See also Cat and Dog Picture Books and Cat and Mouse Picture Books. The Alley Cat’s Meow by Kathi Appelt. Illustrated by Jon Goodwall. Harcourt, 2002. 0152019804. 32 p. K-3. After meeting one night at the Alley Cat’s Meow, sweetheart cats Red and Ginger dazzle the world with their spectacular dancing. The book has the feel of a Fred Astair/Ginger Rogers movie of the 1940s which may be lost on young children, but the toe-tapping rhythm of the text and the high energy of the dancers are appealing to all ages.
Amelia’s Nine Lives by Lorna Balian. Abingdon Press, 1986. 0687012503. 32 p. Pre-K.
Nora’s black cat, Amelia, is missing, but when her friends keep bringing black cats to replace it, Nora knows the difference.
Angus and the Cat by Marjorie Flack. Pre-K. Angus the dog is tricked by a wily cat.
Annie and the Wild Animals by Jan Brett. Houghton, 1985. 0395378001. 32 p. K-3. When Annie’s cat disappears, she attempts friendship with a variety of unsuitable woodland animals; but with the emergence of spring, everything comes right.
Audrey and Barbara by Janet Lawson. Atheneum, 2002. 0689838964. 32 p. K-3. Audrey wants to take a trip to India, but her cat Barbara is less than enthusiastic and keeps mentioning obstacles to the plan.
Barn Cat: A Counting Book by Carol P. Saul. Illustrated by Mary Azarian. Little Brown, 1998. 0316761133. 32 p. Pre-K. Because she’s looking for something special, the great barn cat notices but shows no interest in the activities of the animals, which can be counted around her. Rhythmic, rhyming text and the refrain, “Barn cat at the red door/Barn cat, what are you looking for?” make this a good read-aloud.
The Broken Cat by Lynne Rae Perkins. Greenwillow, 2002. 0060292644. 32 p. K-3. Andy asks his mother to tell the story about breaking her arm while they wait for the veterinarian to determine what is wrong with their cat.
Calico’s Cousins: Cats from Around the World by Phyllis L. Tildes. Charlesbridge Publishing. 1999. 0881066486. 32 p. NON-FICTION. Describes various breeds of cats and where they come from.
The Cat Came Back illustrated by Bill Slavin. Paperback. Kids Can Press, 1992. This classic folk song about an unwelcome cat is brought to life in this book.
Cat Count by Betsy Lewin. Henry Holt, 2003. 0805067477. 32 p. Pre-K. A child adds up the cats owned by ten different people and discovers that it is a lot of cats. This book, first published in 1981, now has colorful illustrations that perfectly capture the postures and attitudes of a variety of marvelous cat.
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss. See Readers Booklist.
Cat, What Is That? by Tony Johnston. Illustrated by Wendell Minor. HarperCollins, 2001. 0060277432. 32 p. K-3. Lyrical poetry and stunning paintings combine to depict the behavior and characteristics of cats.
The Cat Who Came for Tacos by Diana Star Helmer. Illustrated by Vivi Escriva. Albert Whitman, 2003. 0807551066. 32 p. K-3. When kindly Tomas and Rosa welcome Flynn, a stray cat, into their home and share tuna tacos with him, they insist that he use proper table manners. Spanish phrases are included.
The Cat Who Lost His Purr by Michele Coxon. Star Bright Books, 2000. 1887734775. 32 p. K-3. When the family is away, Bottle the cat thinks he has lost his purr.
The Cat Who Walked Across France by Kate Banks. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004. 0374399689. 40 p. K-3. After a woman dies, her cat is shipped to a city and abandoned. The cat wanders across the countryside of France, eventually finding his home by the edge of the sea where he is welcomed by two children. This is a wonderful journey through France with a very satisfying conclusion.
Cat up a Tree by John and Ann Hassett. Walter Lorraine, 1998. 0395884152. 32 p.
Pre-K. With rapidly increasing numbers of cats stuck in her tree, Nana Quimby asks for help from the firehouse, the police, the pet shop, the zoo, and even city hall, but no one will help rescue the cats. This is a silly, cumulative tale that kids will enjoy, although they may not understand why the community helpers won’t help!
