Best Children's Books About Cats

81+ Children's Books About Cats

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Skippyjon Jones-- Lost in Spice book
#26
Skippyjon Jones-- Lost in Spice
Written and illustrated by Judy Schachner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

The New York Times bestselling kitty boy blasts off into another hilarious adventure. Buckle up, amigos— everyone’s favorite kitty boy is about to lift off. You’ll want to be there when the brave Skippito gets lost in spice! That’s right, spice. Skippy knows— from his big ears to his toes—that the planet Mars is red because it’s covered in spicy red pepper. To prove it, he’s off on a space jaunt replete with craters, crazies, and creatures from Mars. His new adventure is packed with witty wordplay, Spanish phrases, and Judy Schachner’s trademark hilarity. This rollicking romp is simply out of this world.

Puss in Boots book
#27
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.

Flubby Will Not Play with That book
#28
Flubby Will Not Play with That
Written and illustrated by J E Morris
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Flubby, the lovably lazy feline, embarks on his next non-adventure! When Kami brings home a bag full of toys for Flubby, the uninterested cat isn't enthusiastic about the choices. A wind-up mouse? No thanks. A fish hanging from a stick? Yawn. But after Flubby rejects each offering, one unexpected option may be the best fit for Flubby after all. The charming illustrations, simple text, and comic-like panels by J. E. Morris, author-illustrator of the Maud the Koala books, make this a unique format with a narrative style perfect for storytime and progressing readers.

Flubby Is Not a Good Pet book
#29
Flubby Is Not a Good Pet
Written and illustrated by J E Morris
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Meet Flubby–the lovably lazy feline who prefers a purr-fectly laid-back lifestyle! Flubby is a large, sleepy cat who refuses to do the things that other pets do. He won’t sing, catch, or even jump! But when a scary situation brings Flubby and his owner together, they realize they really do need each other–and that makes Flubby a good pet after all.

Crazy about Cats book
#30
Crazy about Cats
Written and illustrated by Owen Davey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

Did you know that the fishing cat has partially webbed paws for catching fish? Or that pumas can leap up over 5 metres into trees? There are roughly 38 species of cats today, each one superbly adapted to their environment – whether that be in the rainforest or the desert! This captivating and stunningly illustrated guide will teach you everything you need to know about our feline friends.

The Journey of Captain Scaredy Cat book
#31
The Journey of Captain Scaredy Cat
Written by Jose Carlos Andres and illustrated by Sonja Wimmer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Captain Scaredy Cat was the most daring of all pirates. Not long ago, and no one knows why, the captain started to be scared of everything –even of his shadow. A funny story to help us overcome fear. The pirates come back to a marvellous illustrated album. From the author of Carlota Wouldn’t Say Boo.

Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat book
#32
Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat
Written and illustrated by Annie Kubler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Presents the nursery rhyme about the cat that went to London to visit the Queen. On board pages.

The Clue of the Tapping Heels book
#33
The Clue of the Tapping Heels
Written by Carolyn Keene
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Challenging questions confront Nancy Drew when she attempts to solve the mystery of the strange tapping sounds in the house of a retired actress. Who is the tapper? How does he gain access to Miss Carter’s house, despite securely locked doors and windows? Why do the tapping sounds come in Morse code? Is there a sinister motive behind the prowler’s actions? While trying to learn the answers to these and other puzzling questions, Nancy finds her investigations complicated by the dishonest administrator of a will and by a thief who steals the actress’s prize Persian cats.

Our Cat Cuddles book
#34
Our Cat Cuddles
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

After Dominic and Lizzie convince their parents to get a cat, each member of the family has different qualities they look for in a pet, but the one they take home turns out to be a cat beyond their expectations.

It's a Secret! book
#35
It's a Secret!
Written and illustrated by John Burningham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

One evening Marie Elaine and her neighbor Norman go with Malcolm the cat to a secret place, where they dance and party with the Queen of the Cats.

