Tales from the Jungles – Children’s Books about Wildlife

Tales from the Jungles - Books about Wildlife for Children

Children today are growing up in an age of deforestation and urbanization and hence it very vital that we teach our children to protect and preserve our precious wildlife.  Reading up about animals in their natural habitats can inspire children to create a better world where wildlife is cherished and sustained.

Here’s a list of our favourite books that will help children become aware of the jungle and its inhabitants and how much they mean to us! These books help children peek into the natural world and help sensitize them toward wildlife! 

Tales from the Jungles – Children’s Books about Wildlife

  1. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Books About Wildlife - The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book is a favourite for kids around the world. Written by Rudyard Kipling, the story follows a young boy left under the care of a pack of wolves in the jungles. The book explores the alternative to man vs. wild and weaves a tale that encourages co-existence with nature and other animals out in the wild.

  1. The Jungle Omnibus by Ruskin Bond

Books about Wildlife for Children - Ruskin Bond

Man-eating panthers, stealthy leopards, majestic tigers, and strange birds inhabit the pages of this delightful collection that brings together thrilling tales from the jungle. From the leopard who develops an unlikely bond with a human, to a young boy who discovers a shelf of books in an old forest bungalow; from Timothy, the tiger cub that Grandfather brings home to tame, to the man-eater that terrorizes an entire village-here is a world where man and wild beast come together in surprising, fascinating ways.

Also read Tigers for Dinner and Friends in Wild Places – Birds, Beasts and other companions

  1. When I grow up I want to be a tiger by Prerna Singh Bindra and Maya Ramaswamy

Books About Wildlife - When I grow up I want to be a tiger

This is about a tiger cub’s life in a forest in India and his animal friends (and foes) including monkeys, peacocks, and elephants. T-Cub is naughty, curious, lovable and brave (and sometimes scared too!). He is living the good life of a wild tiger—prowling the forest, loved by his Ma, teased by his sister. He is learning the ways of the jungle, to hunt, to be a tiger… And then one day his mother vanishes and T-Cub learns another lesson—it isn’t easy being a tiger.

  1. The Jim Corbett Omnibus by Jim Corbett

Books About Wildlife - Jim Corbett

Jim Corbett’s tales of tiger hunts are legendary. This comprehensive volume contains some of Jim Corbett’s best-known books and short stories, from The Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag, a gripping tale of a notorious leopard, to the fascinating stories in Man-eaters of Kumaon and The Temple Tiger. Showcasing Corbett’s acute awareness of jungle sights and sounds and enlivened by his descriptions of village life, this is a must-read for those interested in wildlife and tiger tales.

Also read The Fortunate Tiger and Other Close Encounters: Selected Writings

  1. Born Free: A Lioness of Two Worlds by Joy Adamson

Joy Adamson’s story of a lion cub in transition between the captivity in which she is raised and the fearsome wild to which she is returned captures the abilities of both humans and animals to cross the seemingly unbridgeable gap between their radically different worlds. Illustrated with the same beautiful, evocative photographs that first enchanted the world forty years ago, introduces to a new generation one of the most heartwarming associations between man and animal.

  1. My family and other animals by Gerald Durrell

Books About Wildlife - My famly and other animals

A wonderful book that describes the adventures of little Jerry on the Greek Island of Corfu, it is beautifully presented and elaborately describes his experiences. The description of the flora and fauna is so vivid you feel like you are there with Jerry and humor is very good.

  1. The Wilderness War by Julia Green

Books About Wildlife - The Wilderness War

A summer spent in the place Noah and his friends call the Wilderness is a summer spent making dens, sleeping under the stars, and toasting marshmallows over an open fire. It’s freedom. Until one day their Wilderness is sold and set for development and their dens torn down to make way for houses. For Noah and his friends, this means war and they’ll do anything to stop the Wilderness being destroyed. 
This exciting new adventure celebrates the outdoors and the freedom to explore it – and with the exclusive, fun tips and ideas in the back of the book, you can make the best of wild spaces too!

  1. People & Wildlife by Tanya Majmudar and Sujatha Padmanabhan

Books About Wildlife Cranes People and Wildlife

Stories from across the country about people who have special bonds with the wildlife around them: People in Mumbai live with leopards in their neighborhood… School children in Karnataka discover an unusual creature in their village… Youth in Nagaland spearhead a ban on hunting… Ten short stories – all inspired by real-life situations!