Cats by Gail Gibbons. Holiday House, 1996. 0823412539. 32 p. NON-FICTION.
Presents information about the physical characteristics, senses, and behavior of cats, as well as how to care for these animals and some general facts about them.
Cat’s Colors by Jane Cabrera. Pre-K. A kitten takes a trip and searches for his favorite color in this entertaining concept book with big, bold and bright illustrations.
Cat’s Vacation by Irene Schoch. Editions du Seuil, 2004. 2020618842. 32 p. K-3. At your cat’s invitation, Mr. and Mrs. Crocodile, the Penguin family, some Bengal tigers, and Mr. Moose sleep late, swim, and do all the usual vacation things at your house while you are away.
Catilda by John Stadler. Atheneum, 2003. 0689847289. 32 p. Pre-K. While her parents converse in another room “off-stage”, a cat searches the world for her lost teddy bear and has many exciting encounters.
Cats, Cats, Cats! by Leslea Newman. Illustrated by Erika Oller. Simon & Schuster, 2001. 0689830777. 32 p. Pre-K. At night when Mrs. Brown begins to snore, her sixty cats have fun galore.
The Cats of Mrs. Calamari by John Stadler. Orchard, 1997. 0531330206. 32 p. K-3. Mrs. Calamari’s new landlord tells her that no cats will be allowed starting Sunday, thus beginning a week of trickery and amusing deception, ending in a happy surprise. Readers will delight in the hilarious costumes and escapades of the cats.
Cats Sleep Anywhere by Eleanor Farjeon. Illustrated by Anne Mortimer. 24 p. HarperCollins, 1996. 0060273348. Pre-K. The short simple poem describing the spots cats like to sleep is enhanced by rich illustrations of appealing cats.
Charlie Anderson by Barbara Abercrombie. K-3. A cat comes out at night to steal the hearts of two sisters who look forward to his sleeping on their bed; until one night the cat doesn’t come home, and the sisters learn a surprising secret about him.
Chato and the Party Animals by Gary Soto. Penguin Group (USA) (Putnam), 2000. 0399231595. 32 p. K-3. Chato decides to throw a “pachanga” for his friend Novio Boy who has never had a birthday party, but when it is time to party, Novio Boy cannot be found. Other title is series Chato’s Kitchen is on Cat and Mouse Booklist.
Clarence the Copy Cat by Patricia Lakin. Illustrated by John Manders. Doubleday, 2002. 0385327471. 32 p. K-3. Clarence, a cat who does not want to hurt mice or any other creatures, does not feel welcome anywhere until he discovers the Barnstable Library.
Clever Cat by Peter Collington. Random House (Knopf), 2000. 0375804773. K-3. When Mr. and Mrs. Ford discover that Tibbs the cat can get his own food, they give him a key and a credit card; but when they make him get a job, do the shopping and pay rent, he begins to wonder if he is really that clever after all.
Comet’s Nine Lives by Jan Brett. Penguin Group (USA) (Putnam), 1996. 0399229310. 32 p. K-3. Comet, a white cat, has many adventures on Nantucket Island until finding a permanent home in a lighthouse.
Cookie’s Week by Cindy Ward. Illustrated by Tomi DePaola. Pre-K. Cookie the cat just can’t stay out of trouble and every day of the week turns something topsy-turvy.
The Cookie-Store Cat by Cynthia Rylant. K-3. A formerly stray cat supervises the bakers at the cookie store in this sweet story with candy-colored illustrations.
Crispin the Terrible by Bob Morris. Illustrated by Dasha Ziborova. Callaway Editions, 2000. 0935112448. 32 p. K-3. Feeling that he is taken for granted by his family, a cat imagines more exciting lives he could live, but he decides that being part of a loving family is not so bad after all. Sophisticated, whimsical collages illustrate this offbeat story that will intrigue young readers.
