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The Best Children’s Books About Cats And Kittens

“What are the best Children’s books about Cats?” We looked at 278 of the top Kids Cat books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 15 titles, all appearing on 3 or more “Best Children’s Cat” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 250+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!

Top 15 Best Children’s Books About Kittens And Cats

15 .) Bad Kitty written by Nick Bruel

	Bad Kitty

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Ranker
  • Read Brightly

When a kitty discovers there is no cat food in the house, she decides to become very, very bad.

14 .) Have You Seen My Cat? written by Eric Carle

	Have You Seen My Cat?

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Pre-Kinders
  • Read Brightly

A young boy encounters all sorts of cats while searching for the one he lost.

13 .) Mr. Wuffles! written by David Wiesner

	Mr. Wuffles!

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Goodreads
  • Mommy Evolution

Mr. Wuffles ignores all his cat toys but one, which turns out to be a spaceship piloted by small green aliens. When Mr. Wuffles plays rough with the little ship, the aliens must venture into the cat’s territory to make emergency repairs

12 .) Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes written by Eric Litwin

	Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Imagination Soup
  • Mommy Evolution

Pete the Cat gets into colorful adventures while out walking in his new white shoes.

11 .) Six-Dinner Sid written by Inga Moore

	Six-Dinner Sid

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Imagination Soup
  • The Guardian

Sid the cat plays the pet of six different owners on Aristotle Street so that he can get six dinners every night.

10 .) They All Saw a Cat written by Brendan Wenzel

	They All Saw a Cat

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Pre-Kinders
  • Read Brightly

In simple, rhythmic prose and stylized pictures, a cat walks through the world, and all the other creatures see and acknowledge the cat.

9 .) Wabi Sabi written by Mark Reibstein

	Wabi Sabi

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Goodreads
  • Mommy Evolution

Wabi Sabi, a cat living in the city of Kyoto, learns about the Japanese concept of beauty through simplicity as she asks various animals she meets about the meaning of her name.

8 .) If You Give a Cat a Cupcake written by Laura Joffe Numeroff

	If You Give a Cat a Cupcake

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Goodreads
  • Imagination Soup
  • Pre-Kinders

A series of increasingly far-fetched events might occur if someone were to give a cupcake to a cat.

7 .) Millions of Cats written by Wanda Gág

	Millions of Cats

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Goodreads
  • Pet Care Facts
  • Read Brightly

How can an old man and his wife select one cat from a choice of millions and trillions?

6 .) Skippyjon Jones written by Judy Schachner

	Skippyjon Jones

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Mommy Evolution
  • Ranker
  • Read Brightly

Skippyjon Jones is a Siamese cat with an overactive imagination who would rather be El Skippito, his Zorro-like alter ego.

5 .) Socks written by Beverly Cleary


Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Goodreads
  • Ranker
  • Read Brightly

The happy home life of Socks, the cat, is disrupted by the addition of a new baby to the household.

4 .) Kitten’s First Full Moon written by Kevin Henkes

	Kitten's First Full Moon

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Mommy Evolution
  • Ranker
  • Read Brightly
  • Sammy Approves

When Kitten mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk, she ends up tired, wet, and hungry trying to reach it.

3 .) Pete the Cat written by Eric Litwin

	Pete the Cat

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Goodreads
  • Mommy Evolution
  • Pet Care Facts
  • Pre-Kinders
  • Read Brightly

2 .) The Cat in the Hat written by Dr. Seuss

	The Cat in the Hat

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Pet Care Facts
  • Ranker
  • Read Brightly
  • Sammy Approves
  • The Guardian

Two children sitting at home on a rainy day are visited by the Cat in the Hat who shows them some tricks and games.

1 .) Splat The Cat written by Rob Scotton

	Splat The Cat

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Imagination Soup
  • Mommy Evolution
  • Pre-Kinders
  • Ranker
  • Read Brightly
  • Sammy Approves

A nervous Splat finds his first day at Cat School much better than he expected.

