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Books with Cats to Share

Bookstart, January 30 2017

Many children are attracted to soft, fluffy things: their favourite blanket, teddy bears, daddy’s jumper, touch-and-feel books, the list is endless.  They particularly like warm, soft and fluffy and this often means animals.

Whether or not you have pets at home, there are plenty of books around to introduce your youngsters to the animal kingdom.  This month we have chosen some of our favourite books about cats for you to share!

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Black Cat, White Cat – Silvia Borando

This is the story of two cats: Black Cat, who only goes out in the day, White Cat, who only goes out at night, and what happens when they meet.

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A Cat’s Day – Rebecca Rissman & Becka Moor

If you are looking for a picture book with a difference, this could be it. Start the book at one end and read the story of a boy’s day – start at the other end and find out what his cat is doing. The two stories meet up in the middle pages.

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A Dark, Dark Tale – Ruth Brown

Although this book may seem a little bit spooky, the illustrations provide plenty of opportunities for discussion and, sometimes, to try and find the cat. It has a surprise ending that made me laugh out loud.

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Hairy Maclary Scattercat – Lynley Dodd

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy is always good fun – but the cats in this story don’t think so. Will our hairy friend meet his match?

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I love cats – Emma Dodd

All kinds of cats prowl and purr through this delightful rhyming book, but one cat is best of all.

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The King Cat – Marta Altés

A cat’s life isn’t always easy. One day you’re king of the house, then the next day everything changes. A story about getting used to changes at home.

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Matilda’s Cat – Emily Gravett

Matilda likes playing with all sorts of things. She is certain her cat likes the same things. The cat is not convinced, but there is one thing Matilda’s cat really loves.

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Me and my Cat – Michael Dahl

A book that introduces young children to living with and loving your cat. Includes a note from the cat with a list of things they would like their new owners to remember.

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Mog and the Baby – Judith Kerr

Mog’s peaceful day is shattered when a baby comes to visit. “Mog loves babies,” says Mrs Thomas – but Mog isn’t quite so sure!

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Naughty Kitty! – Adam Stower

Lily had always wanted a doggy, but Mum said a kitten would be much less messy. After all, how much trouble can one tiny tabby get into? A great book for children who lived ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’.

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Tabby McTat – Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

Fred the busker and his cat, Tabby McTat, are purr-fectly happy, singing together all day long. But when Fred gives chase to a thief, the two are separated. Will they ever find each other again?

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There are no cats in this book – Viviane Schwarz

Have you come to play with the cats in this book? The thing is Tiny, Moonpie and André have gone out to see the world. Haven’t they…?

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