Plano Reads: Counting

One, two, three…how many stories have you shared today? Check out this book list for some of our favorite stories about numbers and counting.

Whether you’re counting up or counting down, you’re sure find a number of new favorites with this list.

This Saturday on our “Saturday Stories on the Farmstead” we are at the Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano, Texas to have a storytime about counting! Be sure to check our Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. on October 31 for the premiere. Check out our teaser below!

Whether you’re looking for a story to share or to learn something new, this list has you covered. You can see the books below and place them on hold in our catalog.

Board Books

Note: Board books are unavailable for holds requests. To check out these titles, you’ll need to come to a library and grab it from the display. The catalog link will show you where the book is available.

My Very First Book of Numbers by Eric Carle Request
Upper and lower halves of divided pages can be turned separately, to match numbers with pictures.

Good Night, Baboon!: A Bedtime Counting Book by Sabrina Moyle Request
A cheeky bedtime counting book that follows a baby baboon who is too jazzed to sleep and sleepy animals performing bedtime rituals like bathing, brushing teeth, and storytime.

My First 123 by Walker Books Request
Follow the path and trace the numbers from 1 to 10 in this early counting adventure!

Bedtime 123 by Eric Walters Request
A counting board book that introduces little ones to all the animals around the farm that are going to bed.

How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten? by Jane Yolen Request
Describes how a little dinosaur counts from one to ten, using the toys and other things around him.

Picture Books

One Golden Rule at School: A Counting Book by Selina Alko Request
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text reveal a day at school, from one backpack to seven stars on a chart and back down again. Includes additional groups of objects that can be counted, up to twenty.

Anno’s Counting Book by Mitsumasa Anno Request
A counting book depicting the growth in a village and surrounding countryside during twelve months.

Count the Monkey by Marc Barnett Request
The reader is invited to count the animals that have frightened the monkeys off the pages.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle Request
Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep. Die-cut pages illustrate what the caterpillar ate on successive days of the week. 

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow Request
A counting book in which one by one the little monkeys jump on the bed only to fall off and bump their heads.

Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews Request
A counting book which shows what can be done with ten black dots – one can make a sun, two a fox’s eyes, or eight the wheels of a train.

Let’s Count Goats by Mem Fox Request
The reader is invited to count goats of many shapes, sizes, hobbies, and professions.

123 Dream by Kim Krans Request
Drawings of creatures and natural wonders introduce numbers from one to ten. Includes a search-and-find activity. 

Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss Request
Ten instruments take their parts one by one in a musical performance.

One by Kathryn Otoshi Request
A number/color book reminding us that is just takes one to make everyone count. 

Counting Animals with Lily and Milo by Pauline Oud Request
Can you count the animals along with Lily and Milo? A cheerful story about animals and counting. For toddlers ages 24 months and up, with a focus on language development.

Counting Crocodiles by Judy Sierra Request
In this rhymed retelling of a traditional Asian tale, a clever monkey uses her ability to count to outwit the hungry crocodiles that stand between her and a banana tree on another island across the sea.

One Earth by Eileen Spinelli Request
An illustrated counting rhyme that celebrates the beauty of nature and recommends ways to protect our one and only world, including recycling, conserving energy, and repairing broken items.

Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh Request
Ten mice outsmart a hungry snake.

Teeth, Tails, & Tentacles by Christopher Wormell Request
The first portion of the work is a counting book covering the numbers one to twenty with block prints of animals. The second portion of the work has factual information concerning the animals.

Junior Non-Fiction

Edible Numbers by Jennifer Bass Request
A colorful and delicious counting book featuring an array of familiar and unfamiliar fruits and vegetables.

I See 1, 2, 3: Count Your Community with Sesame Street by Jennifer Boothroyd Request
This fun, friendly text introduces counting techniques in the child’s world through friendly text, colorful photography, and Sesame Street Muppets. That’s a Fact! features throughout present nonfiction facts to help engage continued learning.

The Ghost of Skip-Count Castle by Spencer Brinker Request
In this book, young readers learn counting in multiples.

Lots of Ladybugs!: Counting by Fives by Michael Dahl Request
Find the hidden numbers in this exciting counting book! This nonfiction picture book introduces children to counting by fives through a fun-filled seek-and-find with ladybug shells. Kids will love the cute, colorful illustrations and challenging hidden pictures, while parents will enjoy this simple read-aloud introduction to mathematics.

On the Launch Pad: A Counting Book About Rockets by Michael Dahl Request
A countdown from twelve to one as a space shuttle awaits lift off.

How Many?: A Different Kind of Counting Book by Christopher Danielson Request
Written by a math educator, this innovative book encourages critical thinking and sparks memorable mathematical conversations. You and your child decide what to count on each page. You have many choices, and the longer you look, the more possibilities you’ll notice. There are no wrong answers in this book. As long as you’re talking about what you see, think, and wonder, you’re talking math! 

Count It! by Rachel First Request
Simple text explains concepts involved with counting.


Be sure to browse the library catalog online here, and use your library card number and PIN (last four digits of your phone number) to place a hold request.

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