Best Kids Books About Numbers

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!

Animal Numbers book
#1
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!

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.

The World-Famous Book of Counting book
#4
The World-Famous Book of Counting
Written and illustrated by Sarah Goodreau
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

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
#5
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.

Bear Counts book
#6
Bear Counts
Written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Jane Chapman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

As friends Bear and Mouse share a day together, Bear counts various objects, from one to five, and the reader is invited to do the same. Simultaneous eBook.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar book
#7
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep. Die-cut pages illustrate what the caterpillar ate on successive days.

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