Learning to Count, Counting to Learn — Concept Books for Young Readers

First come the ABCs, then come the 123s.  Your child is learning so much every time you read books together!

Your library has lots of “concept books” including counting books, which are great for young learners.  These early childhood books range from learning the alphabet and recognizing colors to learning to count and identifying shapes.

Whether you are counting fingers and toes or cars and trucks, counting is a terrific activity for parents and children to do together.  Begin by showing your child how to point to an object, then continue by counting all things similar.  Once you get started, you won’t be able to stop!

Counting books collage

Did you see anything you like?  Check out these tried and true counting books available at the library:

1 2 3 NY: A Counting Book of New York City, by Joanne Dugan
10 Little Penguins, by Jean-Luc Fromental
Construction Countdown, by K. C. Olson
Count 1 to 10: A Pop-Up Book, by Kees Moerbeek
Count!, by Denise Fleming
Counting Chickens, by Harriet Ziefert
Mother Goose, Numbers on the Loose, by Leo and Diane Dillon
One Naked Baby: Counting to Ten and Back Again, by Maggie Smith
One, Some, Many, by Marthe Jocelyn
Ones and Twos, by Marthe Jocelyn
Richard Scarry’s Best Counting Book Ever, by Richard Scarry
Teeth, Tails & Tentacles: An Animal Counting Book, by Christopher Wormell
Ten Birds, by Cybele Young

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