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Some Catty Heroes

by Miriam Downey 30. June 2013 18:29


A couple of weeks ago, I introduced you to books in which dogs played a large role. I heard from a lot of cats who indicated that this wasn't fair,  and that there were a lot of books where cats were the heroes--heroes far more interesting than dogs.

I have to apologize to my kitty friends. Today is your day. Actually, cat books are a lot more fun than dog books. It may be because cats have such unique personalities. The following list includes books for all groups of readers--picture books, chapter books, and novels. I'll throw in a few cat training books too--if it is possible to train a cat. (Sorry Kitty!)

These books are all available at your library or local bookstore.

Picture Books

Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag. Which cat is the prettiest?

Hi Cat by Ezra Jack Keats. Archie is adopted by a stray cat.

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss. The most famous cat of all.

Chato's Kitchen by Gary Soto. You got to love Chato as he tries to invite a mouse for dinner.

Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner. A Siamese cat is convinced he is a Chihuahua named El Skippito. There are several books in the series.

Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel. This one is my all time favorite.

Rotten Ralph by Jack Gantos. Ralph is just a rotten cat in a delightful and humorous series.

Puss in Boots by Charles Perrault. Get the version by Hans fischer.

Chapter Books

Captain Cat by Syd Hoff. A cat becomes a soldier. An Easy Reader.

The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth. A Japanese artist and his white cat. Newbery Prize winner.

Mr. Putter and Tabby series by Cynthia Rylant. This series is excellent for early readers.

Catwings by Ursula LeGuin. Four little kittens are born with wings. There are adventures in the several books that make up the series.

A Question of Trust by Marion Dane Bauer. A coming-of-age story featuring a boy and a stray cat.

The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford. A classic story about three loyal animals' incredible journey home.

Holiday Inn and Return to Howliday Inn by James Howe. A trio of animals and their adventures at a boarding kennel. Very funny.


Time Cat: The Remarkable Journeys of Jason and Gareth by Lloyd Alexander. Gareth is a cat that can go through time, and he takes his owner Jason with him.

Skipping School by Jessie Hass. Philip saves two kittens and hides them in an abandoned house.

The Cat Who...a series of mysteries by Lillian Jackson Braun.

Captain Kidd's Cat by Robert Lawson. The story of Captain Kidd through the eyes of his pet cat.

The Joe Grey PI mysteries by Shirley Rousseau Murphy. The books in the series include Cat Seeing Double and Cat on the Edge.

Fact Books about Cats and Kittens

My New Kitten by Joanna Cole. Follows the growth of a litter of kittens.

Meet My Cats by Lesley Anne Ivory. A discussion of the different types of cats.

The Kitten Book by Camilla Jessel. Taking care of cats.

I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats. The quirkiness of cats in poetry.

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