I collect children's cat books and find that my cats enjoy
these when I read aloud to them. Additionally, some of the most beautiful illustrations of
cats can be found in children's books. I have listed my favorites with a short
review below. These books may be ordered at Barnes and Nobles online.
Teaser and the Firecat ~ written
and illustrated by Cat Stevens Simple and imaginative, this text is delightfully
translated into both French and Spanish.
Puss in Boots ~ a fairy tale
pop-up book illustrated by John Patience This classic fairy tale is wonderful in the
The Cat and the Fiddler ~ written
by Jacky Jeter and illustrated by Lionel Kalish A very special cat, indeed! A dancing
I am a little cat ~ written by
Francois Crozat A primary book to help teach youngsters how to care for kittens.
The Christmas Kitten ~ written by
Andrew Charman and illustrated by John Blackman The adventures of a street cat who
gets adopted on Christmas Eve.
Olaf the Ship's Cat ~ written by
Bengt Martin and Anna Friberger A tale of a Stockholm cat who falls overboard.
Paddiwak and Cozy ~ written by
Berlie Doherty and illustrated by Teresa O'Brien A tale of two kitties. A bounding,
rhythmic story about feline friendship.
The Cat who lost his Purr ~
written and illustrated by Michele Coxon A wonderfully appealing tale for cat lovers
of all ages.
The Rainy-Day Cat ~ written and
illustrated by Kathy Wilburn A cat's imaginative journey.
Once Upon a Cat ~ edited by L.
Savryn and illustrated by Kathy Mitchell A collection of short stories and poems.
This Cat Came to Stay! ~ written
by Elizabeth Kinney and illustrated by Don Sibley A story for Junior readers of a warm
family life in which a hurdy-gurdy man, three kittens, the tool shed in William's back
yard, and Mr. Jone's dislike for work around the house combine to bring about a
delightfully satisfying conclusion.
Old Cat ~ written and illustrated
by Barbara Libby A poignant story of an elderly cat and fond memories.
For quieter moments in solitary
reflection, I have found these books to be a source of enjoyment and information:
Felidae ~ by Akif Pirincci A
novel of cats and murder
Solo's Journey ~ by Joy Smith
Aiken In the tradition of Watership Down, a spell-binding tale of a band of cats ~
their struggle for survival and their remarkable flight to freedom.
The Company of Cats ~ edited by
Michael J. Rosen An elegant volume of 20 contemporary stories of family cats and
"our idiosyncratic affliliation" with them.
Best Cat Stories ~ compiled by
Lesley O'Mara and illustrated by William Geldart In this volume of classic cat
literature, more than twenty-five well-loved writers offer insightful and intriquing views
Great Cat Tales ~ edited by Lesley
O'Mara This collection represents the cream of cat stories chosen for cat lovers by
Cats ~ selected by Helen Exley A
celebration in words and paintings.
Tailchaser's Song ~ by Tad
Williams Creating as fully realized a habitat as Watership Down and other imaginative
animal communities, this novel will engage the fancy of cat lovers.
This just in from Maddie:
I have an author that I want to recommend to
name is Lilian Jackson Braun. She writes mysteries which feature an American Scottish
newspaper man and his two cats. They live in this lovely little town ("That is 400
miles from everywhere", as the books usually put it) and the newspaperman is usually
on the hunt to unravel mysteries.
The newspaper man is called James Qwilleran. Usually Jim, Qwill, or Q, for short. His cats
are Siamese. The male is called Koko and the female is called Yum Yum. Qwill writes a
column for the local newspaper.
Whenever Qwill comes across a mystery, his bushy mustache begins to tingle. And Koko is
the one who helps him, as Koko is said to have extra-sensory
These are a series of books and I have been reading them since 1989. I'm sure your kitties
would love them. Especially to hear about Koko and Yum Yum. Plus, there are a lot of big
and wonderful words in these books to exercise your vocal words with.