Also, read Saving the Dalai Lama’s Cranes

  1. From Soup to Superstar by Kartik Shanker


Books about Wildlife - Kartik Shanker

Tigers, elephants, lions and other large mammals have so far been central to India’s conservation story. In spite of the country’s vast coastline and millions being dependent on marine resources for their livelihoods, such species and habitats have been largely neglected in writings on wildlife. From Soup to Superstar provides the first comprehensive account of marine conservation in India, focusing on sea turtles, which are at once a fishery resource, a religious symbol, and a conservation icon.

Also, read Lori’s Magical Mystery by Kartik Shanker

  1. Where has the tiger gone by Dhavat Singh Uikey

Books About Wildlife - Where has the tiger gone

There’s a time when tigers and human beings lived close to each other, says Dhavat Singh Uikey, an artist from the Gond tribe in central India. Gond villages were often located close to the forest, where tigers roamed freely. In this book, Dhavat offers us a glimpse into this forgotten world, through a retelling of traditional Gond tales about the tiger, illustrated with richly symbolic art. In the process, he captures not only the mythic and iconic status of the great beast, but also a time, place and relationship that is lost to us.

  1. Sultan’s Forest by Bina Kak

Books About Wildlife - Sultans Forest

Tiger cub Sultan and his Ammi have a special friend they call Junglee Bina because she loves the jungle. Bina wanders there for hours, unafraid, and taking photographs. It is these stunning photos that show Sultan’s life in the Ranthambore forest, even as he tells the story of a warm relationship between a woman and the wild.

  1. Water Tales of India by Sharmila Shankar

Books About Wildlife - Water Tales of India

This 3-book combo pack explores the antics and capers of amphibians unique to the Indian subcontinent, which have never been told before. Each story is followed by a short write up and a photo of the animal in its water habitat. A perfect gift for your child to create empathy for Indian wildlife. *OLIVE’S JOURNEY: This Olive Ridley Turtle has to travel a long way to find her friends and the place of her birth *GARA HAS A TOOTHACHE: In the tranquil Ganges River, a crocodile with a thousand teeth gets a toothache. *ROBBER CRAB: Nico, the Andaman and Nicobar fowl, has to nail the giant crab who is running his wedding day.

  1. The Great Indian Nature Trail with Uncle Bikky by Rohan Chakravarty and Bijal Vachharajani


    Books About Wildlife - The Great Indian Nature Trail

    This is a comic book about one such wildlife-mad trio – Uncle Bikky the ornithologist, his niece Chunmun who is a wildlife photographer, and their dog, Duggu. Join them on their wildlife adventure across India, as they travel from deserts to swampy lands and old rock formations and verdant forests. You will meet ickle bugs, colourful birds, magnificent mammals, and feisty reptiles in this comic book. Packed with activities, jokes, and trivia, this anthology of WWF-India’s popular Uncle Bikky comics is sure to make children (and adults) fall in love with wildlife. 

  2. Heroes of the Wild – Series by Nicola Davies


    Books about Wildlife - Heroes of the Wild

    This is a series of chapter books for young readers will delight all those who love wildlife and care about conservation. Davies’s story, both subtle and thoughtful, is … an exciting adventure tale. … Children are rarely asked to consider all sides of ecological issues, and this look at a dwindling species is respectful of its readers’ capacity to face ethical decisions in a thoughtful way. Helpful footnotes throughout explain the many lesser-known flora and fauna that serve as a rich backdrop to the story, and the emotion-filled black-and-white illustrations add just the right touch. Excellent factual notes from author and zoologist Davies are appended.

  3. One night in Sunderbans

Books About Wildlife - One night in Sunderbans

This endearing story comes with a message about the laws of nature and the precarious state of our natural heritage, which every child needs to know and make their own. Given our bleak wildlife scenario, a story with a strong conservation message is very valuable in itself. But One Night in the Sunderbans is special for other reasons as well. It is a good story, told well, which grabs and holds one’s attention. The powerful illustrations complement the message and plot Tannaz Daver makes the Sunderbans come alive through the careful use of detail the Genwa and K’nalsa flowers, the honey-collectors, and of course the Sundari trees. A perfect addition to a family bookshelf. ~ Zai Whitaker, Author, Teacher & Environmentalist.


Read on and engage your children in efforts to conserve wildlife! Did we miss any of your favourite books? Let us know in the comments. 


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