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“1…2…3…5…8…10!” That’s how my toddler counts to ten, and quite frankly, it’s adorable. I’m in no rush to ensure he can count perfectly anytime soon (I just have to get really fast at hiding in hide-and-seek!) but reading number books together is a fun way for him to feel like he’s learning and knows lots of things, while subconsciously eventually sneaking a four into that counting line up. Quite frankly, there are some truly boring number books out there—let’s skip those—but there are some fantastic ones too. Here’s to counting books you won’t mind reading again.. and again… and again!

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Written & illustrated by Eric Carle
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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.

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Ten Little Rabbits
Written by Virginia Grossman & illustrated by Sylvia Long
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

A counting rhyme with illustrations of rabbits in Native American costume, depicting traditional customs such as rain dances, hunting, and smoke signals. On board pages.

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3-2-1 Blast Off!
Written by Kevin Meyers and Haily Meyers & illustrated by Haily Meyers
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-5

Adventure into space with this playful oversized board book, from the creators of Gotta Go, Buffalo and the All Aboard series. Haily and Kevin Meyers are the husband and wife team behind the dazzling baby product line, Lucy Darling (lucydarling.com). Haily’s design work can be seen on their unique monthly sticker designs, nursery art prints, baby memory books, and multiple baby products. Their work has been featured in Pregnancy and Newborn magazine, Red Tricycle, Babiekins Magazine, Cool Mom Picks, KIWI magazine, Mollie Makes magazine, Fresh Style magazine, Mom Trends, HGTV Canada, and specialty baby shops worldwide. They live in Arizona.

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The World-Famous Book of Counting
Written & illustrated by Sarah Goodreau
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-7

Prepare to be amazed by this fabulously clever lift-the-flap, pop-up, pull-out book about numbers. Sarah Goodreau’s magic-themed illustrations add a touch of nostalgia and vintage glamour to this fun and elegant counting book. With spectacular sorcery and sensational illusions, there’s something here for magic lovers of all ages.

A stylish lift-the-flap, pop-up, pull-out book about numbers with a magic theme

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Pride & Prejudice
Written by Jennifer Adams & illustrated by Alison Oliver
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
I LOVE Pride and Predjudice—it's my favorite book in the entire world, so this BabyLit primer is a home run for me. I love that it introduces elements of the story, and the illustrations are just so cute.
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

Introduce your little bibliophile to the romantic world of Jane Austen in Pride & Prejudice: A BabyLit® Counting Primer. Stroll through 1 English village to meet 2 rich gentlemen and discover what happens when the 5 Bennet sisters encounter 4 marriage proposals! Alison Oliver’s charming illustrations accompany Jennifer Adams’ clever, simple text to make this take on a beloved classic perfect for little ones.

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  • The Numberlys - From the team who brought you The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore comes an alphabet tale extraordinaire! Once upon a time there was no alphabet, only numbers… Life was…fine. Orderly. Dull as gray paint. Very…numberly. But our five jaunty heroes weren’t willing to accept that this was all there could be. They knew there had to be more. So they broke out hard hats and welders, hammers and glue guns, and they started knocking some numbers together. Removing a piece here. Adding a piece there. At first, it was awful. But the five kept at it, and soon it was…artful! One letter after another emerged, until there were twenty-six. Twenty-six letters—and they were beautiful. All colorful, shiny, and new. Exactly what our heroes didn’t even know they were missing. And when the letters entered the world, something truly wondrous began to happen…Pizza! Jelly beans! Color! Books! Based on the award-winning app, this is William Joyce and Moonbot’s Metropolis-inspired homage to everyone who knows there is more to life than shades of black and gray.

  • Can't Sleep Without Sheep - B is for Bookworm -

    After you read this adorable bedtime book, you definitely will not take counting sheep for granted! Super cute premise, adorable illustrations and a great lesson to be appreciative of those helping you, be they real or imaginary. This book also gets points from me for having a diverse main character.

  • The Hueys in None the Number - “Is none a number?” you might ask. I’m glad you did. The answer is Yes! For example, how many lumps of cheese do you see next to you? The answer, depending on where you are, is likely “none.” Counting with the reader all the way up to ten, the Hueys explain numbers as only they can. Such as: The number 4 is the number of tantrums thrown by Dave every day. 7 is the number of oranges balanced on things. And 9 is the number of seagulls who attacked Frank’s French fries. Together they make quite a spectacle. But when you take away all of these fun illustrations in the book? You’re left with none! This funny and accessible counting book from #1 New York Times bestseller Oliver Jeffers (The Day the Crayons Quit; This Moose Belongs to Me) gives the Hueys one more reason to be every young child’s best friends.

