30 of the Best Cat Books You Must Read

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Cat Books for Everyone!

We all know that one cat person. They have shirts, books, and even kitchenware, all devoted to this animal. 

If that is you, we’ve got some news: we have compiled a list of 30 of the best cat books you must read. These will include both children’s and adult books, so we’ve got you completely covered for all of your needs. 

30 of the Best Cat Books You Must Read

If you’re a cat lover, these books are great not only for you but for your family, too! Give them as gifts, or cherish these cat books for yourself. 

Children’s Books

The Cat From Hunger Mountain

This kid’s cat book is about Lord Cat, who has everything he wants. When a drought plagues his land, he’s forced to go down the mountain––and what he finds will change his life forever. 

This book has 4.7 stars out of 5 and is written by Ed Young. This is a cautionary tale and is great for children to learn a valuable lesson. This book is available in both ebook and hardback formats. 

Chato’s Kitchen 

This cat book is about a cat named Chato who lives in East L.A. with a new group of plump mice as his neighbors. Wanting to eat them, Chato is invited to a feast, but the neighbors bring a guest of honor. 

This book is written by Gary Suto and Susan Guevara. It has 4.7 out of 5 stars and is available in Spanish, too! You can find this fun cat book as an audiobook or physical copy. 

Don’t Paint the Cat: Can There Really Be too Much of a Good Thing?

This cat book is about a little girl who goes a little too wild with her painting. Her mother tells her they must come up with rules for painting, teaching children that we all have to say we are wrong sometimes. 

This book received a 4.5 out of 5 and is for children ages 4-9. The author of this book is Julia Inserro. You can find this cat book for your cat lover in ebook and physical formats. 

The Little Lost Fishing Cat

This is a cat book about a family abandoning an endangered animal when they find it is illegal to rear them themselves. It is a story of both survival and thriving, as the cat figures out how to live in its new home. 

This book can be used from Kindergarten to 2nd grade to teach children about endangered animals and also how to read in general. The author is Nadishka Aloysius, and she received 4.7 out of 5 stars. You can find this book in ebook or paperback formats. 

Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunush’s Incredible Journey

This is a story of a cat wanting to be reunited with its refugee family. It introduces children to difficult topics, as well as teaching them compassion and love. 

This book received a 4.9 out of 5 rating and was penned by Doug Kuntz. It’s a perfect children’s cat book to teach them about people who must flee from their homes. This cat book can be found as an ebook, audiobook, and physical book. 

Niblet & Ralph

This big cat book tells the humorous story of two cats who get mistaken for one another by their owners and try desperately to be recognized as the other’s cat. It is great for both children and adults alike. 

The book was written by Zachariah Ohora and has a 4.7 out of 5 rating on Amazon. It can be found in both ebook and physical formats.  

They All Saw a Cat

This kid’s cat book is all about observation, curiosity, and imagination. It’s perfect for children ages 3-5, and for parents reading it to them. 

Written by Brendan Wenzel in 2016, this book was a New York Times Bestseller in both 2017 and 2018. It is excellent for preschool through kindergarten-aged children. This cat book is available in ebook, audiobook and cd, and physical formats. 

Whose Moon is That?

This book is all about asking the question:  do any of us “own” nature? It explores the world from the perspective of a cat and makes both adults and children rethink our view of nature. 

Written by Kim Krans, this picture book received 4.8 out of 5 stars. It is available as an ebook or hardcover book. 

Bad Kitty Gets a Bath

This is a hilarious kid’s cat book to teach a child how to give a cat a bath. Filled with smells and catastrophes galore, this book is sure to keep your cat lover entertained. 

This book was written by Nick Bruel and is part of a New York Times Bestselling series. It has a 4.7 out of a 5-star rating. If you’re interested in this cat book, you can find it as an ebook or physical book. 

Megabat and Fancy Cat

Megabat is part of a series. This time, Megabat has a new nemesis: a very fancy cat. This cat book is the perfect adventure for any tiny cat lover. 

Purrmaids #1: The Scaredy Cat

This cat book is the first in a chapter book series, all about mermaid cats. If your child is a cat lover and in the first to the fourth grade, you should definitely check out this book. 

One parent said, “Only book my daughter has followed through with reading. She’s now on the 3rd book in the series. She tells me about whats happens in the story and is excited about reading it.”

Written by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, this book has a 4.8 out of 5 rating. It comes in an ebook and physical formatting. 

The Tale of Tom Kitten (Peter Rabbit)

This cat book is number 8 in a series of 23 little books following the journeys of small animals. If your child is interested in classic children’s books, this is the one for them. It is great for children aged 3-7. 

This book was written by the beloved children’s book author, Beatrix Potter. It has a 4.8 out of 5-star rating. You can find this book on shelves at book stores, online, or even in ebook format. 

What Cat is That?: All About Cats

This book follows the beloved Cat in the Hat. This cat book teaches children aged 5-8 all about cats, big and small. 

Written by Tish Rabe, this story brings the classic cat character back to the page. It has a 4.8 out of 5 rating. You can find this book as an ebook or a physical book. 


This cat book is part of a series. “Catwing” is all about cats escaping the brutal city slums, just to find out that living in the country also has its own challenges. 

Ursula K. Le Guin is the author of this 4.7 out of the 5-star book. It can be found as an audiobook or paperback for children ages 4-9 to read. 

The Complete Chi’s Sweet Home

This book follows Chi, a cat who is young and is lost. When Chi breaks into tears in a meadow, a family comes to save her. Cat lovers will love Chi and her newfound family. 

