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Our top 10 counting books

Counting books offer lots of fun opportunities for learning about numbers and counting.

elmer counting bookElmer’s First Counting Book  David McKee
Andersen Press
Age 0-3

In this bright and attractive elephant shaped counting book children will meet Elmer and some of his friends. Count the animals on each page and talk about what they are all doing.
See lovemybooks ideas for sharing the first story about Elmer.

alpphaprintsAlphaprints 123  Roger Priddy
Priddy Books
Age 0-5

A board book with lovely textured animal pictures made from finger prints. It would be fun to make your own using finger paint. Includes numbers up to ten and a counting rhyme on every page.

childs first 123A Child’s First 123  Alison Jay,
Age 0-5

With characters from fairy tales on every page this book provides lots to talk about and interesting images to count.

one gorillaOne Gorilla Anthony Browne
Walker Books
Age 0-5

Anthony Browne is one of our most successful picture book makers. Most of his books are for over sevens and if you know his work you will recognise that gorillas often feature. In this beautiful counting book with detailed illustrations a broad family of primates are the focus.

olivia countsOlivia Counts  Ian Falconer
Simon & Schuster Children’s
Age 0-5

In this amusing counting book we meet some of Olivia’s toys, family and favourite accessories (as she is a very stylish piglet!) and end up with ten images of Olivia doing lots of different things. Children might enjoy making their own counting book all about themselves after sharing this one.

hungry caterpillar thumbThe Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle
Age 0-5

A picture book classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar tells the story of a rather greedy little caterpillar searching for food. Children can count the foods the caterpillar nibbles through as well as learning about the life cycle of a butterfly, the days of the week and healthy eating.
See lovemybooks ideas for sharing The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

five little menFive Little Men in a Flying Saucer Dan Crisp (illus)
Child’s Play
Age 0-3

This is an illustrated version of the well-known rhyming song with holes for little fingers to explore. Great for joining in and counting the illustrations build a story alongside the rhyme.
See lovemybooks ideas for sharing Five Little Men in a Flying Saucer.

10 little penguins10 Little Penguins  Joelle Jolivet and Jean Luc Fromental,
Harry. N. Abrams
Age 3-5

Reminiscent of ‘Ten Green Bottles’ and ‘Ten in a Bed’ this is a beautiful paper engineered pop-up book with a rhyme on each page as the countdown begins and one after the other the penguins disappear.

one moose twenty miceOne Moose Twenty Mice Stella Blackstone and Clare Beaton
Barefoot Books
Age 3-5

A counting book with numbers up to 20. The lovely images are created from felt applique. As well as counting the animals there is fun to be had in spotting the cat hiding on every page.

countablockCountablock Christopher Franceschelli
Abrams Appleseed
Age 3-7

Beautifully designed, the thick pages of this book are cut into number shapes. Peep through to see what’s coming next. As well as a counting book there are transformations to discover with one egg becoming one chicken and two snowmen become two puddles. Numbers up to 100.