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Counting: Books For Kids

This list of the best kids books about counting is sure to include a new favorite for the voracious young reader in your life! From Ten Little Rabbits to Remember 10 With Explorer Ben there's something here for everyone's tastes. Do you have a favorite book about counting? Let us know!

Top 10 Books About Counting

Ten Little Rabbits book
#1
Ten Little Rabbits
Written by Virginia Grossman and illustrated by Sylvia Long
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

A counting rhyme with illustrations of rabbits in Native American costume, depicting traditional customs such as rain dances, hunting, and smoke signals. On board pages.

One Was Johnny book
#2
One Was Johnny
Written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

One Was Johnny, along with the other three classic Nutshell Library titles (Alligators All Around, Chicken Soup with Rice, and Pierre), is the first board book edition of Maurice Sendak’s original work! You loved Nutshell Library as a miniature collection, and these large board books will make it even easier for children to share with their grown-up readers. From one to ten and back again, children have been counting along with Maurice Sendak’s One Was Johnny for over fifty years. Now they can enjoy this classic rhyming story of a boy and his many visitors in this durable board book format!

The World-Famous Book of Counting book
#3
The World-Famous Book of Counting
Written and illustrated by Sarah Goodreau
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-7

Prepare to be amazed by this fabulously clever lift-the-flap, pop-up, pull-out book about numbers. Sarah Goodreau's magic-themed illustrations add a touch of nostalgia and vintage glamour to this fun and elegant counting book. With spectacular sorcery and sensational illusions, there's something here for magic lovers of all ages. A stylish lift-the-flap, pop-up, pull-out book about numbers with a magic theme

Pride & Prejudice book
#4
Pride & Prejudice
Written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Introduce your little bibliophile to the romantic world of Jane Austen in Pride & Prejudice: A BabyLit® Counting Primer. Stroll through 1 English village to meet 2 rich gentlemen and discover what happens when the 5 Bennet sisters encounter 4 marriage proposals! Alison Oliver’s charming illustrations accompany Jennifer Adams’ clever, simple text to make this take on a beloved classic perfect for little ones.

Can't Sleep Without Sheep book
#5
Can't Sleep Without Sheep
Written by Susanna Leonard Hill and illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Whenever Ava can't sleep, she counts sheep. But Ava takes so long to fall asleep, it's the sheep that are growing tired-until finally, they quit! When the sheep promise to find a replacement that Ava can count on, chaos ensues as chickens, cows, pigs, hippos, and more try their hand at jumping over Ava's fence. Finding the perfectly peaceful replacement for sheep might not be so easy after all. With irresistibly adorable art, this delightful take on a familiar sleep tactic is sure to become a bedtime favorite.

One, Two, Three! book
#6
One, Two, Three!
Written and illustrated by Sandra Boynton
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-2

A wacky crew of hippos, cats, pigs, and cows lead kids from a quiet One to a "LOUD LOUD LOUD" Ten-and back to quiet One again. From Boynton on Board, the bestselling series of extra-big, extra-fat, and extra-fun board books, here is One, Two, Three!, a counting book as only Sandra Boynton could do a counting book. Filled with her humorous, colorful drawings and lively text, One, Two, Three! is an adventure with numbers that kids and their parents will love.

Animal Numbers book
#7
Animal Numbers
Written and illustrated by Thomas Flintham
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Join Thomas Flintham on a vibrantly colorful animal adventure that will have the littlest readers counting from one to ten. This friendly whale is number one. He leaps up high, and then he's gone. Four elephants stomp in a row, Marching high and marching low! Filled with bright colors and eye-catching artwork, the critters in Animal Numbers are running, swimming, splashing, dashing, and counting up a storm!

1-2-3, You Love Me book
#8
1-2-3, You Love Me
Written and illustrated by Jill Howarth
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

From one bear hug to twelve pretty red roses, 1-2-3, You Love Me will foster lots of hugs, kisses, and affection between parent and child while teaching young ones to count from one to twelve. With charming love-filled illustrations, sturdy pages, and clever rhyming text, this is the perfect gift for baby for Valentine's Day or any time of year. Sipping on yummy shakes, cuddling puppies, counting the colors in a rainbow, and making music with friends are all ways that children can express their love for their friends and family with Jill Howarth's delightful board book.

One Whole Bunch book
#9
One Whole Bunch
Written by Mary Meyer and illustrated by Sara Gillingham
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

In this new book illustrated by award-winning artist and designer Sara Gillingham, a boy gathers a bunch of flowers for a beautiful bouquet for his mother in this simple and sweet story that features a counting element: 10 to 1.