Cross-Country Cat by Mary Calhoun. Illustrated by Erick Ingraham. William Morrow, 1986. 0688065198. 40 p. K-3. A Siamese cat named Henry sets out on a cross-country skiing adventure in this award-winning story.
Dinah! A Cat Adventure by Kae Nishimura. Clarion Books, 2004. 0618336125. 32 p.
K-3. Dinah, an overfed, pampered housecat, doesn’t realize that she is a cat. One day she falls out a window and into the street, where strangers mistake her for a raccoon, a watermelon, and a tiger before a dog informs her that she is a cat.
Dolores and the Big Fire: A True Story (Pets to the Rescue Series: Ready to Read) by Andrew Clements. Illustrated by Donald Cook and Ellen Beier. Simon & Schuster, 2002. 0689829167. 32 p. NON-FICTION. Dolores the cat wakes up the old man Kyle when their home is burning.
Drat That Fat Cat by Pat Thomson. Illustrated by Ailie Busby. Scholastic, 2003. 0439471966. K-3. A greedy orange cat in search of food eats up everything he meets until he swallows a bee in this silly cumulative tale that is perfect for storytime participation.
Duncan and Dolores by Barbara Samuels. Pre-K. Dolores learns to curb some of her more smothering tendencies and wins the affection of her new pet cat, Duncan, but Duncan prefers her older sister. Other titles in series Aloha, Dolores and Dolores on Her Toes. Edna’s Tale by Lisze Bechtold. Houghton, 2001. 0618091645. 32 p. K-3. Edna, a cat who is very vain about her beautiful tail, is in for a couple of surprises when she goes into the woods to meet the new cat in the neighborhood.
Excuse Me … Are You a Witch? by Emily Horn. Illustrated by Pawel Pawlak. Charlesbridge, 2004. 1580890938. 32 p. K-3. A lonely black cat named Herbert searches for some witches to keep him company.
Fat Cat: A Danish Folktale by Margaret Read MacDonald. Illustrated by Julie Paschkis. August House Publishers, 2001. 0874836166. 32 p. K-3. A greedy cat grows enormous as he eats everything in sight, including his friends and neighbors who call him fat in this rhythmic, repetitive story that will be lots of fun in storytimes.
Feathers for Lunch by Lois Ehlert. Harcourt, 1990. 0152305505. 40 p. K-3. An escaped house cat encounters twelve common birds in the backyard but fails to capture any of them and has to eat feathers for lunch.
Five Creatures by Emily Jenkins. Illustrated by Tomek Bogacki. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2001. 0374323410. 32 p. K-3. In words and pictures, a girl describes the three humans and two cats that live in her house and details some of the traits that they share.
Five Little Kittens by Nancy Geller Jewell. Illustrated by Elizabeth Sayles. Clarion, 1999. 0395775175. 32 p. Pre-K. Five little kittens go through their daily routines and then contently fall asleep at the end of the day in this gentle rhyming tale.
Fog Cat by Marilyn Helmer. Illustrated by Paul Mombourquette. Kids Can Press, 1999. 1550744607. 32 p. K-3. Hannah manages, in foggy weather, to get a wild cat to come indoors, only long enough to have her litter and leave again in this evocative tale set in a coastal fishing village.
Four Fierce Kittens by Joyce Dunbar. Illustrated by Jakki Wood. Scholastic, 1992. 0590455354. 32 p. Pre-K. Four lively, cute kittens think they are fierce, but their little “miaows” cannot frighten the other farm animals.
Francis, the Scaredy Cat by Ed Boxall. Candlewick Press, 2002. 0763617679. 32 p. Pre-K. Francis the cat is afraid of the dark, but when he thinks the boy Ben has been captured by a monster, he braves the dark to save him. Bold, bright illustrations make this a good storytime choice.
Frida the Wondercat by Betsy Everitt. Harcourt, 1990. 0152295402. 32 p. K-3. Louise and her cat, Frida, find a magical collar that causes Frida to do strange things, such as make bean soup and drive a bus in this zany, energetic story.
Ginger by Charlotte Voake. Pre-K. Ginger the cat’s comfortable life is turned upside down by the arrival of a new kitten in the household in this charming story that will be appreciated by children who are dealing with a new baby.
