Quote Lady53: I don't know about anybody else but I read booksto my children that were for older children and ones that were for their ages also. Until a child can read on their own, they just love having somebody read/tell them a story as much for the closeness and bonding as the story it's self. They will also come to understand by looking at the pictures if there are any.
It helps a child learn to read sooner and makes them interested in books.
I read to my kids all the time too lady. I just couldn't read them a book that was too far over their head because even though they liked to be read to, their didn't have a lot of patience to sit through a longer story when they were one. ;) Did you read Dr. Suess to your kids?