1-2-3 Peas book
#10
1-2-3 Peas
Written and illustrated by Keith Baker
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Busy little peas engage in their favorite activities as they introduce the numbers from one to one hundred.

Books About Counting and Numbers

Pride & Prejudice book
#1
Pride & Prejudice
Written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Introduce your little bibliophile to the romantic world of Jane Austen in Pride & Prejudice: A BabyLit® Counting Primer. Stroll through 1 English village to meet 2 rich gentlemen and discover what happens when the 5 Bennet sisters encounter 4 marriage proposals! Alison Oliver’s charming illustrations accompany Jennifer Adams’ clever, simple text to make this take on a beloved classic perfect for little ones.

1-2-3, You Love Me book
#2
1-2-3, You Love Me
Written and illustrated by Jill Howarth
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

From one bear hug to twelve pretty red roses, 1-2-3, You Love Me will foster lots of hugs, kisses, and affection between parent and child while teaching young ones to count from one to twelve. With charming love-filled illustrations, sturdy pages, and clever rhyming text, this is the perfect gift for baby for Valentine's Day or any time of year. Sipping on yummy shakes, cuddling puppies, counting the colors in a rainbow, and making music with friends are all ways that children can express their love for their friends and family with Jill Howarth's delightful board book.

One Whole Bunch book
#3
One Whole Bunch
Written by Mary Meyer and illustrated by Sara Gillingham
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

In this new book illustrated by award-winning artist and designer Sara Gillingham, a boy gathers a bunch of flowers for a beautiful bouquet for his mother in this simple and sweet story that features a counting element: 10 to 1.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Counting with Frida / Contando con Frida (Lil' Libros: English - Spanish) - A Lil' Libros Bilingual Counting Book Introduce your little one to the life of one of Mexico's most iconic painters, Frida Kahlo, while teaching them their numbers, 1 to 10, in English and Spanish. Count una casa azul (one blue house), tres flores (three flowers), and cinco retratos (five portraits).

  2. How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten? - The bestselling, award-winning team of Yolen and Teague present their beloved dinosaurs in a new format with this fun, read-aloud board book that teaches young children to count from one to ten! Come along for some BIG fun as your favorite dinosaurs delight young readers with their playful antics. How do dinosaurs count to ten? Over and over and over again! This brand new board book format brings the gigantic humor of bestselling, award-winning team Jane Yolen and Mark Teague to the youngest readers, helping them learn to count from one to ten with a simple, rhyming text and laugh-out-loud illustrations! A perfect companion book to the other HOW DO DINOSAURS tales, and a great baby gift as well.

  3. Romeo and Juliet - Get swept away by Little Master Shakespeare’s tale of two star-crossed lovers in Romeo & Juliet: A BabyLit® Counting Primer. Count friends, kisses, love letters, and roses in this charming retelling of Shakespeare’s famous story of young love. Since parting from such a lovely little book will certainly bring feelings of sweet sorrow, you may find yourself re-reading 'till it be 'morrow!

  4. The Crayons' Book of Numbers - Counting is as easy as 1… 2… purple?… in this charming book of numbers from the creators of the #1 New York Times Best Sellers, The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home. Poor Duncan can’t catch a break! First, his crayons go on strike. Then, they come back home. Now his favorite colors are missing once again! Can you count up all the crayons that are missing from his box? From the creative minds behind the The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home comes a colorful board book introducing young readers to numbers.

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Books About Counting and Rhyming

Ten Little Rabbits book
#1
Ten Little Rabbits
Written by Virginia Grossman and illustrated by Sylvia Long
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

A counting rhyme with illustrations of rabbits in Native American costume, depicting traditional customs such as rain dances, hunting, and smoke signals. On board pages.

Animal Numbers book
#2
Animal Numbers
Written and illustrated by Thomas Flintham
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Join Thomas Flintham on a vibrantly colorful animal adventure that will have the littlest readers counting from one to ten. This friendly whale is number one. He leaps up high, and then he's gone. Four elephants stomp in a row, Marching high and marching low! Filled with bright colors and eye-catching artwork, the critters in Animal Numbers are running, swimming, splashing, dashing, and counting up a storm!

