously mentioned this book in a list of book covers featuring food! A simple story that is just what it states on the cover: a tiger who joins Sophie and her mom for tea; and then proceeds to devour all the food. So what will they do for supper?

Calvin and Hobbes

Title: Calvin and Hobbes
Author: Bill Waterson
Publishers: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Pub Date: May 1987
Genre: Comics and Graphic Novels
Age-Range: All ages!!
Source: Home Library

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A family favorite!! Calvin and Hobbes truly brings out that kid in all of us – the one whose world has no limit, its boundaries extending as far as our imaginations! Read more about my thoughts on this wonderful duo here.

A Tiger for Malgudi

Title: A Tiger for Malgudi
Author: R.K.Narayan
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Penguin Classics (October 1st 1994 – first published August 4th 1983)
Source: My home library

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As I have mentioned earlier about the author, R.K.Narayan has a knack for taking the ordinary and transforming it into brilliance. And while I don’t recall much about this book that I read ages ago, I recall enjoying it as I did every other book I have read by Narayan. I know you will too.

Tiny Feet Between the Mountains

Title: Tiny Feet Between the Mountains
Author/Illustrator: Hanna Cha
Genre:Children’s Fiction
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (November 5, 2019)
Age Range: 4- 8 years
Source: Local library

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Many of you know that I love folk tales, fairy tales and fables. Which is why reading this book was a given. The story is sweet and empowering – about a tiny child solving a huge problem when no else volunteered. And the illustrations are simply gorgeous – frame-worthy too!!

The Jungle Book

Title: The Jungle Book
Author: Rudyard Kipling
Illustrator: MinaLima
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Publisher: Harper Design (March 1st 2016 – first published 1894)
Age Range: 8+ years
Source: My e-library

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Of course, Sher Khan is the villain of the story here, but he is definitely one of the most well known fictional tigers, isn’t it? Thanks owed to Disney to a large extent, I guess. Rudyard Kipling managed to write a book that translates to the screen so well and wows in its every form and that is a magic in itself – of his writing. You can read more about my thoughts and other details here. And the edition I have included here is beautifully illustrated. While I do not own it myself, I have seen it and loved it.

Tiger Vs Nightmare

Title: Tiger Vs Nightmare
Author/Illustrator: Emily Tetri
Publishers: First Second
Pub Date: November 6th 2018
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Age-Range: 6 – 10 years
Source: Library

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Endearing and empowering story about friendship and conquering fears accompanied by dynamic and beautiful artwork. Loved the world building in this cute graphic novel for kids that is perfect to tame those night-time fears!

Living With Tigers

Title: Living With Tigers
Author: Valmik Thapar
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir
Publisher: Aleph Book Company (October 1st 2016)
Source: My e-library

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A book I learned about recently and so glad I did. I am reading it currently and hope to review it soon. But I am loving what I have read so far; and it is deserving of those glowing reviews I saw for this book. I missed visiting Ranthambore National Park during the trip I made a few years ago to Jaipur. Though I did visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary which kind of, sort of made up for it.

Winnie the Pooh

Title: The Complete Tales & Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh
Author: A.A.Milne and Illustrator: Ernest H. Shepard
Publishers: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Pub Date: October 1st 2001 (first published 1961)
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Age-Range: All ages
Source: Home Library

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And how could I forget Tigger? The kids and I have spent many hours with Winnie the Pooh, and Tigger too. While I think my favorite character in the stories is, for some weird reason, Eeyore, I love Tigger’s quotes! They are totally quotable, always!!! & those made up words: Totally “ridikkerous!”

Honorary Additions

  • The Tyger by William Blake (I love every read of this poem)
  • I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! and Other Stories by one of my favorite authors, Dr.Seuss!!
  • Tigers at Twilight (Magic Tree House, No. 19) by Mary Osborne (I think this is one of the few MTH books I did read when my teens were younger)
  • Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman (a slightly offbeat book by Gaiman, where I truly loved the story telling and the illustrations, but the story itself is just a little, like I mentioned, offbeat. If you enjoy those twists in fantastical stories and love Gaiman, you might like this. But the illustrations are !!!)
  • The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (not really about any tiger, though a white tiger makes a brief appearance!)
  • National Geographic’s Tigers
  • And then there are so many more

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Ten Terrific Books Featuring Tigers

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Would You Rather

Today’s WYR

Would you rather…read about made up fantastic beasts or real animals?

Oh!! I don’t know.. I do love both of them…

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Dear reader, have you read any of these featured books? Your thoughts on them? Do you have any recommendations for books about/with tigers in them? Do let me know.

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13 thoughts on “Ten Terrific Books Featuring Tigers

  1. A delightful theme, and love the breadth of titles (as well as the honorary additions!), missing the days when I had reasons to read children’s books with my daughter. Wm Blake has popped up a few times now, so I’d better start there! Thank you.

  2. I had no idea that tiger day was in July. Great slection of books here. I think my son would love The Tiger who came for tea. And, of course, The Jungle Book is a classic.

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