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The Best Children’s Books About Or Featuring Lions

“What are the best Children’s books about Lions ?” We looked at 128 of the top Kids Lions books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 11 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Kids Lions ” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 100+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 11 Best Children’s Books About Lions

11 .) A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals written by Lucy Ruth Cummins

A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookroo
  • Goodreads

Members of a large group of animals, including a penguin, two rabbits, and a koala, disappear at an alarming rate but the hungry lion remains.

10 .) Dandelion written by Don Freeman


Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Goodreads

Dandelion overdresses for a come-as-you-are party and is turned away because the hostess does not recognize him.

9 .) Little Lions written by Jim Arnosky

Little Lions

Lists It Appears On:

  • Storytime Secrets
  • Teaching With Childrens Books

On a rocky ledge, two baby mountain lions play and purr and meow under the protection of their mother.

8 .) The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1) written by C.S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Teaching With Childrens Books

Four English school children find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch who has cursed the land with eternal winter.

7 .) We’re Going on a Lion Hunt written by David Axtell

We’re Going on a Lion Hunt

Lists It Appears On:

  • Storytime Secrets
  • Teaching With Childrens Books

Two girls set out bravely in search of a lion, going through long grass, a swamp, and a cave before they find what they’re looking for.

6 .) Library Lion written by Michelle Knudsen

Library Lion

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Goodreads
  • Teaching With Childrens Books

A lion starts visiting the local library but runs into trouble as he tries to both obey the rules and help his librarian friend.

5 .) Tawny Scrawny Lion written by Kathryn Jackson

Tawny Scrawny Lion

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Goodreads
  • Teaching With Childrens Books

A story about a little rabbit who cures a lion of the insatiable hunger which keeps him scrawny.

4 .) The Lion and the Mouse written by Jerry Pinkney

The Lion and the Mouse

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookroo
  • Goodreads
  • Teaching With Childrens Books

In award-winning artist Jerry Pinkney’s wordless adaptation of one of Aesop’s most beloved fables, an unlikely pair learn that no act of kindness is ever wasted. After a ferocious lion spares a cowering mouse that he’d planned to eat, the mouse later comes to his rescue, freeing him from a poacher’s trap. With vivid depictions of the landscape of the African Serengeti and expressively-drawn characters, Pinkney makes this a truly special retelling, and his stunning pictures speak volumes.

3 .) The Lion Inside written by Rachel Bright and Jim Field

The Lion Inside

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Bookroo
  • Teaching With Childrens Books

A little mouse decides to seek lessons in roaring from the mighty lion–who happens to be afraid of mice–and the two become good friends.

2 .) Lion Lessons written by Jon Agee

Lion Lessons

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Bookroo
  • Goodreads
  • Teaching With Childrens Books

Learning to be a lion takes some serious lessons, but luckily, this kid has a teacher who is a real pro

1 .) The Happy Lion written by Louise Fatio

The Happy Lion

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Goodreads
  • Storytime Secrets
  • Teaching With Childrens Books

When the door to his house at the zoo is left open a lion decides to visit his friends, but he quickly learns that people are not nearly as polite or friendly in town as when they visit him at the zoo.