One Is a Piñata book
#3
One Is a Piñata
Written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong and illustrated by John Parra
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

One is a rainbow. One is a cake. One is a piñata that's ready to break! In this lively picture book, a companion to the Pura Belpré–honored Green Is a Chile Pepper, children discover a fiesta of numbers in the world around them, all the way from one to ten: Two are maracas and cold ice creams, six are salsas and flavored aguas. Many of the featured objects are Latino in origin, and all are universal in appeal. With rich, boisterous illustrations, a fun-to-read rhyming text, and an informative glossary, this vibrant book enumerates the joys of counting and the wonders that abound in every child's day!

Honorable Mentions
  1. Hamsters Holding Hands - Hamsters Holding Hands is an engaging, fun board book targeted toward very young learners. Each page features a different number of playful hamsters accompanied by rhyming text. The illustrations are bright and graphic with lots of humorous details to keep both child and adult engaged. A counting book that takes readers from one to ten, Hamsters Holding Hands is a delight to share with any young child.

  2. Woodstock, Baby! - A far-out counting board book celebrating the 50th anniversary of Woodstock! On August 15, 1969, one of the greatest events in rock history took place . . . Woodstock! Now, a rhyming text and groovy illustrations combine to create a bright and lively counting board book commemorating the 50th anniversary. Little rockers will love counting everything from peace signs and guitars to bell bottoms and bands. This out-of-sight adventure is perfect for flower children of all ages. Peace, love, and board books, baby!

  3. One House - Crabs with clipboards and bears who build are some of the animals who come together in One House to DIY a new home from start to finish for their friend. Plans are drafted, holes are dug, and construction begins! This board book will delight little ones with its quirky illustrations and rhyming countdown. With teamwork, generosity and some special skills, it’s amazing what these critters can accomplish!

  4. This Old Man - Learn to count and add with this traditional rhyme. Bouncy illustrations, innovative die cutting and popular rhymes make Books with Holes a must for every child. This is a board book edition.

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Books About Counting and Lift-the-flaps

Numbers book
#1
Numbers
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-2

In this fun version of the lift-the-flap format, clever die-cuts offer hints of what lies beneath each flap. Children will delight in counting four cute hats and then lifting the flap to discover that the hats are perched on the heads of four funny clowns. With a palette that will catch the eye of hip, modern parents, this bright and cheery board book introduces toddlers to numbers in a fresh new way.

Look Look book
#2
Look Look
Written and illustrated by Agnese Baruzzi
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Part counting game, part guessing game, this delightful board book invites little ones to look at one thing, and guess what else it could be. Each page shows one shape, and then unfolds to reveal an ingenious surprise, sure to captivate curious toddlers.

Where Are the Bears? book
#3
Where Are the Bears?
Written and illustrated by Kathy Ireland
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Lift the flaps to see where the bears will turn up next! This charming board book encourages toddlers to count the bears on each playful page.

Honorable Mentions
  1. The World-Famous Book of Counting - Prepare to be amazed by this fabulously clever lift-the-flap, pop-up, pull-out book about numbers. Sarah Goodreau's magic-themed illustrations add a touch of nostalgia and vintage glamour to this fun and elegant counting book. With spectacular sorcery and sensational illusions, there's something here for magic lovers of all ages. A stylish lift-the-flap, pop-up, pull-out book about numbers with a magic theme

  2. Learn with Me! Numbers - Early learners can practice their counting skills with this vibrant and rewarding flap book. Readers can have hours of fun lifting the flaps and reading the words and numbers. The design and interactivity of the book means that young children won't even realize they're actually learning!

  3. 123 Lift & Learn - Introduce preschool children to basic concepts like counting with 1, 2 ,3 Lift & Learn, a bold, colorful, new lap book. With a large format perfect for sharing and reading aloud, 123Lift & Learn is a wonderful way to introduce your toddler to numbers and counting! Filled with bold, bright illustrations and engaging paper flaps, this book is made to explore together and discover the numbers hiding underneath each colorful illustration. Kids will be delighted to lift and learn, easy as 1, 2, 3! The Lap Board Concepts series from Walter Foster Jr. is the perfect way to introduce toddlers to the early concepts of reading, counting, and problem solving. With a colorful, contemporary style, this traditional lift-the-flap learning book will help preschool children learn shapes, numbers, and colors in an entertaining, exciting new way. Bold, colorful illustrations entice young readers (and listeners!) to flip through the pages again and again, each time with a new understanding of each shape, color, or number. A thoughtful gift for preschoolers that can be kept, handed down, and treasured for many years to come.

  4. Counting Things - Learn to count to ten with Little Mouse! This cute board book features a large lift-flap on every page, making learning to count easy and fun! With stylish retro-modern illustrations this is the perfect introduction to counting for young children.

