Favorite Cat Books for Kids (From Picture Books to Chapter Books)

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Affiliate Links I have a cat-crazy daughter who loves everything to do with cats. Cat books, especially. So we’ve been curators of the best cat books — picture books and chapter books. I hope you and your cat lover enjoy these books as much as us!

Cat Picture Books

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They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel

CAT Pawsitively Catilicious Cat Books for Kids
Cat by Matthew Van Fleet, photographs Brian Stanton

What Will Fat Cat Sit On? Pawsitively Catilicious Cat Books for Kids

What Will Fat Cat Sit On? by Jan Thomas
Spot the Cat by Henry Cole Pawsitively Catilicious Cat Books for Kids
Spot the Cat by Henry Cole

 

Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats Pawsitively Catilicious Cat Books for Kids
Miss Hazeltine’s Home for Shy and Fearful Cats by Alicia Potter, illustrated by Birgitta Sif


I Love Cats
by Sue Stainton, illustrated by Bob Staake

Cat Heaven Pawsitively Catilicious Cat Books for Kids
Cat Heaven by Cynthia Rylant

 

yoda Pawsitively Catilicious Cat Books for Kids
Yoda: The Story of a Cat and His Kittens by Beth Stern, illustrated by Devin Crane

 

Cat Secrets Pawsitively Catilicious Cat Books for Kids
Cat Secrets by Jef Czekaj

 

There are Cats In This Book Pawsitively Catilicious Cat Books for Kids
There Are No Cats In This Book
by Viviane Schwarz

 

The Cheshire Cheese Cat Pawsitively Catilicious Cat Books for Kids
The Cheshire Cheese Cat
by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright, illustrated by Barry Moser

 

There Are Cats In This Book Pawsitively Catilicious Cat Books for Kids
There Are Cats in this Book by Viviane Schwarz

 

Simon's Cat vs. the World Pawsitively Catilicious Cat Books for Kids
Simon’s Cat vs. the World
by Simon Tofield

 

Dragon's Fat Cat Pawsitively Catilicious Cat Books for Kids
Dragon’s Fat Cat
 by Dav Pilkey

 

children's books about cats
Glamourpuss
by Sarah Weeks, illustrated by David Small

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Frank and Laverne
by Dave Whamod and Jennifer Stokes, illustrations by Dave Whamod

 

The Cat Who Walked Across France Pawsitively Catilicious Cat Books for Kids
The Cat Who Walked Across France
 by Georg Hallensleben

 

Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door Pawsitively Catilicious Cat Books for Kids
Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

 

Busy Kitties
Busy Kitties
by John Schindel and Sean Frazen


Maya and the Lost Cat
by Caroline Magerl

Cat at Night Pawsitively Catilicious Cat Books for Kids
Cat at Night
by Dahlov Ipcar

 

Splat the Cat Storybook Collection Pawsitively Catilicious Cat Books for Kids
Splat the Cat Storybook Collection
by Rob Scotton

 

Professor Astro Cat's Frontiers of Space Pawsitively Catilicious Cat Books for Kids
Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space
 
by Dominic Walkman, illustrated by Ben Newman

 

Kettle, the Cat Who Composed cat books for kids
Kettle, the Cat Who Composed
by Leslea Newman illustrated by Amy June Bates

 

children's books about cats The Fire Cat
The Fire Cat
by Esther Averill

 

Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up? children's books about cats
Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up?
by Bill Martin Jr., Michael Sampson, illustrated by Laura J. Bryant

 

Six-Dinner Sid children's books about cats
Six-Dinner Sid

 

Pete the Cat- I Love My White Shoes children's books about cats
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
by Eric Litwin and James Dean

 

Grumpy Cat Britta children's books about cats
Grumpy Cat
by Britta Teckentrup

 

Maine Co0n Haiku children's books about cats
Maine Coon Haiku by Michael J. Rosen, illustrated by Lee Anthony White

 

If You Give a Cat a Cupcake children's books about cats
If You Give a Cat a Cupcake
by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond

 

Square Cat children's books about cats
Square Cat
by Elizabeth Schoonmaker


Joy
by Yasmeen Ismail, illustrated by Jenni Desmond
Rhythmic and rhyming, this is an exuberant celebration of kitten play filled with lots of onomatopoeia! “Zoom-zoom, zim-zam, clip-clop, hip-hop, what a trip–don’t stop!” shows the kitten pulling over a lamp. After a romp through the house, the kitten is kicked out by the dog, then found by his mama.