The 100+ Additional Best Kids Books About Or Featuring Lions

1210 Reasons to Love… a LionCatherine BarrBookroo
13A Kiss at Midnight (Fairy Tales, #1)Eloisa JamesGoodreads
14A Lion Among Men (The Wicked Years, #3)Gregory MaguireGoodreads
15A Lion in ParisBeatrice AlemagnaBookroo
16A Lion Is a LionPolly DunbarBookroo
17A Spear of Summer GrassDeanna RaybournGoodreads
18A Visit from the Goon SquadJennifer EganGoodreads
19African Lions 
Teaching With Childrens Books
20Amazing Animals: Lions 
Teaching With Childrens Books
21Andy and the Lion 
Teaching With Childrens Books
22AnimaliaGraeme BaseGoodreads
23Augustus and his SmileCatherine RaynerThe Guardian
24BeastDonna Jo NapoliGoodreads
25Born Free: A Lioness of Two Worlds (Story of Elsa, #1)Joy AdamsonGoodreads
26Caring for Your LionTammi SauerBookroo
27Carnal: Pride of the LionsJohn ConnellGoodreads
28Chloe and the LionMac BarnettStorytime Secrets
29Circle of Heroes (The Familiars, #3)Adam Jay EpsteinGoodreads
30Cry of the KalahariMark OwensGoodreads
31Daughter of the Lion (Chronicles of the Cheysuli, #6)Jennifer RobersonGoodreads
32Disney’s The Lion KingDon FergusonGoodreads
33Dying to be FreeGareth PattersonGoodreads
34Eye of Heaven (Dirk & Steele #5)Marjorie M. LiuGoodreads
35Face to Face with Lions 
Teaching With Childrens Books
36Forever Free: Elsa’s Pride (Story of Elsa, #3)Joy AdamsonGoodreads
37Geist (Book of the Order, #1)Philippa BallantineGoodreads
38Gracie Grabbit and the TigerHelen StephensThe Guardian
39How Do Lions Say I Love You? 
Teaching With Childrens Books
40How to Be a LionEd VereBookroo
41How to Hide a LionHelen StephensGoodreads
42I am CatJackie MorrisGoodreads
43If I Were a Lion 
Teaching With Childrens Books
44Ivan Tors’ Daktari Annual 1969AnonymousGoodreads
45Journey to FreedomColin DannGoodreads
46Kings of the JungleDaniel S. FletcherGoodreads
47Last of the FreeGareth PattersonGoodreads
48Life of PiYann MartelThe Guardian
49LionWilliam Pene du BoisStorytime Secrets
50Lion AdventureWillard PriceGoodreads
51Lion CountryColin DannGoodreads
52Lion Country: From the IVT SeriesDavid YouldenGoodreads
53Lion CubsRuth OwenGoodreads
54Lionel and the Lion’s ShareLou PeacockBookroo
55LionsLaura MarshGoodreads
56Lions (African Animals) 
Teaching With Childrens Books
57Lions on the HuntTheodore J. WaldeckGoodreads
58Lions: Kings of the Jungle 
Teaching With Childrens Books
59Listening for LionsGloria WhelanGoodreads
60Living Free (Story of Elsa, #2)Joy AdamsonGoodreads
61Lizzy the Lioness 
Teaching With Childrens Books
62Lost in the LibraryJosh FunkBookroo
63Mara Simba: The African LionRoger A. CarasGoodreads
64Mark of the Lion (Jade del Cameron Mysteries, #1)Suzanne ArrudaGoodreads
65Monster of God: The Man-Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the MindDavid QuammenGoodreads
66Mr. Tiger Goes WildPeter BrownStorytime Secrets
67Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion Killer (Mrs Pollifax #12)Dorothy GilmanGoodreads
68My Lion’s Heart: A Life for the Lions of AfricaGareth PattersonGoodreads
National Geographic Kids Mission: Lion Rescue
Teaching With Childrens Books
70National Geographic Readers: Lions 
Teaching With Childrens Books
71Part of the Pride: My Life Among the Big Cats of AfricaKevin RichardsonGoodreads
72PierreMaurice SendakStorytime Secrets
73Pride of BaghdadBrian K. VaughanGoodreads
74Pride Of The PlainsColin DannGoodreads
75Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)C.S. LewisGoodreads
76Rabbit Cooks Up a Cunning Plan!Andrew Fusek PetersBookroo
77Renato and the Lion 
Teaching With Childrens Books
78Sam and the TigersJulius LesterStorytime Secrets