Ginger Finds a Home by Charlotte Voake. Candlewick Press, 2003. 076361999X. 40 p. Pre-K. A little girl feeds Ginger, a thin little cat who has been living in a patch of weeds. Ginger eventually overcomes his distrust and goes home to live with her.
Gobble, Gobble, Slip, Slop: A Tale of a Very Greedy Cat by Meilo So. Knopf, 2004. 037592504X. 30 p. K-3. In this story based on a folktale from India, a very greedy cat eats five hundred cakes, his friend the parrot, the nosy woman, and much more. The wonderfully outlandish story is thoroughly satisfying and is a terrific storytime choice.
Good Night, Sigmund! by Nancy Coffelt.Gulliver Books, 1992. 0152004645. 40 p.
Pre-K. A young boy’s gray cat Sigmund is a warm and humorous part of his daily routine.
Grandma’s Cat by Helen Ketteman. Illustrated by Marsha Lynn Winborn. Houghton, 1996. 0395730945. 32 p. Pre-K. A little girl has trouble befriending her grandmother’s independent cat.
Green Eyes by Abe Birnbaum. Golden Books, 2001. 0307202038. 48 p. Pre-K. A cat recalls favorite experiences from each season of its first year of life in this reissue of a 1953 Caldecott Honor Book.
Hannah and Jack by Mary Nethery. Illustrated by Mary Morgan. Simon & Schuster, 1995. 0027681254. Pre-K. While vacationing with Gramma, Hannah stays in touch with her best friend Jack the cat by sending him post cards.
Have You Fed the Cat? by Michele Coxon. Star Bright Books, 2004. 1932065903. 40 p. Pre-K. When Sam the cat becomes too large to fit through the cat flap, the Robinson family realizes that even though they have been feeding him, they neglected him in other ways. The full-page watercolor illustrations of the long-haired calico cat are outstanding.
Have You Seen My Cat? by Eric Carle. Simon & Schuster, 1991. 0887080545. 28 p. Pre-K. A small boy loses his cat, sees many other felines, and returns home to find that his cat has had kittens.
Hello, Cat, You Need a Hat by Rita Golden Gelman. Scholastic, 1993. 0590719157. Pre-K. A young girl thinks cats should wear hats and offers one after another to an unwilling feline.
Henry the Sailor Cat by Mary Calhoun. K-3. Henry, a Siamese cat, stows away on a sailboat and proves his worth as a sailor in a terrible storm. Other titles in the Henry series are Cross-Country Henry and High Wire Henry. Hi, Cat! by Ezra Jack Keats. Penguin Group (USA) (Viking),1999. 0670885460. 40 p. Pre-K. In this reissue of a 1970 title, a non-descript, half-grown alley cat tags along after Archie, making a shamble out of the street carnival.
Hip Cat by Jonathan London. Illustrated by Woodleigh Marx Hubbard. Chronicle Books LLC, 1996. 40 p. K-3 or older. A cool cat becomes a hip-saxophone player in the big city. The rhythmic text and bold illustrations bring the world of jazz alive.
How to Talk to Your Cat by Jean Craighead George. Illustrated by Sue Truesdell and Paul Meisel. HarperCollins, 2000. 0060279699. 40 p. NON-FICTION. Describes how cats communicate with people through their behavior and sounds and explains how to talk back to them using sounds, behavior, and body language.
I Walk at Night by Lois Duncan. Illustrated by Stephen T. Johnson. Penguin Group (USA) (Viking), 2000. 0670875139. 32 p. K-3. A cat describes the ways in which it enjoys spending the day and night. This is a lyrical description of a cat’s activities during the day and during the night. Beautiful illustrations create a dreamy mood.
Jazz Cats by Davis Davis. Illustrated by Chuck Galey. Pelican, 2001. 1565548590. 32p.
K-3. Cool cats entertain the crowds with their music in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
Kate, the Cat, and the Moon by David Almond. Illustrated by Stephen Lambert. Random House, 2005. 0385746911. 32 p. Pre-K. After being awakened by a white cat, Kate becomes a cat herself and the two of them wander on a nighttime journey.