Cat Chapter Books

Jenny and the Cat Club children's books about cats
Jenny Linsky and the Cat Club
by Esther Averill

 

Bad Kitty children's books about cats
Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel

favorite cat books for kids
Kitty’s Magic: Misty the Scared Kitten
by Ella Moonheart

 children's books about catsStick Cat
Stick Cat: A Tail of Two Kitties
by Tom Watson

 

Kasper the Titanic Cat children's books about cats
Kasper the Titanic Cat
by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Micahel Foreman

 

 children's books about cats
Catwings 
by Ursula K. LeGuin

 

Socks children's books about cats
Socks
by Beverly Cleary

 

Grumpy Cat children's books about cats
Grumpy Cat
by Britta Teckentrup

 

The Cricket in Times Square children's books about cats
The Cricket in Times Square by George Seldes, illustrated by Garth Williams

 

Won Ton- A Cat Tale Told in Haiku children's books about cats
Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku
by Lee Wardlaw, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

 

 

The Curious Cat Spy Club children's books about cats
The Curious Cat Spy Club
by Linda Joy Singleton

 

Gaby Lost and Found children's books about cats
Gaby Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes

 

The Cat Who Came In off the Roof children's books about cats
The Cat Who Came In off the Roof
 by Annie M.G. Schmidt and David Colmer


Pounce!
National Geographic Kids
You can train cats?! Tips and strategies beyond litter box training will astonish you. Roll over, beg, high-five? Who knew!? This book is chock-full of great information and ideas plus problem solving and enrichment. Full-color photos, beautiful layouts, plus a wealth of information make this an engaging, all-encompassing book that every cat owner needs.

How to Speak Cat children's books about cats
How to Speak Cat: A Guide to Decoding Cat Language
 by Aline Alexander Newman and Gary Weitzman

 

The Cats of Tanglewood Forest children's books about cats
Cats of Tanglewood Forest
by Charles de Lint, illustrated by Charles Vess

 

Warriors children's books about cats
Warriors series by Erin Hunter

 

The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs children's books about cats
The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs
by Cylin Busby, illustrated by Gerald Kelley

 

 

How to Draw Cats children's books about cats
How to Draw Cats
by Barbara Soloff Levy

 

 

 

Sorry I Barfed on Your Bed children's books about cats
Sorry I Barfed on Your Bed
by Jeremy Greenberg

 

Practical Cats children's books about cats
Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot, illustrated by Edward Gorey


Our Wild Tails: The Adventures of Henry & Baloo
by Cynthia Bennett
You’ll love this amazing story. Bennett’s family adopts Henry and he starts out as a mountain dog who loves to hike and camp. But, he had severe separation anxiety — hyperventilating and refusing water and food. After three years, the family decides to give Henry a companion, a kitten named Baloo. The two become the best of friends, hiking together, sleeping together, and playing together. Baloo often rides on Henry’s back — which is adorable! Primarily filled with gorgeous photographs as well as some quotes and narration, you can’t read this without wanting to adopt a dog and kitten together and hope they become friends like Henry and Baloo.

 I Could Pee on This- And Other Poems by Cats children's books about cats
I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats
 by Francisco
(A few of the poems are questionable for kids.)

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5 Responses

  1. My book, “Mama Cat Has Three Kittens ” is no where to be found on this list. So sad. I am sure it was an oversight as it is chochfull of cats and kittens. Lol.

  2. Me-wow! Thanks for including my book Won Ton – A Cat Tale Told in Haiku! (You might also want to take a peek at the companion title Won Ton and Chopstick – A Cat and Dog Tale Told in Haiku!) Purrs, Ms. Lee Wardlaw =^..^=

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