It’s no secret I’m a cat lover. (Hi, Muffin the Cat!)
Here are my favorite cat picture books (the small cat kind—I’ll save big cats for another time).
This cat lives in Mr. Kim’s tofu factory. That’s right! I love a picture book with so much specificity. And tofu. And sweetness. That New Cat saves the day for Mr. Kim.
I Like Cats by Patricia Hubbell, illustrated by Pamela Paparone (2004).
This one celebrates all the kinds of cats!! All the colors, sizes, traits, and antics of cats!
Let’s just say it’s not easy being a square cat in a round cat world. This book is so funny, and full of friendship too. Just look at that Square Cat, Eula!
In this one, a cat who likes to mosey and curl up nice and cozy ends up cat napped! Well, not exactly cat napped. But still, she needs to be reunited with her owner so she can be a wrap, lap, nap cat again. (And the cat’s eyes, you will be taken in by its eyes!)
Goyangi Means Cat by Christine McDonnell, pictures by Steven Johnson and Lou Fancher (2011).
A young girl moves to America, where she doesn’t speak English, and develops a bond with a cat. Goyangi. And then, when there’s trouble, Goyangi becomes her connection to this new world and new language.
How to Be a Cat by Nikki McClure (2013).
Quintessential Nikki McClure in which one perfect word accompanies a cut paper illustration. Stretch, Pounce, Clean: the essence of cat.
Beautiful and clever. Don’t cats and haiku just naturally go together?!
Your turn. Cat books that make the meow?