Counting is important!
Beginning math skills take a lot of time to develop and kids need a lot of practice especially when they’re first starting out. Here is a book list of our 50 favorite counting books for kids.
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Counting Books for Toddler & PreK
A great gift, this set comes with stackable cups and a plush book on a key ring. This book is designed for babies 6 months and up. If you already have the stacking cups just get the book.
If you’re looking to buy just one counting book then you’ve found it! The most comprehensive beginning counting book I’ve seen! It counts in 5 different languages, has the number symbol, number word, a super cute poem AND shows that number in a ten frame. I recommend this as a board book so it lasts.
Super fun interactive counting book. As the title suggests Boynton uses a childhood favorite animal as the star of the show. Kids count and bark throughout the book. Learning to count should always be this fun!
Sandra Boynton is very simply put an amazing author. She brings humor and fun to important learning concepts like counting and number sense. This is great for multi-age families because it introduces counting in multiples (you don’t have to count the horns by twos or the toes by five but you can) but is in a young reader friendly board book format.
Eric Carle is another timeless childhood favorite author. Just pictures and numbers in this super simple counting book! Is is a fun first number book for kids to count along with.
Less of a counting book and more of a story about the 10 little ducks. Its super cute story and incase you are looking for a number sheet there is one counting page 1-10 in the beginning.
Great counting book and the illustrations are inspiring! Do an art projects or throw a Hungry Caterpillar themed birthday party!
Roger Priddy is one of my all time favorite authors! I included this book even though it includes colors and shapes because it is a valuable resource for early math. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Awesome book for curious youngsters. How can you go wrong with bilingual baby animals & numbers? NOTE: this book is not entirely a touch and feel book.
My son LOVES interactive books so much that since he was 8 months old he would pick up a book and “read” to himself as he interacts with the pages.
Such a cute story! This book doubles as a great bedtime story (if you already give kisses at bedtime and need to learn how to count, here’s the perfect book for you). I like it because it counts down from ten, which is not common in books but an important skill for kids.
Reference books are a great addition to your home library because you can use them for multiple ages. This book is great for toddlers (vocabulary development) through the early elementary years. You can circle back when they’re in kindergarten and first grade for some extra counting practice.
We LOVE the Little Owl series!!!! This was one of his first counting book and now, even though he can count to 100 he still loves it.
Alternating in black and white and color pages this is the numbers version of the children’s bedtime classic Goodnight Moon.
Board book version of the classic counting song.
Better suited for four years and up this is a great find and count book.
As the title suggest this book counts down from 10. This book boasts beautiful (yet simple) illustrations and would be well paired with a construction sensory bin!
Everyone’s favorite steam locomotive has a counting book. I’m sure the title sells itself but this super cool book also counts to 20 AND there is an ABC book as part of the series.
If you like rhythm, music and humor this is the best counting book for you! Super entertaining book even for adults. Note: the board book is an abridged version.
Counting Books for Kindergarten & First Grade
Kindergarten is the age group that would best grasp this book naturally but it certainly wouldn’t hurt to read it to your toddler. This book explores counting on and number sentences (1+1=2) and introduces the concept that math is everywhere even in the bathtub!
Better suited as a book to learn how to write the numbers AFTER your child can count AND match 1:1. The pages state a number and the illustrations do not match so you cannot count them, accurately. This book would be a great read when you’re ready to learn how to write numbers and follow it up with a sand or salt tray to practice writing them.
This is the numbers version of the popular ABC book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. This book is best suited for kindergartens because it counts to 100. It won’t hurt to read it to preschoolers just keep in mind most preschoolers do not have the stamina for that but then again there are some preschoolers and toddlers love this book as well. Don’t be disappointed if it doesn’t hold their attention the first few times, counting to 100 requires more stamina than most preschoolers have.
Ellen Stoll Walsh is another excellent author. This one is a staple for teaching counting on and beginning subtraction concepts (counting down from ten). The story is about a hungry snake that finds a glass jar and then goes hunting for dinner. He catches the sleeping nice mice and collects them in a jar (don’t worry they get away). This author also has an excellent book that teaches about primary and secondary colors called Mouse Paint.