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Books About Counting and Interactive

1-2-3 Peas book
#1
1-2-3 Peas
Written and illustrated by Keith Baker
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Busy little peas engage in their favorite activities as they introduce the numbers from one to one hundred.

TouchThinkLearn: 123 book
#2
TouchThinkLearn: 123
Written and illustrated by Xavier Deneux
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

High design, brilliant graphics, essential learning skills—these features distinguish the TouchThinkLearn titles, presenting knowledge in a new dimension. Xavier Deneux applies the same unique vision that informed TouchThink-Learn: ABC to this year's most innovative counting book. Die-cut numerals and shapes stimulate understanding of essential concepts, inviting youngest readers to engage in a meaningful and tangible hands-on experience of numbers by tracing figures and shapes to coordinate concepts and images.

Fourteen Animals (That Are Definitely Not an Octopus) book
#3
Fourteen Animals (That Are Definitely Not an Octopus)
Written and illustrated by Gabriel Pyle
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

In this hilarious book of animals, artist Gabe Pyle presents sixteen beloved animals who are definitely not an octopus—or are they? Observant youngsters will love uncovering each octopus cleverly disguised in 16 animals’ shapes. Based on the immensely popular threadless t-shirt, 16 Animals (that Definitely Aren’t an Octopus) is a fresh, witty romp through the animal kingdom that even adults will find hard to resist.

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  1. Ten Horse Farm - Roan, speckled, dappled, gray -- how many different horses are playing on these pages? A new novelty delight from renowned pop-up master Robert Sabuda. Watch with awe as majestic horses leap off the page when you open this stunning full-color pop-up book. Glorious images of horses grazing, prancing, and galloping in an idyllic farm setting are inspired by everyday scenes in rural America as well as by the real Ten Horse Farm (now an art studio) owned by artist and designer Robert Sabuda in upstate New York. This 3-D gem will draw horse enthusiasts of all ages.

  2. Follow the Dots: 123 - Trace each number—it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! Follow the Dots: 123 is an interactive introduction to number writing practice. Children will love the tactile, shiny foil dots that make up each number. To encourage learning and recognition, children can trace each dot-filled number with their finger. Bright, colorful illustrations and adorable animals and objects help reinforce learning as kids learn numbers 1 through 10!

  3. Ten Little Ladybugs Storybook - One by one, ten tactile bugs disappear. Where did they all go? Young ones will love finding out as they feel their way through the sturdy, colorful pages of this innovative book. The cute critters provide a hands-on learning experience and the rhyming text reinforces the counting concept. Interactive, educational, adorable—this magical countdown book adds up to a whole lot of fun.

  4. Seek and Count - A counting book full of numbers, words, and beautiful objects to discover. In this clever lift-the-flap book, each page appears to have only one object on it. But lift the flaps and look again to discover what is really going on. Each page reveals brilliantly colorful surprises. An egg cracks open to reveal one baby chick. A tulip is hiding two butterflies, and a blanket reveals three kittens. This counting book is full of peel-a-boo surprises!

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Books About Counting and Animals

Great Kiwi 123 Book book
#1
Great Kiwi 123 Book
Written and illustrated by Donovan Bixley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Here is a counting book like you’ve never seen, featuring Donovan Bixley’s most popular characters from his uniquely Kiwi Wheels on the Bus and Old MacDonald’s Farm. Look out for the milkshake-making cow, the All Black lambs, the cute pink ski-bunny, and the colossal squid and many more of Donovan’s vibrant, amusing illustrations. Fun for the kids—and fun for the adults!

We All Went on Safari book
#2
We All Went on Safari
Written by Laurie Krebs and illustrated by Julie Cairns
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Follows a Tanzanian family through the African grasslands as they count the animals they see, from one leopard to 10 elephants, and includes information about Tanzania and Swahili names and numbers. Reprint.

5 Wild Numbers book
#3
5 Wild Numbers
Written and illustrated by Bella Gomez
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Learn the numbers 1-5 whilst discovering the world of animals and their habitats with this innovative, tactile board book. With unique sliding circular discs on each page, children can count the animals and trace their fingers over the numbers. Clever paper engineering combined with stylish repeating patterns make this a fun interactive reading experience and the perfect first introduction to numbers and animals.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Dinner at the Panda Palace - Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Dinner at the Panda Palace! In this charming counting book, perfect for back to school, children will learn the importance of inclusion. Join one hungry elephant, two carsick lions, three pigs running from a wolf, and dozens of other playful yet famished animals as they swing, bound, and bounce into the Panda Palace for a hearty meal. But when the restaurant is totally full, will Panda make room for one more guest?

