There are 74-96 million cats owned in the United States. I have photos of mine on my desk sparking conversations with students about their cats. You may know famous library cats such as Dewey, Browser, or Baker and Taylor. Don’t forget about the bookstore cats either. I know of two in the area where I live. Many people are aware of the cartoon cats like Garfield, Heathcliff, Sylvester, or Calvin and Hobbes. Cats are all around us including in children’s literature. There are eight that are the most popular when visiting our school library.
- The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss; illustr. by Dr. Seuss. hd $6.19 http://amzn.to/2iqxm9O
Dick and Sally are bored one rainy day until an imaginative cat appears almost wrecking the house as they go on their adventures. The playful rhyming and rhythm of the words still delight readers many decades later.
The cat with the tall striped hat returns to bring chaos to the household in the sequel–The Cat in the Hat $6.99 hardback http://amzn.to/2i8FVbt
The cat eventually became the mascot of Dr. Seuss’s publications.
Seussville is one of my students’ favorite author sites to visit with all of its fun animation, games, and music.
2. Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton; illustrated by Rob Scotton. $13.20 hd http://amzn.to/2iEojBg.
Rob Scotton creates a cat world with cat families, friends, and a school. Students can relate to the hilarious situations Splat gets himself into in every book.
Newest–Splat the Cat and the Lost Library Book. $3.99 pb; http://amzn.to/2hox9SE
3. Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel; illustrated by Nick Bruel. hd $12.67 http://amzn.to/2iErnxd
Nick Bruel’s cartoon style o illustrations and sense of humor cause children to laugh as they read the adventures and havoc caused by the kitty in her owner’s household. The chapter books are great for young readers and are full of funny illustrations throughout.
Chapter Book– Bad Kitty Takes the Test (144 pages) $8.32 http://amzn.to/2ihqa2s
4. Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin; illustrated by James Dean hd $12.55 http://amzn.to/2iEEq1K
Pete the Cat has all of my kindergartners in a frenzy looking for their favorite cat in the library. Eric Litwin is the author of the four original Pete the Cat books. James Dean is the illustrator. James and his wife, Kimberly also write and illustrate Pete the Cat books . I made it easier for the students to find all of the books by shelving them under the letter “P” in the picture book area. Don’t forget to listen to the books being read and sung on the popular Pete the Cat site.
5. Skippyjon Jones written and illustrated by Judy Schachner; . pb $6.09 http://amzn.to/2iFQgsB
Skippyjon Jones, the Siamese kitten who likes to imagine himself as a Chihuahua, goes on many creative adventures much to his mama’s (Junebug’s) dismay. Jezebel, Jillyboo, and Ju Ju Bee are Skippyjon’s sisters. The series is full of rhyming, singing, and peppered with Spanish expressions. Students love to hear me read them out-loud. I have to practice ahead of time to make sure all of the Spanish words are correctly pronounced.
6. Mr. Pusskins: A Love Story written and illust. by Sam Lloyd hd $14.85 http://amzn.to/2i9bmm4
Mr. Pusskins and Little Whiskers: Another Love Story hd $17.13 http://amzn.to/2irWzAs
Mr. Pusskins is a grumpasaurus until Emily warms his heart and changes him into a nice, happy kitty. All is going well in Mr. Pusskin’s life until Emily brings home a special surprise for him which turns out to be a white kitten called Little Whiskers. In this sequel, Emily believes Mr. Pusskins is the one who is causing trouble in the household but later finds out the truth when Little Whiskers straightens out all of the misunderstanding and brings the three together at the end.
7. Here Comes Valentine Cat by Deborah Underwood; illustrated by Claudia Rueda.
$11.89 hd http://amzn.to/2i9hOcX
This series has Cat doing all sorts of roles and learning about what it takes to do them. Here Comes…series includes Here Comes the Santa Cat, Here Comes the Easter Cat, Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat, and Here Comes Teacher Cat (to be released August 2017).
8. Chester written and illustrated by Melanie Watt. $8.95 http://amzn.to/2hORFgq
When Chester finds out that the book is about a MOUSE, he sends the mouse off and rewrites the story with a red marker dueling with the author to change the story to be more about him instead. Also in the series–Chester’s Back and Chester’s Masterpiece
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