Board Books about Counting and Numbers

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!

Count the BirdsCharley 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 NumbersAnimal Numbers by Alex A. Lluch

This interactive board book features sliding panels that reveal different animals on every page.

Counting KissesCounting 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 GorillaOne 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 CountQuack and Count by Keith Baker

This beautifully illustrated book uses bouncy rhymes to teach counting and addition.

123s123s by Charley Harper

This beautiful counting book showcases Charley Harper’s vibrant wildlife illustrations.

The Very Hungry CaterpillarThe Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The story of this insatiable caterpillar is beloved by millions, and perfect for all ages!

Hippos Go BerserkHippos 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 EyesFish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On by Lois Ehlert

This vibrant book uses brightly colored fish to teach counting and basic addition.

123 to the Zoo1, 2, 3 to the Zoo by Eric Carle

If your child loves the zoo, this book is a must!

Little Owl's 1-2-3Little 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 CountMouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Count forward and backward in this suspenseful story of ten clever mice and one greedy snake.

Five Little MonkeysFive Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow

This zany rhyming book brings the popular children’s song to life.

Chicka Chicka 123Chicka 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 & PrejudicePride & 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 TenHow 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 CountsOlivia Counts by Ian Falconer

This companion to Olivia features an extra helping of the precocious piglet.

My Very First Book of NumbersMy 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 Peas1-2-3 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 123Goodnight Moon 123 by Thatcher Hurd

This counting book is a fun quick read, especially for kids who love Goodnight Moon.

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