  • 1-2-3, You Love Me - The Book Snob Mom -

    This is anything but your average counting primer and is filled with charming illustrations, great rhymes and twelve ways to show love to friends and family, be it hugs, treats, or quality time.

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One Whole Bunch
Written by Mary Meyer & illustrated by Sara Gillingham
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
This is a cute book that counts backwards through a flower garden, including some more well-known florals (daisies) and others that may be new (tidy tips). The illustrations are cute and as a mom I love that the culmination of all this counting is a beautiful bouquet for mama.
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

In this new book illustrated by award-winning artist and designer Sara Gillingham, a boy gathers a bunch of flowers for a beautiful bouquet for his mother in this simple and sweet story that features a counting element: 10 to 1.

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Animal Numbers
Written & illustrated by Thomas Flintham
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
This book is beautiful, I love the cute, colorful illustrations! This rhyming book introduces little ones to new animals while learning to count to ten. I love the ending where all of the animals meet up and are playing a game!
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Join Thomas Flintham on a vibrantly colorful animal adventure that will have the littlest readers counting from one to ten. This friendly whale is number one. He leaps up high, and then he’s gone. Four elephants stomp in a row, Marching high and marching low! Filled with bright colors and eye-catching artwork, the critters in Animal Numbers are running, swimming, splashing, dashing, and counting up a storm!

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Numbers
Written & illustrated by Thierry Laval
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
I love this counting, lift-the-flap book! The illustrations under the flaps are so cute, and I it's especially fun that the die-cuts show a portion of the picture, then when you life the flap, it shows the bigger picture. Very creative and a very fun way to read and learn about counting. :)
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

In this fun version of the lift-the-flap format, clever die-cuts offer hints of what lies beneath each flap. Children will delight in counting four cute hats and then lifting the flap to discover that the hats are perched on the heads of four funny clowns. With a palette that will catch the eye of hip, modern parents, this bright and cheery board book introduces toddlers to numbers in a fresh new way.

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Pretty Kitty
Written by Karen Beaumont & illustrated by Stephanie Laberis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A counting picture book in rhyme about a lonely old man whose heart is slowly melted by an ever-growing number of kitties hoping to find a home. In this charming counting book, a lonely old man discovers one kitty on his front step. But he does not want a kitty cat—scat! As the number of kitties grows, will the man find room in his heart—and home—for his new feline friends? A playful rhyming text makes this counting book perfect for sharing! - GODWIN BOOKS -

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Where Are the Bears?
Written & illustrated by Kathy Ireland
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
Where are the bears is a fun counting, lift-the-flap book. My favorite part of this book are the illustrations--the cute bears make you want to read it over and over again!
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

Lift the flaps to see where the bears will turn up next! This charming board book encourages toddlers to count the bears on each playful page.

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  • 1-2-3 Peas - Busy little peas engage in their favorite activities as they introduce the numbers from one to one hundred.

  • One - Introduces young readers to numbers, counting, and primary and secondary colors by offering the story of ill-tempered Red who got too powerful for his own good and had to be brought down to size by One–a single entity with the courage to stand up for what was right.

  • How Much Is a Million? - Mathematician David M. Schwartz and illustrator Steven Kellog join forces to knock complex numbers down to size, with some help from Mavelossissimo the Mathematical Magician. It’s a math class you’ll never forget.

  • 7 Ate 9 - 6 has a problem. Everyone knows that 7 is always after him. Word on the street is that 7 ate 9. If that’s true, 6’s days are numbered. Lucky for him, Private I is on the case. But the facts just don’t add up. It’s odd. Will Private I put two and two together and solve the problem . . . or is 6 next in line to be subtracted?

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Chomp Goes the Alligator
Written & illustrated by Matthew Van Fleet
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

From #1 New York Times bestselling novelty book creator Matt Van Fleet comes an irresistible picture book about a very hungry alligator who likes to chomp, chomp, chomp, which will delight readers as they learn animal names, colors, and counting. Along came the alligator, chomp, chomp, chomp! From the internationally bestselling children’s book creator Matthew Van Fleet comes the story of a hungry little alligator who gulps his way from one to ten. Ten touchable textures, a sturdy chomping pull tab, and a grand finale pop-up are sure to engage the youngest readers.

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Little Miss Twins
Written & illustrated by Roger Hargreaves
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Travel to Twoland where two friends can be double the fun fun!!

