Ask a Storytime Ninja: Lightning Round – Endangered Animals & Tigers Storytime

This is our first Lightning Round of the month! These questions are posed to all of our ninjas instead of just our featured monthly ones and are meant to be quick and efficient responses to some interesting inquiries. Here’s our question for this week:




The Question:


“Do you have any book recommendations for an endangered animals storytime for 3 – 6 year olds? Especially ones featuring tigers?”


The Answers:


From Natasha F.C. (


Two of my favorite tiger books are It’s a Tiger by David LaRochelle and Augustus and His Smile by Catherine Rayner. It’s a Tiger would be great for talking about how people are scared of tigers which can make them more likely to not worry about them, and Augustus and His Smile revels in the natural world, including Augustus taking a swim.


It could also be fun to use a book like Actual Size and pick out animals that are endangered (some gorillas, some crocodiles, etc.).


From Michelle M. (@mmlibrarian):


I like It’s a Tiger by David LaRochelle.


From Bridget W. (@bridgetrwilson,


Moon Bear by Barbara Guiberson
Almost Gone: The World’s Rarest Animals by Steve Jenkins
The race to save the Lord God Bird by Phillip Hoose
Can We Save the Tiger? by Martin Jenkins
Roly Poly Pangolin by Anna Dewdney
Little Mist by Angela McAllister (features red pandas, snow leopards, & moon bears)


Once a Mouse by Marcia Brown
It’s a Tiger by David LaRochelle
Read to Tiger by S. J. Fore
Conejito by Margaret Read MacDonald


From Sue J.:


Eric Carle’s Panda Bear, Panda Bear, what do you see?


Thanks for all the great responses everyone! Do you have any of your own? We’d love to hear about them in the comments!

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2 thoughts on “Ask a Storytime Ninja: Lightning Round – Endangered Animals & Tigers Storytime

  1. Profile photo of JohnnaJohnna

    Hi! One of my favorites about endangered animals is Parrots over Puerto Rico by Susan Roth. It has a lot of words, but I used it for 4K storytimes by just summarizing the words and showing the pictures. On the minus side, there are no tigers. On the plus side, it gives a positive representation of the various ethnic groups in Puerto Rico and shows them working together to save the parrots.

    1. Profile photo of Soraya Silverman-MontanoSoraya Silverman-Montano Post author

      Ah, great addition Johnna! I love the artwork, the collages are beautiful. Thinking of it, it reminds me of Kakapo Rescue by Sy Montgomery. Have you read that title before? Not the best for a storytime because it’s long but a great non-fiction book talk for school agers. Thanks for the info! :)

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