Best Children's Books About Cats

48 of the Best Books About Cats

Updated Mar. 26, 2019

Whether you're a cat person, a dog person, both or neither, we still think cats make for some great story characters. They're practically oozing personality and their attitudes lend themselves well to some fantastic lessons. If you're looking for a great cat book, you've come to the right place and we hope you'll enjoy some of our favorite cat books as much as we do!

Niblet & Ralph book
#26
Niblet & Ralph
Written and illustrated by Zachariah OHora
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from Lemony Snickers

Niblet & Ralph is an interesting little book about two neighbor cats who accidentally swap places, sort of Freaky Friday-esque, without the magic. Their humans are pretty confused by the swap, because Niblet and Ralph don't seem to be acting themselves. Readers might enjoy the funny ideas--like playing Ralph's favorite song to see how his imposter reacted.

Niblet and Ralph may look a lot alike, but they are very different. Niblet loves noshing on crunchy potato chips. Ralph loves putting on headphones and jamming to his favorite records. But both cats have one thing in common: They love being friends and waving to each other from their windows across the courtyard of the apartment building they live in. One day, Niblet and Ralph decide it’s time to meet in person (or in cat?). But when they mistakenly end up at each other’s apartments, their owners think that Niblet is Ralph, and Ralph is Niblet! Will Niblet and Ralph be able to switch back to their proper homes, or will they be stuck listening to music (ugh) and eating chips (gross) forever? Better still, will they be able to bring their lovable (if not very observant) human families together?

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas book
#27
Pete the Cat Saves Christmas
Written by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A New York Times bestselling Pete the Cat holiday picture book! Spend the holidays with your favorite blue cat! In this rockin' spin on the traditional tale The Night Before Christmas, Pete the Cat proves that giving your all in the spirit of Christmas is the totally groovy thing to do. This edition of Pete the Cat Saves Christmas features a gorgeous and ornate foil jacket. The fun never stops—this book includes a sheet of full-color stickers and a free downloadable song! 'Twas the day before Christmas and Santa was ill. In the cold winter wind he had caught a bad chill. Will Christmas be canceled? Will it come to that? "Never!" cried Santa. "Let's call Pete the Cat!"

The Wolf Who Fell Out of a Book book
#28
The Wolf Who Fell Out of a Book
Written by Thierry Robberecht and illustrated by Gregoire Mabire
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Finding where you belong isn't easy . . . especially when you're a storybook wolf. In this illustrated fractured fairy tale for kids, a book falls to the floor and a wolf tumbles out. The wolf needs to get back to his story, but a hungry cat has other ideas. Jumping from book to book, this wolf is on a journey to find a new home (and to avoid becoming dinner). His sharp, pointy teeth don't help him fit in with the dinosaurs, and his shiny black fur doesn't get him into the ball. But a little girl in a red hood is waiting for someone just like him to arrive. For children and adults who enjoy playful twists on a classic story, The Wolf Who Fell Out of a Book's colorful illustrations and a "story-starter" ending are sure to keep your imagination turning even after the book is returned to its shelf. Thierry Robberecht is a children's author, graphic novel scriptwriter, and songwriter. He lives in Brussels, where he devotes himself to a passion for literature. Gregoire Mabire studied illustration at the Saint Luc Institute in Brussels. He illustrates children's picture books and contributes to children's magazines.

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Socks book
#29
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Socks
Written by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Pete the Cat goes walking down the street wearing his brand-new white shoes. Along the way, his shoes change from white to red to blue to brown to WET as he steps in piles of strawberries, blueberries, and other big messes! But no matter what color his shoes are, Pete keeps movin' and groovin' and singing his song . . . because it's all good.

Skippy jones and mummy trouble book
#30
Skippy jones and mummy trouble
Written and illustrated by Judy Schachner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

El Skippito is back! His doggy pals want to visit the Under Mundo—the underworld—where mummitos rest in peas. But they need El Skippito’s brains and courage to answer the riddle of the Finx and enter the mummy’s tomb. Our hero is up to the task, and he’s in for another whirlwind adventure.

