Meow! Who doesn’t love snuggling up with a soft, purring kitty? There’s so many wonderful stories about cats of all shapes and sizes,  there was no way we couldn’t feature them in Story Time!

Books

Book Cover - Slinky Malinki” title=“View this item in the library catalogue Slinky Malinki / by Lynley Dodd

A character who needs no introduction, this book was first published in 1990 and is still going strong! Slinky Malinki is a good cat by day, but by night he turns into a villainous thief! What will it take to stop his criminal tendencies?

 Book Cover - Come Down, Cat!” title=“View this item in the library catalogue  Come Down, Cat! / By Sonya Hartnett, illustrated by Lucia Masciullo

Night is falling, and Nicholas’ cat won’t come down off the roof.  He worries about the scary night-time creepy-crawlies she’ll see from her perch, but doesn’t think about the one thing she actually fears- rain! There are all kinds of bravery, and Nicholas finds out he can be brave too!

 Book Cover - I Don't Want a Cool Cat” title=“View this item in the library catalogue  I Don’t Want a Cool Cat / by Emma Dodd

I don’t want a cool cat, a treat-me-like-a-fool cat. But what kind of cat do I want? Beautiful, bold illustrations match the simple, flowing rhyme to show the various types of cat that this little girl does not want! Eventually she does find her perfect curl-up-in-my-lap cat.

 Book Cover - Hetty's Day Out” title=“View this item in the library catalogue  Hetty’s Day Out / by Pamela Allen

Hetty the cat is having a great day- on her walk through the neighbourhood, each person she meets has a new treat for her! She happily eats everything she gets until… uh-oh! She can’t fit through the cat flap! This book has some great counting opportunities, as Hetty noms her way through ever increasing amounts of treats.  We’ve all been there, Hetty!

Rhymes

Five Little Mice

This works great as a finger rhyme.

Five little mice came out to play

Gathering crumbs up on the way

Out came a kitty cat sleek and black

Four little mice went scurrying back.

Soft Kitty 

Soft kitty, warm kitty

Little ball of fur.

Happy kitty sleepy kitty

Purr purr purr.

Five Cheeky Kittens

Another good finger rhyme.

Five Cheeky Kittens bouncing on the bed

One fell off and bumped her head

Mumma called the doctor, the doctor said

No more cheeky kittens bouncing on the bed!

Craft

Standing Cat

Materials

  • Printable template from here.
  • Cardstock (we used 200gsm)
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Instructions

Print the template onto normal paper, and then cut out (we just used the body and head), or draw your own.

Fold the cardstock in half longways and trace the templates onto the card. Make sure the top of the cat’s body meets the fold. See the picture below.

Colour in your cat- this is much easier to do before you cut it out!

Cut out the cat body, double sided, making sure not to cut along the fold.

Cut out the head- You only need one of these.

You can draw and cut out a tail from the cardboard scraps (see picture below)- I thought the cat looked a little stunted without a tail, but it’s up to you.

Stick your cat head onto one end of the body, and the tail onto the other. Your cat should now stand up!

You can colour in the back of your cat as well if you like.