My toddler is obsessed with reciting her numbers. She loves to “count” from 1 to 10, and I wanted to introduce her to books that would encourage her love of numbers.
Since counting is seen as more of a preschool-aged activity, number-themed board books are hard to come by. That’s why I am so pleased to share this list of my twenty favorite counting books – all in board book format – that your toddler will love!
Charley Harper’s Count the Birds by Zoe Burke and Charley Harper
Kids can count a variety of different birds with this colorfully illustrated book from acclaimed wildlife artist Charley Harper.
Animal Numbers by Alex A. Lluch
This interactive board book features sliding panels that reveal different animals on every page.
Counting Kisses by Karen Katz
A fussy, tired baby gets showered in kisses by every member of her family – even the dog and cat! Part bedtime book and part counting book, little ones will love to read, kiss, and count along.
One Gorilla: A Counting Book by Anthony Brown
Kids can count a variety of primates in this beautifully illustrated book. There’s one gorilla, two orangutans, three chimpanzees, and lots more!
Quack and Count by Keith Baker
This beautifully illustrated book uses bouncy rhymes to teach counting and addition.
123s by Charley Harper
This beautiful counting book showcases Charley Harper’s vibrant wildlife illustrations.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
The story of this insatiable caterpillar is beloved by millions, and perfect for all ages!
Hippos Go Berserk! by Sandra Boynton
One hippo invites two more hippos to party, and three hippos bring along four. Soon hippos start arriving in groups of five, six, seven and more!
Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On by Lois Ehlert
This vibrant book uses brightly colored fish to teach counting and basic addition.
1, 2, 3 to the Zoo by Eric Carle
If your child loves the zoo, this book is a must!
Little Owl’s 1-2-3 by Divya Srinivasan
Little Owl flies through the night, saying hello to all of his animal friends and counting them along the way.
Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Count forward and backward in this suspenseful story of ten clever mice and one greedy snake.
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
This zany rhyming book brings the popular children’s song to life.
Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 by Lois Ehlert, Michael Sampson, and Bill Martin Jr.
This counting companion to Chicka Chicka Boom Boom counts all the way to 100 using silly rhymes.
Pride & Prejudice: A BabyLit Counting Primer by Jennifer Adams
This charming book introduces toddlers to the world of Jane Austen, a must for bibliophile parents everywhere!
How Do Dinosaurs Count To Ten? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
Dino-loving little ones will adore the colorful, friendly dinosaurs in this funny book.
Olivia Counts by Ian Falconer
This companion to Olivia features an extra helping of the precocious piglet.
My Very First Book of Numbers by Eric Carle
With this clever book children can turn the top and bottoms halves of each page separately to match the printed number with its corresponding picture.
1-2-3 Peas by Keith Baker
This silly and colorful story of anthropomorphic peas counts from 1 to 20 and then counts by tens up to 100.
Goodnight Moon 123 by Thatcher Hurd
This counting book is a fun quick read, especially for kids who love Goodnight Moon.