  2. How Many Hugs? - A charming board book that explores all the ways that animals and multi-legged insects give hugs, How Many Hugs? is perfect as a counting picture book and for reading aloud at bedtime! Centipedes, those crawliest bugs have 300 legs for giving out hugs. That's 150 on one side to grasp and 150 on the other to clasp. Hugs abound in this celebration of multi-legged animals and insects and their babies! And at the end of the day, human parents can give their little ones as many hugs as they want—with two arms. Charming art and rhyming text make this a perfect companion to All Kinds of Kisses, also by Heather Swain.

  3. Peter Rabbit 123 - Learn to count with Peter Rabbit and all his friends in this warm, lyrical, and beautiful board book. One Peter Rabbit . . . Two Bad Mice . . . Three Naughty Kittens . . . This whimsical board book takes you gently through the numbers from 1 to 10 and is a stylish, gentle introduction to the world of Peter Rabbit. With beautiful line artwork, this is a must-have for any baby or toddler's bookshelf.

  4. 1-2-3 Predators Bite! - Munch, crunch: look who's coming to bite this book! Created with the American Museum of Natural History, 1-2-3 Predators Bite! invites kids to count along as a rattlesnake takes ONE die-cut bite; a toothy tiger takes TWO, and an eagle swoops down for THREE. Simple facts about each predator appear in the back matter, and a final spread reinforces counting skills with a 1-10 list.

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Books About Counting and The Ocean

1, 2, 3 Sea Creatures book
#1
1, 2, 3 Sea Creatures
Written and illustrated by Toko Hosoya
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-5

Beautiful, hand-drawn illustrations of sea creatures help teach the 1,2,3s in a fun and unforgettable way. This charming picture book is sure to engage early learners in counting and picture recognition skills until the very last page! The book also comes with a poster displaying the silly sea creatures matched with their corresponding numbers!

Octopuses One to Ten book
#2
Octopuses One to Ten
Written by Ellen Jackson and illustrated by Robin Page
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-8

"A fascinating counting journey through the amazing and mysterious world of octopuses"--

Bright Books: Bubble's Ocean Friends book
#3
Bright Books: Bubble's Ocean Friends
Written by Megan Roth and illustrated by Emiri Hayashi
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Join Bubble on a counting adventure under the sea! Swim along with Bubble in the deep, blue sea! Follow Bubble on her adventure and discover turtles, starfish, crabs, and more. Lively rhyming text, bright, colorful illustrations, and shiny-foiled details invite young readers to have hands-on story time. Page after page, babies and toddlers will have fun counting all of Bubble's new ocean friends.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Count with Little Fish - First there s just one fish Little Fish under the sea. But not for long: here come two fin-fin fish, three counting fish, and four flying fish. And can you imagine who else? Shy fish and scary fish, tiny fish and funny fish.

  2. Five Flying Penguins - Five little penguins flee from a seal, flying through the water, and find themselves in an innocent game of tag.

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Books About Counting and Food

Edible Numbers book
#1
Edible Numbers
Written and illustrated by Jennifer Vogel Bass
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Juicy apples! Plump, ripe pears! Twisted mushrooms! Counting your way through the farmer's market has never been so much fun. Discover a world filled with exciting fruits and vegetables in this bright, bold follow-up to Edible Colors. This simple concept counting book will leave your mouth watering as you count from one to twelve with a kaleidoscope of tasty produce. Readers will learn about counting, variety, and color through the detailed, crisp photographs of homegrown and farmer's market fruits and vegetables!

Five Little Gefiltes book
#2
Five Little Gefiltes
Written and illustrated by Dave Horowitz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When five curious young gefilte fish have the chutzpah to sneak out of their jar and set off to explore the world, they are followed by a loud OY VEY!—Mama Gefilte isn’t too happy to see her little ones leaving the nest. But she’s taught them well, and at the end of their adventures, each one proves himself a mensch—making Mama one proud gefilte indeed. Dave Horowitz’s playful rhyming tale, its illustrations packed with comic asides, will have readers giggling out loud and looking for opportunities to practice their Yiddish—with help from the handy glossary at the end of the book.

A Frog in the Bog book
#3
A Frog in the Bog
Written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Joan Rankin
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

From the bestselling author of "Bear Snores On" comes this hilariously illustrated story that teaches young readers the concept of counting from one to five and back again. Full color.

