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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

# Books Authors Lists
12 10 Reasons to Love… a Lion Catherine Barr Bookroo
13 A Kiss at Midnight (Fairy Tales, #1) Eloisa James Goodreads
14 A Lion Among Men (The Wicked Years, #3) Gregory Maguire Goodreads
15 A Lion in Paris Beatrice Alemagna Bookroo
16 A Lion Is a Lion Polly Dunbar Bookroo
17 A Spear of Summer Grass Deanna Raybourn Goodreads
18 A Visit from the Goon Squad Jennifer Egan Goodreads
19 African Lions
Teaching With Childrens Books
20 Amazing Animals: Lions
Teaching With Childrens Books
21 Andy and the Lion
Teaching With Childrens Books
22 Animalia Graeme Base Goodreads
23 Augustus and his Smile Catherine Rayner The Guardian
24 Beast Donna Jo Napoli Goodreads
25 Born Free: A Lioness of Two Worlds (Story of Elsa, #1) Joy Adamson Goodreads
26 Caring for Your Lion Tammi Sauer Bookroo
27 Carnal: Pride of the Lions John Connell Goodreads
28 Chloe and the Lion Mac Barnett Storytime Secrets
29 Circle of Heroes (The Familiars, #3) Adam Jay Epstein Goodreads
30 Cry of the Kalahari Mark Owens Goodreads
31 Daughter of the Lion (Chronicles of the Cheysuli, #6) Jennifer Roberson Goodreads
32 Disney’s The Lion King Don Ferguson Goodreads
33 Dying to be Free Gareth Patterson Goodreads
34 Eye of Heaven (Dirk & Steele #5) Marjorie M. Liu Goodreads
35 Face to Face with Lions
Teaching With Childrens Books
36 Forever Free: Elsa’s Pride (Story of Elsa, #3) Joy Adamson Goodreads
37 Geist (Book of the Order, #1) Philippa Ballantine Goodreads
38 Gracie Grabbit and the Tiger Helen Stephens The Guardian
39 How Do Lions Say I Love You?
Teaching With Childrens Books
40 How to Be a Lion Ed Vere Bookroo
41 How to Hide a Lion Helen Stephens Goodreads
42 I am Cat Jackie Morris Goodreads
43 If I Were a Lion
Teaching With Childrens Books
44 Ivan Tors’ Daktari Annual 1969 Anonymous Goodreads
45 Journey to Freedom Colin Dann Goodreads
46 Kings of the Jungle Daniel S. Fletcher Goodreads
47 Last of the Free Gareth Patterson Goodreads
48 Life of Pi Yann Martel The Guardian
49 Lion William Pene du Bois Storytime Secrets
50 Lion Adventure Willard Price Goodreads
51 Lion Country Colin Dann Goodreads
52 Lion Country: From the IVT Series David Youlden Goodreads
53 Lion Cubs Ruth Owen Goodreads
54 Lionel and the Lion’s Share Lou Peacock Bookroo
55 Lions Laura Marsh Goodreads
56 Lions (African Animals)
Teaching With Childrens Books
57 Lions on the Hunt Theodore J. Waldeck Goodreads
58 Lions: Kings of the Jungle
Teaching With Childrens Books
59 Listening for Lions Gloria Whelan Goodreads
60 Living Free (Story of Elsa, #2) Joy Adamson Goodreads
61 Lizzy the Lioness
Teaching With Childrens Books
62 Lost in the Library Josh Funk Bookroo
63 Mara Simba: The African Lion Roger A. Caras Goodreads
64 Mark of the Lion (Jade del Cameron Mysteries, #1) Suzanne Arruda Goodreads
65 Monster of God: The Man-Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind David Quammen Goodreads
66 Mr. Tiger Goes Wild Peter Brown Storytime Secrets
67 Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion Killer (Mrs Pollifax #12) Dorothy Gilman Goodreads
68 My Lion’s Heart: A Life for the Lions of Africa Gareth Patterson Goodreads
National Geographic Kids Mission: Lion Rescue
Teaching With Childrens Books
70 National Geographic Readers: Lions
Teaching With Childrens Books
71 Part of the Pride: My Life Among the Big Cats of Africa Kevin Richardson Goodreads
72 Pierre Maurice Sendak Storytime Secrets
73 Pride of Baghdad Brian K. Vaughan Goodreads
74 Pride Of The Plains Colin Dann Goodreads
75 Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, #2) C.S. Lewis Goodreads
76 Rabbit Cooks Up a Cunning Plan! Andrew Fusek Peters Bookroo
