These pages created and maintained by
Dr. Mary Ellen Van Camp
Although I've loved dogs since childhood, my love of cats
developed later in life when I acquired two felines of my own.
Because of my personal literary interests, this site will have a decided literary bent.
There are many delightful books written about cats by both well-known and lesser-known authors. This list which follows includes some of those that I have particularly enjoyed. The best ones, of course, are those which, whether fact or fiction, remain true to cats in spirit.
Baker, Leslie. The Third-Story Cat. Illustrated by Leslie
Baker. Boston: Little, Brown, 1987.
This is the story of an apartment cat who ventures beyond the confines of her home to explore the park across the street and make new friends. Her journey there and back reveal Baker's understanding of cats she has known.
Calhoun, Mary. Cross-Country Cat. Illustrated by Erick Ingraham. A picture story book about the cross-courtry skiing adventure of Henry, a cat who is accidently left behind after his family visits a winter retreat.
A nearly wordless picture book, like many of those by Eric Carle,
either for adults to read to their very young children, or for
beginning readers to try on their own.
Eisler, Colin. Cats Know Best. Illustrated by Lesley Anne Ivory. New York: Dial, 1988.
Lesley Anne Ivory's magnificent illustrations of cats set against
elaborate backgrounds make this a visually-stunning work of art.
Eisler's simple text makes the book appropriate for beginning readers.
Older readers may be struck by the apparent incongruity of the
well-wrought and highly detailed illustrations and the naive language
of the text.
Miller, Sara Swan. Three Stories You Can Read to Your Cat. Illustrated by True Kelley. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1997.
Sara Swan Miller's book is intended for beginning readers who want to show off their newly-learned reading skills. When adults are just too busy to listen, the very young reader can read to the cat. No doubt many family cats have tolerated, and perhaps even enjoyed, this role before; but, as far as I know, there have not been any books in the past that were written for very young readers and intended for the feline audience.
The Cat Who Loves Reading : An insightful statement about why this cat (and almost any child) loves the time spent listening to someone reading aloud.
Cats Who Write : A laugh-out-loud site by Joanne Rocklin for those who love cats and know Children's Literature.
Cat Fanciers : An association for those who take their cats seriously.
If you're looking for information about various breeds of cats , the Cat Fanciers has a fine set of descriptions online.
Maine Coon Cats : One of my favorite breeds. Known as "gentle giants," these cats often retain their playful kittenish traits throughout their lives.
of the Maine Coon Cat : Wonderful stories about the origins of the
Coon breed. Maybe they're true, and maybe ....
: A great site with cat graphics, humor, cat stories, links, and more.
These pages were created on March 6, 1997 and
last revised on April 19, 2008.
Copyright © 1997-2009 Mary Ellen Van Camp. All rights reserved.
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