Cat Books

The ancient Egyptians went to great lengths on behalf of their cats. Probably the first people to domesticate the smaller species, they also mummified their cats when they died, fed them as well or better than humans, and even worshipped them. We advise you not to go that far, but it's easy to see how they could mistake the cat's ineffable expression for mystical wisdom.

Well, it's easy if you've never owned a cat. Though at first glance haughty, household felines aren't the noble creatures they seem once you give them a ball of yarn, stairs to run up and down, or catnip. It's not just kittens that go crazy about these things, either, and the whole ball of yarn thing isn't just an old wives' tale—cats will spend hours at a time chasing the ball around, getting tangled in the loose ends, leaping at the undone mass like it's the biggest mouse they've ever attacked.

Domestic pets aren't the only cats, of course. Tigers, lions, ocelots, lynxes, bobcats, puma—all cats, all terrifying, none of them good candidates for keeping around the house. Some people do, but it seems a shame to keep the big felines away from the forests and fields they're intended to rule and terrorize. Anyone who's remarked on the violence of nature probably had a big cat at least partially in mind.

Whatever your opinion of cats, they remain some of the most popular animals, both the wild and the tame ones. We don't want to get into a big "dog vs. cat" fight here, but there's nothing unmasculine about preferring cats to dogs. I once had a cat named Zorro that could and did take on squirrels, raccoons, possums and dogs. A coyote finally got the best of him, but not before years of hard-fought victories.

Besides, God made cats, and as part of creation they're to be admired and enjoyed. We certainly wouldn't worship them (and when it comes down to it, can't really see why anyone else would), but we appreciate their grace, adorable faces (or scary ones, if you're talking about lions and tigers), and irrepressible playfulness. This section celebrates cats in their various manifestations.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
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Album of Cats
by Gladys Baker Bond, illustrated by Marge Opitz Burridge
from Rand McNally
for 4th-6th grade
in Vintage Nonfiction (Location: VIN-NFIC)
All About Cats
All About Books #58
by Carl Burger
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
in All About Books (Location: VIN-ALL)
Almost All-White Rabbity Cat
by Meindert DeJong; illustrated by Herman B. Vestal
from Inheritance Publications
for 3rd-6th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: FIC-ANI)
$10.16
Angus and the Cat
by Marjorie Flack
from Sunburst Book
Animal Realistic for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$7.64
April's Kittens
by Clare Turlay Newberry
from Harper & Brothers
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
1941 Caldecott Honor Book
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Bits & Pieces
by Judy Schachner
from Purple House Press
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$12.74
Calico's Cousins
by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
from Charlesbridge
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Cat Books (Location: SCI-MAMCAT)
Case of the Cat's Meow
An I Can Read Book Level 2
by Crosby Bonsall
from HarperCollins
Mystery/Suspense for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in I Can Read Books (Location: EAR-ICR)
$4.24
Case of the Cat's Meow
An I Can Read Book Level 2
by Crosby Bonsall
from Weekly Reader
Mystery/Suspense for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in I Can Read Books (Location: EAR-ICR)
Cat - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Karen Baldauski
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Mammal Coloring Books (Location: COL-MAM)
$4.99
Cat Book
by Marianne Besser, illustrated by Shannon Stirnweis
from Holiday House
for 3rd-6th grade
in Vintage Science & Math (Location: VIN-SCI)
Cat Who Came to Stay
by Lesley Fotherby
from Longmeadow Press
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Cat Who Walked Across France
by Kate Banks
from Farrar, Straus and Giroux
for Preschool-1st grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Cat Who Went to Heaven
by Elizabeth Coatsworth
from Aladdin Paperbacks
Eastern Fairy Tale for 3rd-6th grade
1931 Newbery Medal winner
$2.00 (2 in stock)
Cat Who Went to Heaven
by Elizabeth Coatsworth
from Aladdin Paperbacks
Eastern Fairy Tale for 3rd-6th grade
1931 Newbery Medal winner
$5.94 $3.20 (3 in stock)
Cat Who Went to Heaven
by Elizabeth Coatsworth, illustrated by Lynd Ward
First Edition from Simon and Schuster
Eastern Fairy Tale for 3rd-6th grade
1931 Newbery Medal winner
Cat Who Went to Heaven
