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.)
Trees: A Count and Find Primer by Greg Paprocki
Count the beautiful trees – 1 Mangrove Tree, 2 Banyan Trees, 3 Live Oak Trees, 4 Juniper Trees, all the way to 10 Ponderosa Pine Trees. Detailed, colorful illustrations show people and animals enjoying life amidst the trees — whether camping or fishing, bird watching or exploring. Back matter contains fun facts about the trees and a page of hidden objects to find when you reread the story. Absolutely wonderful.
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.
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!!
Five Hiding Ostriches by Barbara Barbieri McGrath, illustrated by Riley Samels
A playful counting and rhyming story about five ostriches who run and hide from a lion. And what will happen when the lion catches them? It’s not what you think! It’s a fun friendship story that toddlers and preschoolers will love.
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?
Five Little Ducks by Raffi, illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey
Five little ducks when out one day. Mother Duck calls them back with a quack quack quack. But only four come back, then three, two, one, and none. In the spring, they come back with their own families. A darling counting book that you can also sing along to.
I Love My Tutu Too! by Ross Burach
Get ready for some funny tongue-twisting counting! Penguin loves her tutu. So do Bear and Ant and Toucan. Count along from 1 to 10 as the story adds friends and– tutus!! “Three tutus. We toucans love tutus too!” When they get to ten, it’s time for a dance party. This is one of those stories that begs to be read aloud…if you can get through it while laughing.
Two Dogs on a Trike A Counting Book by Gabi Snyder, illustrated by Robin Rosenthal
Pay close attention to the illustrations as you count the dogs riding in vehicles starting with a trike, then a scooter, bicycle, trolley, and even hot-air balloon…But who is that following them? Who will be the 10th? Hint: It’s not a dog! Count backward from ten as the dogs run for their lives. Fun and funny.
How Many? A Different Kind of Counting Book by Christopher Danielson
The Blunders: A Counting Catastrophe! by Christina Soontornvat, illustrated by Colin Jack
The ten Blunder kids play outside for hours but when it’s time to do a headcount, they can’t find one kid. (Although we can see the problem right away, they can’t.) They keep making the same mistake (not counting the person who is counting) and it’s hilarious! They count in Spanish, count backward, and count by three. It’s no use! How will they tell their mom that they lost someone? Entertaining and educational.
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!?
One-osaurus, Two-osaurus by Kim Norman, illustrated by Pierre Collet-Derby
Playful fun, these dinosaurs count and play hide-and-seek. The rhyming text and sound words make this a delightful book to read aloud.
Ten Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Annie Kubler, illustrated by Tina Freeman
This classic rhyming story helps kids count backward 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 win 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. “Four are bolillos just waiting to dip in four cups of chocolate but first take a sip.” I love how this book celebrates bilingualism and culture! It’s fun, festive, and affirming.
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!
One Dark Bird by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon
As the town wakes up for the day, more birds soar in the sky above from one to ten and then many more. Then a hawk appears and the starlings become a large flock, moving in unison like waves, dancing together in a noisy clutch. When it’s over, the birds float back down and settle in the tree for nighttime, counting from ten back to one. A beautiful pairing of evocative images and lyrical text!
Counting with / Contando Con Frida by Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein
Vibrant artwork counts the important things in Frida’s life — paintbrushes, 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.
Ten Blocks to the Big Wok by Ying-Hwa Hu
Bilingual in English and Mandarin, this is a playful story of a girl and her dad walking ten blocks through Chinatown, counting things they see like four miniature trees on the fourth block and seven silk fans on the seventh block. When they arrive at the restaurant for dim sum, they count the delicious foods–9 fried wontons, 8 shumai, 7 tofu-shin rolls, and more.
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!
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.
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. 🙂