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The Last Tiger

There's a long history of tigers cropping up in children's books - and they don't only pop round for tea...

Here are some of our favourite 'tiger' books for you to share with your little one, full of fantastic drawings of this iconic creature.

  • Tyger

    Author: S F Said Illustrator: Dave McKean
    Publisher: David Fickling
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 10+

    Adam is a boy living in London, but not as we know it. In this alternate universe slavery was never abolished, which has left the UK in a sorry state with rich overlords ruling over a sprawling poor and people with origins anywhere apart from the UK particularly vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. That includes Adam’s family of shopkeepers. Then Adam meets…

  • The Tiger Who Came to Tea

    Author: Judith Kerr
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 6+

    Sophie and her Mummy are having tea in the kitchen when in walks a hungry tiger who asks to stay to tea.

  • Augustus and his Smile

    Author: Catherine Rayner Illustrator: Catherine Rayner
    Publisher: Little Tiger Press
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 3+

    Augustus is a tiger, who though large and fearless, is sad, because he has lost his smile. He goes on a journey to find it.

  • Tiger on a Tree

    Author: Anushka Ravishankar Illustrator: Pulak Biswas
    Publisher: Tara Publishing
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 5+

    A highly original picture book from India, this is the story of a tiger who ventures onto human territory.

  • That's Not My Tiger...

    Author: Fiona Watt Illustrator: Rachel Wells
    Publisher: Usborne
    Reading age: 5+

    Small children will love touching the tiger’s fluffy ears, soft paws and bumpy teeth and will particularly like tracing his soft, stripy tail on the very last page.

  • The Nanny Goat's Kid

    Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 4+
    Reading age: 4+

    The tiger cub is different to the other Kids and the sisters criticise the way Nanny Goat is bringing him up.

  • The Last Tiger

    Author: Rebecca Elliott
    Publisher: Lion Children's
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 5+

    Luka lives in a drab, grey world where there are no more trees, flowers or animals - or so Luka thinks, until he meets the last tiger.

  • Never Tickle a Tiger

    Author: Pamela Butchart Illustrator: Marc Boutavant
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 5+

    For fidgety children everywhere, especially those who don't heed good advice, this cautionary tale shows what the unconsidered consequences can be when we can't understand just why we're told never to do something.

  • Gracie Grabbit and the Tiger

    Author: Helen Stephens
    Publisher: Alison Green Books
    Interest age: 3-7
    Reading age: 5+

    Gracie's daddy, Bobby Grabbit is very naughty, because he steals things from other people. When they go to the zoo, he even steals from the people and the animals there! Fortunately, Gracie's there to put things right and make sure that Daddy sees he error of his ways - with the help of the Tiger!

  • There’s a Tiger in the Garden

    Author: Lizzy Stewart
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
    Interest age: 4-6
    Reading age: 6+

    A sweet and surreal story with lush painterly illustrations and a high quality production. Nora's tiger is sure to delight little ones who dream of tigers coming to tea, and then staying to play in the garden!

  • Tiger in a Tutu

    Author: Fabi Santiago
    Publisher: Orchard Books
    Interest age: 4-6
    Reading age: 6+

    Max the tiger longs to be a ballet dancer, but when he twirls majestically through the streets of Paris, people flee in terror. It takes a very special friend to help Max realise his dream.

  • Don’t Wake Up Tiger!

    Author: Britta Teckentrup
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 0-3

    Tiger has fallen asleep in the middle of the floor – much to the annoyance of all her friends, who now have to try not to wake Tiger up. This fun and interactive picture book is full of colourful illustrations and a whole host of exciting characters.