by Elizabeth Coatsworth
PF from Collier Books
for 4th-6th grade
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Cats
Usborne Beginners
by Anna Milbourne
from Usborne
for 1st-2nd grade
in Usborne Beginners (Location: SCI-USBREA)
$2.40 (1 in stock)
Cats - Coloring Book
Educational Read & Color Books
by Peter & Linda Spizzirri
from Spizzirri Press
for 2nd-5th grade
in Mammal Coloring Books (Location: COL-MAM)
Cats from Away
by Peter Parnall
from Macmillan
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$3.20 (1 in stock)
Cats of the Wild - Coloring Book
Educational Read & Color Books
by Peter & Linda Spizzirri
from Spizzirri Press
for 2nd-5th grade
in Mammal Coloring Books (Location: COL-MAM)
Cheshire Cheese Cat
by Carmen Agra Deedy, Randall Wright
1st edition from Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
for 3rd-6th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Chinese Siamese Cat
by Amy Tan, illustrated by Gretchen Schields
from Macmillan
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$6.40 (1 in stock)
Christmas Day Kitten
by James Herriot
2nd edition from St. Martin's Press
for 1st-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Cricket in Times Square
by George Selden
from Square Fish Publishing
Animal Fantasy for 3rd-6th grade
1961 Newbery Honor Book
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$6.79
Cricket in Times Square
by George Selden, illustrated by Garth Williams
from Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Animal Fantasy for 3rd-6th grade
1961 Newbery Honor Book
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Cricket in Times Square
by George Selden, illustrated by Garth Williams, foreword & updates by Stacey Lee
from Square Fish Publishing
Animal Fantasy for 3rd-6th grade
1961 Newbery Honor Book
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$6.79
Cross-Country Cat
by Mary Calhoun & Erick Ingraham
from Mulberry Books
for 1st-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$7.64
Dick Whittington and His Cat
by Marcia Brown
from Atheneum
for Preschool-2nd grade
1951 Caldecott Honor Book
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Dick Whittington and His Cat
by Margaret Hodges, illustrated by Melisande Potter
from Holiday House
for Preschool-2nd grade
1951 Caldecott Honor Book
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$6.00 (2 in stock)
Draw 50 Cats
by Lee Ames
from Watson-Guptill Publications
for 3rd-8th grade
in Draw 50 (Location: ELE-ARTD50)
$9.99
Eyes on Nature: Cats
Eyes on Nature
by Janr P. Resnick
from KidsBooks, Inc.
for 1st-6th grade
in Mammals (Location: SCI-MAM)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Fire Cat
An I Can Read Book Level 1
by Esther Averill
from HarperCollins
for Preschool-1st grade
in I Can Read Books (Location: EAR-ICR)
$4.24
Grand Escape
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
from Yearling
for 3rd-6th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: FIC-ANI)
$1.20 (1 in stock)
Grannyman
by Judy Schachner
from Purple House Press
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$12.74
Harry Cat and Tucker Mouse: Starring Harry
by Thea Feldman
from Square Fish Publishing
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Henry and Mudge in Puddle Trouble
by Cynthia Rylant
from Aladdin Paperbacks
Realistic Animal Stories for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Ready-to-Read (Location: EAR-R2R)
$4.24
Hondo & Fabian
by Peter McCarty
from Square Fish Publishing
for Preschool-1st grade
2003 Caldecott Honor Book
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$7.64
Incredible Journey
by Sheila Burnford
from Yearling
for 4th-6th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: FIC-ANI)
$6.79
Incredible Journey
by Sheila Burnford, illustrated by Carl Burger
7th printing from Little, Brown & Company
for 3rd-6th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
$5.60 (1 in stock)
James Herriot's Treasury for Children
by James Herriot, illustrated by Ruth Brown & Peter Barrett
Unabridged from Macmillan
Realistic Fiction for 3rd-6th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: FIC-ANI)
$22.95
James Herriot's Treasury for Children - Audio Book (CD)
by James Herriot (read by Jim Dale)
Unabridged from Macmillan
Realistic Fiction for Kindergarten-6th grade
in Audio Books & Dramas (Location: CD-AUDIO)
Jenny and the Cat Club
A Jenny's Cat Club Book
by Esther Averill
from New York Review of Books
for Preschool-1st grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Katje, the Windmill Cat
by Gretchen Woelfle
from Candlewick Press
for 1st-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Kitten Tale
by Eric Rohmann
from Dragonfly Books
for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$3.20 (1 in stock)
Littles
by John Peterson
from Scholastic Inc.
