Here, Kitty, Kitty… 20+ Children’s Books That Are the Cat’s Meow

by Laura Lambert

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It’s been years since I’ve had a cat in the house, but don’t let that fool you — I’m a cat lady, through and through. Since age five, I’ve been blessed with kittens that I’ve chosen by hand, strays that adopted me, and a handful of other feline friends I cohabitated with, to varying degrees of affection and success. The cats I’ve loved have been impudent, sneaky, defiant, cuddly, frisky, fierce, lazy, and sometimes downright bad — but I’ve loved them all the same. And since so many others — and so many authors — feel similarly, there’s a whole host of books built around the feline species for us and our kids to enjoy.

For the budding feline-o-files in your life, here are some children’s books that are, dare I say, catastic.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2017 and updated in 2022.