This is part 1 of a 3 part series of comics. The author is Konami Konata, and she got a 4.8 out of 5 average rating for her work with this book. You can find this only as a paperback right now.


Crenshaw is a big cat book for ages 8-12. Focusing on family, friendship, and resilience, this cat book will enchant your child. 

This book was written by Katherine Applegate. She received a 4.8 out of 5-star rating and is a #1 bestseller. You can find this book as an ebook, audiobook, or in physical copy. 

Jenny and the Cat Club: A Collection of Favorite Stories About Jenny Linsky 

This cat book follows Jenny, a young cat who wishes to be in the Cat Club in Greenwich Village in New York City. Will she be able to prove herself?

Esther Holden Averill wrote this book in 2003 and has received a 4.8 out of 5-star rating on average. It comes in only physical copies but is well-worth it for children aged 5-9 years old. 

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats

This children’s book is the premise of the famous Andrew Lloyd Weber musical, “Cats.” It tells the story of different cats throughout it and how they can come together for resilience and peace. 

This book is by T.S. Elliot, a famous poet. You can find this big cat book in ebook, audiobook, and physical formats. It is perfect for children aged 14 and up. 

Stick Cat: A Tail of Two Kitties 

This cat book follows the cat character Stick Cat. He wants to help save a man trapped in a building across the alley but must face a foe and some fears in order to do so. 

Stick Cat: A Tail of Two Kitties” is written by Tom Watson. It received a 4.8 out of rating and can be found in ebook, audiobook, and physical formats. 

Varjak Paw

This children’s cat book follows a Mesopotamian blue cat, Varjak Paw, as he is let outside for the first time by the new gentleman and two cats who have taken over his home. Will he be able to survive?

Varjak Paw” was created by S.F. Said and Dave McKean. This cat book rates 4.8 out of 5 stars. It’s available in ebooks, audio CDs, and physical formats. 

Adult Fiction

Seven Lives and One Great Love: The Memoirs of a Cat

This adult cat book is all about a cat who wants to seduce a resistant human. The cat, in his seventh life, wants to find love. 

Written by Lena Divani, this cat book has a 3.7 out of 5-star rating and can be found in ebook and physical copy formats. 

The Company of Cats

This cat book is all about the main character having to take her employer’s cat after he has died. Wanting to know the reason for his demise, she digs into it, all the while caring for his furry feline. 

The Company of Cats” was written by Marian Babson and has a 4.2 out of 5-star rating. You can find it as an ebook, audiobook, or physical book. 

James the Connoisseur Cat

This is a story about an American detective and his British cat. They solve crimes together, making for a romp of a story. 

This cat book is the first in a series, though the books can be read in any order. The author, Harriet Hahn, received a 5-star rating. You can find this as an ebook. 

Morte (War With no Name Book 1)

The first in the series, “Morte,” is a book about a cat assassin looking for his long-lost love in this sci-fi romance novel. This cat book is perfect for lovers of “Homeward Bound” and “A Canticle for Lebowitz.”

Robert Repino received 4.2 stars for his book about the cat characters. You can find this as an ebook, audiobook, or physical book. 

The Guest Cat 

This cat book is all about the transient nature of life. If you are looking for something deeper than just a cat book at its surface, then this is the book for you. 

Written by award-winning poet Takashi Hiraide, this book received 4 out of 5 stars for its brilliance. You can find it as an ebook, audiobook, or physical book. 

Adult Non-fiction


In this cat book about love, longing, and give-and-take of companionship, Boris is a set of poems that reflect on these things with a poignancy not frequently given to readers. 

Written by Cynthia Rylant, this book received 4.7 out of 5 stars. It’s best for young adults aged 14-18 years old. 

Catakism: A Humorous Purr-spective on Humankind’s Obsession with Cats

In this humorous book on how cats own humans, readers can learn all about the belief system called “Catakism.” It takes a look at how humans will groom, feed, and obsess over cats as if they were humans, as well. 

Jeff Lazarus wrote this 4.4 out of the 5-star rated book. You can find it on shelves or on e-readers. 

The Tribe of Tiger: Cats and Their Culture

If you’re a cat lover wanting to learn more about cats and how they view the world, check out this book. It’s also a meditation book for calming anxiety and pondering about life. 

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas received 4.4  out of 5 stars for this book. It can be found as an ebook, audio CD, or cassette, as well as a physical copy. 

Iris Grace: How Thula the Cat Saved a Little Girl and Her Family

If you’re looking for a book about famous cats in literature, this is it. This book about a Maine Coon kitten and a little girl will warm your heart and give you hope once more. 

This book has 4.7 out of 5 stars and was written by Arabella Carter-Johnson. If you’re interested in reading this cat book, you can find it as an ebook, audiobook, or physical book. 

My Life in the Cat House: True Tales of Love, Laughter, and Living With Five Felines

This is a cat book about a non-cat lover––at first. This book will make you laugh, cry, and want to go hug your cat constantly. 

From the author Gwen Cooper, you can find this 4.7 out of the 5-star book as an ebook, audiobook, and physical book. 

Our Favorite Cat Book

The winner is…

“The Tale of Tom Kitten”! 

This book by Beatrix Potter is a classic to be enjoyed by all ages. It brings back memories of childhood for adults and creates a magical childhood for children. 

Being a cat lover, Tom Kitten will make you want to be closer to your cat than ever. 

Read and enjoy!

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