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Hamsters Holding Hands
Written & illustrated by Kass Reich
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
I love these adorable hamsters! The illustrations and the situations these hamsters end up in are funny and unique, and the rhyming adds to the humor and re-readability. This is a VERY fun way to count to ten.
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Recommend Ages: 2-4

Hamsters Holding Hands is an engaging, fun board book targeted toward very young learners. Each page features a different number of playful hamsters accompanied by rhyming text. The illustrations are bright and graphic with lots of humorous details to keep both child and adult engaged. A counting book that takes readers from one to ten, Hamsters Holding Hands is a delight to share with any young child.

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Octopuses One to Ten
Written by Ellen Jackson & illustrated by Robin Page
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-8

“A fascinating counting journey through the amazing and mysterious world of octopuses”–

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TouchThinkLearn: 123
Written & illustrated by Xavier Deneux
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

High design, brilliant graphics, essential learning skills—these features distinguish the TouchThinkLearn titles, presenting knowledge in a new dimension. Xavier Deneux applies the same unique vision that informed TouchThink-Learn: ABC to this year’s most innovative counting book. Die-cut numerals and shapes stimulate understanding of essential concepts, inviting youngest readers to engage in a meaningful and tangible hands-on experience of numbers by tracing figures and shapes to coordinate concepts and images.

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  • 100 Bugs! A Counting Book - A boy and girl find and count 100 different bugs in their backyard in increments of ten.

  • Ten Wishing Stars - Star light, star bright…these wishing sheep will light up your night! Fluff up your pillow and turn down the lights. Counting sheep has never been so illuminating. Count down to bedtime with ten dreamy sheep as they each make a wish on a glow-in-the-dark star. A perfect book to read by nightlight!

  • One Is a Piñata: A Book of Numbers - One is a rainbow. One is a cake. One is a piñata that’s ready to break! In this lively picture book, a companion to the Pura Belpré–honored Green Is a Chile Pepper, children discover a fiesta of numbers in the world around them, all the way from one to ten: Two are maracas and cold ice creams, six are salsas and flavored aguas. Many of the featured objects are Latino in origin, and all are universal in appeal. With rich, boisterous illustrations, a fun-to-read rhyming text, and an informative glossary, this vibrant book enumerates the joys of counting and the wonders that abound in every child’s day!

  • How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten? - The bestselling, award-winning team of Yolen and Teague present their beloved dinosaurs in a new format with this fun, read-aloud board book that teaches young children to count from one to ten! Come along for some BIG fun as your favorite dinosaurs delight young readers with their playful antics. How do dinosaurs count to ten? Over and over and over again! This brand new board book format brings the gigantic humor of bestselling, award-winning team Jane Yolen and Mark Teague to the youngest readers, helping them learn to count from one to ten with a simple, rhyming text and laugh-out-loud illustrations! A perfect companion book to the other HOW DO DINOSAURS tales, and a great baby gift as well.

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Mr. Monkey's Numbers
Written & illustrated by Becky Baur
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Explore and identify numbers in this stylish lift-the-flap board book from a standout new artist. Who has been eating all the food? 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 sneaky monkeys! Featuring a bunch of funny, funky monkeys, this board book introduces young children to numbers from 1 to 5. Toddlers will love the bright colors and flaps they’ll find on every page.

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TouchThinkLearn: Numbers
Written & illustrated by Xavier Deneux
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Combining scooped-out die-cuts with raised, shaped elements, two new TouchThinkLearn books offer youngest learners an irresistible opportunity to explore their universe in a hands-on, multisensory way. See the image, trace its shape, say its name: these modes of perception combine in a dynamic way to stimulate understanding of essential concepts. Experience the number “2” both by counting a pair of raised car wheels on one side, and feeling its shape on the other. Featuring a format unlike any other, these groundbreaking books translate abstract thought into tangible knowledge.

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Fourteen Animals (That Are Definitely Not an Octopus)
Written & illustrated by Gabriel Pyle
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

In this hilarious book of animals, artist Gabe Pyle presents sixteen beloved animals who are definitely not an octopus—or are they? Observant youngsters will love uncovering each octopus cleverly disguised in 16 animals’ shapes. Based on the immensely popular threadless t-shirt, 16 Animals (that Definitely Aren’t an Octopus) is a fresh, witty romp through the animal kingdom that even adults will find hard to resist.

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One Snowy Day
Written by Diana Murray & illustrated by Diana Toledano
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When millions of snowflakes blanket the town in white, ONE energetic puppy and TWO children set out for some snowy day fun—full of friends, sledding, snowballs, puppy hijinks, and more. The lyrical, rhyming text counts up to ten and back down to one, making this the perfect way to incorporate learning into snow day fun.