Kat Kong by Dav Pilkey. Harcourt, 1993. 0152420363. 32 p. K-3 or older. This spoof of the story of King Kong, with cat and mice characters is illustrated with wacky collages of animal photographs.
A Kitten Called Moonlight by Martin Waddell. Illustrated by Christian Birmingham. Candlewick Press, 2001. 076361176X. 40 p. Pre-K. A little girl and her mother recall how a special kitten came into their lives one dark and stormy night in this sweet story.
Kitten’s Big Adventure by Mie Araki. Harcourt, 2005. 0152167382. 40 p. Pre-K. A kitten tries to catch a butterfly but runs back to Mama when the butterfly decides to chase the kitten instead.
Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow, 2004. 0060588292. 40 p. Pre-K. When Kitten mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk, she ends up tired, wet, and hungry trying to reach it. This charming book has an imaginative, rhythmic text and delightful artwork. Caldecott Medal.
A Kitten’s Year by Nancy Raines Day. Illustrated by Anne Mortimer. HarperCollins, 2000. 0060272309. 32 p. Pre-K. A kitten peeks at January, toys with February, stalks March, and eventually sniffs November and dreams December as it grows into a cat through the course of a year.
The Klondike Cat by Julie Lawson. Illustrated by Paul Mombourquette. Kids Can Press, 2002. 1553370139. 32 p. K-3. Noah smuggles his cat aboard the steamship when he and his father go to the Klondike to search for gold in 1896.
Koko’s Kitten by Francine Patterson. K-3. This is an account of the real life experience of Koko, a gorilla who uses sign language, and a young kitten.
The Lighthouse Cat by Sue Stainton. Illustrated by Anne Mortimer. HarperCollins, 2004. 0060096055. 32 p. K-3. When a fishing boat is caught in a storm, a lighthouse cat named Little Mackeral gathers other cats to help.
Little Spotted Cat by Alyssa Satin Capucilli. Illustrated by Dan Andreasen. Penguin Group (USA) (Dial), 2005. 0803726929. 32 p. Pre-K. Little Spotted Cat gets into all sorts of mischief when he decides to play rather than take his nap.
Magic Thinks Big by Elisha Cooper. Greenwillow, 2004. 0060581654. 32 p. Pre-K. An enormous cat sits in the doorway and tries to decide what to do next, all the while, musing about the adventures he might have.
Mama Cat Has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming. Henry Holt, 1998. 0805057455. 32 p. Pre-K. While two kittens copy everything their mother does, their brother naps.
Me and My Cat? by Satoshi Kitamura. Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2000. 0374349061. 40p. K-3. A young boy spends an unusual day after awakening to find that he and his cat have switched bodies in this farcical comedy.
Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag. Penguin Group (USA) (Putnam), 1952. 0399233156. 32 p. Pre-K. This classic from 1929 is about a very old man who goes off in search of a cat but returns home with millions. Wonderful rhythmic text and refrains make this story perfect for storytime (even after all these years).
Missing! by Jonathan Langley. Cavendish, 2000. 0761450785. 32 p. Pre-K. Lupin the cat and preschooler Daisy cannot find each other. Their parallel adventures and near-miss encounters will delight children.
Moe Mctooth: An Alley Cat’s Tale by Eileen Spinelli. Illustrated by Linda Bronson. Clarion, 2003. 0618117601. 32 p. K-3. When the weather turned cold and snowy, the alley cat Moe McTooth was glad to become an apartment cat, until the return of spring made him long for the outdoors.This story is illustrated with colorful watercolors that capture the cat’s zest for life.
Mog the Forgetful Cat by Judith Kerr. HarperCollins, 2001. 0001955071. 32 p. Pre-K. Mog gets into trouble with the Thomas family because she forgets all kinds of things.
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Moses the Kitten by James Herriot. Illustrated by Peter Barrett. K-3 or older. A bedraggled orphan kitten is nursed back to health on a Yorkshire farm, and when he recovers, Moses has a very unusual idea about the identity of his mother.
