Here are two of my recent favorites for the 2-4 year old crowd: Animal Spots and Stripes and Animal 123 by German author/illustrator Britta Teckentrup. These lift-the-flap books are sturdier than most and introduce young kids to a variety of animals– giraffes, snakes, elephants, leopards, etc. Both books are bold and lively, presenting patterns and counting in a playful way that fuels a child’s natural curiosity. Teckentrup has other books for children viewable here. Discover one today!