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Counting books

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1, 2, 3... it's time to get counting! It's never too early to start learning about numbers, and books are a great way to make that fun.

We've put together a list of some of our favourite counting books to help your little ones get to grips with maths - and whether they're totting up gorillas, fruits, or even legs, they'll be enjoying themselves so much that they'll be memorising pi before you know it. 

  • One Night in the Zoo

    Author: Judith Kerr
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    This rhyming counting book is set in a zoo and follows the antics of the various animal inhabitants once night falls.

  • Cockatoos

    Author: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Random House

    The eccentric and absent-minded Professor Dupont is the proud but worried owner of ten cockatoos.

  • 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo

    Author: Eric Carle
    Publisher: Puffin

    Glorious two-dimensional illustrations in soft sponge-prints bring the animals to life and encourage counting without the need for words. This is a book to treasure.

  • One Mole Digging a Hole

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    In this vibrant counting book, one mole digging a hole is soon joined by a troupe of gardening friends, including nine doves in gardening gloves and ten bees pruning trees.

  • Sixes and Sevens

    Author: John Yeoman Illustrator: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    A comic counting book follows Barnaby and his raft on a ten-stop journey to Limber Lea. At each village Barnaby has to collect something and his mother advises him that if he has any difficulties, he should look in his big box.

  • One Gorilla

    Author: Anthony Browne
    Publisher: Walker Books

    From one gorilla to ten lemurs, Anthony Browne's beautiful counting book will delight young children and their parents alike.

  • Have You Seen My Dragon?

    Author: Steve Light
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A counting book that is a cut above the rest in terms of its beautiful design and style. New Yorker Steve Light brings all the shapes and sights of the city to these stunning spreads.

  • Ten Terrible Dinosaurs

    Author: Paul Strickland
    Publisher: Picture Corgi

    A fun rhyming counting book which small children will love. They can learn the words, point at the pictures, count the dinosaurs and copy their comical jigging and jiving. Exuberant and amusing illustrations complement the text in this welcome reprint of a popular classic. 

  • How Many Legs?

    Author: Kes Gray Illustrator: Jim Field
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    How many legs are coming to my party? This is what's puzzling a little boy who has invited all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures to share his celebratory feast.

  • Counting Lions

    Author: Katie Cotton Illustrator: Stephen Walton
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    Counting lions is a beautifully illustrated counting book with a strong conservation message. Beginning with one lion and ending with ten zebras, the text is used to carefully describe the behaviour of the animal. Stephen Walton's full page black and white illustrations show each animal in compelling detail. The illustrations and text combine to create a glo…

  • Dogs in Cars

    Author: Felix Massie & Emmanuelle Walker
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    Five fluffy Eurasiers riding round in force; Six French bulldogs graceful as a prancing horse! If you can't think of many dog breeds before reading this book, you certainly will by the time you've finished it!