Cats belong in books don’t they?
All those secret, nocturnal adventures – that every cat loving kid so wishes they could follow – are just begging to be written down.
And yes of course, cats are manipulative, selfish, controlling, irritable and downright lazy!
But you’ve got to hand it to them … cats ooze mystery.
And they so do make believe!
Our family cat – much missed – was the tiniest thing but sneeking through the back garden after a bird, she had all the grandeur of a tiger in the jungle stalking its prey!
So if you’re a cat family, and your kids adore cats, this is the book list for you!
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1. Slinky Malinky & Scarface Claw
But they were very early faves of ours.
Dodd’s fantastic rhyming, humour and vivid pictures make them accessible to the smallest of children. And as a grown up they are such fun to read.
Kids hear your enjoyment as you read them. Which will always make them a winner.
2. Pete the Cat
Very simple, they’re perfect for 2 to 3 year olds.
And always come with a song. What’s not to like?
3. Tom Kitten
But it was one of our fave early Beatrix Potter reads.
Largely because of the mischieviousness of Tom and his sisters (and the Puddleducks!). But also because it’s so lightly written.
Some Beatrix Potter’s are quite dense for little listeners, but Tom Kitten really skips along.
4. Ginger Cat
Ginger’s struggle to cope with the attention stealing kitten, makes a lovely story. And is a great way for kids to explore their feelings about newly arrived siblings!
5. Tabby McTat
In her usual brilliant rhyme, Donaldson tells of Tabby McTatt’s search for his busker friend from whom he has been sadly separated.
Of course everything finally, ends well. If not quite as we might have expected …
6. Six Dinner Sid
Sid inveigles his way into six families’ lives and showers them with such affection, they can’t help but believe that he’s theirs. And serve him up suitably yummy dinners.
Until one day, Sid is found out …
And a brilliant first chapter book for both listening to and reading independently.
Poor Gobbolino doesn’t want to be a witch’s cat, and each chapter is a heart breaking installment in his quest for “a fire and a mat” with an ordinary family.
He does finally find a home but not before some amazing adventures.
8. Diary of a Killer Cat
The first in a series following – in his very own words – the mischievous antics of Tuffy and the hapless attempts of his family to tame his feline ways!
Not a chance!
9. Varjak Paw
But it’s also an exploration of bravery, and the journey we all have go through to have the courage to believe in ourselves and what we could be. Good for 8-9 and ups.
10. Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats
Macaverty, Skimbleshanks and the rest, really do become old friends.
And the poems are a fab way to introduce kids to learning and reciting poetry by heart.
And they’re not. These kittens have wings!
Which open up even more mystery and adventure than your average cat could dream of!
A bit hard to judge age suitability, but probably 6-7 to 10ish.
12. The Cat Who Went To Heaven
Still much cherished today, it’s a lovely story of the lengths to which a struggling artist in Japan, will go for a cat he did not at first want!
13. Millions of Cats
Loads of people love it. So I’ve included it here.
But advanced warning it’s weird! AND gruesome.
It starts well but the millions of cats end up eating other. Not so good! Check it out first, and take your own call, before your read it to your kids. You were warned!
14. Into the Wild – Warrior Cat
But the series is for older kids – 9 and up? – and these cats are serious warrior cats!
Although, these fantasy adventure books are for older kids, they’re pretty easy to read and there are loads of them. So they are a great way to keep kids reading.
15. It’s Like This, Cat
15. Mrs Cockle’s Cat
By Philippa Pearce the brilliant author of Tom’s Midnight Garden, it was the Carnegie Greenaway winner in 1961, and a heart warming story of the pure love cats inspire.
So there we go … some brilliant books about cats for kids of all ages?
What about you? What are your faves? Do share …
And for more great kids books do check out my other book lists.