Tickle Time! book
#31
Tickle Time!
Written and illustrated by Sandra Boynton
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Sometimes kids just need a good tickle. Maybe your child is grumpy, or frustrated, or looking for a little extra attention. Well, we have the cure. Reach for Tickle Time!—and like magic, everyone’s bright and sunny and giggling again. Based on the wildly popular song from Boynton’s wildly popular Rhinoceros Tap CD, Tickle Time! is pure irrepressible Boynton, lively in tempo, nimble in rhyme, and filled with irresistible fuzzy cats that cavort from page to page. Plus a few birds, who aren’t the cavorting type. Here’s a book to turn to again and again, because it’s guaranteed to elicit giggles: If you’re feeling blue and you don’t know what to do there is nothing like a TICKLE TIME to make you feel like new. Whether you tickle high or tickle low, tickle fast or tickle slow, it’s the gitchy-gitchy-goo that makes everything worthwhile.

Millions of Cats book
#32
Millions of Cats
Written and illustrated by Wanda Gag
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

How can an old man and his wife select one cat from a choice of millions and trillions?

Cookie's Week book
#33
Cookie's Week
Written by Cindy Ward and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Cookie the cat gets into a different kind of mischief every day of the week, in a board book adaptation of the creators' popular picture book.

My Lazy Cat book
#34
My Lazy Cat
Written and illustrated by Christine Roussey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Meet Boomer, a roly-poly cat. He's always in a happy mood, and he's the best friend of one little girl. But boy is Boomer lazy! From morning to night, Boomer can be found lounging around the house, snoring and snoozing. The little girl, on the other hand, is much too busy for a nap. She's got judo, swimming, yoga, painting, rugby, and biking to do! She does not have a minute to herself, and she can't be late! But one particularly jam-packed morning, Boomer accidentally keeps the girl from getting out the door. Instead of panicking, she decides to take the day at Boomer's pace for once. They spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the garden, and the girl is reminded how nice it is to slow down and appreciate life's simple pleasures.

Pete the Cat’s 12 Groovy Days of Christmas book
#35
Pete the Cat’s 12 Groovy Days of Christmas
Written by James Dean and illustrated by Kimberly Dean , James Dean
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A brand-new Pete the Cat Christmas picture book! Pete and his friends are rockin’ and groovin’ while counting down the days to Christmas! Who needs five golden rings, when you can have five onion rings? Join Pete and the gang for one-of-a-kind holiday cheer. He adds a cool-cat spin on a well-known Christmas carol, bringing a hip and energetic spirit to the season. This is a perfect Christmas gift for Pete the Cat fans who are eagerly awaiting Santa’s arrival.

Scaredy Cats book
#36
Scaredy Cats
Written and illustrated by Audrey Wood
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

When Mother Cat allows her two youngest kittens to go on an errand all by themselves, they are delighted. But as they get further away from home the kittens are plagued by imaginary fairy tale fears.

Counting with Tiny Cat book
#37
Counting with Tiny Cat
Written and illustrated by Viviane Schwarz
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

At first Tiny Cat has none. Then one! Two! Three! And . . . four! Oops—bonk!—now there’s more! Soon Tiny Cat has as many red balls of yarn as you can get. Then some extra. Is that too many? Will Tiny Cat ever have just enough?

Pretty Kitty book
#38
Pretty Kitty
Written by Karen Beaumont and illustrated by Stephanie Laberis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A counting picture book in rhyme about a lonely old man whose heart is slowly melted by an ever-growing number of kitties hoping to find a home. In this charming counting book, a lonely old man discovers one kitty on his front step. But he does not want a kitty cat—scat! As the number of kitties grows, will the man find room in his heart—and home—for his new feline friends? A playful rhyming text makes this counting book perfect for sharing! - GODWIN BOOKS -

I am a Kitten book
#39
I am a Kitten
Written by Ole Risom and illustrated by Olivia Chin Mueller
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

The beloved board book I am a Kitten is back—fully reillustrated and ready to be embraced by a new generation of children. Join Kate, a curious kitten, as she plays with her brothers and sisters, explores the garden, makes new friends, and more! With simple text and colorful illustrations, this sweet story about a day in the life of a kitten will be popular with very young children.

