Top Counting Books For Your Toddler

Updated Jan. 19, 2019

"1...2...3...5...8...10!" That's how my toddler counts to ten, and quite frankly, it's adorable. I'm in no rush to ensure he can count perfectly anytime soon (I just have to get really fast at hiding in hide-and-seek!) but reading number books together is a fun way for him to feel like he's learning and knows lots of things, while subconsciously eventually sneaking a four into that counting line up. Quite frankly, there are some truly boring number books out there—let's skip those—but there are some fantastic ones too. Here's to counting books you won't mind reading again.. and again... and again!

Pride & Prejudice book
#1
Pride & Prejudice
Written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I LOVE Pride and Predjudice—it's my favorite book in the entire world, so this BabyLit primer is a home run for me. I love that it introduces elements of the story, and the illustrations are just so cute.

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.

The Numberlys book
#2
The Numberlys
Written by William Joyce and illustrated by Christina Ellis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

From the team who brought you The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore comes an alphabet tale extraordinaire! Once upon a time there was no alphabet, only numbers… Life was…fine. Orderly. Dull as gray paint. Very…numberly. But our five jaunty heroes weren’t willing to accept that this was all there could be. They knew there had to be more. So they broke out hard hats and welders, hammers and glue guns, and they started knocking some numbers together. Removing a piece here. Adding a piece there. At first, it was awful. But the five kept at it, and soon it was…artful! One letter after another emerged, until there were twenty-six. Twenty-six letters—and they were beautiful. All colorful, shiny, and new. Exactly what our heroes didn’t even know they were missing. And when the letters entered the world, something truly wondrous began to happen…Pizza! Jelly beans! Color! Books! Based on the award-winning app, this is William Joyce and Moonbot’s Metropolis-inspired homage to everyone who knows there is more to life than shades of black and gray.

Can't Sleep Without Sheep book
#3
Can't Sleep Without Sheep
Written by Susanna Leonard Hill and illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

After you read this adorable bedtime book, you definitely will not take counting sheep for granted! Super cute premise, adorable illustrations and a great lesson to be appreciative of those helping you, be they real or imaginary. This book also gets points from me for having a diverse main character.

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.

1-2-3, You Love Me book
#4
1-2-3, You Love Me
Written and illustrated by Jill Howarth
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This is anything but your average counting primer and is filled with charming illustrations, great rhymes and twelve ways to show love to friends and family, be it hugs, treats, or quality time.

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.

Animal Numbers book
#5
Animal Numbers
Written and illustrated by Thomas Flintham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This book is beautiful, I love the cute, colorful illustrations! This rhyming book introduces little ones to new animals while learning to count to ten. I love the ending where all of the animals meet up and are playing a game!

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 Whole Bunch book
#6
One Whole Bunch
Written by Mary Meyer and illustrated by Sara Gillingham
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This is a cute book that counts backwards through a flower garden, including some more well-known florals (daisies) and others that may be new (tidy tips). The illustrations are cute and as a mom I love that the culmination of all this counting is a beautiful bouquet for mama.

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.

Numbers book
#7
Numbers
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-2
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I love this counting, lift-the-flap book! The illustrations under the flaps are so cute, and I it's especially fun that the die-cuts show a portion of the picture, then when you life the flap, it shows the bigger picture. Very creative and a very fun way to read and learn about counting. :)

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.

1-2-3 Peas book
#8
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.

Where Are the Bears? book
#9
Where Are the Bears?
Written and illustrated by Kathy Ireland
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

Where are the bears is a fun counting, lift-the-flap book. My favorite part of this book are the illustrations--the cute bears make you want to read it over and over again!

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.

TouchThinkLearn: 123 book
#10
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.

Hamsters Holding Hands book
#11
Hamsters Holding Hands
Written and illustrated by Kass Reich
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I love these adorable hamsters! The illustrations and the situations these hamsters end up in are funny and unique, and the rhyming adds to the humor and re-readability. This is a VERY fun way to count to ten.

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.

How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten? book
#12
How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten?
Written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Mark Teague
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

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.

Counting with Frida / Contando con Frida (Lil' Libros: English - Spanish) book
#13
Counting with Frida / Contando con Frida (Lil' Libros: English - Spanish)
Written by Ariana Stein, Patty Rodriguez and illustrated by Citlali Reyes
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

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).

Romeo and Juliet book
#14
Romeo and Juliet
Written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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!

Jane Foster's 123 book
#15
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.

Doggies book
#16
Doggies
Written and illustrated by Sandra Boynton
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Count—and bark—with a fun pack of pups in this Sandra Boynton classic. Serious silliness for all ages. Artist Sandra Boynton is back and better than ever with completely redrawn versions of her multi-million selling board books. These whimsical and hilarious books, featuring nontraditional texts and her famous animal characters, have been printed on thick board pages, and are sure to educate and entertain children of all ages.

The World-Famous Book of Counting book
#17
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

One book
#18
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.

Ten Wishing Stars book
#19
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!

Chomp Goes the Alligator book
#20
Chomp Goes the Alligator
Written and illustrated by Matthew Van Fleet
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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.

Mr. Monkey's Numbers book
#21
Mr. Monkey's Numbers
Written and illustrated by Becky Baur
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Explore and identify numbers in this stylish lift-the-flap board book from a standout new artist. Who has been eating all the food? 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 sneaky monkeys! Featuring a bunch of funny, funky monkeys, this board book introduces young children to numbers from 1 to 5. Toddlers will love the bright colors and flaps they'll find on every page.

8 Little Planets book
#22
8 Little Planets
Written by Chris Ferrie and illustrated by Lizzy Doyle
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

An exciting introduction to the solar system from Chris Ferrie, #1 science book writer for children, and creator of the Baby University series 8 little planets with the Sun at the center.each one wishing it were a little bit better...Old slow Neptune felt it was behind.165 years to circle the sun is an awful long time!the 8th little planet did not worry.It spins on its axis in a really big hurryTo the tune of "Ten Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed" comes a new bedtime story from bestselling author Chris Ferrie that's sure to get little ones excited about the solar system while learning new facts about each planet!

Stack the Cats book
#23
Stack the Cats
Written and illustrated by SUSIE GHAHREMANI
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Stack the Cats is a charming book about counting and organizing cats in various formations. But when the cats decide to go their own way—as cats often will—it’s time to count down until there’s only one proud cat and bird left. Counting forward and backward, understanding when there is more or less of something, and grouping and recognizing items are key early math skills for toddlers, making these books as developmentally sound as they are visually engaging.

Edible Numbers book
#24
Edible Numbers
Written and illustrated by Jennifer Vogel Bass
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A follow-up to Edible Colors presents an eye-catching sequence of brightly colored foods displayed in incremental quantities that help young children practice counting up to 12.

Ten Little Toes, Two Small Feet book
#25
Ten Little Toes, Two Small Feet
Written by Kristy Dempsey and illustrated by Jane Massey
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Count each little toe one by one in this sweet board book! Ten little toes on two small feet. These ten toes are ten times sweet! Join a group of multicultural toddlers for an exciting day as their ten little toes wriggle and wiggle, splatter and pitter-patter, and wibble-wobble! Now available as a board book for the youngest of readers!

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