The 250+ Additional Best Books For Cat Loving Kids

16A Kitten TaleEric RohmannGoodreads
Sammy Approves
17Bad Kitty Gets a BathNick BruelGoodreads
18CatMatthew Van FleetGoodreads
19Cat SecretsJef CzekajGoodreads
Imagination Soup
20ChesterMélanie WattGoodreads
Mommy Evolution
21Cookie’s Week Pre-Kinders
Read Brightly
22Dewey: There’s a Cat in the Library!Vicki MyronGoodreads
Read Brightly
23I Must Have Bobo!Eileen RosenthalGoodreads
Mommy Evolution
24Mama Cat Has Three KittensDenise FlemingGoodreads
25Matilda’s CatEmily GravettGoodreads
Sammy Approves
26Miss Hazeltine’s Home for Shy and Fearful CatsAlicia PotterImagination Soup
Sammy Approves
27Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese CatAmy TanBook Riot
28Slinky MalinkiLynley DoddGoodreads
The Guardian
29Spot, the catHenry ColeImagination Soup
Sammy Approves
30The Cheshire Cheese Cat Imagination Soup
Peach Tree Online
31The Fire CatEsther AverillGoodreads
Imagination Soup
32The Tale of Tom KittenBeatrix PotterGoodreads
Pet Care Facts
33There Are Cats in This BookViviane SchwarzGoodreads
Imagination Soup
34There Are No Cats in This BookViviane SchwarzGoodreads
Imagination Soup
Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door
 Book Riot
Imagination Soup
36Three Little KittensPaul GaldoneGoodreads
37What Will Fat Cat Sit On? Imagination Soup
38Yoda: The Story of a Cat and His KittensBeth Stern with K. A. AlistirImagination Soup
Sammy Approves
39A castle full of catsRuth SandersonSammy Approves
40A Cat and a Dog Pre-Kinders
41A cat named Tim and other storiesJohn MartzSammy Approves
42A Kitten’s YearNancy Raines DayGoodreads
43A Pussycat’s ChristmasMargaret Wise BrownGoodreads
A pussycat’s Christmas Margaret Wise Brown
45A Street Cat Named Bob Book Riot
46All I Need to Know I Learned from My CatSuzy BeckerGoodreads
Amy Boal added Millions of Cats Wanda Gág
48Anatole and the Cat (Anatole, #2)Eve TitusGoodreads
49Angus and the CatMarjorie FlackGoodreads
50Antionette Pre-Kinders
51April’s KittensClare Turlay NewberryGoodreads
52Atticus ClawJennifer GrayThe Guardian
Auron added Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World This is the inspirational and true story of a tiny cat with a big heart, Dewey was found cold and dirty in a library’s book return slot. This true story tells how this tiny cat changed the hearts of the people around him.Perfect book for bedtime or story time.
54Ava and Taco Cat Book Riot
55Backstage catHarriet Ziefert, Jenni DesmondSammy Approves
Bad Kitty’s Very Bad Boxed Set Number 1: Bad Kitty Gets a Bath, Happy Birthday Bad Kitty, Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray
 Mommy Evolution
Ben Nemer added The True Adventures of Joey and Rocky
Best in show for Rotten Ralph Jack Gantos
59Big Cat Sammy Approves
60Big Cat, Little CatElisha CooperGoodreads
61Bits & PiecesJudy SchachnerGoodreads
62Black cat, white catSilvia BorandoSammy Approves
63Blue EthelJennifer Black ReinhardtSammy Approves
64Busy Kitties Imagination Soup
65Captain CatInga MooreGoodreads
66Carbonel: The King of Cats Book Riot
67Cat & DogMichael ForemanSammy Approves
68Cat and Rat Ed Young Ranker
69Cat at Night Imagination Soup