Anna, Banana, and the Little Lost Kitten book
#36
Anna, Banana, and the Little Lost Kitten
Written by Anica Mrose Rissi and illustrated by Meg Park
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

Anna and Banana rescue a stray kitten in the fifth book of this “fast-paced, fun, and funny” (Megan McDonald, bestselling author of the Judy Moody series) illustrated chapter book series about the joys and challenges of elementary school friendships. Anna and Banana have found a kitten! But when Banana accidentally scares the kitten away during their afternoon walk, Anna enlists her two best friends, Sadie and Isabel, for OPERATION CATCH THE KITTEN. Anna can’t image such a tiny kitten living outside all by himself, and she’s determined to find him a good home. But catching a kitten is trickier than Anna thought—kittens are easily scared and very stealthy. Then there’s the problem of finding him a good home. Sadie’s mom has a “No Pets” rule, Isabel’s cat, Mewsic, does not play well with other animals, and Anna’s dad is allergic to cats! Anna and her friends desperately want to help, but will they be able to find the kitten a good home?

Angel in Beijing book
#37
Angel in Beijing
Written and illustrated by Belle Yang
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In a lost-and-found tale that soars far beyond just a happy ending, Taiwanese fine artist Belle Yang pays affectionate homage to the city of Beijing. In busy Beijing, New Year's Eve firecrackers scare a stray white cat into the courtyard of a young girl. The two become fast friends, riding the girl's bike through the city and seeing all kinds of people and things. Trrrring-trrrring! the girl chimes with her bicycle bell. Niaow-niaow! answers Kitty. On the day of the Dragon Boat Festival, the girl and the cat watch the kites soaring above crowded, chaotic Tiananmen Square. Kitty is enthralled by the enormous, colorful dragon kite, and she leaps to catch it as it sails up into the sky -- taking Kitty with it and carrying her out of sight! The girl searches the city, visiting all their favorite spots and ringing her bell along the way, but Kitty is nowhere to be found. Will the two ever be reunited? Or could another unexpected friendship be in store -- for both of them?

Tickle Time! book
#38
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.

Copy Cat book
#39
Copy Cat
Written and illustrated by Ali Pye
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Bella loves Anna. In fact, Bella loves Anna so much that she wants to be just like her and copies every single thing she does. Finally Anna decides she's had enough of Bella being such a copycat! What is Bella going to do? With an adorable troupe of colorful kittens and vibrant illustrations, this author-illustrator debut from rising star Ali Pye is a lighthearted look at playground friendships and finding your own way.

Sleepover Duck! book
#40
Sleepover Duck!
Written and illustrated by Carin Bramsen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

It’s Duck’s very first sleepover… and it’s in Cat’s barn! But a “Hooot, Hooot” is keeping Duck from getting any sleep. So Duck and Cat set off to search high and low to find out just who is doing all that hooting. Full of your favorite barnyard animals and their memorable sounds, young readers will love this delightfully funny and endearing story.

Kitty Cones: The Purrfect Day book
#41
Kitty Cones: The Purrfect Day
Written and illustrated by Ralph Cosentino
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Explore the town of Kitty Bay Harbor and beyond with best friend kitties Miyu, Yumi, and Koko in the first of this playful illustrated series! Miyu, Yumi, and Koko live above the best ice cream parlor in Kitty Bay Harbor. Whether it’s fishing for breakfast, floating through the Milky Way, or riding the roller coasters on Coney Island (caution, may result in hairballs), these kittens know how to have a good time. Follow them as they explore the entire galaxy, both inside and outside of their ice cream cone homes!

Findus Disappears! book
#42
Findus Disappears!
Written and illustrated by Sven Nordqvist
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Meet Findus—the adorable, clever little cat—and Pettson—the loving forgetful farmer—in this charming series of illustrated storybooks filled with humor and heart. Old man Pettson is lonely until his neighbor brings him a box that reads: “Findus Green Peas.” But when Pettson opens the box he doesn’t see peas . . . he sees a tiny kitten. Pettson’s lonely days are over and he talks like he’s never talked before—and soon Findus himself is talking. What a cat he has! But when the house is suddenly quiet and empty, Pettson knows something is wrong—Findus is missing!

