Children’s Books About Cats

Cats have always been a popular subject for children’s books, stories, and nursery rhymes, from The Owl & the Pussycat and Puss in Boots, to Tom Kitten and The Cat in the Hat, to modern-day favorites Pete the Cat and the Warriors series. If there are children in your life, there are tons of cat-related books to choose from, including many that teach appropriate behavior around cats, or deal with the topic of a beloved cat’s death.

Here are some great choices for story time:

Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner, a Caldecott Medal-winning tale about a spoiled cat and some alien intruders that is sure to be a favorite for both kids and parents!
 
The Cat Who Wouldn’t Come Inside by Cynthia Von Buhler, an out-of-print gem that introduces children to feral cats and the idea that not all cats were meant to live indoors.
 
Tails are Not for Pulling by Elizabeth Verdick is a great primer on how to treat our pets and read their body language. Includes tips for parents at the end.
 
How Do Dinosaurs Love Their Cats? by Jane Yolen is another great read on the right way to treat the kitty friends in our lives.
 
The Tenth Good Thing about Barney by Judith Viorst and Cat Heaven by Cynthia Rylant both address the death of beloved pet cats. Be warned: you’ll want to have the tissues handy for these!
 
These are just the tip of the iceberg! For even more books on the humane treatment of pets and animals, check out these lists:
http://www.animalalliancenyc.org/wordpress/2015/02/childrens-books-inspire-humane-treatment-animals/
 
https://redrover.org/recommended-childrens-books-humane-themes
https://rispca.com/humane-education/handouts-and-resources/childrens-books-with-humane-themes/
 
or do your own Google or Amazon search for “cat books” – and enjoy the results!
 
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