5 Cat Books to Add to Your Winter Reading List

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Cat lovers will want to check out these feline-centric reads.

The Little Book of Bob: Life Lessons from a Street-wise Cat   

In 2007, street busker James Bowen found an injured cat in the hallway of his shelter home in North London. The friendship changed both their lives and led to the best-selling book A Street Cat Named Bob. The pair is back with this new heartwarming book about how to be kinder to ourselves and to the world around us.

This book was such an uplifting read, filled with so many examples of the importance of friendship — like sharing your good fortune and having faith in each other. The book also offers some great advice from Bob on how to get the most out of life — seeing all the wonder around us, taking chances when we see them, knowing your limitations and seizing each day.

Bob fans old and new will cherish the lessons and enlightenment of this wise cat. Published by Thomas Dunne Books.    

Kitten Lady’s Big Book of Little Kittens   

Animal advocate and humane educator Hannah Shaw, aka Kitten Lady, takes readers on the adorable journey of orphan foster kittens — from their first days all the way to adoption. An aww-inspiring read, it answers lots of questions about these tiny felines: Did you know kittens are born with their eyes closed and that they can fit in the palm of your hand? Or that being groomed with a toothbrush reminds them of their mothers’ tongues, making them feel safe and comfy? Hannah shows how she helps orphaned kittens grow up, get adopted and become healthy, happy cats. The book also features adorable photos and talks about some of her many previous fosters. Published by Aladdin, an imprint of Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Publishing Division.

Catfulness: A Cat’s Guide to Achieving Mindfulness   

Cats know the art of living — they eat when they’re hungry, sleep when they’re tired, have learned patience by sitting for hours outside a mouse hole and meditate by staring at an aquarium. From a cat’s point of view, we humans love to create problems for ourselves. We never stop, and we always seem to be looking for more to do. We say we’re looking for happiness — but do we know what it actually is? Written by “a cat,” (with the help of Paolo Valentino and Chenxin Jiang), this book is a seven-week mindfulness program for human beings, featuring instructions like stop and relax; gaze at an aquarium; enjoy your daily routine; and don’t always be looking elsewhere. Published by Quercus/Hachette Book Group.

How to Land on Your Feet: Life Lessons From My Cat   

Back in the early days of Catster, we featured artist Jamie Shelman and her quirky cat art. So, we’re so excited about this book featuring 100 adorable (and always true) sayings paired with her beautifully designed illustrations. Here are some favorites: Be especially attentive to the one person who doesn’t like you; Get away with murder by looking cute; Ignore anyone who doesn’t worship you; Why spend one life worrying … when you could spend nine lives napping?” These amusing — and sage — lessons capture the unique joys and lessons of living with cats. Published by The Experiment.

Max Attacks   

The title says it all! Max is a cat who loves to attack. Unfortunately, he gets distracted easily. One minute he’s going after the fish bowl, the next he’s charging up the window screen after something green and scaly. A catnip bird is suddenly forgotten when he spies a basket filled with dirty socks. This adorable book by Kathi Appelt is written in a fun, silly rhyme and features bright and often zoomed-in illustrations by Penelope Dullaghan. Max is sure to be a hit with young readers. Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

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