Fantasy for 1st-3rd grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$4.24 $2.40 (3 in stock)
Look at a Kitten
by Dare Wright
from Random House
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Vintage Picture Books (Location: VIN-PIC)
$19.20 (1 in stock)
Millions of Cats
by Wanda Gág
from PaperStar Books
Animal Fantasy for 1st-3rd grade
1929 Newbery Honor Book
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$7.64
Miranda the Great
by Eleanor Estes
1-Simul from Sandpiper Books
for 2nd-5th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: FIC-ANI)
$6.76
Moses the Kitten
by James Herriot, illustrated by Peter Barrett
from St. Martin's Press
Realistic Animal Stories for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Mr. Putter and Tabby Bake the Cake
by Cynthia Rylant
from Harcourt
for 1st-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Mr. Putter and Tabby Feed the Fish
by Cynthia Rylant
for 1st-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Mr. Putter and Tabby Pick the Pears
by Cynthia Rylant, Arthur Howard
from HMH Books for Young Readers
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Mr. Putter and Tabby Pour the Tea
by Cynthia Rylant
from Harcourt
Realistic Animal Stories for 1st-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$5.09
Mr. Putter and Tabby Row the Boat
by Cynthia Rylant
from Harcourt
for 1st-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Mrs. Chippy's Last Expedition
by Caroline Alexander
from Harper Perennial
for 8th-Adult
in 20th Century Exploration (Location: HISW-20EXP)
Mrs. Katz and Tush
by Patricia Polacco
from Dragonfly Books
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$6.79
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
by T. S. Eliot
from Harcourt
for 7th-Adult
in Poetry for Children (Location: POET-CHIL)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Oscar, Cat-About-Town
by James Herriot, illustrated by Ruth Brown
from St. Martin's Press
for Kindergarten-5th grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Papa Piccolo
by Carol Talley & Itoko Maeno (illustrator)
from MarshMedia
for 1st-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Pinky Pye
by Eleanor Estes
from Harcourt
Realistic Animal Fiction for 2nd-5th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
$8.49
Pinky Pye
by Eleanor Estes
from Harcourt
Realistic Animal Fiction for 2nd-5th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Pioneer Cat
by William H. Hooks
from Random House
Historical Fiction for 1st-3rd grade
in Animal Stories (Location: FIC-ANI)
$5.09
Poppy Collection
Poppy Stories
by Avi
from HarperCollins
for 4th-6th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Puss in Boots
by John S. Goodall
from Margaret K. McElderry Books
Picture-only Books for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Puss In Boots
by Charles Perrault & Fred Marcelino
from Square Fish Publishing
for Nursery-2nd grade
1991 Caldecott Honor Book
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$8.49
Puss in Boots
by Charles Perrault, retold by Lincoln Kirstein and illustrated by Alain Vaes
from Little, Brown & Company
Picture-only Books for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Puss in Boots OSI
by Paul Galdone
from HMH Books for Young Readers
for 1st-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Puss in Boots OSI
by Paul Galdone
from Clarion Books
for 1st-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Ragweed
Poppy Stories #1
by Avi
from HarperCollins
for 4th-6th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Ragweed & Poppy
by Avi
from HarperCollins
for 4th-6th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$8.49
Sam, Bangs & Moonshine
by Evaline Ness
from Henry Holt and Company
Allegorical and Moral Stories for Kindergarten-3rd grade
1967 Caldecott Medal winner
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$8.49 $4.00 (1 in stock)
