Children’s Books With Cattitude

Caitlin Quinn, Children's Librarian, Eagle Rock Branch Library,
8 book covers of cats

Cats and good story telling go together like, well, bagels and cream cheese. Children’s book authors and illustrators know this, resulting in no shortage of stories starring some adorable, clever, and often mischievous furry friends. If you participated in our 2019 Summer Reading Challenge, you’ll recognize the art of Zachariah Ohora in Niblet & Ralph. In this story, two almost-identical calicos perform a Parent Trap-style apartment swap to get their respective human families together. Several books have won awards for their distinguished cattish illustrations: Black Cat, Kitten’s First Full Moon, Mr. Wuffles!, and They All Saw A Cat, to name just a few. Other books you can sing and strum along to—see sheet music on the back cover of Kat Writes a Song. Some of these cat tales might just bring tears to your eyes. Warning: Big Cat, Little Cat touches on feline life cycle and loss—keep tissues close at hand when reading.

These cat-tastic children’s books aren’t just for kids either. Cat whisperers, cat craft collectors, and self-identified crazy cat people—I’m talking to you! Here are just a few from the library’s collection for your purrrusal.


Book cover for They All Saw a Cat
They All Saw a Cat
Wenzel, Brendan

This selection may seem strange, but hear me out! Sometimes it helps to get out of your own head by considering the lives of othersin this case, how other creatures perceive a cat. This book will spark fascinating conversations about how you and your child see the world.

Book cover for CatStronauts: Mission Moon
CatStronauts: Mission Moon
Brockington, Drew

Book cover for Kitten's First Full Moon
Kitten's First Full Moon
Henkes, Kevin

Book cover for Crafty Cat and the Great Butterfly Battle
Crafty Cat and the Great Butterfly Battle
Harper, Charise Mericle

Book cover for The Story of Tantrum O'Furrily
The Story of Tantrum O'Furrily
Cowell, Cressida

Book cover for Si yo fuera un gato
Si yo fuera un gato
Sanchez Ibarzabal, Paloma

Book cover for I Am a Cat
I Am a Cat
Bernstein, Galia

Book cover for Niblet & Ralph
Niblet & Ralph
OHora, Zachariah

Book cover for Big Cat, Little Cat
Big Cat, Little Cat
Cooper, Elisha

Book cover for Kat Writes a Song
Kat Writes a Song
Foley, Greg E.

Book cover for Stack the Cats
Stack the Cats
Ghahremani, Susie

Book cover for Mr. Wuffles!
Mr. Wuffles!
Wiesner, David

Book cover for The Catawampus Cat
The Catawampus Cat
Eaton, Jason Carter

Book cover for Black Cat
Black Cat
Myers, Christopher A.

Book cover for Binky Under Pressure
Binky Under Pressure
Spires, Ashley

Book cover for Can Cat and Bird be Friends?
Can Cat and Bird be Friends?
Muir, Coll