"The Read Aloud Handbook" is an excellent book. Trelease provides a great deal of information about why it is so important to read aloud to your child and recommends numerous books. For more information and recommended read-alouds, see my directory of links.
What's your favorite read-aloud for three to five year olds? How about five to eight year olds? What about 9-12 year olds? Share your recommendations by posting a message on the About Children's Books Forumrecall recall