Michael and the Cats by Barbara Abercrombie, illus. by Mark Graham

(Children Picture Book ABERC)

On a visit to his aunt and uncle, Michael is delighted by their two cats but must learn the proper way to make friends with them.

City Cat by Kate Banks

(Children Picture Book BANKS)

An easy-to-read book about a globe-trotting cat that crosses paths with a vacationing family in the great cities of Europe. Includes facts about the cities.

Little Beauty by Anthony Browne

(Children Picture Book Lg BROWN)

When a gorilla who knows sign language tells his keepers that he is lonely, they bring him a very special friend.

Cunning Cat Tales by Laura Cecil, illus. by Emma Chichester Clark

(Children + PZ8.C295 Cu 2001)

Clever tales including Puss In Boots, The White Cat, and Sir Pussycat.

Cat Secrets by Jef Czekaj

(Children Picture Book CZEKA)

Important secrets about how best to live a cat’s life will be revealed only to those who can prove that they are genuine cats.

Rotten Ralph by Jack Gantos

(Children Picture Book GANTO)

Ralph, a very, very, nasty cat, finally sees the error of his ways—or does he?

The Night World by Mordicai Gerstein

(Children Picture Book + GERST)

Sylvie the cat persuades her boy to go into the darkness very late at night, where they’re greeted by the shadows of roses and other flowers, and by nocturnal animals who whisper, “It’s almost here.”

Stack the Cats by Susie Ghahremani

(Children Picture Book GHAHR)

Cats of all shapes and sizes scamper, yawn, and stretch across the pages of this playful counting book. And every now and then, some of them pile into the purrfect cat stack!

Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

(Children Picture Book + HENKE)

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

Cat, You Better Come Home by Garrison Keillor, paintings by Steven Johnson and Lou Fancher

(Children + PZ8.3.K27 Cat 1995)

Dissatisfied with her life, Puff the cat leaves home and becomes a rich and glamorous model, but eventually returns having found out that it’s better to be who you are.

Pete The Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin, illus. by James Dean

(Children Picture Book + LITWI)

As he walks down the street, Pete the cat sings about his brand new white shoes as they change from red to blue to brown to wet.

The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots by Beatrix Potter, illus. by Quentin Blake

(Children PIcture Book + POTTE)

A young black cat gets more of an adventure than she bargained for when she goes from predator to prey on a hunting trip. With appearances from Mrs. Tiggy-winkle and Peter Rabbit.

Posy by Linda Newbery, illus. by Catherine Rayner

(Children Picture Book + NEWBE)

Posy the kitten has lots of adventures catching spiders, swiping crayons, tangling yarn, and cuddling.

A Kitten Tale by Eric Rohmann

(Children Picture Book + ROHMA)

As four kittens who have never seen winter watch the seasons pass, three of them declare the reasons they will dislike snow when it arrives, while the fourth cannot wait to experience it for himself.

There Are Cats in This Book by Viviane Schwarz

(Children Picture Book + SCHWAR)

The reader is invited to lift the flaps and follow the cats as they play with yarn, boxes, pillows, and fish.

Ginger by Charlotte Voake

(Children Picture Book VOAKE)

When Ginger the cat gets fed up with dealing with her owner’s new kitten, it takes drastic measures to make the two of them friends.

They All Saw A Cat by Brendan Wenzel

(Children Picture Book WENZE)

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

Mr. Wuffles! By David Wiesner

(Children Picture Book WIESN)

“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.”—Provided by publisher

The Daydreamer by Ian McEwan, illus. by Anthony Browne

(Children PZ7.M153 Day 1994)

An imaginative ten-year-old boy, who is best understood by his family, recounts some of the adventures he has while daydreaming.

Easy Readers

Three Stories You Can Read To Your Cat by Sara Swan Miller

Children Picture Book MILLE

A cat hears three stories about a dull rainy day, a yummy bug, and a good day of destruction in the house.

Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret by Bob Shea

Children Picture Book SHEA

While Ballet Cat and Sparkles the Pony are trying to decide what to play, they each share an important secret.

Chapter Books

The Underneath by Kathi Appelt

(Children PZ7.A6455 Un 2008)

An old hound that has been chained up at his hateful owner’s run-down shack, and two kittens born underneath the house, endure separation, danger, and many other tribulations in their quest to be reunited and free.

The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale by Carmen Agra Deedy

(Children PZ7.D3525 Ch 2011)

A community of mice and a cheese-loving cat form an unlikely alliance at London’s Cheshire Cheese, an inn where Charles Dickens finds inspiration and Queen Victoria makes an unexpected appearance.

The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint

(Children PZ7.D383857 Cat 2013)

Twelve-year-old Lillian, an orphan who loves roaming the woods looking for fairies when her chores are done, is bitten by a deadly snake and saved through the magical forest creatures.

Catwings by Ursula K. LeGuin

(Children PZ7.L5215 Cat 1988)

Four young cats with wings leave the city slums in search of a safe place to live, finally meeting two children with kind hands.

Gooseberry Park by Cynthia Rylant

(Children PZ7.R982 Go 1995)

When a storm separates Stumpy the squirrel from her newborn babies, her animal friends come to the rescue.

Tabitha by A.N Wilson and Sarah Fox-Davies

(Children PZ7.W686 Tab 1988)

Five episodes in the lives of Pufftail, father of many cats, his favorite daughter Tabitha the gray tabby, and the other cats of their neighborhood.

Whittington by Alan W. Armstrong

(Children PZ8.1.A75 Wh 2005)

Whittington, a feline descendant of Dick Whittington’s famous cat of English folklore, appears at a rundown barnyard plagued by rats and restores harmony while telling his ancestor’s story.

The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

(Children PZ10.3.B935 In)

A Siamese cat, an old bull terrier, and a young Labrador retriever travel together 250 miles through the Canadian wilderness to find their family.


Cats are Cats by Nancy Larrick, illus. by Ed Young

(Children + PS595.C38 I3 1988)

A collection of thirty-six poems about all kinds of cats, from old grumbling cats to proud cats who sit tall, by poets including Eve Merriam, Jane Yolen, John Ciardi, and T. S. Eliot.

Young Adult

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett

(Young Adult PZ7.P8865 Am 2001)

A talking cat, intelligent rats, and a strange boy cooperate in a Pied Piper scam until they try to con the wrong town and are confronted by a deadly evil rat king.


Dogs and Cats by Steve Jenkins

(Children + SF426.5 .J46 2007)

Are you a cat lover? A dog person? Either way, this book is for you! Read about how your favorite companion came to be a pet and how its body works. Then, flip the book over and find out about the other kind.