Honorable Mentions
  1. 1, 2, 3 the Farm and Me - What does a farm look like? What ingredients make up the food you eat? How does the food you eat get to your table? In this innovative book, readers will have fun counting along as they go from the farm, to the store, to their kitchen, to their table to share a dinner. Additional food-based facts will allow caring adults and toddlers to learn even more about the farm-to-table process. No other board book features counting and the cooking process in this way--and no other board book features the expertise of the cooks at America's Test Kitchen!

  2. 1 Big Salad - Juana Medina’s ingenious illustrations nearly pop off the page in her new counting book, ONE BIG SALAD. One avocado deer saunters across the spread, two radish mice scurry by, until finally ten clementine kitties prance onto the scene – all of the ingredients in one big salad! Medina’s previous book with Viking, SMICK!, introduced her to the children’s book world, and now she’s bringing her fresh and innovative take on the concept book form.

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Books About Counting and Bedtime

Ten Wishing Stars book
#1
Ten Wishing Stars
Written by and illustrated by Kate Stone
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Star light, star bright…these wishing sheep will light up your night! Fluff up your pillow and turn down the lights. Counting sheep has never been so illuminating. Count down to bedtime with ten dreamy sheep as they each make a wish on a glow-in-the-dark star. A perfect book to read by nightlight!

Let Me Sleep, Sheep! book
#2
Let Me Sleep, Sheep!
Written by Meg McKinlay and illustrated by Leila Rudge
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Amos is counting himself to sleep. It's a good plan, until the cranky sheep land in his bedroom -- and start in with their many demands. It's bedtime for Amos, who smiles as he closes his eyes and counts some fluffy sheep trotting away in the grass. Until suddenly . . . THUD. And then another. "Not again!" says the first sheep, now on Amos's floor. "I was having my wool clipped," grumbles the second. None too happy at being interrupted, the woolly pair fire a battery of questions at Amos, most importantly: "Where's the fence?" So Amos sets out to build one to their specifications, then is asked to test it out, of course. . . . In this laugh-out-loud read-aloud, a couple of crafty sheep put a child through his paces -- and show that a tuckered-out kid at bedtime is a win-win all around.

10, 9, 8...Owls Up Late! book
#3
10, 9, 8...Owls Up Late!
Written by Georgiana Deutsch and illustrated by Ekaterina Trukhan
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Laugh and count along with ten silly, sleepy owls in this adorable countdown to bedtime book! Ten little owls are playing in a tree, hopping and hooting happily. But Mama Owl calls from down in the nest, “It’s bedtime now; it’s time to rest.” Peek through the pages and spot the mischievous owls in this fun counting book, perfect for bedtime!

Honorable Mentions
  1. Sleepyhead - A first book for bedtime to share with your little one! Children can look, point, touch, count, and say goodnight to all their animal friends! This sturdy board book is perfect for teaching little ones about different facial features. Children can point to the lion's sleepy eyes, and then identify their own eyes. Plus, the peekaboo mirror at the end will delight and surprise!

  2. Can't Sleep Without Sheep - Whenever Ava can't sleep, she counts sheep. But Ava takes so long to fall asleep, it's the sheep that are growing tired-until finally, they quit! When the sheep promise to find a replacement that Ava can count on, chaos ensues as chickens, cows, pigs, hippos, and more try their hand at jumping over Ava's fence. Finding the perfectly peaceful replacement for sheep might not be so easy after all. With irresistibly adorable art, this delightful take on a familiar sleep tactic is sure to become a bedtime favorite.

  3. 10 Little Ninjas - A charming bedtime counting book about ten sneaky little characters who aren’t ready to go to sleep… until daddy calls the sensei to send them back to bed. It may be bedtime, but these little ninjas aren’t tired. They’re sliding, swinging, and slipping out of bed! Can Daddy and the sensei ever tuck them in? Filled with mischievous fun, 10 Little Ninjas will take young readers from playtime to bedtime again and again. Kids will love the astronauts, tigers, cowboys, dragons and more!

  4. Bedtime in the Jungle - Enjoy this gorgeous bedtime counting story from acclaimed author-illustrator John Butler. As nighttime approaches, mother animals and their babies are settling down. A monkey makes a bed for her two babies, and a leopard tucks in her three little ones. By the time readers arrive at the stunning gatefold illustration at the end of the story, a herd of ten elephant babies is nodding off, and silence finally settles over the jungle. Written in the style of the familiar children’s song “Over in the Meadow,” John Butler’s richly illustrated rhyming story will satisfy and comfort readers of all ages.

