Big List of Counting and Number Books for Kids
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Timeless because it’s one of the best written children’s books of all time. This little caterpillar eats his way to a bigger size, preparing for his cocoon. Readers get to count the food and peek through dye cuts. (You might also like Eric Carle’s 1,2,3 to the Zoo and 10 Little Rubber Ducks.)
Chicka Chicka 1,2,3 by Bill Martin Jr., Michael Sampson, illustrated by Lois Ehlert
You’ll love the rhymes in this story about 101 numbers climbing up the apple tree and facing the threat of bumblebees.
How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten? by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Mark Teague
Mark Teague’s illustrations wonderfully depict these playful dinosaurs doing fun things that kids do all day long — playing with blocks, balls, toys and teddy bears! Can you count along?
The Hueys in None the Number: A Counting Adventure by Oliver Jeffers
“Is none a number? asks Frank Huey. Why yes it is, just like 1, 2, and 3 are numbers. But in this quirky, silly, random, and mesmerizing number picture book story we learn all about the Huey’s life. Such as, four is how many tantrums Kevin throws every day. HA.
Steam Train, Dream Train 1-2-3 by Sherry Duskey Sherry and Tom Lichenheld
The friends travel by train off to dreamland — one happy bear in the engine car, two best friend giraffes with pillows and books, three rabbits hopping on their bed, and up to ten. This is the perfect going to bed companion!
One Spotted Giraffe A Counting Pop-Up Book by Petr Horacek
Who doesn’t love both a lift-the-flap and pop-up in one awesome counting book!?
Ten Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Annie Kubler, illustrated by Tina Freeman
This classic rhyming story helps kids count backwards from ten as another monkey falls off the bed.
Peekaboo Pals 123 A Gareth Lucas Lift-the-Flap Book
It’s the Animal Antics race. Lift-the-flaps to count the animals as they race in numbered groups starting with 1 polar bear on a pogo stick to twenty turtles on a train, then 30, 40, 50 and 100. 100 rabbits on a rocket wins the race. Sturdy flaps and reinforced pages ensure this book will last multiple readings.
Counting Kisses: A Kiss and Read Book by Karen Katz
Bedtime snuggles was never so much fun! From ten kisses on ten tiny toes all the way to one kiss on a sleep head, count and kiss baby good-night.
One is a Piñata A Book of Numbers by Roseanne Greenfield Thong, illustrated by John Parra
The rhyming text highlights Spanish objects and words. I love that these aren’t necessarily words that non-Spanish speaking kids will know. They (and you) can use the illustrations and context clues to figure out what the words mean. “Four are bolillos just waiting to dip in four cups of chocolate but first take a sip.” For kids that do speak both English and Spanish, this book celebrates bilingualism and culture! It’s fun, festive, and affirming. Educational, too. I love this new book in an already fabulous series!
How Many Bugs in a Box? A Pop-up Counting Book by David A. Carter
My kids loved, loved, loved this book. It’s a blast to open the boxes and find colorful bugs to count!
Ten Apples Up On Top! by Dr. Seuss, illustrated by Roy McKie
Three friends try to do amazing things to impress each other . . . all while balancing apples on their heads. Very silly!
Counting with / Contando Con Frida by Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein
Vibrant artwork counts the important things in Frida’s life — paint brushes, flowers, dresses, and so forth. Phrases are in both English and Spanish.
Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth, illustrated by aura Hulisk-Beith
As you turn the page, another 3D ladybug disappears. Hands-on, colorful, and fun! This was a huge favorite for my own kids.
I Can Count! by Rebecca Rissman
Interactive with lots of questions and gorgeous photographs make this a great book to practice numbers and counting.
Warthog: A Counting Adventure by Birdie Black, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley, illustrated by Lauren Castillo (diversity)
One Big Pair of Underwear by Laura Gehl & Tom Lichtenheld
HAHA – this is the silliest “counting” picture book you’ll read! It’s counting and subtracting and patterns and did I mention silliness? It’s sure to be a new kid-favorite.
We All Went on Safari: A Counting Journey through Tanzania by Laurie Krebs, illustrated by Julia Cairns
Gentle rhymes, some repetitive text (LOVE), and plenty of gorgeous safari vistas make you feel as though you’re along with this Maasai family as they spot (and count) wildebeests, lions, warthogs, and more animals on their safari. Absolutely lovely.
Found Dogs by Erica Sirotich
Calling all dog lovers! Count dogs from one to ten — long, spotty, shiny, quick, slobbering, wrinkled. See where the dogs live, in a shelter, waiting for adoption. Then count backward from ten to one as the dogs each meet their new families. Very sweet!
Twenty Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street by Mark Lee, illustrated by Kurt Cyrus
What a muddle! Trucks are stuck in the middle of the street. Count along as the boy on a bicycle sees it all and figures out just what to do.
Let’s Count Goats by Mem Fox, illustrated by Jan Thomas
Giggle at these silly goats doing crazy things in rhyming text! Can you count along as the goats add up?
The Pickwicks’ Picnic A Counting Adventure by Carol Brendler, illustrated by Renee Kurilla
Counting with Tiny Cat by Viviane Schwarz
This adorable cat counts her red balls. Expressive illustrations capture the cat’s funny personality. SO CUTE!!
I Know Numbers by Taro Gomi
One sentence per page makes this a prime choice for young learners to start exploring numeracy. This picture book shows numbers in the world — on calendars, TV channels, buses, buildings, games, and more — in diverse, stylized illustrations.
Counting on Fall by Lizann Flatt illustrated by Ashley Barron
Not only did I love the cut-paper collages, but this book is also a very engaging nature-themed math picture book. The page with pronghorn antelope asks us to count by twos. We did — there were 90. The monarch butterflies page asks us to count the butterflies by tens — there were 100. Fewer, less, part to whole, first and last, and how to make 10 are just some of the math concepts in this beautiful picture book.
The Hueys in None the Number: A Counting Adventure by Oliver Jeffers
Is none a number? asks Frank Huey. Why yes it is, just like 1, 2, and 3 are numbers. But in this quirky, silly, random, and mesmerizing number picture book story we learn all about the Huey’s life. Such as, four is how many tantrums Kevin throws every day. HA.
123 versus ABC by Mike Boldt
The numbers think the book is about them. But the letters think the book is about them. It’s a battle for page time and both groups want to win. 1 Alligator or A for Alligator? It makes for a silly story that will crack you up.
Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins
First, the apple tree has no apples, then there is one, then two, then more. I really like the simple apple visual representation for each number and the appealing repetitive text of “yippee, fiddle-dee-fee“.
Ghosts In the House a Lift-the-Flap Book by Ammi-Joan Paquette, illustrated by Adam Record
This clever, silly Halloween counting book starts with one ghost. The ghost discovers (lift-the-flap) a skeleton in the closet and now there are two. Soon there are a total of five monsters prowling through the house. That is until they see a little boy. Yikes! Frightened, the monsters run for their lives. 🙂
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