Mr. McGratt and the Ornery Cat by Marilyn Helmer. Illustrated by Martine Gourbault. Kids Can Press, 1999. 1550745646. 32 p. K-3. At first Mr. McGratt wants to get rid of the cat that has moved in but, in time, he realizes he has found the perfect pet.
Mrs. Katz and Tush by Patricia Polacco. Dell Books, 1992. 0553081225. 32 p. K-3.
A lonely Jewish widow is befriended by an African-American boy who brings her a kitten to love.
Mrs. McTats and Her Houseful of Cats by Alyssa Satin Capucilli. Illustrated by Joan Rankin. Margaret K. McElderry, 2001. 0689831854. 32 p. Pre-K. A woman who starts with a single cat named Abner keeps bringing home more cats. She names them alphabetically, ending with one puppy she names Zoom. Comical illustrations and the hilarious expressions on Abner’s face make this book a winner.
My Cats Nick and Nora by Isabelle Harper. Illustrated by Barry Moser. Scholastic, 1995. 0590476203. 32 p. Pre-K. Two young girls spend a day playing with two spirited cats.
My G-r-r-r-reat Uncle Tiger by James Riordan. Illustrated by Alex Ayliffe. Peachtree, 2000.1561452289. 32 p. Pre-K. When Marmaduke, the tabby cat, discovers a picture of a tiger, he decides they must be related – after all, they both have yellow eyes and stripes.
My New Kitten by Joanna Cole. Morrow/Avon, 1995. 0688129021. 40 p.
NON-FICTION. A photo-essay about a young girl getting to know and love her new kitten.
Naming the Cat by Laurence P. Pringle. Illustrated by Katherine Potter. Walker & Co., 1997. 0802786227. 32 p. Pre-K. A family considers many possibilities before coming up with a name that is just right for the cat that has come to live with them.
Never Let Your Cat Make Lunch For You by Lee Harris. Illustrated by Debbie Tilley. Tricycle Press, 2004. 1883672805. 24 p. Pre-K. Pebbles the cat is great at cooking breakfast but a disaster when it comes to fixing lunch.
Night Cat by Margaret Beames. Illustrated by Sue Hitchcock. Orchard, 2003. 0439385768. 40 p. K-3. In this haunting story Oliver the cat is excited about staying out all night in the fascinating garden, but he begs to come back in after encountering a porcupine, an owl, an opossum and a hard rain.
Nobody’s Nosier Than a Cat by Susan Campbell Bartoletti. Hyperion, 2003. 0786816147. 36 p. Pre-K. This catchy rhyming text describes the characteristics of a pet cat.
One Dark Night by Hazel J. Hutchins. Illustrated by Susan Hartung. Penguin Group (USA) (Viking), 2001. 0670892467. 32 p. Pre-K. A young boy and his grandparents help a mother and her kittens find safety during a summer thunderstorm in this dramatic story.
Opera Cat by Tess Weaver. Illustrated by Andrea Wesson. Clarion, 2002. 0618096353. 32 p. K-3. When the Italian opera star Madame SoSo gets laryngitis, her singing cat Alma fills in for her. This is a delightfully humorous and heart-warming story.
The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear. Illustrated by Jan Brett. Pre-K. After a courtship voyage of a year and a day, Owl and Pussy finally buy a ring from Piggy and are blissfully married. There are other picture books of this poem.
Pepper’s Journal: A Kitten’s First Year by Stuart J. Murphy. K-3. Lisa’s journal about her new cat tells how to measure time in days, weeks, months, and years.
Pilgrim Cat by Carol Anto Peacock. Albert Whitman, 2004. 0807565326. 32 p. A young pilgrim girl and the cat she discovers on the Mayflower voyage begin their life together in the Plymouth settlement.
Pizza Kittens by Charlotte Voake. Candlewick Press, 2002. 0763616222. 40 p. Pre-K. Kitten siblings Lucy, Joe and Bert make supper time chaotic when they refuse the food that is offered. They make a mess of their meals until they get pizza.
