A must-own-book is the really thick, big, Richard Scarry collection. It provides hours of story telling and picture flipping. It is interactive and timeless. I still get a warm fuzzy when I see Papa Rabbit tuck in his little baby rabbits.
I found another book that could be placed in the same category. I didn't realize this and began to read it from beginning to end---not to be done with this book, I got a bit sleepy.
But, the pictures, rhymes, and concepts penned by Gyo Fujikawa are art. I would recommend checking this book out, Oh, What a Busy Day.
Most of you already know about Fujikawa, but she was one of the first illustrators to include children of a variety of races. She died at age 90, in 1998. Here is the New York Times obituary. An interesting person, someone to know about.
I just made the connection that she wrote and illustrated Baby Animals, which is a Golden Book Classic.