World Book Day: Our Favourite Cats in Books

Today is World Book Day, and as we can never miss an opportunity to talk about cats, we decided to bring you a selection of our favourite books featuring cats!

World Book Day began in the UK in 1998, and it always falls on the first Thursday in March. Its aim is to promote reading for pleasure amongst children and young people, so all the books on this list are technically aimed at children or young adults (but that won’t stop us from picking up our copies). 

If you think we’ve missed any, get in touch with us on Facebook and Instagram - we’d love to discover more!


A long-haired black cat sits on a desk in front of a bookshelf



Mog - Judith Kerr

Judith Kerr’s Mog has been a staple of children’s bookshelves and libraries since the 1970s. The first book in the series is Mog The Forgetful Cat, and there are plenty of Mog stories to choose from, up to the final Goodbye, Mog, published in 2002. 


The Cat Who Wanted to Go Home - Jill Tomlinson

This classic children’s book tells the story of Suzy the cat who accidentally leaves her French seaside home and ends up in England. It’s available both as the classic story and in picture book format. 


Six Dinner Sid - Inga Moore

If your cat has access to the outdoors, you might wonder what they get up to when they’re not at home. In Six Dinner Sid, we get a pretty good idea. This picture book tells the story of Sid, a cat with six homes, six owners, and six dinners.


The Cat in the Hat - Dr Seuss

Could we really do a list of books about cats without mentioning Dr Seuss? This playful book from 1957 taught generations of young children to read, and it’s just as popular more than 50 years on.


The Tiger Who Came to Tea - Judith Kerr

This children's book is a true classic, and it's from the same author who brought us Mog just two years later. While this might not be the kind of cat we're used to sharing our kitchen tables with, we're allowing it on the list. Big cats are cats too.


Room on the Broom - Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

A kind witch and her cat who make room on their broom for other animals? Sign us up, this is the content we want. From the writer and illustrator of The Gruffalo, this book has even been made into a short animated film (which is currently available to watch on iPlayer!). 


The Princess Diaries - Meg Cabot 

Is this a cat brand or a Princess Diaries stan account? Who can tell, maybe we're both. First published in 2000, The Princess Diaries series follows Mia Thermopolis (and her cat) as she discovers that she’s actually a princess. Mia’s cat, Fat Louie, may not be the official star of this show, but he's a trusty companion nonetheless.


A person sits on the floor with a cup of coffee reading a book, while a cat walks towards them


If this selection of stories isn't enough, or you want something a bit more grown up, check out our past article on famous cats in literature, featuring Alice in Wonderland's Cheshire Cat, and TS Eliot's classic Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.

02/03/2023 by NatuTeam

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