Pretend You’re a Cat by Jean Marzollo. Pre-K. Thirteen rhyming, rollicking verses urge young readers’ to stretch their minds along with their bodies. Children can act out the body poses and facial expressions as the book is read.
Puss in Cowboy Boots by Jan Huling. Illustrated by Phil Huling. Simon & Schuster, 2002. 0689831196. 40 p. K-3. Set in Texas, this is a rollicking retelling of the fairy tale in which a clever cat wins for his master, a fortune, and a wealthy and talented bride. The story, told with a Texan twang, is lots of fun.
Puss in Boots by Charles Perrault. K-3. This is the classic fairy tale about a clever cat, who helps his poor master win fame, fortune, and the hand of a beautiful princess. Several editions. Most noteworthy are: Puss in Boots illustrated by Fred Marcellino and Puss in Boots illustrated by Paul Galdone.
Ringo Saves the Day: A True Story(Pets to the Rescue Series: Ready to Read) by Andrew Clements. Illustrated by Ellen Beier and Donald Cook. Simon & Schuster, 2001. 0689829159. 32 p. NON-FICTION. A young woman and her husband are glad that they gave a stray kitten a home, when it saved their lives by alerting them to a gas leak.
A Rose for Pinkerton by Steven Kellogg. Dial, 2002. 0803727232. 32 p. K-3. Pinkerton the Great Dane gets a kitten as a new companion, and they disrupt the pet show.
Rotten Ralph (Series) by Jack Gantos. Illustrated by Nicole Rubel. Houghton Mifflin, 1976. 0395242762. 48 p. K-3. Ralph is so disruptive that Sarah sends him to feline finishing school. There are many titles in the Rotten Ralph series.
The Scaredy Cats by Barbara Bottner. Illustrated by Victoria Chess. Simon & Schuster, 2003. 0689837860. 32 p. K-3. When the Scaredy Cat family’s fears keep them from doing things, Baby Scaredy Cat suggests they might be missing good things as well.
Six-Dinner Sid by Inga Moore. K-3. Sid the cat plays the pet of six different owners on Aristotle Street so that he can get six dinners every night.
Skippyjon Jones by Judith B. Schachner. Penguin Group (USA) (Dutton), 2003. 0525471340. 32 p. Pre-K. This is the story of an energetic Siamese kitten with an overactive imagination.
Sneakers the Seaside Cat by Margaret Wise Brown. Illustrated by Anne Mortimer. HarperCollins, 2003. 0060286938. 32 p. Pre-K. A little cat named Sneakers experiences the sights, sounds, and smells of an ocean beach in this adaptation of a 1955 publication by Margaret Wise Brown. The illustrations are exquisite.
So Many Cats by Beatrice De Regniers. Pre-K. Delightful counting verses explains how a family ended up with a dozen cats.
So What’s It Like to Be a Cat? by Karla Kuskin. Illustrated by Betsy Lewin. Atheneum, 2005. 0689847335. 32 p. K-3. A boy interviews a cat, who reveals the answers with poetry. The illustrations capture the moods and the moves of the cat.
Tabitha: The Fabulous Flying Feline by Carol A. Timmel. Illustrated by Laura Kelly. Walker & Co., 1996. 0802784488. K-3. Based on an actual incident, Tabitha the cat gets loose in the cargo hold of an airplane during a cross-country flight.
Taiko on a Windy Day by Sally Derby. Henry Holt, 2001. 080506401X. 32 p. K-3. A cat enjoys the sights, sounds, and smells of a nighttime stroll. Poetic text and luminous illustrations capture the wildness of the night and the comfort of home.
Telling Time with Big Mama Cat by Dan Harper. Harcourt, 1998. 0152017380. 36 p.
K-3. A cat describes her activities at various times throughout the day in this humorous, well-designed book that combines cat behavior and telling time. The cover has a moveable clock.
Temple Cat by Andrew Clements. K-3. This is an endearing book about a temple cat in ancient Egypt, who yearns for the freedom to live a normal life.
