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Cats: Board Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about cats?

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!

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Cat Nap
Written by Toni Yuly
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
This hide and seek book is so much fun! It took me a few pages in to realize, but I love that there is a mouse on each page, adding to the "hide and seek" appeal. :) I love how simple and bold the illustrations are, and especially love the personality you see in the cat's expressions!
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
My first read through this book I was pretty underwhelmed (maybe it was just my mood!) but after my toddler rediscovered it and we read it a few more times, I've become a huge fan! It teaches opposites in a way that flows smoothly in this story of a cat and a kitten playing hide-and-seek, and consequently also teaches about how to play hide-and-seek! My toddler has since started to "read" this one himself, and illustrations give such great visual clues that he's able to match up the story really accurately, which is adorable. Looking for the mouse on each page is also a fun addition.
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Recommend Ages: 1-4

A kitten doesn’t want to take a nap in this book about opposites by the author of Early Bird. It’s naptime, and Cat is ready for Kitten to settle down. But Kitten has other ideas!In this book filled with opposites (big and little, black and white, sleepy and awake) Toni Yuly proves once again -as she did with Early Bird and Night Owl - that simple concepts come alive for the youngest readers through bold art and charming language.

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Stack the Cats
Written & illustrated by SUSIE GHAHREMANI
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
I'm not a cat person (at all), but these cats are pretty darn cute, as is this book. I like the incorporation of a tiny bit of math (you can talk about addition and multiplication if you want to, or 100% ignore it!) and the silliness is front and center. The colors in this book are also amazing.
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

Stack the Cats is a charming book about counting and organizing cats in various formations. But when the cats decide to go their own way—as cats often will—it’s time to count down until there’s only one proud cat and bird left. Counting forward and backward, understanding when there is more or less of something, and grouping and recognizing items are key early math skills for toddlers, making these books as developmentally sound as they are visually engaging.

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Kitty Cones: What Makes Us Happy?
Written & illustrated by Ralph Cosentino
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

Discover all the little things that make the Kitty Cones happy in this sweet book of illustrations from Ralph Cosentino. Life is full of happy moments, from playing on the beach to chasing rainbows, and even running outside when it sprinkles! Join best friends Miyu, Yumi, and Koko as they discover what makes them happy. Filled with clever and endearing art from author and illustrator Ralph Cosentino, this Kitty Cones book teaches kids to value friendship, help others, and enjoy the little things in life.

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Hey, Duck!
Written & illustrated by Carin Bramsen
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

Carin Bramsen’s Duck and Cat make their board book debut! A small little duckling is trying to befriend another duck, but what if that “duck” . . . is actually a cat? Toddlers will love this quack-tastic story about fun and friendship.

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I am a Kitten
Written by Ole Risom & illustrated by Olivia Chin Mueller
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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.

I See Kitty book
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How to Be a Cat book
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Counting with Tiny Cat book
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Kittens book
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  • I See Kitty - Love that Kitty! The most adorable picture book of the year invites the very youngest cat lovers to find Kitty in the world around them. Chloe loves kitties. She wants a cat so much that she sees Kitty everywhere she goes: at the bus stop, in her backyard, in the starry night sky, even in her dreams. From debut children’s book illustrator Yasmine Surovec comes a story so adorable that if you don’t already love cats you will by the time you’re done reading it. In the tradition of iconic preschool books like Where’s Spot?, I See Kitty uses bright, bold artwork to appeal to very young readers and charm them for generations to come.

  • How to Be a Cat - In this tender board book, a kitten practices the basics of feline behavior over the course of a day. A single word of text per spread teaches readers “how to be a cat”—how to stretch, clean, pounce, feast—while the striking paper cuts illustrate the kitten’s attempts to imitate an adult cat’s mastery of each skill. At times, the kitten triumphantly succeeds, and at other times the kitten struggles, in vignettes that range from whimsical to profound. A celebration of all things feline, How to Be a Cat also tells a universal story of mastering life skills, and of the loving relationship between parent and child.

  • Counting with Tiny Cat - 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?

