Ages 4-8, Unless otherwise noted
Written by Matthew van Fleet
Photographed by Brian Stanton
A rhyming list of a variety of cats to accompany fantastic photographs. Pull tabs, flaps and textures enhance the tactile experience of this book. The highlight: 30+ breeds featured in on the final fold out pages. Age 2+
Little Lit Lover says: I like the cat that hides in the boot and the little mouse.
The Cat in the Hat
Written and Illustrated by Dr. Seuss
No booklist on cats would be complete without the most famous literary feline of all! 220—that’s the number of words Dr. Seuss incorporated into this zany story in which, on a rainy day, two siblings are at home alone with nothing to do until a mischievous cat materializes and proceeds to stir things up. Excellent reading practice for beginning readers.
Written by Juliet Clutton-Brock
From the DK encyclopedic series, Cat covers the origins and evolutionary history of cats, the anatomy of cats including their “supersenses,” big cats and their natural habitats, various breeds of domestic cats, and more. A great reference book most suitable for ages 8+, but also a good way to expose younger children to non-fiction reading.
Little Lit Lover says: I like the page with the cat skeletons where you can see all their bones.
Meet Trouble (All Aboard Reading 1)
Written by Susan Hood
Illustrated by Kristina Stephenson
Young Emily loves her aptly-named kitten Trouble who engages in typical feline explorations in this simple story with rhyming words and repetition to build early reading skills. There is nothing special about this book, but with so many titles for beginning readers these days, this one is a safe choice for a child who can’t get enough of kittens and cats. Ages 4-6
Little Lit Lover says: It’s funny when Trouble tries to get his reflection in the mirror.
Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats
Written by T.S. Eliot
Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
In “The Naming of Cats,” “The Old Gumbie Cat,” “Gus: the Theatre Cat,” and a dozen other charming poems, Eliot celebrates the quirks of a host of loveable felines, reminding readers “That Cats are much like you and me / And other people whom we find / Possessed of various types of mind.” In this edition, Scheffler’s fresh illustrations breathe new life into a beloved collection. A great way to introduce poetry to new readers. Enrich the reading experience by listening to the Cats soundtrack. Age 5+
Little Lit Lover says: My favorite poem is “Macavity the Mystery Cat” and my favorite picture is Jennyanydots with the mice.
Too Many Cats (Step into Reading 1)
Written by Lori Haskins Houran
Illustrated by Joe Mathieu
A woman plays the cello near an open window in her home and the music attracts the cats of the neighborhood that soon join in with music of their own. A decent beginning reader book that contains a fair number of sight words. It is not a phonics reader. Ages 4-6
Little Lit Lover says: I like when the white cat turns green!
This concludes the young cat lover’s booklist! “You’ve read of several kinds of Cat, / And my opinion now is that / You should need no interpreter / To understand their character.” ~ from “The Ad-Dressing of Cats” by T.S. Eliot