70Cat Heaven Imagination Soup
71Cat in the City Book Riot
cat in the hat comes back! Dr. Seuss
Cat in the manger Michael Foreman
74Cat Jumped In! Mommy Evolution
75Cat napToni YulySammy Approves
76Cat napped!Leeza HernandezSammy Approves
77Cat taleMichael HallSammy Approves
78Cat the Cat Series Read Brightly
Cat the Cat, Who Is That? (Cat the Cat Series)
 Mommy Evolution
80Cat Wings Book Riot
81Cat, What Is That?Tony JohnstonGoodreads
82Cats Vanish Slowly Peach Tree Online
83Catwings (Catwings, #1)Ursula K. Le GuinGoodreads
85Chi’s Sweet Home, Volume 1Kanata KonamiGoodreads
86Children Make Terrible Pets Pre-Kinders
87City catKate BanksSammy Approves
88Clifford the Big Red Dog Pet Care Facts
89Comet’s Nine LivesJan BrettGoodreads
90Crenshaw Book Riot
91Cross-Country CatMary CalhounGoodreads
92Delicious! Helen Cooper Ranker
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
 Book Riot
94Dick Whittington and His CatMarcia BrownGoodreads
95Dog vs. CatChris GallSammy Approves
96Dog’s Colorful Day Pre-Kinders
97Dragon’s Fat Cat Imagination Soup
98Easter Cat Book Riot
99Fabian Escapes Book Riot
100Fancy Nancy: Oodles of KittensJane O’ConnorSammy Approves
101Flicka, Ricka, Dicka and the Three KittensMaj LindmanGoodreads
102Floss Pre-Kinders
103Four Little KittensKathleen N. DalyGoodreads
104Froggy Gets a Doggy Pre-Kinders
105Fuddles Mommy Evolution
106Garfield at Large: His First Book (Garfield, #1)Jim DavisGoodreads
107Gaston Pre-Kinders
108GlamourpussSarah WeeksSammy Approves
109Go Dog Go! Pet Care Facts
110Gobbolino The Witch’s CatUrsula Moray WilliamsThe Guardian
111Good boy, Fergus Pet Care Facts
113Grumpy Cat Imagination Soup
114Happy Birthday, Bad KittyNick BruelGoodreads
116Harry the Dirty Dog Pre-Kinders
117Hello Kitty: My HomeRoger PriddySammy Approves
118Henry the Fourth Pre-Kinders
119Here Comes Teacher CatDeborah UnderwoodSammy Approves
120Here comes the Tooth Fairy CatDeborah UnderwoodSammy Approves
121Hi, Cat!Ezra Jack KeatsGoodreads
122Highway Cats Read Brightly
123Hondo & FabianPeter McCartyGoodreads
124Hondo and Fabian Mommy Evolution
125How to be a catNikki McClureSammy Approves
126How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill YouMatthew InmanGoodreads
127I Am A Cat Book Riot
128I Am Pusheen the Cat Book Riot
129I Am Tama, Lucky Cat Peach Tree Online
I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats
 Book Riot
131I Don’t Know What to Call My Cat Pre-Kinders
132If You Give a Dog a Donut Pre-Kinders
133If You See a Kitten Peach Tree Online
134Is that my cat?Jonathan AllenSammy Approves
135James Riordan Peach Tree Online
136Janet Lord Peach Tree Online
137Jenny and the Cat Club Book Riot
138John Butler Peach Tree Online
139Kasper the Titanic Cat Imagination Soup
140Kat KongDav PilkeyGoodreads
141Kat Writes a SongGreg FoleySammy Approves
Katie Loves the Kittens John Himmelman
143Kettle, the Cat Who Composed Imagination Soup
144Kit & KaboodleRosemary WellsSammy Approves
145KittensLaura Ellen AndersonSammy Approves
Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up?
 Imagination Soup
Kitty’s Magic: Misty the Scared Kitten
 Imagination Soup
148Kittycat LullabyEileen SpinelliGoodreads