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Books About Counting and Colors

Christmas Colors & Counting book
#1
Christmas Colors & Counting
Written by Barbara Barbieri McGrath and illustrated by Peggy Tagel
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A merry and bright option for baby’s first Christmas introduces colors with seasonal favorites such as elves and the Christmas tree. Little fingers will have endless fun in this Christmas wonderland.

Butterfly Colors and Counting book
#2
Butterfly Colors and Counting
Written by Jerry Pallotta and illustrated by Shennen Bersani, Jerry Pallotta
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Ten species of butterflies from around the world are depicted to invite young readers to practice recognizing colors and counting from one to ten.

One book
#3
One
Written and illustrated by Kathryn Otoshi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Introduces young readers to numbers, counting, and primary and secondary colors by offering the story of ill-tempered Red who got too powerful for his own good and had to be brought down to size by One--a single entity with the courage to stand up for what was right.

Honorable Mentions
  1. I Can Only Draw Worms - A hilarious picture book in Day-Glo colors all about worms that is perfect for fans of The Book With No Pictures and The Day the Crayons Quit. This is part counting book, part introduction to worms, but all superbly silly. The fact that the author/illustrator can only draw worms will not take anything away from the laugh-out-loud adventure readers will have as they turn the pages of this slightly subversive picture book.

  2. Chomp Goes the Alligator - From #1 New York Times bestselling novelty book creator Matt Van Fleet comes an irresistible picture book about a very hungry alligator who likes to chomp, chomp, chomp, which will delight readers as they learn animal names, colors, and counting. Along came the alligator, chomp, chomp, chomp! From the internationally bestselling children’s book creator Matthew Van Fleet comes the story of a hungry little alligator who gulps his way from one to ten. Ten touchable textures, a sturdy chomping pull tab, and a grand finale pop-up are sure to engage the youngest readers.

  3. Sylvia Long's Big Book for Small Children - Sylvia Long has been creating bestselling children's books for more than 25 years. Her edition of Mother Goose rhymes is a modern classic, and Sylvia Long's Big Book for Small Children, her latest compendium, is destined to become another nursery staple. From beloved stories like "The Three Little Pigs" and important early childhood concepts (colors, counting, ABCs) to her own family's favorite recipes and lullabies, this warm, joyous, and comprehensive collection is the perfect start to every child's library.

  4. Hello, World! My Body - Young children are fascinated by their eyes, ears, nose, fingers, and toes. Now here’s a Hello, World! board book that teaches toddlers all about the human body, with shapes, sizes, colors, and super-simple facts. Hello, World! is a series designed to introduce first nonfiction concepts to babies and toddlers. Told in clear and easy terms and featuring bright, cheerful illustrations, Hello, World! makes learning fun for young children. And each sturdy page offers helpful prompts for engaging with your child. (“How many fingers can you count on each hand?") It’s a perfect way to bring science and nature into the busy world of a toddler, where learning never stops.

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Books About Counting and Nature

Jane Foster's 123 book
#1
Jane Foster's 123
Written and illustrated by Jane Foster
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Introduce little ones to numbers in this bold and graphic style board book by illustrator and textile designer Jane Foster. In this 123 board book, children will be introduced to numbers by counting familiar images, such as one bus, five fish, and ten trees.

What in the World? book
#2
What in the World?
Written by Nancy Raines Day and illustrated by Kurt Cyrus
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Discover nature by the numbers in this gorgeous, innovative counting book. The natural world is full of sets of numbers: from birds’ wings in twos and clover leaves in threes to deer hooves in fours and octopus arms in eights. This book uses playful rhyming text to explore these numerical sets in vibrant detail, ending with the stars in the sky—a number set too big to count!

Maud Lewis 1, 2, 3 book
#3
Maud Lewis 1, 2, 3
Written by Shanda LaRamee Jones, Carol McDougal and illustrated by Maud Lewis
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Babies and toddlers will love searching these stimulating paintings to count the kittens, oxen, birds and flowers on each page. Maud Lewis 1, 2, 3 is a wonderful first counting book and introduction to the joy-filled art of famous folk painter Maud Lewis. Even the youngest babies will be drawn to the bright colors and bold forms in Lewis’s whimsical paintings. Babies and toddlers will have fun searching the vibrant images to count the kittens, oxen, birds and flowers on each page.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Spring in the Woods - Join the fun of finding and counting all the animals, flowers, and insects, as more and more appear on a lively walk through the woods during the springtime. Packed with repetition that young children love and that also helps them learn, this is an entertaining introduction to colors, numbers, and the seasons.

  2. 100 Bugs! A Counting Book - A boy and girl find and count 100 different bugs in their backyard in increments of ten.

