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NEW: Press Here by Herve Tullet.
A very interactive color and counting book with pleasing visual tricks. Children and adults will ask to take part in it over and over.

NEW: 123 Peas by Kieth Baker.
Peas from I through 10 are involved with large, colorful numbers. The peas are the size of regular peas, which allows the numbers to stand out. The peas then count by 10s to 100. The numbers seem to be in motion. Preschool/Primary

NEW: One by Kathryn Otoshi.
The colors are upset when red acts like a bully to blue. They decide to stand up and count. This teaches red a lesson about friendship.

NEW: Animal 123 by Britta Teckentrup.
This is a board book with flaps that open to reveal the next number. Each number is represented by animals in motion. The snakes are wiggly, the elephants are marching, and the dragonflies are flying. The numbers 1 through 10 are covered. The illustrations are clear and the flaps are easy to lift. Preschool/Primary

NEW: Wumbers by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.
This is a book for primary aged children. It is filled with words that contain numbers. An example of a wumber is swee10 (sweeten). Each page stands alone. There is no story in the book, but primary children will enjoy the "wumbers" and will want to create some of their own.

Today is Monday by Susan Baum.
This book combines the days of the week with foods. It can be read or sung. Three- and four-year-olds will enjoy singing along.

Counting on Calico by Phyllis Tildes.
Children can learn many interesting facts about cats while practicing their counting skills. A good early science book and a great discussion starter about families.

Domino Addition by Lynette Long.
Uses dominos to practice adding and counting the number of dots. Buy a set and start counting. Numbers 1 through 12 are included.

Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni.
Introduces the concept of measuring using an inchworm who measures for birds. Be careful inchworm!

Mouse Count by Ellen Walsh.
How many mice can get into a small jar? And what is that snake trying to do?

Moja Means One by Muriel Feelings.
This Swahili counting book is also a social studies book for young children with beautiful drawings of Africa. It will lead to discussions of other cultures.

What Comes in 2's, 3's, & 4's? by Suzanne Aker.
This book is just what it says it is - a book exploring what things come in 2's, 3's, and 4's. It will lead children and their adults to think of other things that come in quantities. The book also explores concepts, likenesses and differences, and sets.

The Right Number of Elephants by Jeff Sheppard.
The child in this book imagines many different situations in which you might need help. In each case there is a perfect number of elephants to get the job done. A playful number book which can be a springboard for discussions about what to do in tricky situations.

Ten Cats Have Hats by Jean Marzollo.
This is a simple counting book with a repeating refrain. Your child can easily read this book to you. The text is simple and the artwork is appealing.

Count by Denise Fleming.
A very colorful book for counting animals up to 10 and then counting by tens to fifty. The animals are bouncing, snapping, jumping, wiggling, stretching, and snapping. A good book for language development and movement.

1, 2, 3 To The Zoo by Eric Carle.
A wordless counting book that is useful on many levels. The animals are on cars bound for the zoo. A new car is introduced on each page with the train car from the previous page joining other cars in the train crawling across the bottom of each page. There is also a little mouse who appears in a different spot on each page. A good book for meaningful and rational counting, visual perception, and discussing zoos.

Anno's Counting Book by Mitsumasa Anno.
In this book, a country scene is shown on every page undergoing changes through the seasons and years. An excellent book for counting, groups and sets, one-to-one correspondence, and observing changes over time.

How Many Bugs in a Box? by David A. Carter.
A cardboard lift-the-flap book which will appeal to all children. The box is different on each page and so are the bugs. A good book for counting sets to 10 and for reinforcing concepts of color, size, and shape.

Ten Little Rabbits by Virginia Grossman and Sylvia Long.
Ten Little Rabbits by Virginia Grossman and Sylvia Long. The rabbits are American Indians going about their daily tasks. They are wearing the colors of 10 different tribes which are discussed at the end of the book. A very nice book for counting, patterning, observing likenesses and differences, and studying other cultures.

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