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There are many counting resources to choose from at our library. The following is a list of some of the best ones to use with kids just learning to count.

Counting Books

Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
J BOARDBK ANIMA Sheppard, Kate Animal 1,2,3
After Rabbit drops the birthday card he is delivering, different animals try to get his attention and lead him back to where he dropped the card. On board pages.
J BOARDBK FIVE 5 Busy Ducklings
Five busy ducklings are on the go in this first counting book
J BOARDBK HILL Hill, Eric Spot's First Numbers : A Touch-and-Feel Book
Make learning fun with this first concept book for toddlers. Spot introduces tactile numbers with interesting textures to encourage counting from one balloon to five crayons.
J BOARDBK WELLS Wells, Rosemary Counting Peas
A big sneeze scatters Max's peas in every direction.
J BURTO Burton, Katherine One Gray Mouse
"Young children learn colours, numbers and animals through the adventures of one grey mouse.
J398.84 Dunn, Opal Number Rhymes
Numbers are fun, and reciting rhymes is a natural way for children to pick up number words and enjoy using them. This entertaining collection of rhymes teaches ways to count while familiarizing young readers with numbers beyond ten.
J513.211 Hartmann, Wendy One Sun Rises
Bold, bright colors illustrate this simple counting book with African wildlife.
J513.211 CURRY Curry, Don L. How Many Birds?
Simple text and photographs present a variety of birds for the reader to count and add.
J513.211 ENSLO Enslow, Brian Counting Butterflies 1-2-3
Learn about bugs, and counting to ten.
J513.211 SCHAE Schaefer, Lola Homes 123
Illustrated descriptions of various types of dwellings and their inhabitants introduce the numbers one through ten.
J513.211 SCHAE Schaefer, Lola Musty-Crusty Animals 123
A counting book featuring a variety of crustaceans.
J578.768 MCKIS McKissack, Fredrick Counting in the Wetlands
Children can count from one to ten as they read about the different animals and features of the wetlands
J591.468 HALFM Halfmann, Janet Eggs 1 2 3
Ten spreads with gatefolds and a culminating dramatic fold-out lead young readers from a single penguin egg to an ostrich's clutch of 10 eggs. Song-like, non-rhyming verse gives clues as to who might hatch. The answer to the repeated refrain, "Who will the babies be?", is found beneath a flap. Besides discovering the animal baby or babies, kids will also pick up a lot of nature terminology and interesting facts about animals, their birthing environments, and habitats.
J782.42 RAFFI Raffi Five Little Ducks
When her five little ducks disappear one by one, Mother Duck sets out to find them. Includes musical notation.
JE ADAMS Adams, Michelle Counting Cows
The reader is invited to count the increasing number of colorful cows that sing, cheer, and dance the Moo Cow Boogaloo.
JE ANDRE Andreasen, Dan The Baker's Dozen
The reader is invited to count from one to thirteen as a jolly baker makes delectable treats from one mouth-watering eclair to twelve luscious cupcakes, and serves them to invited guests.
JE BAKER Baker, Keith Big Fat Hen
Big Fat Hen counts to ten with her friends and all their chicks.
JE BANG Bang, Molly Ten, Nine, Eight
Numbers from ten to one are part of this lullaby which observes the room of a little girl going to bed.
JE BEELE Beeler, Selby How Many Elephants?
A lift-the-flap counting book about some tricky elephants
JE BERGE Berger, Samantha Apples
Reproduces paintings of apples, from one to ten, by various artists including René Magritte, Andy Warhol, Fernando Botero, and Paul Cézanne.
JE BURRI Burris, Priscilla Five Green and Speckled Frogs
Five frogs eat bugs as they sit on a log, but one by one they jump into the cool pool until all are gone.
JE BUTLE Butler, John Bedtime in the Jungle
As dusk falls in the jungle, animal babies and their parents prepare for bedtime.
JE CARLE Carle, Eric The Very Hungry Caterpillar
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.
JE COTTE Cotten, Cynthia At the Edge of the Woods: A Counting Book
A variety of animals, birds, and insects enjoy the flowers and trees of the forest early one morning.
JE CURIO Rey, H.A. Curious George Learns to Count from 1 to 100
When Curious George learns to count from 1 to 100, he finds that he can count almost anything, with some strange and unusual results.
JE CURRY Curry, Don L. My Counting Book
Invites the reader to count a variety of animals engaged in different activities.
JE DENIS Denise, Anika Pigs Love Potatoes
A counting book in which increasing numbers of pigs arrive and are recruited to help as Mamma cooks potatoes.
JE DOBBI Dobbins, Jan Driving My Tractor
The reader is invited to count the animal passengers riding in a tractor traveling on a bumpy road.
JE Ehlert, Lois Fish Eyes: A book you can count on
Counting book written in rhyme from a 'fish eye' point of view
JE ELLIO Elliott, David One Little Chicken
Watch the little chicken's dance, while counting to ten by chance.
JE FALWE Falwell, Cathryn Turtle Splash: Countdown at the Pond
As they are startled by the activities of other nearby creatures, the number of turtles on a log in a pond decreases from ten to one.
JE FORME Formento, Alison This Tree Counts
Before they begin planting new trees, Mr. Tate tells his students to listen closely as the lone tree behind their school counts out ten ways it serves the needs of different animals.
JE FRANC Franco, Betsy Zero is the Leaves on the Tree
This colorful book looks at "zero, a number that is best defined by what is it not"--inside cover.
