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Adorable Children’s Books That’ll Make Your Kid Love Cats

Teach them young to love our furry, whiskered friends.

They’ve got fur, they’ve got claws and they’ve got a charming set of whiskers. Whenever you look at them, catsseem to be beautiful creatures that you would want to take care of, children especially. Even though they have been domestic animals for quite some centuries now, cats are as independent as they come.

Exploration of the world around them at their own pace is part of what makes cats who they are, something most owners might have a hard time dealing with, children particularly. To prepare children to deal with the kind of attitude a cat throws at them, it is necessary to familiarize them with a cat’s temperament. What better way to do that than with some books that are all about cats? Teach them all about the cat’s ways and how to relate to them through these stories.

#1 Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot
While T.S. Eliot is known for daunting poems such as The Wasteland, he ought to be equally remembered for the charming collection of poems that is Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. Not only is it full of captivating imagery for children, but adults who read along with their young ones will be just as charmed by Eliot’s whimsical rhymes. The book forms a long letter from one lifetime cat-lover to another. It is well worth the read for anyone with feline friends, no matter what their age.

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#2 A Big Fat Naughty Cat by Jax Harman

A Big Fat Naughty Cat by Jax Harman
Like all cats Ginger can be very naughty. She steals clothes from the neighbours during the night. She then dresses in them and dances on the rooftops. The neighbours are tired of having their clothes stolen – so what can they do? Jax Harman’s engaging and humorous tale for children, wonderfully illustrated by the author, introduces Ginger, a dreamy, dancing cat whose natural joie de vivre often gives her owner Mr Nathaniel Lee quite a headache!

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#3 A Cat Called Dog by Jem Vanston

A Cat Called Dog by Jem Vanston
“Dog is a cat. The only problem is he doesn’t behave like one. Instead he wags his tail when happy, sticks out his tongue when confused and yaps just like a puppy whenever he gets excited.
Something must be done!

Against his better instincts, an old ginger tom called George decides to take on the task of teaching the kitten how to behave like a proper cat. After all, the pride of the species is at stake. With the help of cheeky stray Eric, the mysterious François and the beautiful Miss Fifi, George gives Dog lessons in cat manners – but all does not go well. Maybe Dog will find it impossible to change?

Soon the cats face a more pressing threat, and one that will change their lives forever. A Cat Called Dog is a great fun book suitable for children and cat lovers of all ages. ”

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#4 The Adventures of Kippy Schofield and the Fantastical Cat by Mary Barr

The Adventures of Kippy Schofield and the Fantastical Cat by Mary Barr
Kippy Schofield has an idyllic life in Hawaii. He swims with turtles, plays truant from school and is close to his brother, Scotty.When Scotty is accepted at Oxford University, the family returns to their grey, narrow house in England. But tragedy strikes and Kippy’s beloved father is killed in an accident.Suffering from grief and expulsion from school, Kippy now has a different problem: Nanny B. Meane, the nanny hired to home-school him.

On arrival, she announces she’s ‘Meane by name and mean by nature.’ And she is.But then Kippy remembers Scotty’s tale of the magic rock and the fantastical cat that lives at the bottom of their garden. And that’s where his adventures really begin!Another delicious children’s novel from the imagination of Mary Barr, The Adventures of Kippy Schofield and the Fantastical Cat, introduces a modern family tale with echoes of the very best historical children’s fiction. Be prepared for an amusing, high-energy tale featuring lessons in friendship and family.

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#5 When Kevin Found His Purr by Caz Harvey

When Kevin Found His Purr by Caz Harvey
This is a story about a big, very special, ginger cat called Kevin and also a human called Caz. It’s a story about a cat and a human. But it’s really a story about how, sometimes, little, good things make big, bad things seem better.

This is the story of how Kevin found his purr. This delightful illustrated story tells the tale of a lonely cat, and of a woman, who both needed love. A true story of how hope can come into your life when you need it most, how happiness can be found if you open your eyes to it, and above all of cats! This story will put a smile in any child, or cat lover’s, heart.

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#6 A Cat Called Cat by Lynda Franklin

A Cat Called Cat by Lynda Franklin
Cat may look just an adorable little tabby, but don’t be misled by his appearance. For Cat is a witch’s cat with attitude. One Halloween Cat falls from his mistress’s broomstick and lands in Annie and Sam’s back garden. As a witch cannot return to the same place until the following Halloween, Cat knows he must stay with the children until he can be rescued.

Cat is a difficult, but exciting guest to have around, and soon he takes the children on several adventures through the rose bush in the garden, leading to The Lane. Weird and wonderful people live in The Lane, and it’s here they meet the Spell Master and Lady Prunella Pussington, a beautiful white cat with a scary secret. Eventually however, Halloween returns once more. What will happen to Cat now? Will his mistress return for him, or will he have to stay with Annie and Sam forever? Read on to find out!

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#7 The Adventures of Princess Jellibean by Cindi Handley Goodeaux

The Adventures of Princess Jellibean by Cindi Handley Goodeaux
“A very colorful cat decides to leave her comfy castle life to see the world she’s only read about. Her dreams swirl with these things, and she always sleeps with a smile. Someday, thinks she, someday I will see it all!

Princess Jellibean, a curious rainbow-hued cat who, through her many adventures, demonstrates how if you approach the matters in life that might not always be the happiest with a sense of wonder and positivity, there is normalcy and beauty in everything and everyone. ”

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#8 Granny Annie and the Happy Moon Cats by Reesa Grace

Granny Annie and the Happy Moon Cats by Reesa Grace
This is a beautiful book which teaches us that the world is never too big to share happiness. New this year, it’s already awarded the reader’s choice for books and one that you will want to pick up to read together often.

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#9 Ziggy the Rescue Kitty by Tama Ann Blake

Ziggy the Rescue Kitty by Tama Ann Blake
Throughout the scenes in the story, readers learn about the animal adoption process and the importance of it. The significance of pet adoption was something Tama aimed to emphasize in Ziggy the Rescue Kitty Gets a New Home. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a great kitten, cat or puppy or dog they are available at your local shelter.. Pedigree or not you can find your special pet through adoption, she says.

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#10 Petula, Circus Cat by Marylouise Sholly

Petula, Circus Cat by Marylouise Sholly
Petula, Circus Cat is based on my own cat who actually does walk on the back of her feet for a short distance – she is my inspiration for this story, says Sholly. Parents and children will be captivated by Petula, The Circus Cat, with its colorful illustrations, a darling storyline, and the underlying message about the transformative power of love that Mr. Bumble and Mrs. Bumble discover through their experiences with Petula.

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#11 Tommy’s New Friend by Peony

Tommy's New Friend by Peony
Tommy’s New Friend, is a charming poetry children’s book that follows the story of a boy who finds a tiny kitten on his front doorstep and the friendship that unfolds between them. Tommy’s New Friend will inspire and delight children the importance of building trust and friendships.

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#12 Jack Jack the Jungle Cat by Wendi Schuller

Jack Jack the Jungle Cat by Wendi Schuller
In Jack Jack the Jungle Cat, published by Austin Macauley, the reader is taken through a beautifully illustrated children’s book plunging into the depths of an Asian jungle to go on adventures with Jack Jack and his friends.

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Contributors to this article
Elle Gardner from Cat Mindful

Lily Ryan from Austin Macauley Publishers

Cindi Goodeaux from Cindi Handley Goodeaux

Brooke Van Sickle from Journey to KidLit

Cassidy Colarik from Austin Macauley Publishers USA

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