149Koko’s KittenFrancine PattersonGoodreads
150Leo the Late BloomerRobert KrausGoodreads
151Library LionMichelle KnudsenGoodreads
152Little Beauty Mommy Evolution
153Little cat’s luckMarion Dane BauerSammy Approves
154Little LolaJulie SaabSammy Approves
155Lost and Found Cat Read Brightly
156Luis and TabithaStephanie CampisiSammy Approves
157MacavityTS EliotThe Guardian
158Maine Coon Haiku Imagination Soup
Maneki Neko: The Tale of the Beckoning Cat
 Book Riot
MaRi Eli added Tojo and Nelly’s Cat Tales
161Max the braveEd VereSammy Approves
May I Pet Your Dog? The How-To Guide for Kids Meeting Dogs
 NY Times
164MittensClare Turlay NewberryGoodreads
165MogJudith KerrThe Guardian
166Mog the Forgetful CatJudith KerrGoodreads
167Moses the KittenJames HerriotGoodreads
168Mr. Pusskins: A Love StorySam LloydGoodreads
169Mr. Putter & Tabby Write the BookCynthia RylantGoodreads
170Mrs NorrisJK RowlingThe Guardian
171Mummy CatMarcus EwertSammy Approves
172My Cat Likes to Hide in BoxesEve SuttonGoodreads
173My G-r-r-r-reat Uncle Tiger Peach Tree Online
174Niblet & RalphZachariah OHoraSammy Approves
175Nini Lost and FoundAnita LobelGoodreads
176Ode to IckyMaranda RussellGoodreads
177Old Possum’s Book of Practical CatsT.S. EliotGoodreads
178Old Tom, Man of Mystery Peach Tree Online
179Old Tom’s Holiday Peach Tree Online
180One-Eyed Cat Book Riot
181Only the Cat SawAshley WolffGoodreads
182Oscar, Cat-About-TownJames HerriotGoodreads
183Ottoline and the Yellow Cat Book Riot
184Papa GattoRuth SandersonGoodreads
185Pepper & PoeFrann Preston-GannonSammy Approves
186Pet Show Pre-Kinders
187Pete the Cat and the bedtime blues Sammy Approves
188Pete The Cat James Dean Ranker
Pete The Cat Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
 Sammy Approves
190Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School ShoesEric LitwinGoodreads
191Pinky Pye Book Riot
192pipkin of pepper Helen Cooper Ranker
193Please, Puppy, Please Pre-Kinders
Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space
 Imagination Soup
195Puss in BootsCharles PerraultGoodreads
196Pussy WillowMargaret Wise BrownGoodreads
 NY Times
198Raj the Bookstore Tiger Mommy Evolution
199Ralph and Niblet Read Brightly
200Robot KittiesJim BentonSammy Approves
201Rotten RalphJack GantosGoodreads
202Rupert can danceJules FeifferSammy Approves
203Sam, Bangs & MoonshineEvaline NessGoodreads
204Shiloh Pet Care Facts
205Simon’s Cat vs. the World Imagination Soup
206SkippyJohn Jones: Up & DownJudy SchachnerSammy Approves
207Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones (Skippyjon Jones, #4)Judy SchachnerGoodreads
208Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble (Skippyjon Jones, #3)Judy SchachnerGoodreads
209Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse (Skippyjon Jones, #2)Judy SchachnerGoodreads
210Skippyjon Jones snow whatJudy SchachnerSammy Approves
211So Many Cats! Book Riot
212SouthPatrick McDonnellGoodreads
213Stack the CatsSusie GhahremaniSammy Approves
Stephanie Riass added Luis and Tabitha Stephanie Campisi
215Stick Cat: A Tail of Two Kitties Imagination Soup
216Tabby McTatJulia DonaldsonThe Guardian
217The AristocatsRichard M. ShermanGoodreads
