The Best Counting and Number Books for Preschoolers


Number books are a great way to add math learning to your reading activities with kids. I’m going to share a variety of counting books for your kids. Whether you use one of the DIY printable counting books or get your books from the store or library, I know you will find some fun number books for preschoolers that your kids will love.

the best counting and number books for perschoolers

This post contains affiliate links for your shopping convenience. There will be no additional cost to you if you purchase something from the link, but I receive a small commission each time someone makes a purchase through one of the links.

Printable Number Books for Preschoolers

Some of the best books for preschoolers are those you make yourselves. Here are three different printable number books for preschoolers. These interactive counting books are great for hands-on math activities to help your kids practice counting and understand early number concepts.

Dot Sticker Counting Books

Dot sticker activities are not only a fun way to practice counting, but peeling stickers is a great fine motor activity and a great way to work on practicing the pincer grasp.

3 printable dot sticker counting books. One is opened to the number 10 page and is shown with red and blue stickers applied in an aba pattern. This is an example of peeling dot sticker activities to build fine motor skills and number books for preschoolers.

1-10 Counting Books

These printable counting books come in two different sizes and are very versatile. Kids can add stickers, stamps, draw pictures, make fingerprints or more to the pages to represent the numbers.

Printable number books for preschoolers.  This book is open to the number 3 page and a child has added 3 bumblebee stickers to the page.

Hole Punch Counting Books

Do your kids need to build some hand strength? Hole punch activities are an extremely motivating way to help kids build the muscles in their little hands. Hole punch number books are a great way to work on number recognition and counting while working on essential fine motor skills.

Printable hole punch number books for preschoolers.  The picture shows two books with a silver hole puncher.  One book is open to the number 5 page.  It says "I see 5 bubbles" and each bubble above 5 fish is punched out with a hole punch.

Additional Number Books for Preschoolers

Here are some of my favorite counting books that you can pick up in your local bookstore or from Amazon.

From The Garden: A Counting Book About Growing Food

Kids can learn numbers 1-12 while watching a family grow items for a yummy salad.

One Big Building: A Counting Book About Construction

This number book is great for your little construction vehicle lovers. Numbers are represented in several ways on each page; your kids can even look for the hidden number in the pictures.

Ten Black Dots

Going from one to ten, the author uses simple illustrations with black dots to represent things in life. While a little dated (we don’t use radio dials anymore), the book provides plenty of opportunities for discussion and counting.

Counting in the Garden

“Counting in the Garden” is a delightful counting book that will keep little ones engaged with its captivating illustrations and garden-themed adventure, making it a perfect choice for children to explore numbers while enjoying the wonders of nature.

Five Green and Speckled Frogs

My favorite part of this book is that you can sing along with at as the frogs eat their most delicious lunch.

One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller 

This exciting and beautifully illustrated counting book takes little readers on a thrilling adventure as a clever fox tries to catch three unsuspecting hens. This will be an exciting book to include in your farm theme. With captivating illustrations and a suspenseful twist, this book will keep kids and adults engaged during storytime.

Stack the Cats

I am a life-long cat-lover, so it’s not hard to find joy in this book. But even if you don’t like cats, I think that you will love this creative counting book that will help your kids think about numbers in different ways. For example, instead of just showing 9 cats stacked on top of each other, your kids can count 3 stacks of 3 cats…which equals nine silly cats.

One Is a Pinata: A Book of Numbers

This is a fun, vibrant, and joyful picture book that takes you and your kids on a festive counting adventure filled with playful rhymes.

Mouse Count

A 1-10 counting book and silly story about some mice cleverly getting out of a difficult situation. It’s fun to tell this story with a snake sock puppet and some small toy mice, a jar, and some small toy mice.

The Numbers Store: Sunday Adventures Series

This book is a simple story that introduces basic number concepts through a family’s trip to the grocery store. I love the illustrations in this one.

Each Orange Had 8 Slices

This book is a great way to show kids that numbers are everywhere. From simple counting to more complex ideas about numbers, there are opportunities to use this book for kids of varying ages and abilities.

Quack and Count

This is a fun and different counting book for kids. The book illustrates different ways to count the 7 ducks. Your kids will have so much fun they won’t even realize they are learning numeracy concepts.

Big Fat Hen 

You and you kids are probably familiar with the “One, two, buckle my shoe” nursery rhyme, but the amazing illustrations in this book add another level to the classic number rhyme.

Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On 

Teach your kids to count the fish eyes on each page. The holes give them something tactile to feel as they count.

Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef

This book includes lyrical rhymes to the tune of “Over in the Meadow” that introduce sea creatures numbered 1-10 with beautiful illustrations. This is a fun way to learn about animals as kids practice counting.

Steam Train, Dream Train 1-2-3

If you love “Steam Train, Dream Train,” then you’ll love this counting version of the book. The great illustrations and fun rhymes will take your kids on a 1-10 counting adventure.

Ten Apples Up On Top!

Animal friends practice balancing apples on their heads in this fun counting book. After reading this, you can make your own Apple Counting Book with your kids with my free printable.

Counting Collection: Counting Cars

This is a great lap or small group book rather than a read-aloud for a large group. I describe it as an “I Spy” counting book for things that go. This is great for working on visual discrimination and counting skills and is a perfect book for a transportation theme….or for kids who love cars and trucks and things that go.

Anno’s Counting Book

Without a story, this book does a great job engaging kids through seasons and months that depict the numbers 0-12.

Purchase Printable Number Books for Preschoolers In the Store

Are you ready to make some printable number books for your kids. Check out these printable books in the store.

dot sticker activities number book

Purchase on TPT

Do you prefer to shop at Teachers Pay Teachers? You can also purchase the printable number books in my TPT Store.