Tag Archives: kids books about cats

picture books about cats

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).

new-cat-picture-book newcat-book New Cat by Yangsook Choi (1999).


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.


ilikecats-picturebook 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!


sqaurecat   DanielleSquareCat Square Cat by Elizabeth Schoonmaker (2011).


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!


CATNAPPED-PB catnapped Cat Napped by Leeza Hernandea (2014, just released June 12th!).


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!)


goyangimeanscat   JF280 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.


howtobeacat-nikkimcclure 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.


wonton-picturebook   won-ton-illustration--2 Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin (2011).

Beautiful and clever. Don’t cats and haiku just naturally go together?!



Your turn. Cat books that make the meow?