JE HILL Hill, Eric Spot Can Count
Children learn basic counting skills while lifting the flaps with Spot.
JE HOLUB Holub, Joan Apple Countdown
Rhyming text describes a school field trip to an apple orchard, where the students count down all the things they see, from twenty nametags to one apple pie.
JE KATZ Katz, Karen Ten tiny babies
Babies from one to ten enjoy a bouncy, noisy, jiggly day until they are finally fast asleep at night.
JE KREBS Krebs, Laurie We All Went on Safari
Three children learn to count in English and Swahili as they cross the Tanzanian plains.
JE LEUCK Leuck, Laura One Witch
A witch goes around to her fiendish friends--from two cats to ten werewolves--to gather the ingredients to make gruesome stew for her party.
JE LEWIN Lewin, Betsy Cat Count
A child adds up the cats owned by ten different people and discovers that it is a lot of cats.
JE LOTTR Lottridge, Celia Barker One Watermelon Seed
JE MACDO MacDonald, Margaret How Many Donkeys?
When Jouha counts the ten donkeys carrying his dates to market, he repeatedly forgets to count the one he is riding on, causing him great consternation. Includes numbers written out in Arabic and in English transliteration, as well as the numerals one through ten, and a note on the origins and other versions of the story.
JE MARTI Martin, Bill Ten Little Caterpillars
Illustrations and rhyming text follow ten caterpillars as one wriggles up a flower stem, another sails across a garden pool, and one reaches an apple leaf, where something amazing happens.
JE MCGRA McGrath, Barbara Teddy Bear Counting
Teddy bears introduce numbers from one to twelve, as well as colors and shapes.
JE MILLE Miller, Virginia Ten Red Apples
Bartholomew and George, two bears, and Little Black Kitten enjoy the apple tree in the garden and count its shiny red apples.
JE MODES Modesitt, Jeanne Oh, What a Beautiful Day!
Easy-to-read, rhyming text celebrates the wonder of a beautiful day as a girl meets animals swirling, twirling, and loving every minute of it.
JE NORTH North, Mark The Day Anthony Counted to Googol
Join Anthony and see how he counts to the highest number imaginable.
JE OBORN Oborne, Martine One Beautiful Baby
Counts all of the characteristics of a beautiful baby from one smile to ten sticky fingers.
JE PAVEY Pavey, Peter One Dragon's Dream
As a dragon dreams of turkeys, tigers, kangaroos, and seals, the reader can count the items hidden within the dream.
JE PELLE Pelley, Kathleen T. Magnus Maximus, a Marvelous Measurer
As the town's official measurer, Magnus Maximus is consumed with measuring and counting everything and everyone, missing out on life's simple pleasures, until one day when he breaks his glasses.
JE PETER Peters, Lisa Frankie Works the Night Shift
In this counting book, Frankie the cat's night prowling causes a ruckus, waking sleeping neighbors who do not share Frankie's love of the "night shift."
JE REASO Reasoner, Charles One Blue Fish : A Colorful Counting Book
Lift shaped flaps to reveal one blue fish, two white swans, and so forth, introducing readers to counting and colors with pond critters.
JE REISE Reiser, Lynn Ten Puppies
Puppies from one to ten are counted and sorted according to their different features.
JE SAYER Sayre, April One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab
A counting book featuring animals with different numbers of feet.
JE SCHUE Schuette, Sarah 3, 2, 1 Go!
Counts backward from ten to one, starting with ten toy school buses and ending with one toy city bus.
JE SCHUM Schumaker, Ward In My Garden
In this garden the reader learns to count from one watering can to ten snails, from twenty weepy onions to fifty cherry pies and even to 233 peas.
JE SEEGE Seeger, Laura One Boy
A boy creates ten paintings in this counting book that also explores the relationship of words within words.
JE SHIEL Shields, Carol Diggory Wombat Walkabout
Rhyming text follows six little wombats on walkabout and a hungry dingo following, envisioning them as his lunch until the wombats turn the tables on him.
JE SIY Siy, Alexandra One Tractor
While one tractor sits on the grass, out of gas, increasing numbers of other vehicles, from two airplanes to ten bicycles, fill the backyard with adventure.
JE SLAUG Slaughter, Tom 1 2 3
Bold pictures with simple numerals make for a very teachable counting book.
JE SMITH Smith, Danna Two at the Zoo
A grandfather and grandchild go to the zoo, where they count animals from one to ten.
JE SMITH Smith, Maggie Counting Our Way to Maine
On a trip to Maine, the family counts from one baby to twenty fireflies.
JE SPURR Spurr, Elizabeth Farm Life
Rhymed descriptions of life on a farm introduce basic colors and the numbers one to ten.
JE STICK Stickland, Paul Ten Terrible Dinosaurs
A group of rollicking dinosaurs counts down from ten to one as it introduces subtraction to the reader.
JE STIEG Stiegemeyer, Julie Seven Little Bunnies
Seven bunnies find many other things to do when it is time for them to go to bed.
JE THOMP Thompson, Lauren How Many Cats?
From zero to twenty, a house becomes filled with frolicking cats, who then leave alone or in groups.
JE WABER Waber, Bernard Lyle Walks the Dog
Count the dogs as Lyle the crocodile's dog walking business grows.
JE WILSO Wilson, Karma A Frog in the Bog
A frog in the bog grows larger and larger as he eats more and more bugs, until he attracts the attention of an alligator who puts an end to his eating.
JE YOON Yoon, Salina One Weighs a Ton
Rhymes for the numbers one to ten plus factual information about certain animals.


Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
CD JZM COLL LLAN P 85 Let’s Learn About Numbers & Counting, Time, ABCs
Introduction & instruction (ABC's) -- ABC story --Repeat ABC story -- The ABC song -- Repeat the ABC song -- Introduction & instruction (Numbers and counting) -- Numbers and counting story -- Repeat numbers and counting story -- The Numbers and counting song -- Repeat the Numbers and counting song --Introduction & instruction (Time) -- Time story --Repeat Time story -- The Time song -- Repeat the Time song.
CD JZM COLL LLAN P 85 Let's Learn About - Numbers and Counting, Time, ABC's
CD JZM COLL LN P22 Letters and Numbers: 16 Timeless Classics
Learning about letters and numbers has never been more fun with Junior Jukebox leading the way. From the "Alphabet" song to "This old man" you and your child will love singing these timeless classics."
CD JZM GILL IA J 00 Gill, Jim Irrational Anthem "Jumping and Counting"
The irrational anthem -- Can't wait to celebrate -- I'll spell it out for you -- Saxophones -- Shakin' everywhere -- The gong song -- Jumping and counting -- Toy boat -- Follow the band -- (Jim Gill is) going nowhere -- Laughing in rhythm -- Buffet ballet -- Bix Beiderbecke -- The dance along gong song -- Yodeling -- May there always be sunshine.
CD JZM PALM SB H 07 Palmer, Hap So Big “Ten Wiggle Worms”
So happy you're here -- Five little monkeys -- I'm a pretzel -- So big -- Rock and roll freeze dance -- Baby chickie -- When I'm down I get up and dance -- Ten wiggle worms (pt. 1 ; pt. 2) -- Jack-in-the-box -- Growing -- Bluegrass jamboree -- Teddy bear playtime -- Put your hands in the air -- Big things come from little things you do.
CD JZM THEY HCO D00 They Might Be Giants Here Come the 123's


Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
DVD J418.3 FUN Cruz, Ynes Fun With Numbers
DVD J419 SIGNI Coleman, Rachel Practice Time 123's level 1
123s will help children learn their numbers from 1 to 20; signing numbers with ease; recognizing numbers as they are signed to you.
DVD J513.211 HELLO Hello Numbers: Learn to Count
With interactive games, songs and count-alongs, Agent Hello teaches his Video Pals to count from 1 to 10, and by 10's to 100.
DVD J782.4 BABY Palmer, Hap ABC, 123, colors & shapes
Ten fun, live-action, finger snapping songs will entertain children for hours and introduce basic skills such as recognition of letters, colors, shapes and number concepts.
DVD J782.4 BARNE West, Bob Barney: It's Time for Counting
Stella the Storyteller loses her numbers from the magic clock, Barney and friends have to come to the rescue. Includes many songs and the stories: The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs, Belling the Cat, and The Turnip.
DVD JE COLOR Caudle, Brad Colors Shapes and Counting
Learn to count objects by color, shape, or a combination of both. Includes advanced colors and shapes.
DVD JE SESAME Sesame Workshop Learning about Numbers
The Count shows children how to count.

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