Cats and kittens are so lovable and cuddly. Kids love their sweet furry faces and playful nature. From cool cats like Pete to silly cats like Splat, cats are fun to read about and fun to learn about. Cat’s can even learn tricks! We’ve rounded up cat books for babies, cat books for kids, chapter books about cats and a few fact-based cat books for the ever-curious child. You and your little reader will love them!
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Cat Books for Toddlers and Babies
Babies love books with bright pictures and textures like those found in these cat books. Board books are easier for their tiny hands to hold and can stand up to a child’s curious excitement.
This Cat Loves That – This rhyming book is filled with photos of real cats and lots of fun facts to help babies and toddlers learn about cats.
Baby Touch and Feel: Kittens – This hands-on touch and feel book is full of fun pages for babies to experience soft, fuzzy and cuddly textures. The cats are sweet and babies will love looking at this book.
Babies Love Kittens – Little learners will love this lift-the-flap book as they explore a world full of playful kitten friends.
Kitten’s First Full Moon – Children will love the beautiful artwork and enjoy the story of Kitten when she sees the full moon and thinks it’s a delicious bowl of milk.
Cat Picture Books for Kids
Reading picture books with your child is one of the best ways to build literacy skills. Kids will love discovering what happens when you give a cat a cupcake and if the Cat in the Hat can clean up his mess before mom comes home.
Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up? – Kitty Cat is supposed to be getting ready for school, but she wants to purr and play instead. Will she make it to school on time?
They All Saw A Cat – The cat heads out into the world to explore using his whiskers, paws and ears. This book is a beautiful exploration of curiosity.
If You Give A Cat A Cupcake – If you give a cat a cupcake, he’ll ask for some sprinkles to go with it. When you give him the sprinkles, he might spill some on the floor. Cleaning up will make him hot, so you’ll give him a bathing suit…Kids love this playful story and you will too.
A Cat Named Mouse – A cat named Mouse must escape his nemesis, the neighborhood dog and his friend, Cheese, tried to help him. This story is full of friendship and mixed-up names.
Pete the Cat: Crayons Rock! – Cool Cat Pete learns how to turn something ordinary into something amazing and learns that there are no mistakes when it comes to art. Kids will love this book or any of the books in the Pete the Cat series.
The Cat in the Hat – This classic story of a mischievous cat is well-loved. The cat brings his friends Thing 1 and Thing 2 and creates a big mess. Will they clean it up before mom comes home?
Splat the Cat – Splat is a spunky, fuzzy black cat and he’s excited and worried about the first day of school. Kids can learn to navigate through real-life situations by following along with Splat.
Max the Brave – Max is a fearless and brave cat who chases mice. Except Max doesn’t know what a mouse looks like. This fun book is about facing challenges, asking for help and realizing you don’t have to be brave all the time.
Readers and Chapter Books About Cats
Emerging readers will enjoy this selection of books about cool cats, crazy cats, and cuddly cats.
Cat Kid Comic Club – Inspire your kids to write their own stories with this graphic novel. Li’l Petey, Flippy, and Molly introduce twenty-one rambunctious, funny, and talented baby frogs to the art of comic-making. As the story unwinds with mishaps and hilarity, readers get to see the progress, mistakes, and improvements that come with practice and persistence.
Cat Diaries: Secret Writings of the MEOW Society – This collection of cat stories written by Betsy Byers and her daughters is perfect for beginning readers. Tales of crime-stopping cats, pirate cats and even cats who share recipes are included.
Bad Kitty – The Bad Kitty series is about a cat with a sense of adventure. Perfect for children who are just getting into chapter books, Bad Kitty will captivate kids and make them laugh.
Stick Cat: A Tail of Two Kitties – Stick Cat is headed off to the city for a big day, but when someone gets in trouble, he must cross the alley and make a rescue. Kids will enjoy this funny and adventurous book.
Socks – Socks has always been a happy cat and the center of attention in his family. But that all changes when a new baby arrives. How will Sock handle all of the new changes?
Space Cat – This book combines a story about a lovable cat with a bit of science fiction and Flyball is ready to become the first cat in space!
Warrior Cats – Fierce warrior cats head out on big adventures to protect ThunderClan from their rivals, ShadowClan. But there may be a traitor amongst them.
The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs – Captain Natick does not want to take a kitten on board his ship as it sets sail, but his daughter convinces him that the scrawny yellow cat will bring him good luck. When he comes aboard, the adventures begin.
If your little reader loves pups, don’t miss our picks for the best kids’ books about dogs!
Non-Fiction Books About Cats
These non-fiction books about cars are perfect for kids who want to learn all about cats. Learn how to understand cats’ behavior and learn about different kinds of cats, both big and small.
A Kid’s Guide to Cats – Did you know you can train cats to do tricks? This book will teach you everything you need to know to train and care for your pet cat.
The Cat Encyclopedia for Kids – Sink your claws into some cat facts! Learn the history, behaviors, physical traits, and special characteristics of cat breeds from around the world. Perfect for cat lovers and owners who want an in-depth look at some furry feline friends.
The Big Book of Wild Cats: Fun Animal Facts for Kids – This book is perfect for kids who want to read and learn more about big, wild cats! This fact-based book contains illustrations and photographs.
How to Speak Cat – Cat owners are often confused by their cat’s behaviors. With a bit of study, you can begin to interpret the language of your cat.