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Goodnight, Numbers
Written by Danica McKellar
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Count your way to sweet dreams with help from The Wonder Years/Hallmark actress, math whiz, and author Danica McKellar! This New York Times bestselling bedtime book with a math twist is perfect both for getting ready for bed and learning at home. This deceptively simple bedtime book sneaks in secret counting concepts to help make your 2-5 year old smarter . . . and by the end, sleepier! The first in the McKellar Math line, Goodnight, Numbers gives your child the building blocks for math success. As children say goodnight to the objects all around them–three wheels on a tricycle, four legs on a cat–they will connect with the real numbers in their world while creating cuddly memories, night after night. Loving numbers is as easy as 1, 2, 3! A winner for bedtimes or storytimes focusing on counting. –School Library Journal The joys of counting combine with pretty art and homage to Goodnight Moon. –Kirkus

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  • Bear Counts - As friends Bear and Mouse share a day together, Bear counts various objects, from one to five, and the reader is invited to do the same. Simultaneous eBook.

  • Counting with Frida / Contando con Frida - A Lil’ Libros Bilingual Counting Book Introduce your little one to the life of one of Mexico’s most iconic painters, Frida Kahlo, while teaching them their numbers, 1 to 10, in English and Spanish. Count una casa azul (one blue house), tres flores (three flowers), and cinco retratos (five portraits).

  • 100 Snowmen - 1 + 1 = 2 snowmen. 3 + 4 = 7 snowmen. 5 + 6 = 11 snowmen. Finally, 100 snowmen! As you count and add, watch the snowmen enjoy a snowball fight, make funny faces, play hide-and-seek— and just plain have fun. And you’ll have fun, too!

  • Count with Little Fish - First there s just one fish Little Fish under the sea. But not for long: here come two fin-fin fish, three counting fish, and four flying fish. And can you imagine who else? Shy fish and scary fish, tiny fish and funny fish.

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Romeo and Juliet
Written by Jennifer Adams & illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Get swept away by Little Master Shakespeare’s tale of two star-crossed lovers in Romeo & Juliet: A BabyLit® Counting Primer. Count friends, kisses, love letters, and roses in this charming retelling of Shakespeare’s famous story of young love. Since parting from such a lovely little book will certainly bring feelings of sweet sorrow, you may find yourself re-reading ‘till it be ‘morrow!

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Countablock
Written by Christopher Franceschelli & illustrated by Peskimo
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Following on the heels of a successful abecedary, Countablock features thick pages cut into the shape of each numeral, creating a peek-through guessing game around the number form itself. One acorn becomes . . . one oak tree! From snowmen to puddles and eggs to chicks, quantities are illustrated twice: both before and after their “transformations.” As children interact with the pages, they will familiarize themselves not only with the numbers 1–100 and associated quantities, but with each numeral’s physicality—angles, holes, and curves, both front and back. Die-cut numerals include 1–10, and 20–100 by tens. Illustrated by hip British design team Peskimo, this fresh take on the 1-2-3s encourages readers to manipulate numbers in a whole new way.

Note: illustrations are in the style of vintage screen prints, with imperfect variations in color and texture.

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8 Little Planets
Written by Chris Ferrie & illustrated by Lizzy Doyle
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

An exciting introduction to the solar system from Chris Ferrie, #1 science book writer for children, and creator of the Baby University series 8 little planets with the Sun at the center.each one wishing it were a little bit better…Old slow Neptune felt it was behind.165 years to circle the sun is an awful long time!the 8th little planet did not worry.It spins on its axis in a really big hurryTo the tune of “Ten Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” comes a new bedtime story from bestselling author Chris Ferrie that’s sure to get little ones excited about the solar system while learning new facts about each planet!

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Nine: A Book of Nonet Poems
Written by Irene Latham & illustrated by Amy Huntington
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Fans of clever poetry and numbers rejoice! Nine is a book of nine-line poems called nonets, all about the number nine!

Hey!
Hi there!
Love nonets?
I’m sure you do.
What are they, you ask?
You don’t know a nonet?
Not even one little one?
Actually, they’re all the same size!
They’re poems, of course–and here’s your first!

