Please feel free to check out the following websites to learn why reading aloud to children at an early age is so important.
Early readers are VERY different from beginning chapter books or even picture books in general. Early readers, or as you might hear me sometimes calling them "Emergent Readers", are quite simply “Kindergarten Books". They have some pretty distinct characteristics. For instance, the font in these books is large, and the sentences are rather short. The pictures provide supportive clues to the reader to figure out the words. The text has a lot of repetition when it comes to structure (often containing word families and rhyming words) and the words are fairly simple and easy to decode. A picture book, although it has pictures in it, can be waaaayyy beyond a child's reading level. A lot of the "early readers/emergent readers" books will have My First I Can Read, Step Into Reading, Ready To Read, I Can Read on the top of them.