The title of her books always start with 'THE CAT WHO'. In fact, that's what I call them:
THE CAT WHO books.
The Cat Who Came for Christmas ~
by Cleveland Amory The enchanting story of Amory, who undergoes the transition from a
life of independence to a life of being cat-owned.
101 Questions Your Cat Would Ask
It's Vet ~ by Bruce Fogle and illustrated by Lalla Ward A book that assumes
cats are little fur people and the questions they might ask if they could talk.
How to Get Your Cat to Do What You
Want ~ by Warren Eckstein and Fay Eckstein A loving way to teach your cat how to sit,
take walks, stop scratching the furniture, and be your best friend.
Living with Cats ~ by Gale B.
Nemec A complete book of cat care based on the series "Living with Animals".
A Cat is Watching ~ by Roger A.
Caras A look at the way cats see us.
The Tiger in the House ~ by Carl
Van Vechten A treatise on "felis domestica" describing the history, manners,
and habits of the cat and explores his relation to folklore, music, painting, law, poetry,
The Tiger on Your Couch ~ by Bill
Fleming and Judy Petersen-Fleming What the big cats can teach you about living in
harmony with your housecat.
The Encyclopedia of Cats ~ by
Britt Stradler Cat breeds photos and information.
The Ultimate Cat Book ~ by David
Taylor Beautiful and practical, sumptuous and authoritative, with more than 750
Crafty Cats ~ by Jan Eaton and
Caroline Green and Sue Quinn A unique collection of hand-crafted designs.
PostCats ~ by Lesley Anne Ivory A
book to keep and postcards to send.
Freebies for Cat Lovers ~ produced
by Bruce Nash and Allan Zullo and compiled by Maria E. Grau Dieckmann and Ginger Kuh Over
200 free and nearly free toys and treats for your feline.
The Poetry of Cats ~ edited by
Samuel Carr To discriminating cat lovers, this book will be a source of renewed
101 Favorite Cat Poems ~ A
handsome volume with a collection of poems that will delight cat lovers of every age.
Cat Alphabet ~ The Metropolitan
Museum of Art Cats may have nine lives, but in this book they also have twenty-six
Felines ~ with linocuts by Martha
Paulos This delightful volume brings the glories of cat-hood within a whisker of
A Cat's Christmas ~ by Stefanie
Samek Cats love Christmas! A cat's-eye view of the holidays that's warm, wise, and a
Bedtime Stories for Cats ~ by
Leigh Anne Jasheway Almost as good as catnip, this collection of feline fables will
leave your cat meowing for more.
French for Cats ~ by Henri de la
Barbe (Henry Beard) All the French your cat will ever need.
Zen for Cats ~ intuited by Alfred
Birnbaum and Riku Kanmei and illustrated by J. C. Brown Teachings of the Zen Cat
The Tao of Meow ~ by Waldo Japussy
and translated from the original text by one of the Nameless Ones It is always
somewhat humbling to discover that your cat, no matter how fond of him you may be, is a
deeper thinker than you are.
The Cats History of Western Art ~
by Susan Herbert Spoofing classic surveys of Western art, these highlights of art
history are recognizable to art buffs and casual museum-goers alike.
Catmous Carols ~ by Laurie
Loughlin and illustrated by Mary Ross Twenty of your favorite Christmas carols,
written from a cat's point of view.
Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa
Claus ~ by Cyndy Szekeres An irresistible, anthropomorphic interpretation of a beloved
treasure of American lore.
Cat Hymns ~ lyrics by Stephen and
Patti Thompson and illustrated by Bruce Bigelow and arranged by Cindy Murphy A
celebration of the creatures that many believe to be one of God's most challenging and
adorable. Certainly cats think this is true.
The Cat-Lovers' Cookbook ~ recipes
by Tony Lawson and illustrated by Pate' Lawson Your cat works hard for his keep. And
what does he get in return? Canned food, seven days a week, fifty-two weeks a year. These
are recipes to satisfy even the most finicky of felines.
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