A recent suggestion by our librarian is the book, Jenny and the Cat Club by Esther Averill. Originally published in 1944 the book was re-published in 2003. It has 5 different stories about Jenny Linsky and the Cat Club. Jenny is a black cat who lives in Greenwich Village with Captain Tinker. She is a shy cat but the red scarf the Captain made for her gives her courage. There is a cat club that meets in the yard just outside of her window that Jenny longs to be a part of but to join the club you must "do" something - and she is concerned that she can not do anything special. The stories follow Jenny Linsky and her adventures with her cat friends through simple text and the occasional illustration.
I read this book with my kids (5 and 3) over the course of a week and they loved it! The personification of the cats is very fun and humorous. I think this is a great read-loud for younger children or would be a fun read for a newly confident reader.