10 Cat Protagonists in Children’s Literature

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Cats are such beguiling creatures is it any surprise that they are such popular protagonists in children’s literature?

Here are 10 particularly memorable cats who star in books for kids.


1. The Cat in The Hat by Dr. Seuss

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Probably one of the most recognizable cats in children’s literature.

On a boring, rainy day little Dick and Sally meet The Cat in The Hat who arrives to cause all sorts of mayhem and turns their dreary afternoon into a fun-filled escapade.


2. Tom Kitten by Beatrix Potter

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This mischievous little kitten has stolen the hearts of young readers since he was introduced back in 1907.

After being properly dressed in nice clothes, Tom, and his sisters promptly play in the dust and discard their finery, thoroughly embarrassing their Victorian mother.


3. Tabby McTat by Julia Donaldson

Tabby McTat is a busker’s cat, who has been separated from his owner and goes on a heart-warming journey to be reunited with him.

In the process, he finds a new family, as well as a wife and kittens of his own.


4. Skippyjon Jones from Judy Schachner’s Series of Books

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An adorable little Siamese who believes himself to be a dog and dreams of one day becoming “El Skippito”, who is really a Chihuahua.


5. Pete the Cat from James Dean’s book series

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Another star, Pete the Cat is said to be a groovy blue cat  who loves surfing, playing ball and music, spending time with his friends, and trying all sorts of new things.


6. Gobbolino the Witch’s Cat by Ursula Moray

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In this classic tale, Gobbolino is the cat of a witch who would much rather be a kitchen cat  but he is mistrusted everywhere he goes and blamed for all the mysterious events going on around him.


7. Atticus Claw by Jennifer Gray

The charming cat-burglar turned cat detective, Atticus Claw, rescues Inspector Cheddar from all sorts of villains in his series of books loved by kids everywhere .


8. Mog the Cat by Judith Kerr

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Delighting kids since 1970, Mog is the much-loved family cat of the Thomas family and shares her many exploits of mischief and mayhem.


9. Slinky Malinky by Lynley Dodd

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Slinky Makinky is another beloved character, a blacker than black cat with a kink at the end of his tail.

He is playful and adventurous during the day but then becomes fiendish and sly after dark.


10. Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore

In this book, the sneaky little cat, Sid, has six owners, six homes, and even eats six dinners a day .

His life seems to be just perfect until his owners realize he is not theirs alone!


The mischievous and independent nature of cats make them an ideal fit for children’s literature.

These are just a sample of the many famous cats that grace the pages of kids books and each one holds a special place in the hearts of their readers.

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