The Cat from Hunger Mountain book
#43
The Cat from Hunger Mountain
Written and illustrated by Ed Young
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In a place called Hunger Mountain there lives a lord who has everything imaginable yet never has enough. To satisfy his every desire, he hires builders to design the tallest pagoda; a world-famous tailor to make his clothing from silk and gold threads; and a renowned chef to cook him lavish meals with rice from the lord’s own fields. What more could he possibly want? Yet when drought plagues the land, Lord Cat is faced with his first taste of deep loss, he ventures down the mountain and what he discovers will change his life forever. Rendered in exquisite mixed-media collage, Caldecott Medalist Ed Young’s deceptively simple fable is a deeply affecting tale about appreciating the value of treasures that need not be chased.

The Purr-fect Scoop book
#44
The Purr-fect Scoop
Written by Coco Simon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Sierra tries to find a way to balance all of the activities in her life in this third delicious book in the Sprinkle Sundays series from the author of the Cupcake Diaries series! Sierra does lots of things. She’s captain of the softball team, the director of the school play, and she’s on Student Council, but her favorite thing to do is work at the ice cream shop with her best friends Tamiko and Allie. But when her parents decide to foster three kittens and their mama, Sierra’s life gets a lot more catty! Can Sierra do it all—and maybe find homes for the cats, too?

A Ruckus in the Garden book
#45
A Ruckus in the Garden
Written and illustrated by Sven Nordqvist
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Pettson and Findus are back in this uproarious tale about gardening! When Pettson announces that it’s time to plant seeds in the garden, Findus, his cat, plants a meatball. The hilarity continues as each night their hard work is undone by hungry chickens, then a rogue pig. When cows set up shop, Pettson and Findus must hatch a plan to protect their garden and Findus’s meatballs.

The Fox Chase book
#46
The Fox Chase
Written and illustrated by Sven Nordqvist
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Meet Findus--the adorable, clever little cat--and Pettson--the loving forgetful farmer--in this indelibly charming series of illustrated storybooks filled with humor and heart. In this adventure, Findus cooks up a plan to save the fox from being hunted.

I am a Kitten book
#47
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.

The Birthday Cake book
#48
The Birthday Cake
Written and illustrated by Sven Nordqvist
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Despite many difficulties, Farmer Pettson is determined to celebrate his cat's birthday by baking a pancake birthday cake.

The Shy Little Kitten's New Friends book
#49
The Shy Little Kitten's New Friends
Written by Golden Books and illustrated by Sue DiCicco, Golden Books
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

The shy little kitten, a character cherished by generations, is spending the day making brand-new friends in this endearing board book featuring tabs for the tiniest of hands. Join Shy as she meets a puppy, a squirrel, a frog, and more in this colorful, fun-filled friendship adventure.

Otis and the Kittens book
#50
Otis and the Kittens
Written and illustrated by Loren Long
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

On the farm where Otis the tractor lives, it hasn’t rained in a long time and farmers all over the valley have grown anxious with water in such short supply. One hot afternoon, when Otis and his friends are resting beneath the shade of the apple tree, Otis spots something moving down in the valley—an orange tabby cat headed straight for the old barn. But then Otis sees something else that causes his engine to sputter . . . a swirl of smoke coming from the same barn. A fire! As Otis races toward the fire with his friends in tow, he spots the tabby cat mewing in alarm. Otis rushes inside to discover the source of the cat’s worries–her little kittens are perched up on the hayloft, scared. Otis never hesitates. Yet even after he delivers a tractor full of kittens safely outside, their mama remains upset. Re-entering the burning barn, Otis discovers why: one tiny kitten, still too scared to move. With a friendly chuff, Otis coaxes her down and she scampers out the door. That’s when the floor collapses with a CRASH, trapping the tractor. Now Otis, the friend everyone can count on, must count on his friends. Told with a sense of play and devotion, this is a heartwarming tale that reminds readers that sometimes even those who we count on to help us need a little help themselves. From the creator of Otis, Otis and the Puppy, and the illustrator of The Little Engine That Could and Of Thee I Sing by President Barack Obama.

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