  3. 1, 2, 3 Moose - Introduces the numbers one through twenty against a background of photographs and brief text describing animal and plant life found in the Pacific Northwest.

  4. Walk and See: 123 - This elegant counting board book will teach little ones all about nature. The talented Rosalind Beardshaw's beautiful illustrations and visual storytelling follow two children on an autumnal day in the countryside, bringing a narrative feel to this simple book for very young readers. The second in a series of seasonal concept books, this is a board book to visit again and again.

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Books About Counting and Monsters

One Hungry Monster book
#1
One Hungry Monster
Written by Susan Heyboer O'Keefe and illustrated by Lynn Munsinger
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

It is bedtime and one small boy tries to control ten insatiable monsters as they demand food and create chaos throughout the house.

Hush Now, Banshee! book
#2
Hush Now, Banshee!
Written by Kyle Sullivan and illustrated by Derek Sullivan
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-7

Join Banshee as she discovers the virtues of quiet time in the noisiest counting book in the land.Everyone is enjoying quiet time, but little Banshee just wants to have fun the only way she knows how: Loudly. Join Banshee as she counts her way through the Irish landscape in the noisiest counting book in the land. It's gonna be a blast: You can count on it.

Dining With... Monsters! book
#3
Dining With... Monsters!
Written and illustrated by Agnese Baruzzi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-10

What do hungry monsters like to eat? 1 spider swallowed whole, 2 leaping frogs, and "3 entire whales" for the ogre with gigantic claws and scales! Kids will enjoy this fun feast of a counting book, with 10 colorful creatures and their meals of grasshoppers, scorpions, owls, and prickly porcupines. Foldout pages and simple, humorous rhyming text make this a delight to read aloud.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Hungry, Hungry Monsters - Hungry, hungry monsters love eating...and counting to ten! What do hungry monsters like to eat? Some prefer one spider swallowed whole while others like three entire whales! And for the monster called Mr. One-Eye? He thinks four mice are very nice! Kids will enjoy this fun feast of a counting book, with 10 colorful creatures and their meals of grasshoppers, scorpions, owls, and prickly porcupines. Fold-out pages and simple, humorous rhyming text make this a delight to read aloud.

  2. One Little Monster - In graphic artist and designer Mark Gonyea’s clever counting book, a little boy snuggles in for a nap, but much to his surprise, silly little monsters pop up wherever he looks. First there’s one at the window, then two appear when he blinks, and three pop out when one of the monsters sneezes. Before he knows it, there are ten kooky creatures in his room. But will the little boy find a way to outsmart those pesky pests?

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Books About Counting and Halloween

Dracula book
#1
Dracula
Written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Meet 2 friends, Mina and Lucy, and the 5 heroes who try to save them from the dreaded Count Dracula in Dracula: A BabyLit® Counting Primer. Make sure you’re wearing a necklace of 10 garlic flowers as you count wolves, ships, tombstones, and boxes full of soil in this witty retelling of Little Master Stoker’s classic gothic tale.

Ten Orange Pumpkins book
#2
Ten Orange Pumpkins
Written and illustrated by Stephen Savage
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

From a sneaky spider to a ghostly chef to a sly mummy and crafty witch, join your favorite spooky creatures as ten orange pumpkins disappear in a countdown to a Halloween surprise. Bright, bold, and fun, Ten Orange Pumpkins is a perfect read-aloud and is sure to capture the imagination of the littlest trick-or-treaters.

Five Silly Ghosts book
#3
Five Silly Ghosts
Written and illustrated by Hilli Kushnir
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A playful peek-a-boo cover reveals five glittery ghosts for preschoolers to count in every silly scene of this board book.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Zip! Zoom! On a Broom - "One goes zip.Two go zoom.Three witches glide from room to room." ​So begins this witchy counting story. Count up from one to ten and back down again, when you join ten very feisty witches — and one little kitten — on their journey through a haunted graveyard, a scary forest, a spooky castle, and more in this adorably eerie tale. This book hits the mash-up sweet spot between an important concept and Halloween fun!

  2. Seven Orange Pumpkins Board Book - A rhyming Halloween counting board book sure to delight the youngest trick-or-treaters Now in a board book edition for the youngest reader, join a sneaky spider, a wily witch, a silly scarecrow, and other favorite spooky creatures as seven orange pumpkins disappear in a countdown to a Halloween surprise. Bright, bold, and fun, Seven Orange Pumpkins is a perfect read-aloud and is sure to capture the imagination of the littlest trick-or-treaters.

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