List of the best children’s books about cats. So many kids, long before they are exposed to the cute kitten overtaking of the world wide web, simply adore cats. “Cat,” in fact, is one of the often one of the first words a child learns to spell and pronounce. This list of the best books about cats for kids, spans from the famous Dr. Seuss books to Ed Young’s classic Cat and Rat. In fact, if your child is a fan of the film versions of The Cat in the Hat or Puss in Boots, get them the books for even more fun and entertainment. There are so many great children’s books worth buying that center around feline protagonists. With author Helen Cooper, cats appear to be a recurring theme. The same is true for the Bad Kitty series by Nick Bruel and Anne Fine’s Killer Cat stories for kids.Vote up the cat books you loved as a kid or vote down the feline stories your kids never want to read. If your favorite kids book about cats isn’t on the list, add it below!
This book is a true classic, which will entrance young children now as much as it did back in the 1940s when it was first published. Gobbolino is born different. He’s not black all over, as a witch’s cat should be. One white paw and the tabby sheen to his fur are indicative of his desire to be a cosy kitchen cat, loved by humans. But the kitten has to endure a long and winding journey on the way to finding his destiny.
To name him in full, the crazily charismatic Atticus Grammaticus Cattypuss Claw begins his adventures as the world’s greatest cat burglar, a thief who can’t resist a challenge (or the potential rewards). Yet, through the series, Atticus’s life will take a different steer and children aged 7+ will lap up his transformation from a thief to the world’s greatest police cat.
“Slinky Malinki was blacker than black, a stalking and lurking adventurous cat.” Lynley Dodd’s imaginative rhyme is utterly addictive and Slinky Malinki himself is the embodiment of feline mischievousness. By day, he’s cheeky and friendly but, when night falls, the rapscallion cat can’t help but prowl the neighbourhood, thieving whatever takes his fancy.
“Felines are just so beguiling aren’t they? Most cat owners would probably admit their pet is a walking paradox. Affectionate one minute, aloof the next. Stealthy and secretive, yet mischievous and playful. They’re certainly fickle: when I was growing up, two of our cats just sauntered off down the road to live with someone else. Rude.
As a species, the domestic cat provides endless material for writers – they’re wonderful creatures to anthropomorphise – and, as such, children’s literature is awash with feline villains, heroes and dappy, comical figures. Here are my 10 favourites.”
Tabby McTat is a busker’s cat – or at least he was, until he got separated from his owner. Fans of the wonderful Julia Donaldson will love the rhyme (as perfect and punchy as it ever is) and the tale of a streetwise tabby who accidentally discovers the finer things in life, but just can’t stop thinking about his long lost friend.
I still always feel a bit spooked when I think of Caroll’s otherworldly Cheshire Cat, who flits between offering Alice largely sensible advice, and then just amusing himself by deliberately irritating her. And as for disappearing to leave only his distinctive grin behind, well, talk about playing with your mind. He’s insanely brilliant.
When cats go out, their owners like to imagine them off having adventures, skulking around, climbing trees, being wild and all that. But it’s probably more likely they’re next to someone else’s fire three doors up, having finished their third (why hunt?) meal of the day. Six Dinner Sid is one such character. It’s a sweet story of a cat who really thinks he’s got it sussed, with all six owners believing Sid belongs to them… until they all find out. Busted!
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