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

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Sweet Dreams, Kitty
Written by Little Bee Books & illustrated by Gareth Llewhellin
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

An adorable padded board book for parents and children to share! In this fun and playful bedtime story, little Kitty isn’t ready for bed. Instead of sleeping, she sneaks around the house until she finds herself outside, where she finds a toy. She just wants to run and play! But the sun is setting and the stars are out, and as mommy kitty calls for her, she’s finally ready to curl up warm and tight and say good night.

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Hug Time
Written & illustrated by Patrick McDonnell
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Recommend Ages: 5-6

There was once a kitten so filled with love he wanted to give the whole world a hug! Jules the kitten (also known in the MUTTS cartoons as “Shtinky Puddin’”) knows that hugs can make the world a better place. So he makes a “Hug To-Do List”—with the endangered species of the world at the top—and travels the globe to show all of the animals that someone cares. From Africa to the North Pole to his own back yard, Jules proves a hug is the simplest—but kindest—gift we can give. With its gently environmental theme, this joyous story about sharing love is an ideal gift year-round.

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Alice in Wonderland
Written by Jennifer Adams & illustrated by Alison Oliver
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Recommend Ages: 2-4

Follow the white rabbit down the hole and drink from the purple bottle to meet an orange cat, a blue caterpillar, a mad hatter with a brown hat, and the queen of red hearts in Alice in Wonderland: A BabyLit® Colors Primer. Kids will love Alison Oliver’s colorful and cheeky illustrations bringing life to Little Master Carroll’s beloved children’s classic.

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Cat and Mouse
Written & illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

This charming book about a cat and a mouse features cut-outs that help teach young readers about prepositions in a fresh, innovative way. The perfect place for a mouse is inside a cozy, warm house, but a cat lives there too, and once the cat sees the mouse, a chase ensues. As the cat and mouse scurry about—on top of a chair, inside a box, outside a window, through a hole—young readers will learn about important prepositions that help them understand where one object is in relation to another. At the end of this colorful chase, the cat and mouse curl up together and nap until they’re ready to start the whole thing again. Britta Teckentrup’s eye-catching, simple illustrations are cleverly enhanced with cut-outs that help reinforce the words, providing a unique and fun interactive experience that teaches young readers about basic prepositions.

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Up Cat Down Cat
Written & illustrated by Steve Light
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

From the creator of the celebrated Black Bird Yellow Sun comes another bold and beautiful concept book, this time playing with opposites and reversals.

Black cat. White cat. One is long, stretching out, and the other is short, crouching. When both perch in a window, one tail is straight, the other one curly. One has an empty plate, and the other a full one. With a mouse to entertain them, variously lost and found, they move through the day, until one cat is awake and the other asleep, but for how long? With enchanting ink illustrations full of pure color, simple shapes, and an elegant use of negative and positive space, this concept board book for the youngest of readers is a joy to behold — and as graceful as a leaping cat.

Bookish Cats book
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Kat Keeps The Beat book
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Where's Boo? book
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Kat Needs a Nap book
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  • Bookish Cats - A pawsitively purrfect collection of litterary classics. Introduce little ones to great works of literature and their famous writers through these adorable cat portraits and clever kitty-inspired book titles and author names. The entire family will enjoy this book’s hilarious puns including Romeow & Juliet by William Shakespurr, Alice’s Adventures in Whiskerland by Lewis Catroll, Oliver Hiss by Charles Lickens, and many more!

  • Kat Keeps The Beat - Join Kat, the musical kitten, and Bird, her kind-hearted pal, as they learn to count and keep the beat in this brand-new board book that stars the same characters from Greg Foley’s adorable picture book Kat Writes a Song! Kat, Bird, and the rest of her friends are sure to have readers clapping, counting, and cheering for more as they learn about rhythm and how to count in this inventive board book that shows the power of song. A great read-aloud for parents and little ones to share, this sweet story proves that music has the power to bring friends together.

  • Where's Boo? - Where’s Boo? is a guessing game in board book form. Very young readers will love searching for Boo the black cat among familiar Halloween characters and objects—and finding something unexpected instead. Each page offers a hint of Boo, but it isn’t until the last page that readers will find him. And when they do, they’ll want to start all over and do it again!

