We welcome our new guest blogger, Liz Pease, who is the former Executive Director of Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society! We hope you love her take on Kids, Cats and Books as much as we do!
Cats have always been a popular subject for children’s books, stories, and nursery rhymes. There is a wonderful selection of cat-related books you can introduce to the children in your life, including many that teach appropriate behavior around cats, or deal with the topic of a beloved cat’s death.
The Mr. Putter and Tabby series by Cynthia Rylant is a delightful one for beginning readers or for reading aloud to younger kids. With brief chapters and wonderful illustrations, it tells the tale of the misadventures of sweet old Mr. Putter and “his fine cat, Tabby.”
Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner is a Caldecott Medal-winning tale about a spoiled cat and some alien intruders that is sure to be a favorite for both kids and parents with its extraordinary illustrations—and lots of room for creative storytelling!
The Cat Who Wouldn’t Come Inside by Cynthia Von Buhler is an out-of-print gem that introduces children to feral cats and the idea that not all cats were meant to live indoors.
Tails are Not for Pulling by Elizabeth Verdick is a great primer on how to treat our pets and read their body language for young children. Includes tips for parents at the end.
How Do Dinosaurs Love Their Cats? by Jane Yolen is another great read on the right way to treat the kitty friends in our lives.
The Tenth Good Thing about Barney by Judith Viorst and Cat Heaven by Cynthia Rylant both address the difficult topic of the death of beloved pet cats. Be warned: you’ll want to have the tissues handy for these!