Catherine Rayner - author of Arlo The Lion Who Couldn't Sleep (available here) - has picked out her top five recommended children's books featuring lions and tigers.
The very first picture book I wrote and illustrated was about called Augustus and his Smile. Augustus is a tiger and he holds a very special place in my heart. I’ve always wanted to make a book about a lion…but I felt I had to wait quite a few years before it was appropriate to do so (hence Arlo being released over a decade later!)! I love big cats, drawing them is pure pleasure to me. I also love to see how other illustrators create images of these beautiful creatures and it’s always a treat to find a brilliant book about a lion or a tiger, not only for me but also to share with my little ones.
It was tricky to whittle it down to five books here, but here’s a handful of lion and tiger books that I love and would highly recommend!