79Say What?Angela DiTerlizziBookroo
80SpectaccoloChristine CatlinGoodreads
81Spectyr (Book of the Order, #2)Philippa BallantineGoodreads
82Thank You, God, for Daddy 
Teaching With Childrens Books
83The Barefoot Book Of Classic PoemsJackie MorrisGoodreads
84The Big Cats and Their Fossil Relatives: An Illustrated Guide to Their Evolution and Natural HistoryAlan TurnerGoodreads
85The Cat and the Fiddle: A Treasury of Nursery RhymesJackie MorrisGoodreads
86The Chase (Lionboy Trilogy, #2)Zizou CorderGoodreads
87The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7)C.S. LewisGoodreads
88The Cinder-Eyed CatsEric RohmannGoodreads
89The Cult Of The CatNicholas J. SaundersGoodreads
90The Ghost and the DarknessDewey GramGoodreads
91The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1)Catherynne M. ValenteGoodreads
92The Girl Who Married a Lion: And Other Tales from AfricaAlexander McCall SmithGoodreads
93The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5)C.S. LewisGoodreads
94The Jungle BookRudyard KiplingThe Guardian
95The Lady and the Lion: A Brothers Grimm TaleJacqueline K. OgburnGoodreads
96The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia, #7)C.S. LewisGoodreads
97The Lion and the Little Red Bird 
Teaching With Childrens Books
98The Lion’s Paw 
Teaching With Childrens Books
99The Lions of the North (Domesday, #4)Edward MarstonGoodreads
100The Magic Bojabi TreeDianne HofmeyrBookroo
101The Magician’s Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)C.S. LewisGoodreads
102The Marsh Lions: The Story of an African PrideBrian JackmanGoodreads
103The Prisoner in the TowerClare O’BearaGoodreads
104The Serengeti Lion: A Study of Predator-Prey RelationsGeorge B. SchallerGoodreads
105The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia, #4)C.S. LewisGoodreads
106The Spotted SphinxJoy AdamsonGoodreads
107The Tiger Who Came to TeaJudith KerrThe Guardian
108The Tiger Who Would Be KingJames ThurberThe Guardian
109The Tribe of Tiger: Cats and Their CultureElizabeth Marshall ThomasGoodreads
110The Truth (Lionboy Trilogy, #3)Zizou CorderGoodreads
111The TygerWilliam BlakeThe Guardian
112The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia, #3)C.S. LewisGoodreads
113The Wilderness Family: At Home with Africa’s WildlifeKobie KrügerGoodreads
114The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)L. Frank BaumGoodreads
115Through the SkylightIan BaucomGoodreads
116Thuvia, Maid of Mars (Barsoom, #4)Edgar Rice BurroughsGoodreads
117TigerMichael Rosen, illustrated by Kevin WaldronThe Guardian
118Tiger Can’t SleepS.J. ForeStorytime Secrets
119Tiger on a TreeAnushka RavishankarThe Guardian
120Time of the LionCaroline PitcherGoodreads
121Two for the Lions (Marcus Didius Falco, #10)Lindsey DavisGoodreads
122Unlikely Loves: 43 Heartwarming True Stories from the Animal KingdomJennifer S. HollandGoodreads
123When Your Lion Needs a Bath 
Teaching With Childrens Books
124Who is the Beast?Keith BakerStorytime Secrets
125Why Big Fierce Animals Are Rare: An Ecologist’s PerspectivePaul ColinvauxGoodreads
126Winnie the PoohAA MilneThe Guardian
127With My Soul Amongst LionsGareth PattersonGoodreads
128Zamba: The True Story of the Greatest Lion That Ever LivedRalph HelferGoodreads

6 Best Lions Children’s Book Sources/Lists

Barnes & Noble 6 A-Roar-Able Lion Picture Books
Bookroo 14 Kids Books About Lions
Goodreads Books with LIONS in them!
Storytime Secrets Story Time Secrets: 10 Picture Books About Lions & Tigers
Teaching With Childrens Books 25 Engaging Children’s Books About Lions
The Guardian Top 10 tigers in children’s books