Best Kids Books About Cats

31 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!

Max the Brave book
#1
Max the Brave
Written and illustrated by Ed Vere
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Thoughts from Mr. Stacatto

Max is a kitten that likes to chase mice. Or at least he's pretty sure he does. But, he just has one little problem. He doesn't know what a mouse looks like. Seeing as he's a brave kitten, though, he strikes out on an adventure to find and chase a mouse.

Max the Brave is a brilliant new picture book from Ed Vere. This is Max. Max the Brave, Max the Fearless, Max the Mouse-catcher... But, in order to be a Mouse-catcher, Max needs to know what a mouse is, so off he goes to find out. This hilarious new picture book from the phenomenally-talented Ed Vere introduces a new and lovable character, with Ed's trademark bold illustrations and clever story. Other Ed Vere titles to look out for: Banana; Bedtime for Monsters; Mr. Big; The Getaway Ed Vere studied fine art at Camberwell College of Art and has been writing and illustrating children's books since 1999. He is published in both England and the US. Ed is also a painter, working from his studio in east London and is represented by galleries in London and Los Angeles. After a year and a half living in Barcelona, Ed now lives and works in London.

Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats book
#2
Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats
Written by Alicia Potter and illustrated by Birgitta Sif
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

An unexpectedly adorable book about bravery, courage, friendship, and passing it on. The little Roald Dahl-esque illustrations are cute and lend the perfect cat character to the story. The way Miss Hazeltine handles the cats' rehabilitation with love and empathy, sharing some of her own fears along the way, is perfectly returned as the cats and Miss Hazeltine learn that the true antidote to fear is love and friendship.

A tale with many tails, perfect for cat lovers everywhere! Miss Hazeltine is opening a very special school for shy and fearful cats. They come from all over, and Miss Hazeltine gives them lessons in everything, from “Bird Basics” to “How Not to Fear the Broom.” The most timid of all is Crumb. He cowers in a corner. Miss Hazeltine doesn’t mind. But when she gets in trouble and only Crumb knows where she is, will he find his inner courage and lead a daring rescue? Filled with adorable illustrations and ideal for fans of Disappearing Desmond and The Invisible Boy, Miss Hazeltine’s Home for Shy and Fearful Cats is a story that’s perfect for shy and fearful children as it both helps them face scary situations and accepts them just as they are.

Papillon: The Very Fluffy Kitty book
#3
Papillon: The Very Fluffy Kitty
Written and illustrated by Anna Kang
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This silly story is so fun! I love the beautiful illustrations and all the ideas the owner has for Papillon. There's a nice message of friendship in this book, but it's mostly a silly, fun read.

Papillon is a very fluffy kitty. So fluffy that he's lighter than air! His owner tries to weigh him down, but Papillon just wants to fly. One particularly sunny day, he floats right out the window! Exploring the wide world is exhilarating, but it's also a little scary. Will his new friend, a bird, be able to help him find his way home? Whimsical art and airy text come together seamlessly in this delightful debut by A. N. Kang.

Just a Duck? book
#4
Just a Duck?
Written and illustrated by Carin Bramsen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Thoughts from The Goodfather

Carin Bramsen's illustrations are stunning and beautiful, and her tale is just as impressive. Clever rhymes share a meaningful story about the unique talents of each person (and duck) and how what may seem simple to us can be very helpful to someone else!

Now that Cat has learned to play games that Duck enjoys, it’s Duck’s turn to try things that Cat likes. However, climbing trees and swatting at leaves prove to be a bit tricky for flat-footed Duck. What’s an unlikely pair of friends to do?

There Are No Bears in This Bakery book
#5
There Are No Bears in This Bakery
Written and illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This is a super cute book with an unexpected turn or two that will keep you on your toes! It's masterfully written to create wonder and suspense, with room for a few giggles as well. This is a great opportunity for introducing the mystery, onomatopoeia, and similies—the description language is absolutely gorgeous!

The creator of the "New York Times"-bestselling "The Bear Ate Your Sandwich" delivers another sly story of a hungry bear and a smooth-talking narrator: a tough gumshoe of a cat named Muffin. Full color.

I Am the Boss of This Chair book
#6
I Am the Boss of This Chair
Written by Carolyn Crimi and illustrated by Marisa Morea
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

Friendship and sharing seem just as linked in books as they are in real life! The illustrations in this book are absolutely gorgeous, and the color combinations are especially lovely and unique. While initially "being the boss" of all the things seems most important, it turns out having a co-boss is actually a lot more fun, and the lesson is just as applicable to siblings and friends as it is cohabitating cats!

Pom-Pom the kitten threatens to unseat Oswald, a top cat who thinks he's top dog--even to the extent of taking over a favorite chair.

Otis and the Kittens book
#7
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.

Cat Wishes book
#8
Cat Wishes
Written by Calista Brill and illustrated by Kenard Pak
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

There's no such thing as a wish. Or is there? In this playful fairy tale, ever-skeptical Cat learns that wishes can come true—and not always in the ways we expect. After all, true magic lies in our connections with others, not just in the wishes we make.

