counting books for babies

May 28, 2010

Counting books are a favorite of mine. I especially love looking for interesting and beautiful illustrations, since the number part is pretty much all there is to the "text."

Obviously, these books are useful for introducing the concept of numbers and counting, but I think they are also great discussion books. Since there are usually few words, you can focus on the illustrations and have conversations about what you see on the page.

Here are some of our favorites:


Baby's First Counting Book
 I just love the vintage illustrations in this book. I picked it up at goodwill when I found out I was having another baby, so it's the first book I ever purchased especially for Lucia.

Happy Baby 123 (Priddy Bicknell Big Ideas for Little People)
Baby 123
I'm a big fan of these happy baby books from Priddy Books. We have a lot of these and Juliet enjoyed them immensely as a baby/toddler. The bright photographs and images of babies are so appealing to little ones.

Counting With Albert and Amy
Counting with Albert and Amy
This is another book that we got a lot of mileage out of. Juliet enjoyed the movable counting beads at the top of the book.

Counting Kisses: A Kiss & Read Book
Counting Kisses: A Kiss & Read Book by Karen Katz
This might be my favorite book to read with a baby of all. Juliet and I had so many special snuggle times reading this beautiful book together.

Hippos Go Berserk
Hippos Go Berserk by Sandra Boyton
I think this book is aimed more at preschoolers, but in the board format, you could use it for babies as well. This one always makes Juliet laugh.

Ten Black Dots Board Book
Ten Black Dots Board Book by Donald Crews
We have this book in the paperback format and we LOVE it. I think the graphic illustrations would be perfect for baby in the board book format.

Here are a few I don't own, but are on my wishlist for baby #2. 


Count
Count by Dwell Studio
This book is gorgeous. I'm looking forward to reading it with Lucia.

One Red Sun: A Counting Book (Classic Board Books)
One Red Sun: A Counting Book (Classic Board Books)
Ezra Jack Keats is a HUGE favorite of mine. This one looks delightful.

Goodnight Moon 123 Board Book: A Counting Book
Goodnight Moon 123 Board Book: A Counting Book
We love the original, so I suspect this is a good one as well.

123 San Francisco: A Cool Counting Book (Cool Counting Books)123 Chicago: A Cool Counting Book (Cool Counting Books)123 Texas: A Cool Counting Book (Cool Counting Books)123 New York: A Cool Counting Book (Cool Counting Books)
123 California: A Cool Counting Book (Cool Counting Books)123 Boston: A Cool Counting Book (Cool Counting Books)123 Philadelphia: A Cool Counting Book (Cool Counting Books)123 USA: A Cool Counting Book (Cool Counting Books)
123 San Francisco: A Cool Counting Book (Cool Counting Books)
How beautiful and fun are these? I wish they had a Georgia version; I would be sure to buy it! If you live in one of the cities or states featured, you are lucky! Especially, you San Franscisco residents--that cover is my favorite.

So what are your favorite counting books for babies? I'd love to hear what you love.

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