Counting books are multitaskers they entertain, they also teach, and are often a little more interactive than your average story. I love them and am always happy to find a good one to share with my son. Here are even more counting books for you to share with yours.
Dinner at the Panda Palace by Stephanie Calmenson is a great book. I grabbed it only because of the title but found a gem. My son and I both loved it and had a blast reading it. The story is about a restaurant and the people, or rather animals that come into the restaurant in ever-enlarging groups. The text is rhyming and well written. My son loved counting each group that came in figuring out after a few times that each group had one more animal than the previous group. It was a great opportunity to practice one to one correspondence as he counted on each page. There is also a great message about there always being room for one more when all the chairs were taken. Then a mouse came knocking wondering if he could eat too!
On the Launch Pad: A Counting Book About Rockets by Michael Dahl was a great find. My son loved counting down from 12 to 1 with the bright illustrations, simple text and hidden numbers on each page. Something that seems simple but was really awesome was that each page had the number written as a word, shown as a digit and as dots to count. You can take the time to count each dot, read the word or simply recognize the digit!
One White Wishing Stone by Doris K. Gayzagian is a beautiful book. Visually it reminds me of an impressionist painting. The soft beach colors used by illustrator Kristina Swarner are calming and pretty. This is more than just a counting book though. There is a story of a little girl at the beach, what she finds and how she plans to use them when she takes them home. It’s so beautifully done that it almost makes me forget how much I hate finding sand in my car after a trip to the beach.
Museum 123 by The Metropolitan Museum Of Art is another simple but beautiful counting book. I loved that this book doesn’t show the number on the same page as the objects the child is counting. Instead, a simple question of how many is followed by a painting with the objects. Then the next page has a large number. My son loved counting then flipping the page exclaiming “I knew it, I said that number I was right!” My only complaint is that it only went to 10!
One, Two, Three by Tom Slaughter is super simple, bold, bright, and a great counting book! This isn’t a complex book. The pictures matter because they should encourage the reader to want to count and connect the number they have counted with the number printed on the page. I would happily recommend this book to families with babies through preschoolers. My 3-year-old loved it and partly because he read all the pictures and numbers himself!
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