Three Little Kittens by Paul Galdone. Clarion, 1986. 0899194265. 32 p. Pre-K. The classic nursery rhyme has expressive illustrations filled with humor and detail.
Three Samurai Cats by Eric A. Kimmel. Illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein. Holiday House, 2003. 0823417425. 32 p. K-3. In this adaptation of a Japanese folktale a feudal lord seeks a samurai cat to rid his castle of a savage rat, but he soon discovers that violence is not always the best way to accomplish things.
Throw a Kiss, Harry by Mary Chalmers. HarperCollins, 1990. 0060212462. 32 p.
Pre-K. While out for a walk with his mother, Harry the kitten wanders away and cannot get down from a rooftop. This reissue of a 1958 title has a larger format and bright full-color art.
Tom Cat by Noah Woods. Random House, 2004. 0375924973. 32 p. Pre-K. Tom Cat is not sure he is a cat at all, preferring to pretend to be a cow, a pig, or even a bat until the day he utters a “meow” and discovers that it feels pretty good. Bold, geometric images and the conversational rhythm of the text make this a good choice for storytime.
Tonio’s Cat by Mary Calhoun. Illustrated by Ed Martinez. Morrow/Avon, 1996. 0688133150. 32 p. K-3 or older. Tonio, a recent immigrant to California from Mexico, misses his dog and befriends a stray cat.
Top Cat by Lois Ehlert. Harcourt, 1998. 0152017399. 40 p. Pre-K. The top cat in a household is reluctant to accept the arrival of a new kitten but decides to share various survival secrets with it. This story is illustrated with Ehlert’s distinctive collages.
A Traveling Cat by George Ella Lyon. Illustrated by Paul Brett Johnson. Orchard, 1998.
0531331024. 32 p. K-3. When discovered on the playground in front of a drive-in movie screen, Boulevard, a stray cat, stays in her new home for a short while before taking to the road. This poignant story is not the typical “stray cat” story.
The True-or-False Book of Cats by Patricia Lauber. National Geographic, 2001. 0792266943. 32 p. NON-FICTION. This is a fun book that answers all the questions children might have about cats, such as whether they have nine lives, can they see in total darkness, can they hear sounds that humans can’t hear and more.
The Two Sillies by Mary Ann Hoberman. Illustrated by Lynne W. Cravath. DIANE Publishing, 2004. 0756778697. 28 p. K-3. This is a funny story about Silly Lilly who follows her friend Sam’s wacky instructions about how to get a cat.
Wee Little Woman by Byron Barton. HarperCollins, 1995. 0060233885. 32 p. Pre-K. The milk that a wee little woman gets from her wee little cow is stolen by a mischievous wee little cat. This is fun to tell and to listen to.
When Cats Dream by Dav Pilkey. Orchard, 1992. 053108597X. 32 p. K-3. Beautifully designed painting and imaginative, humorous text describes the world of cats’ dreams, which are more fun and colorful than their reality.
When Cats Go Wrong by Norm Hacking. Illustrated by Cynthia Nugent. Raincoast, 2005. 1551927292. 32 p. K-3. This picture book version of Hacking’s tango-inspired folk song about a cat who is naughty, includes a musical CD.
Who Loves Me? by Patricia MacLachlan. Illustrated by Amanda Shepherd. HarperCollins (Joanna Cotler Books), 2005. 0060279761. 40 p. Pre-K. At bedtime, a cat in the window reassures a little girl that family members, friends, her dog, and even her brother love her.
Why Not? by Mary Wormell. Pre-K. When his mother repeatedly tells him not to bother the other animals, Barnaby the feisty kitten always asks, “Why not?” Told in patterned language with plenty of action, this story is a delight.
You Can’t Rush a Cat by Karleen Bradford. Illustrated by Leslie Elizabeth Watts. Orca Books, 2003. 1551432471. 32 p. K-3. This is a quiet story about how Jessica and her grandfather tamed a stray cat.
You’re Not My Cat by Theresa Burns. HarperCollins, 1989. 0397323417. 32 p. K-3. A stray cat comes into a little girl’s life but only on his terms.