I'm somewhat concerned about my nephew - and the fact that he keeps being read the same books, so much that his mom knows them by heart and they don't use the actual book!! While I am all for telling kids stories, I think it is important to actually read to them from the book. The Angie learned to recognize certain words because as we read, we would point at the words in the book. I'm not saying I never screwed up raising her - but she did turn out well imho.
Anyway I bought several board books, and am making stuffed knit/crochet versions of the starring animals to give him. I started by using a tried and true (can't tell you how many owls I've made with this pattern already) Pattern with bigger needles and three strands of yarn held together. I then cut circles from off white felt ( didn't have any white apparently) and the biggest non bulgy frog safety eyes I had.
I did my best embroidering the beak - can't say that's a craft I do well at all!!
I am now working on a Giraffe to go with a book about Giraffes can't dance. Right now he's a worm with eyes. I've done the head, body and ears - I'm working on his legs now, then his horns, mane and tale. Then I will be doing a fox for Fox in Socks.