Eric Carle ranks high on my list of favorite children’s authors – not only for his writing, but mostly for his vibrant illustrations. Perfect for teaching number, color, and animal concepts, Eric Carle’s 1 2 3, helps little readers count to ten as more animals join the group. Each page has the corresponding number of dots and animals to help your children learn to count. There is even a pull out “flip book” at the end to practice counting from 1-10 (which by the way my daughter has already torn out!). However, we still like this book and read it often at bedtime. I also like that it’s padded on the outside, which makes it perfect for babies and young toddlers.