218The Cat at NightDahlov IpcarGoodreads
219The Cat from Hunger Mountain Read Brightly
220The Cat in the Hat Comes BackDr. SeussGoodreads
The Cat on the Mat Is Flat Andy Griffiths
The Cat Who Came In Off The Roof
 Book Riot
223The Catlady Book Riot
224The Cats in the Doll Shop Book Riot
225The Cats of Tanglewood Forest Book Riot
226The Cheshire CatLewis CarollThe Guardian
227The Christmas CatEfner Tudor HolmesGoodreads
228The Christmas Day KittenJames HerriotGoodreads
229The Color KittensMargaret Wise BrownGoodreads
The Cricket in Times Square George Selden
231The Dalai Lama’s Cat Book Riot
232The Doghouse Pre-Kinders
233The Fur Person Book Riot
234The GrannymanJudy SchachnerGoodreads
235The great cat conspiracyKatie DaviesSammy Approves
236The Great Gracie Chase Pre-Kinders
237The Guest Cat Book Riot
238The Kitten BookJan PfloogGoodreads
The Little Grumpy Cat that Wouldn’t
 Book Riot
240The Mousehole CatAntonia BarberGoodreads
241The Owl and the PussycatEdward LearGoodreads
242The Patchwork CatWilliam MayneGoodreads
243The Pigeon Wants a Puppy Pre-Kinders
244The Ship’s CatRichard AdamsGoodreads
245The Shy Little KittenCathleen SchurrGoodreads
246The sign of the catLynne JonellSammy Approves
247The Story of Diva and Flea Sammy Approves
248The Story of Miss Moppet Pet Care Facts
The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read
 Sammy Approves
250The Tailor of GloucesterBeatrix PotterGoodreads
251The Tale of Ginger and PicklesBeatrix PotterGoodreads
252The Tale of Samuel Whiskers, or The Roly-Poly PuddingBeatrix PotterGoodreads
253The Wildings Book Riot
254They all saw a cat Brendan Wenzel Sammy Approves
255Three Scoops and a Fig Peach Tree Online
256Tickle Time!Sandra BoyntonSammy Approves
257Tiger in My Soup Peach Tree Online
258Time Cat Book Riot
259Time Cat Albert Payson Terhune Ranker
260Tiptop catC. Roger MaderSammy Approves
261Today Is MondayEric CarleGoodreads
262Tosca’s ChristmasMatthew SturgisGoodreads
263Touch And Feel Kitten Sammy Approves
264Tumford the terrible Sammy Approves
265Unlovable Pre-Kinders
266Varjak Paw Book Riot
267Warriors Series Read Brightly
268Warriors: Into the Wild Book Riot
269Wendy Henrichs Peach Tree Online
270When Gorilla Goes Walking Book Riot
271Where is Catkin? Peach Tree Online
272Where’s Boo? Book Riot
273Where’s Spot? Pet Care Facts
274Who Is That Cat The Cat?Mo WillemsSammy Approves
275William & The Missing Masterpiece Sammy Approves
276Won-Ton: A Cat Tale Told in HaikuLee WardlawGoodreads
278YokoRosemary WellsGoodreads

12 Best Children’s Kitten Books Sources/Lists

Book Riot 40 Cat Books for National Cat Day
Goodreads Picture Books about Cats
Imagination Soup Favorite Cat Books for Cat Crazy Kids
Mommy Evolution 15 Memorable Picture Books About Cats
NY Times Children’s Books About Cats and Dogs
Peach Tree Online National Cat Day Round-up: Best Children’s Books for Cat Lovers
Pet Care Facts The Best Children’s Books About Cats and Dogs
Pre-Kinders Books about Pets for Kids
Ranker Best Childrens Books About Cats
Read Brightly Here, Kitty, Kitty… 20+ Cat Books for Kids
Sammy Approves 50 Toddler Books About Cats
The Guardian Pip Jones’s top 10 cats in children’s books