I recently finished Ric Riordan's The Lightning Thief. Fantastic book! I'm teaching Grade 5/6 this year - 10 & 11 year olds. I think this book will make a fabulous read aloud for them.
I also read Ranger's Apprentice Book 1: Ruins of Gorlon this summer. Another great choice for read aloud!
No matter what grade I teach, I always read aloud to the kids for pleasure. Each class has their own favourites and I've had students come and talk to me years later about their favourite books. In grade 8 I usually read And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie and I've had so many kids come back to tell me they continued to read her stuff.
Did your teachers read aloud to you? Did you enjoy it? What was your favourite book?