Each poem in this clever collection is a nonet: a nine-line poem that starts with nine syllables in the first line and ends with one syllable in the ninth line (or the reverse). But these nonets go even further! Every one is also written with the number nine at its heart. There’s plenty to love and learn: topics include the nine months it takes a baby to be born, cats’ nine lives, baseball’s nine players, and the nine-banded armadillo. Some feature history, such as the Little Rock Nine, the spacecraft Apollo 9, the ninth president; others explain idioms, like “dressed to the nines,” “cloud nine,” and “the whole nine yards.” Explore these and more with nonets galore!

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Edible Numbers: Count, Learn, Eat
Written & illustrated by Jennifer Vogel Bass
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Juicy apples! Plump, ripe pears! Twisted mushrooms! Counting your way through the farmer’s market has never been so much fun. Discover a world filled with exciting fruits and vegetables in this bright, bold follow-up to Edible Colors. This simple concept counting book will leave your mouth watering as you count from one to twelve with a kaleidoscope of tasty produce. Readers will learn about counting, variety, and color through the detailed, crisp photographs of homegrown and farmer’s market fruits and vegetables!

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  • Stack the Cats - Stack the Cats is a charming book about counting and organizing cats in various formations. But when the cats decide to go their own way—as cats often will—it’s time to count down until there’s only one proud cat and bird left. Counting forward and backward, understanding when there is more or less of something, and grouping and recognizing items are key early math skills for toddlers, making these books as developmentally sound as they are visually engaging.

  • Counting Things - Learn to count to ten with Little Mouse! This cute board book features a large lift-flap on every page, making learning to count easy and fun! With stylish retro-modern illustrations this is the perfect introduction to counting for young children.

  • A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars - “This picture book is one in a gazillion.”—Jane O’Connor, the New York Times–bestselling author of the Fancy Nancy series Did you know that the earth is covered in three trillion trees? And that seven billion people weigh about the same as ten quadrillion ants? Our world is full of constantly changing numbers, from a hundred billion trillion stars in space to thirty-seven billion rabbits on Earth. Can you imagine that many of anything? The playful illustrations from New York Times–bestselling artist Isabel Greenberg and the friendly, straightforward voice of author Seth Fishman illuminate some of the biggest numbers in the universe—a hundred billion trillion stars—and the smallest—one unique and special YOU. Here is a book for story time, for science time, for math time, for bedtime, and all the times in between. Perfect for curious children, classrooms eager for STEM content, and readers who have devoured Ada Twist, Scientist and How Much Is a Million?

  • Counting with Tiny Cat - At first Tiny Cat has none. Then one! Two! Three! And . . . four! Oops—bonk!—now there’s more! Soon Tiny Cat has as many red balls of yarn as you can get. Then some extra. Is that too many? Will Tiny Cat ever have just enough?

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Little Owl's 1-2-3
Written & illustrated by Divya Srinivasan
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Little Owl flies through the night forest, visiting his friends. One friendly fox says hello, two beavers wave, three skunks nibble berries. And when Little Owl finally reaches his own tree, he sees Raccoon who has gathered ten acorns. Sweetly told, 1-2-3 is just right for children learning their numbers!

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My Very First Book of Numbers
Written & illustrated by Eric Carle
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Can you tell how many cherries there are? How many apples? In the brilliantly colorful My Very First Book of Numbers, children can find the number of fruits in the bottom half of a page that matches the number of boxes and numerals in the top half. This new, bilingual edition will also allow them to match English and Spanish words for each. Children will love solving the puzzles of this clever, vibrant book.

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Ten Little Fingers, Two Small Hands
Written by Kristy Dempsey & illustrated by Jane Massey
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Count each little finger one by one in this sweet book now available as a board book! Ten little fingers, one hand . . . two. Two small hands belong to you! Join a group of multicultural toddlers as they enjoy delicious treats and count one by one as one little finger points to cake, two little fingers tap a plate, three little fingers pinch a bite, and four little fingers squish it tight! Now available as a board book for the youngest of readers!

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Five Flying Penguins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Five little penguins flee from a seal, flying through the water, and find themselves in an innocent game of tag.

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The Importance of Being 3
Written & illustrated by Lindsay Ward
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

The perfect present for three-year-olds, this picture book is a celebration of all things three!

All the best things come in threes, not one, not two, but three, like the three-year-olds in this sweet picture book. As all parents know, three is a big year. Follow along as three friends learn new things in threes—from tricycles to triangles—take a dip in the pool, and play in the park with their friends! Of course, it’s not all fun and games. There’s a tantrum and then hugs all around as the three kids head to bed.

This adorable picture book celebrating important life events is the perfect gift for third birthdays. Kids will love pointing out all the activities they can do now that they are three years old.

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