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.


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.

CatStronauts: Mission Moon
Brockington, Drew

Kitten's First Full Moon
Henkes, Kevin

Crafty Cat and the Great Butterfly Battle
Harper, Charise Mericle

The Story of Tantrum O'Furrily
Cowell, Cressida

Si yo fuera un gato
Sanchez Ibarzabal, Paloma

I Am a Cat
Bernstein, Galia

Niblet & Ralph
OHora, Zachariah

Big Cat, Little Cat
Cooper, Elisha

Kat Writes a Song
Foley, Greg E.

Stack the Cats
Ghahremani, Susie

Mr. Wuffles!
Wiesner, David

The Catawampus Cat
Eaton, Jason Carter

Black Cat
Myers, Christopher A.

Binky Under Pressure
Spires, Ashley

Can Cat and Bird be Friends?
Muir, Coll