Alice Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass book
#40
Alice Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
Written by Lewis Carroll
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

In 1862 Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a shy Oxford mathematician with a stammer, created a story about a little girl tumbling down a rabbit hole. Thus began the immortal adventures of Alice, perhaps the most popular heroine in English literature. Countless scholars have tried to define the charm of the Alice books-with those wonderfully eccentric characters the Queen of Hearts, Tweedledum, and Tweedledee, the Cheshire Cat, Mock Turtle, the Mad Hatter et al.-by proclaiming that they really comprise a satire on language, a political allegory, a parody of Victorian children's literature, even a reflection of contemporary ecclesiastical history. Perhaps, as Dodgson might have said, Alice is no more than a dream, a fairy tale about the trials and tribulations of growing up-or down, or all turned round-as seen through the expert eyes of a child.

Puss in Boots book
#41
Puss in Boots
Written and illustrated by Gwen Keraval
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

Thanks to the help of a fast-talking, resourceful kitty, a young man goes from poor to princely. When a miller dies, he has only a cat to leave to his youngest son. But with a pair of boots and his sharp wits, the wily feline tricks the king and changes his master’s status . . . forever. Gwen Keraval’s engaging, humorous illustrations bring to life the cat’s ingenious plans.

Blue Ethel book
#42
Blue Ethel
Written and illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Ethel is old, she is fat, she is black, and she is white. She is also a cat who is very set in her ways...until the day she turns blue! BLUE ETHEL is an adorable story written and illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt, showing readers that being different can be a good thing.

The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop book
#43
The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop
Written and illustrated by Kate Saunders
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-14

Eleven-year-old twins Oz and Lily are recruited by a talking cat to assist her and M16 in foiling the dastardly plans of their great-great-uncle, a chocolatier who used magic to make a candy that bestows immortality.

The Cat in the Hat book
#44
The Cat in the Hat
Written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Two children sitting at home on a rainy day are visited by the Cat in the Hat who shows them some tricks and games.

Bad Kitty Cat book
#45
Bad Kitty Cat
Written and illustrated by Nick Bruel
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

From the creator of The New York Times bestseller Boing! comes the riotous story of a cat gone berserk — four times over an in alphabetical order each time. Kitty is not happy hen she's told that her favorite foods are all gone and all that's left are Asparagus, Beets, Cauliflower, Dill...and 22 other equally unappealing vegetables. So she: Ate my homework, Bit grandma, Clawed the curtains, Damaged the dishes, and so on, through Z. Only when tastier things arrive (An Assortment of Anchovies, Buffalo Burritos, Chicken Cheesecake...) does she Apologize to Grandma.

Kittens book
#46
Kittens
Written and illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Invites young readers to follow the antics of a group of kittens as they get into all kinds of mischief.

Alice in Wonderland book
#47
Alice in Wonderland
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

Alice in Wonderland is one of the most wondrous, truly original stories ever written—filled with magical and marvelous happenings. On its 150th anniversary in 2015, Lewis Carroll’s tale of a world gone topsy-turvy gets a unique picture-book retelling of the beginning of Alice’s journey, with elegantly simplified text that keeps all of the astonishing adventures and wide-eyed amazement of the original. What a wonderful Introduction for young children to many of the classic Carroll characters – Alice and The White Rabbit, the Blue Caterpillar, Bill the Lizard and more. Many of the most famous phrases are here— like “Curiouser and curiouser” and “Oh dear, oh dear, I shall be too late” to prepare youngsters for the time they’re ready to read the whole book in its original form.

Socks book
#48
Socks
Written by Beverly Cleary and illustrated by Alan Tiegreen, Tracy Dockray
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary charms readers with yet another lovable character—Socks, a jealous cat who must learn to share his owners with their new baby.

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