It’s election day! As part of our special coverage, we present 15 picture books filled with cute, cavorting kitties, linked to their excerpted Booklist reviews. If you want to spend the rest of the day crouched in the children’s section, rocking back and forth and looking at them until our next president is announced, you’ve got our vote. (Prefer puppies? Click here.)
Big Cat, Small Cat, by Ami Rubinger
Kids who love cats will enjoy seeing them in all kinds of shapes, sizes, colors, and demeanors.
A Box Full of Kittens, by Sonia Manzano
On a trip to the bodega, Ruthie discovers three kittens and becomes completely entranced.
A Castle Full of Cats, by Ruth Sanderson
From the cover crawling with cats to the endpapers showing 37 felines, this is a cat-lover’s dream.
Cat Secrets, by Jef Czekaj
The cats are on to us! Czekaj’s irresistible cartoon art is both bratty and expressive.
Cat the Cat, Who Is That? by Mo Willems
This upbeat title introduces young children to a new cast of animal pals.
I Love Cats, by Susan Stainton
The unseen narrator likes all kinds of cats, and there are plenty of cats to be seen.
I See Kitty, by Yasmine Surovec
Beginning with colorful end pages of sweet kittens in all kinds of energetic poses, author-illustrator Surovec has created a celebration of kitty love.
Katie Loves the Kittens, by John Himmelman
Katie chases the kittens around the house, is quickly reprimanded, and spends the rest of the book trying not to scare them.
Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed, by Leslea Newman
Based on a true incident, this delightfully told story is unlikely and adorable in equal parts.
A Kitten Tale, by Eric Rohmann
The short text begins in spring, when four kittens spot a postcard with a wintry scene.
Kittens! Kittens! Kittens! by Susan Meyers
There’s no real story—just a collection of appealing scenes in which kittens—busy, bouncy, and bold—explore their surroundings.
Little Night Cat, by Sonja Danowski
Danowski’s quiet, lovely story of generosity is beautifully outshone by her stunning, luminous illustrations, full of dappled light and textural depth, which resemble soft-focus photographs.
My Kitten, by Margaret O’Hair
Who doesn’t smile when watching a cuddly, playful kitten?
Spot, the Cat, by Henry Cole
Spot is not that easy to find in this wordless picture book.
The Very Fluffy Kitty, Papillon, by A. N. Kang
True to his butterfly namesake, the kitten Papillon—rendered in wispy, cloudlike pencil strokes—can float.
Where’s the Party? by Ruth Chan
Georgie, a cheery gray tabby cat, is an expert party planner. He especially understands the importance of comprehensive to-do lists.