The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read book
#9
The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read
Written by Curtis Manley and illustrated by Kate Berube
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This story about Nick teaching his cats to read is especially good for cat lovers! It's fun and humorous to read about how Nick teaches his cats to read, ending with a fun twist of Nick wanting to teach the cats how to talk next.

When Nick decides to teach his cats to read, Verne is very much interested, especially in books about mice and fish, but Stevenson wants nothing to do with the project--or does he?

Bits & Pieces book
#10
Bits & Pieces
Written and illustrated by Judy Schachner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

New York Times bestseller and fan favorite Judy Schachner presents a warmly affectionate portrait of a family’s devotion to their beloved cat. Tink has everything he ever wanted – delicious treats, hugs and kisses, and even a kitten to raise. The only thing missing is wild outdoor adventure. So when the opportunity arises, Tink sneaks out – and becomes an outdoor cat for one unforgettable night. Like cozy favorites such as Clare Turlay Newberry’s Marshmallow and Mo Willems’ City Dog, Country Frog, and with soft, meltingly tender illustrations that match the poignant tale, Judy Schachner proves what a superlative storyteller she is with this loving family story.

They All Saw a Cat book
#11
They All Saw a Cat
Written and illustrated by Brendan Wenzel
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

They All Saw A Cat — New York Times bestseller and 2017 Caldecott Medal and Honor Book The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears, and paws . . . In this glorious celebration of observation, curiosity, and imagination, Brendan Wenzel shows us the many lives of one cat, and how perspective shapes what we see. When you see a cat, what do you see? If you and your child liked The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Finding Winnie, and Radiant Child — you'll love They All Saw A Cat "An ingenious idea, gorgeously realized." —Shelf Awareness, starred review "Both simple and ingenious in concept, Wenzel's book feels like a game changer." —The Huffington Post

I Hate My Cats (A Love Story) book
#12
I Hate My Cats (A Love Story)
Written by Davide Cali and illustrated by Anna Pirolli
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Ginger is the weird one. She plays with peas, purrs at artichokes, and has a strange fondness for chicken (but only the neighbor's chicken). Then there's Fred. His greatest talent? Sleeping. Oh, and hiding. And when he's not hiding, he's conspiring with Ginger to destroy the house! Such is life with cats. . . can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em—if you love them, that is. And yet the question remains: Why are these captivating creatures so marvelously maddening?! From internationally bestselling author Davide Cali, this humorous picture book about a cat owner and his beguiling felines celebrates quirky cat companions, impurrfections and all.

Meow! book
#13
Meow!
Written and illustrated by Victoria Ying
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

"Ying's expressive, anthropomorphic feline family is utterly endearing, and small humans will easily recognize themselves. A charmer."—Kirkus Meow? Meow? MEOW! Meow! is a charming, mostly wordless picture book about a feisty young kitten who gets frustrated when her family is too busy to play. Featuring expressive art and sparse text, this fun read-aloud will allow parents and kids to creatively tell the story by expressing just one word in lots of different ways. This sweet and clever picture book is sure to charm readers through to the final purr. Perfect for fans of the New York Times bestselling They All Saw a Cat, Spot, the Cat, and all cat lovers!

There's No Place Like Space book
#14
There's No Place Like Space
Written by Tish Rabe and illustrated by Aristides Ruiz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Dr. Seuss's Cat in the Hat introduces Sally and Dick to the planets, stars, and moons in our universe.

Fuddles book
#15
Fuddles
Written and illustrated by Frans Vischer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Fuddles is a fat, lazy housecat who’s never experienced the Great Outdoors. One day, his family leaves the door open a crack and Fuddles seizes the chance to slip out, but things aren’t quite as he expected. In a series of hilarious mishaps, including a run-in with the neighborhood dog, Fuddles realizes that life indoors was actually pretty good. Told with deadpan humor and charming art, Fuddles is sure to steal readers’ hearts.

Here Comes Santa Cat book
#16
Here Comes Santa Cat
Written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Claudia Rueda
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Just in time for the holidays—here comes Santa Cat! From the author of The Quiet Book and Here Comes the Easter Cat comes a hilarious holiday adventure! Cat took on a bunny in Here Comes the Easter Cat, but now Christmas is coming, and Cat has a hunch he’s not on Santa’s “nice” list. Which means? No presents for Cat. So he tries to be good, but children, it seems, aren’t wild for his brand of gift-giving. Still, Cat might surprise himself, and best of all, he may just get to meet the man in the red suit himself—and receive a holiday surprise of his own. Fans of Pete the Cat, Splat the Cat, and Bad Kitty will delight in this holiday treat.

Niblet & Ralph book
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
#21
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.

Millions of Cats book
#22
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?

My Lazy Cat book
#23
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
#24
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
#25
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.

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