It is to me.
Mamie lies across my open book. Betty shreds the pages into confetti. William Henry sheds in the gutter. And Lucy bites my fingers as I turn the pages. Abigail regularly attends bedtime story reading - she is the most intellectual of the group. (Lady Bird prefers my lap to my book, but then she's blind and my books are typically in print not braille.)
Show your cat that books are not just for repose with these cat-friendly and cat-centric selections.
- Three Stories You Can Read to Your Cat by Sara Swan Miller - Ellie likes them too.
- Mr. Putter and Tabby written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Arthur Howard - Our all-time favorite series. Mr. Putter and his fine cat, Tabby (adopted from a shelter) live next door to Mrs. Teaberry and her good dog, Zeke. The two senior citizens have wonderful adventures that range from Painting the Porch to Taking the Train.
- Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss - My cats only dream of creating such a mess.
- So Many Cats by Beatrice Schenk De Regniers - Excellent reading for a multi-cat household.
- Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore - Have you ever met a cat who didn't want six dinners? Life is basically perfect for Sid and his six owners until he catches a cold, sees the vet six times and is Found Out.
- Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel - She wasn't always a bad kitty but when her household runs out of food...
- The Cat Who Walked By Himself by Rudyard Kipling - One of the Just So Stories.(William Henry likes this one even better than the Elephant's Child.)
- The Cat Who... Jim Qwilleran, Lilian Jackson Braun's detective, reads to his Siamese cats Koko and Yumyum on a regular basis. Koko picks the books by knocking them off of the shelves, selecting books with plenty of sound and fury. Koko also solves the crimes with his catly intuition, making this series an excellent read-aloud choice for a feline with a superiority complex.
Books with Lots of Sounds, Moving Parts or Small Animals
- Anything by William Shakespeare. Particularly The Tempest or Macbeth.
- The Raven or The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe - I believe that cats are big horror fans. But skip the one about the cat.
- Old Possums Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot - The rhythm of the words alone makes this a wonderful collection to read aloud.
- Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? by Dr. Seuss - Your cat probably can't, but your toddler will!
- The Pop-Up Mice of Mr. Brice Dr. Seuss again. It's like his target demographic was cats.
- The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary - Small animals AND motorcycle noises!
- There are Cats in This Book by Vivian Schwartz - Shhhh. They are all hiding behind the flaps.
More Simon's Cat - Ellie and I watched every single one after breakfast this morning.