77 Renato and the Lion
Teaching With Childrens Books
78 Sam and the Tigers Julius Lester Storytime Secrets
79 Say What? Angela DiTerlizzi Bookroo
80 Spectaccolo Christine Catlin Goodreads
81 Spectyr (Book of the Order, #2) Philippa Ballantine Goodreads
82 Thank You, God, for Daddy
Teaching With Childrens Books
83 The Barefoot Book Of Classic Poems Jackie Morris Goodreads
84 The Big Cats and Their Fossil Relatives: An Illustrated Guide to Their Evolution and Natural History Alan Turner Goodreads
85 The Cat and the Fiddle: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes Jackie Morris Goodreads
86 The Chase (Lionboy Trilogy, #2) Zizou Corder Goodreads
87 The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7) C.S. Lewis Goodreads
88 The Cinder-Eyed Cats Eric Rohmann Goodreads
89 The Cult Of The Cat Nicholas J. Saunders Goodreads
90 The Ghost and the Darkness Dewey Gram Goodreads
91 The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1) Catherynne M. Valente Goodreads
92 The Girl Who Married a Lion: And Other Tales from Africa Alexander McCall Smith Goodreads
93 The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5) C.S. Lewis Goodreads
94 The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling The Guardian
95 The Lady and the Lion: A Brothers Grimm Tale Jacqueline K. Ogburn Goodreads
96 The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia, #7) C.S. Lewis Goodreads
97 The Lion and the Little Red Bird
Teaching With Childrens Books
98 The Lion’s Paw
Teaching With Childrens Books
99 The Lions of the North (Domesday, #4) Edward Marston Goodreads
100 The Magic Bojabi Tree Dianne Hofmeyr Bookroo
101 The Magician’s Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #1) C.S. Lewis Goodreads
102 The Marsh Lions: The Story of an African Pride Brian Jackman Goodreads
103 The Prisoner in the Tower Clare O’Beara Goodreads
104 The Serengeti Lion: A Study of Predator-Prey Relations George B. Schaller Goodreads
105 The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia, #4) C.S. Lewis Goodreads
106 The Spotted Sphinx Joy Adamson Goodreads
107 The Tiger Who Came to Tea Judith Kerr The Guardian
108 The Tiger Who Would Be King James Thurber The Guardian
109 The Tribe of Tiger: Cats and Their Culture Elizabeth Marshall Thomas Goodreads
110 The Truth (Lionboy Trilogy, #3) Zizou Corder Goodreads
111 The Tyger William Blake The Guardian
112 The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia, #3) C.S. Lewis Goodreads
113 The Wilderness Family: At Home with Africa’s Wildlife Kobie Krüger Goodreads
114 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1) L. Frank Baum Goodreads
115 Through the Skylight Ian Baucom Goodreads
116 Thuvia, Maid of Mars (Barsoom, #4) Edgar Rice Burroughs Goodreads
117 Tiger Michael Rosen, illustrated by Kevin Waldron The Guardian
118 Tiger Can’t Sleep S.J. Fore Storytime Secrets
119 Tiger on a Tree Anushka Ravishankar The Guardian
120 Time of the Lion Caroline Pitcher Goodreads
121 Two for the Lions (Marcus Didius Falco, #10) Lindsey Davis Goodreads
122 Unlikely Loves: 43 Heartwarming True Stories from the Animal Kingdom Jennifer S. Holland Goodreads
123 When Your Lion Needs a Bath
Teaching With Childrens Books
124 Who is the Beast? Keith Baker Storytime Secrets
125 Why Big Fierce Animals Are Rare: An Ecologist’s Perspective Paul Colinvaux Goodreads
126 Winnie the Pooh AA Milne The Guardian
127 With My Soul Amongst Lions Gareth Patterson Goodreads
128 Zamba: The True Story of the Greatest Lion That Ever Lived Ralph Helfer Goodreads

6 Best Lions Children’s Book Sources/Lists

Source Article
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
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