Sam, Bangs & Moonshine
by Evaline Ness
from Holt, Rinehart and Winston
Allegorical and Moral Stories for Kindergarten-3rd grade
1967 Caldecott Medal winner
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$6.40 (1 in stock)
Sam, Bangs & Moonshine
by Evaline Ness
from Trumpet Club
Allegorical and Moral Stories for Kindergarten-3rd grade
1967 Caldecott Medal winner
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$1.20 (1 in stock)
School for Cats
A Jenny's Cat Club Book
by Esther Averill
from New York Review of Books
for Preschool-1st grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Screamer
by Robert M. McClung, illustrated by Lloyd Sandford
from William Morrow & Company
in Vintage Science & Math (Location: VIN-SCI)
See the Dog
by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
from Candlewick Press
for Kindergarten-1st grade
in Early Readers (Location: EAR-MISC)
$7.64
Simba of the White Mane
by Jocelyn Arundel, illustrated by Wesley Dennis
from Whittlesey House
for 3rd-6th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
$5.60 (1 in stock)
Sneakers, the Seaside Cat
by Margaret Wise Brown
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Socks
by Beverly Cleary
from HarperCollins
for 4th-7th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
$6.79
Story of Dick Whittington and His Cat
by Muriel Levy, illustrated by Evelyn Bowman
Ninth Edition from Wills & Hepworth
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Vintage Picture Books (Location: VIN-PIC)
$7.20 (1 in stock)
Stuart Little
by E. B. White
from HarperCollins
Animal Fantasy for 3rd-6th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$6.79 $3.20 (1 in stock)
Tale of Kitty-in-Boots
by Beatrix Potter, Illustrated by Quentin Blake
from Frederick Warne & Company
for 2nd-5th grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Temple Cat
by Andrew Clements
None from HMH Books for Young Readers
for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$6.79
Temple Cat
by Andrew Clements
from HMH Books for Young Readers
for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$4.80 (1 in stock)
Tenth Good Thing About Barney
by Judith Viorst
1st edition from Atheneum
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$2.80 (1 in stock)
The Underneath
by Kathi Appelt
Reprint from Atheneum
for 5th-8th grade
2009 Newbery Honor Book
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$7.64
They All Saw a Cat
by Brendan Wenzel
from Chronicle Books
2017 Caldecott Honor book
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$14.44
Three Little Kittens
by Paul Galdone
from Clarion Books
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for Nursery-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$6.79
Tigers
by James MacLaine
from Usborne
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Usborne Beginners (Location: SCI-USBREA)
Valentine Cat
by Clyde Robert Bulla
from Troll Associates
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Warriors Book 6
by Erin Hunter
from HarperCollins
for 3rd-6th grade
in Clearance: Fiction (Location: ZCLE-FIC)
$3.00
Whittington
by Alan Armstrong
from Yearling
for 4th-6th grade
2006 Newbery Honor Book
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$5.94
Wild Cats and Other Dangerous Predators
by Clare Oliver
from Parragon Publishing
for 4th-8th grade
in Cat Books (Location: SCI-MAMCAT)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Wild Cats of the World - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by John Green
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Mammal Coloring Books (Location: COL-MAM)
$4.99
World of Cats to Paint or Color - Coloring Books
by John Green
from Dover Publications
for 4th-Adult
in Mammal Coloring Books (Location: COL-MAM)
World of the Bobcat
Living World Books
by Joe Van Wormer
from J.B. Lippincott Co.
for 6th-12th grade
in Vintage Science & Math (Location: VIN-SCI)