  • Kat Needs a Nap - Join Kat, the musical kitten, and Bird, her kind-hearted pal, as they sing a lullaby in this sweet, musical board book that stars the same characters from Greg Foley’s adorable picture book Kat Writes a Song! When Kat’s friends can’t sleep, Kat and Bird write a new song that may—or may not—send them off to dreamland in this magical, inventive book that shows the power of music. A great naptime or bedtime read-aloud for parents and little ones who are ready for a song that ends with a yawn.

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One Black Cat
Written by Robie Rogge & illustrated by August Ro
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Recommend Ages: 1-5

Conjure up the perfect Halloween read with this 3D novelty board book that’s shaped like a black cat!

Black cat sets out on Halloween in the dark, without being seen.

One black cat is out on Halloween night. As he walks along, he meets some trick-or-treaters dressed as unicorns, superheroes, and princesses! Will he be able to find his perfect witch? One Black Cat is a perfectly playful celebration of Halloween night!

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Indestructibles: Hey, Diddle Diddle
Written by Amy Pixton & illustrated by Jonas Sickler
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Recommend Ages: 0-2

Here is a book babies can really sink their gums into. Built for the way babies read, Indestructibles are printed on an amazing paperlike material that can’t be ripped, torn, or punctured. Indestructibles are 100 percent safe and nontoxic, and if they get too funky, just throw them in the washing machine or dishwasher. They’re made for baby to hold, grab, chew, pull, and bend, and are designed to create an even more special bond between reader and baby. Printed without words, the parent gets to make up the story, or just cuddle with baby while they explore together.

Hey Diddle Diddle introduces the work of Jonas Sickler, a children’s illustrator whose paintings, full of detail and personality, have a fresh, whimsical sensibility, a pleasure for both baby and parents. The book gives a new spin on a traditional nursery rhyme, so parents can really have fun with the subject—Hey Diddle Diddle follows the coolest cat in New Orleans, a fiddle player who joins his other music-loving friends. The text for the nursery rhyme is printed on the back cover.

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Scratchie
Written & illustrated by Maria Putri
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

Sharpen your claws—and scratching skills—with this adorable touch-and-feel book about a cat who loves to scratch everything…and wants you to join the fun! Hi there, human! I’m Scratchie the Cat and I like to scratch stuff to keep my claws super sharp. Let’s scratch things together! Join Scratchie the Cat to scratch touch-and-feel elements throughout this story. Rough door mats, grainy wooden tables, paper towels, cardboard boxes, and more give readers a claws-on experience as they innocently wreck Scratchie’s owner’s house (just like real cats)! With touch-and-feel elements on every page, Scratchie even has the perfect ending, because there’s one more thing that loves to be scratched…Scratchie the Cat!

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Under the Lilacs
Written by E. B. Goodale
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Recommend Ages: 4-7

From Ezra Jack Keats Honor winner E. B. Goodale comes a celebration of nature, family, and building our own hands-on adventures_—_perfect for any reader who has ever craved a bit of independence . . .

In this lush and playful picture book from E. B. Goodale, illustrator of Windows, Kate feels ignored by her mother and sister and so decides to run away. In a neighboring yard, she builds a fort and enjoys a sense of independence—until she finds herself making room for her family in her new home . . . Under the Lilacs is the perfect celebration of striking out on your own—while still making room for everyone.

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Black Cat & White Cat
Written by Claire Garralon
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

A black and white board book with a colorful surprise! Black cat and white cat are friends. But in a world of black and white, someone is always hard to see! Can they find a way to play together without someone disappearing?

Play Hide-and-Seek with Pepe & Millie book
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Artsy Cats Board Book book
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Gritty Kitty book
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Tickle Time! book
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  • Play Hide-and-Seek with Pepe & Millie - Pepe and Millie are playing hide-and-seek! When their friend Emma joins in the fun, Pepe and Millie can’t find her. Where could she be hiding?

  • Artsy Cats Board Book - A pawsitively purrfect tour through modern art history! Introduce modern art meowsters with this book of adorable cat portraits, each inspired by an iconic style of art. The Artsy Cats Board Book from Mudpuppy features clever kitty-inspired artist names and painting credits, from Clawed Monet to Paw Klee.