Limitless learning opportunities is how I describe this book! Kids can learn how to count, draw and subitize (instantly recognize groups of numbers). I highly recommend this book as part of your home collection.
Children are attracted to the bright colors and playful rhyme. This is a fun read and find book but it does not show the numbers (you can still count one eye, two fins, etc.) just know that is not displayed in the book.
Counting fall items in nature is something we do in real life! This book is best suited for first or second graders. If you wanted to introduce nature walks to your preschooler this would be a great read aloud, just know that the numbers in this book get pretty high and there is a lot of math vocabulary (more, less, etc.) you don’t have to try to count all of the pages.
Perfect counting book for your future paleontologist!
A compilation of other Olivia books this one does not follow Olivia’s usual format… it is just for counting.
Base seamlessly blends imaginary animals, caring for the environment & Math concepts into this fun childhood favorite!
Silly rhyming and counting book.
Who doesn’t love the I Spy series? This one is strictly numbers!
Simple but fun rhyming and counting book that goes from 1 to 10.
A lion, a tiger and a dog walk into a bar… just kidding. These animals are friends who start a balance and count game. This fun rhyming story gives kids repetitive practice counting to 10 and could prompt a fun art project where kids draw animals balancing _____ (they choose a number they can count to) up on top. NOTE: the board book is an abridged version so I have recommended the hardcover or paperback for this book.
Boynton is at it again with another fun way to learn to count… this time to the number 15!
A book of few words and endless possibilities. This story is one that can take you less than 10 minutes to read or way longer if you want to pay close attention to the detail in the illustrations. You can count to 10 on each page if you focus on the Hamsters. Play I Spy looking for the hamsters 1-10, and any other patterns you may notice.
Incredible book that touches on seemingly unrelated concepts as counting, self acceptance and diversity, a must read!
Well written concept and design. Children trace, count and imagine the numerals as shapes like the 5 dots they counted into a horse or the 2 dots they counted as a slug. This book is perfect for those hands one learners and helps build mental math strategies, subitze, count and write.
Counting Books for Second Grade
An interactive counting book that, unlike the title suggests does not have monkeys to count. This is a fun and silly way to get kids engaged in counting and reading, but due to some of the content is better suited for older children or multi aged households.
This book is jam-packed with math concepts, money, addition, equivalency. It is so full of information I would not use it as an introduction to money but a supplementary support.
Teaching money hint:
If you’re just starting money use the money rap. Chart it and tape the coins next to the value for extra support)
“well, a penny’s worth 1
and a nickle’s worth 5
a dime is worth 10
and a quarter 25″
Amazing how a book with no words can inspire so much. There are 12 pages each with a numerical theme (ex: 1st page has one of everything, second has two and so on). The more you read it the more patterns you discover.
Excellent counting read aloud with beautiful illustrations, and funny animal sounds that kids love.
This is a more advanced counting book as it incorporates the opportunity to count in groups. This is called skip counting and is an introduction to and a necessary skill for multiplication.
Practice makes perfect and this book is a great illustration of how math is everywhere! Full of super fun math activity suggestions with three different levels of questions to ask your children (tots, early elementary and late elementary/early middle school). If you stick to the on-level questions then your kids will absolutely love this book AND beg you to do math!
For all of the D&D families out here here’s an updated version of the ABC’s of D&D. This book goes 1-10 and has counting opportunities on each page.
Cute story about flowers that want to fly so they ask a fairy as she flies on by.
It’s pretty obvious that this book is best suited for twins or siblings of twins but everyone else can appreciate reading about things that come in pairs and how twins experience the world around them. I know I always wanted an identical twin growing up!
How do cat lovers learn to count? They read Stack the Cats! A super cute story that teaches math in the context that all cat lovers can appreciate.
Mermaids, moving parts and counting this book is perfect for kids who need a more interactive read as they learn.
SKIP COUNTING PERFECTION this book teaches skip counting and introduces division when the ants begin to split into groups. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book!
Numbers to 20 and trucks, I’m sold! The story is simple, the illustrations are beautiful and very detailed you could re-read this book and have something new to talk about each time (besides counting) just using the illustrations!
Pop-up books are some of my all time favorites! This spectacular book never gets old.