Counting Above 10!

Many books do a great job with 1-10, but finding good books for 11-20 can be a challenge. Here are 3 great finds!


1 to 20, Animals Aplenty by Katie Viggers

1 to 20, Animals Aplenty by Katie Viggers is visually simple, allowing for great finger-pointing counting practice. Each page has an unexpected element – wry humor, playfulness, fun facts. My kids love it. We love reading it. Bonus – the last two pages are fun number line visuals and opportunity for concept reiteration.


11 dogs and their pet frogs


18 badgers wearing badges


number line, 11-20


Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light

Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light has some of my favorite things – great visual detail, spotting fun, clever use of color, quirky imagination. My youngest gets immersed in spotting all the transportation elements of a busy city, and my oldest loves the challenge of finding all the colored items. I anticipate it will age well as they grow. Bonus – an awesome walking map on the end pages counting from 1-20 (we love maps!).


8 Fire hydrants


15 Balloons


End Papers – walking map of New York City!


Countablock by Christopher Franceschelli, art by Peskimo

Countablock by Christopher Franceschelli (art by Peskimo) is just as visually awesome and interactive as Alphablock and Dinoblock from the same series. But I actually like this one best, which is saying a lot! It counts from 1-100 with individual cut-out pages for 1-10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 and 100. Unlike some other 1-100 books, it writes out all the digits between tens. Bonus – each cut-out flap illustrates a transformation concept (snowmen melting, balls of wool becoming yarn, tadpoles becoming frogs).


Seven pots of paint become…


Seven colors of the rainbow!


Twenty caterpillars become…


Twenty butterflies!


Eighty seeds become…


Eighty flowers!