    • 28 sturdy pages
    • Book trim: 7 x 7’’

  • Gritty Kitty - “Gritty Kitty, stumble and fall, stand back up—no problem at all!” Young readers will see themselves in Gritty Kitty when Gritty takes a tumble on the playground, struggles to wait patiently for a turn with a favorite toy, and experiences other everyday hurdles. But through grit and resilience, Gritty Kitty learns to get right back up again. With gentle humor, this book encourages young readers to find their own inner strength.

  • Tickle Time! - 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.

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Good Night, Pepe & Millie
Written & illustrated by YaYo Kawamura
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

It’s bedtime for Pepe and Millie! They put away their toys, brush their teeth, and change into pajamas. With fun sliders and lift-the-flaps, toddlers will love to help Pepe and Millie get ready for bed.

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A Day with Pepe & Millie
Written & illustrated by YaYo Kawamura
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

Follow best friends Pepe and Millie throughout the day as they get dressed, cook, swing, and so much more! With Pepe and Millie something is always going on. Includes sliders and lift-the-flaps perfect for toddler interaction!

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Bright Books: Shadow's Nighttime Adventure
Written by Megan Roth & illustrated by Emiri Hayashi
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Recommend Ages: 0-2

Explore the night with an adventurous cat named Shadow in this sweet bedtime book! Shadow is a very adventurous cat, but his favorite time for adventuring is at night. He loves saying hello to the moon, strolling around on rooftops, stargazing with friends, and so much more! Read along and explore the night in this storybook with rhyming text, colorful elements that illuminate the dark, and a soft touch-and-feel cat to guide you through the night. Bright Books: Shadow’s Nighttime Adventure is a delightful bedtime book for babies and toddlers.

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Animals with Tiny Cat
Written & illustrated by Viviane Schwarz
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

With her trademark visual humor, Vivian Schwarz invites little ones to make animal sounds along with a most inventive feline. What do you do when you’re fond of animals and you adore dressing up? For the adorable Tiny Cat, it’s a matter of donning a vacuum hose “trunk,” a party hat “beak,” and other clever appropriations of household items, all with the aim of amusing little readers and leading them in a few animal noises. But what happens when the game becomes a little too believable? Does Tiny Cat have what it takes to harness a fierce inner beast?

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Cookie's Week
Written by Cindy Ward & illustrated by Tomie dePaola
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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.

Kitty's Cuddles book
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Goodnight, Rainbow Cats book
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Big Box Little Box book
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Mommies Are Amazing book
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  • Kitty's Cuddles - The most huggable book a toddler will ever love from a master of picture-book artistry. Bear has a cozy, fluffy cuddle; Elephant, a big, strong cuddle; even Porcupine has a careful, prickly cuddle. But Kitty’s brother hugs the best! Follow along Kitty’s journey and learn that there are many different ways to show affection, and all of them matter most when shared with others. Jane Cabrera’s picture books have received worldwide attention and two Oppenheim Toy Portfolio awards. Her incomparable style has made her books a must-have for parents, teachers, and librarians for over a decade.

  • Goodnight, Rainbow Cats - Say goodnight to 12 sweet, sleepy cats in every color of the rainbow! It’s time to say goodnight, which means that each colorful cat comes home to curl up in the big white house. The youngest of readers will delight as each cat enters the house with the turn of a page, and one by one, the die-cut windows are infused with color. With reassuring warmth, charm, and an early-concept “colors” hook, this bedtime-themed novelty board book and its endearing cast of cozy cats offers a memorable and soothing way for little readers and their loved ones to say goodnight.

  • Big Box Little Box - With bright, bold illustrations, this stylish board book stars one cool cat and will have readers laughing with delight, perfect for fans of Pete the Cat. Big box, little box Shoe box, hat box . . . Perfect for a cat box! Join one cool cat and lots of fun boxes in this charming take on curiosity and friendship.

  • Mommies Are Amazing - In this companion to Daddies Are Awesome, mommy cats and kittens take the spotlight, celebrating moms of all kinds. Loving and thoughtful, playful and daring, cuddly and caring—mommies are amazing. This gentle rhyming text celebrates the special bond between mother and child. Adorable mommy cat and kitten illustrations make this completely charming!

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