As cat lovers and avid readers, there’s nothing we enjoy more than curling up with a good Christmas cat book during the holiday season. Whether you’re a parent looking for a special book to read to your little ones, or simply someone who enjoys a good story with cats, we’ll help you find the perfect Christmas holiday read.
Popular Christmas cat books for children
When it comes to cat themed Christmas books for children, there are many great books that capture the magic of the season and the imagination of young readers.
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Merry Christmas Splat by Rob Scotton
The adorable yet mischievous Splat eagerly awaits Christmas, hoping he’s been good enough for Santa to bring him everything on his list. Just to make sure, Splat becomes extra helpful around the house. This charming story captures the excitement of awaiting Santa’s arrival, blending humour with engaging illustrations to make it a fun Christmas read.
Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by James Dean and Eric Litwin
When Santa falls ill, Pete the Cat sets out on a mission to save Christmas. With his cool, laid-back style, Pete navigates through various challenges all the while spreading joy along his journey. This fun-filled book has a catchy rhythm and vibrant illustrations, making it a holiday favourite for children. You may also like Pete the Cat’s 12 Groovy Days of Christmas.
Here Comes Santa Cat by Deborah Underwood and Claudia Rueda
Concerned that he may not have made the nice list this year, the lovable Cat decides to take matters into his own paws. Dressing up as Santa he embarks on a series of mischievous and humorous escapades. With delightful illustrations, this is a fun book and the perfect read for little ones on Christmas Eve.
Sammy Claws: The Christmas Cat by Lucy Rowland and Paula Bowles
Sammy Claws sleeps anywhere. On Christmas Eve, Santa’s adorable fluffy cat is snoozing inside a box, when he finds himself accidentally wrapped as a Christmas gift and sent off on Santa’s sleigh. This story follows Sammy’s adventure and his encounter with thieves who try to ruin Christmas. Beautifully illustrated, this is a fun read for young readers.
Mog’s Christmas by Judith Kerr
One of our personal favourites is “Mog’s Christmas”, part of the beloved “Mog” series, which is popular across generations. In this festive tale, Mog causes chaos by toppling the Christmas tree and accidentally setting fire to the decorations. Mog’s endearing misadventures capture the spirit of the holidays and will have young readers giggling with delight.
Christmas cat books for adults
Christmas cat books aren’t just for children – there are plenty of festive tales featuring cats that will warm the hearts of adults too.
A Gift from Bob: How a Street Cat Helped One Man Learn the Meaning of Christmas by James Bowen
If you liked A Street Cat Named Bob and The World According to Bob, then you’re sure to also enjoy the third book in the series. “A Gift from Bob” follows the journey of James Bowen and his loyal ginger cat Bob as they navigate the ups and downs of life on the streets during the Christmas season. With themes of love, second chances, and the power of friendship, this book is a delightful read.
The Cat Who Came for Christmas by Cleveland Amory
This heart-warming memoir tells the true story of Cleveland Amory and his unexpected bond with a stray cat named Polar Bear. Set during the holiday season, this story captures the power of love and how a simple act of kindness can change lives. With its witty writing and touching anecdotes, this book is a must-read for cat lovers who believe in the magic and strength of the human-animal bond.
The Christmas Cat by Melody Carlson
In this uplifting novel, a lonely widow named Garrison Brown finds an injured cat on the streets and takes it in. As he nurses the cat back to health, he discovers the healing power of love and the joy of second chances. With its relatable characters and warm, cozy Christmas setting, this book is perfect to curl up with on cold winter nights.
Catmas Carols by Laurie Loughlin and Gemma Correll
If you’re a cat lover who enjoys holiday music and a good laugh, you don’t want to miss this book. “Catmas Carols” features hilarious parodies of classic Christmas carols all with a feline twist. From “Silent Mice” to “O Little Town of Catnip,” these cleverly rewritten songs celebrate the unique quirks and antics of our feline friends. These are so good, you’ll want to sing along.
The Cat in the Christmas Tree: And Other True Stories of Feline Joy and Merry Mischief by Callie Smith Grant
This collection of true stories explores the joy and humour that cats bring to their owners’ lives during the holiday season. Whether it’s climbing the Christmas tree, batting at ornaments, or creating cozy spots in gift wrap, the stories capture the playful and sometimes unpredictable ways in which cats engage with the holiday festivities. It’s the perfect read for cat lovers seeking a dose of holiday cheer.
Alfie the Christmas Cat by Rachel Wells
Alfie is looking forward to Christmas, and the festive play the community has planned to raise money for a local homeless shelter. When residents find the set destroyed, Alfie must find out who is trying to sabotage the show so he can save the day. This is a lovely story told from Alfie’s point of view, and the perfect gift for the cat lover in your life.
Christmas at the Cat Café by Jessica Redland
After an inheritance from her beloved grandmother, pastry chef Tabby realises her dream and opens a cat café. With Christmas fast approaching and juggling health and other issues, Tabby needs her friends, family and cats to recover her festive spirit and open the café on time. With vivid characters, lots of cats, Christmas magic and a touch of romance, this is a light-hearted, cozy holiday read.
Tips for choosing the perfect Christmas cat book
With so many Christmas cat books to choose from, selecting the right one can feel overwhelming. Here are a few tips to help you make the right choice:
- Consider the age of the reader. If you’re buying for a child, make sure the book is appropriate for the intended reader’s age.
- Read reviews and summaries. Take the time to check out online reviews and ask for recommendations from friends who are cat lovers.
- Look for illustrations. Christmas cat books often feature beautiful illustrations that bring the story to life. Flip through the pages to see if the illustrations appeal to you.
- Explore different genres. You’ll find heart-warming stories, cozy Christmas mysteries and humorous tales – there is something for everyone.
Create a cozy Christmas book reading space
Once you’ve chosen the perfect Christmas cat book, it’s time to create a cozy reading environment.
- Find a comfortable spot. Whether it’s a cozy armchair by the fireplace or a pile of cushions on the floor, create a space where you can relax and fully immerse yourself in the book.
- Create a warm and inviting reading atmosphere. Light scented candles with festive scents like cinnamon or evergreen, and play soft instrumental holiday music in the background,
- Make yourself a warm beverage. Prepare a cup of hot cocoa, tea, or coffee to sip on while you read. Or, if you’re in the southern hemisphere and celebrate Christmas in summer, then pour yourself a cool, refreshing drink with lots of ice.
- Disconnect from technology. Turn off your phone, tablet, or any other electronic devices that may distract you – this is your time to relax and escape into the world of Christmas cat books.
- Snuggle up with your feline friend. Cats love to curl up next to their humans. Invite your cat to join you for some extra cuddles and keep you company during your reading time.
There’s no better time to indulge in some reading time than over the holidays. From whimsical tales of magical cats to heart-warming stories of love and redemption, these Christmas cat books capture the spirit of the season and remind us of the joy that can be found in the company of our feline friends. So, grab a book, cuddle up with your cat and let the reading begin. Don’t forget to share your favourite Christmas cat books in the comments below – we’d love to hear what you’re reading.
Happy reading and Meowy Christmas!