Ten Tickles

Bibliographic Information: Katz, K. (2008). Ten tiny tickles. New York, NY: Little Simon.

Brief Annotation: A baby gets is awakened by various family members tickling her.

Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Grade Level: PreK-K

Readers who will like this: Readers who enjoy counting books; readers who enjoy books featuring babies; readers who enjoy books about routines.

Rating/Response: 2; Counting books are not traditionally the pinnacle of children’s literature, but this one was particularly inane. The tickles are the only things being counted. Numbers are a hard enough abstract concept for children to latch onto; creating a counting book with no physical representation of items to be counted seems entirely pointless. The illustrations are bright and colorful, if somewhat cartoonish.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: The baby in this story is helped to wake up by her family when they tickle her. How does your family help you wake up in the morning?


Little Counting Book

Title: Little Counting Book

Bibliographic Information: Scarry, R. (1978). Little counting book. New York: Random House Inc.

Annotation: One day Willy Bunny is looking for something to do, and his father tells Willy to practice his counting his numbers by counting items in his house and around the neighborhood. Throughout the day Willy Bunny had learned a lot about counting.

Genre: Counting Book

Grade level: 1st-3rd Grade

Readers who will like this book: Readers who are leaning how to count from 1 to 20. Also, readers who are looking for items that they can practice counting will appreciate this book.  

Personal response/rating: I rate this book a 5 because this tells a story while practicing how to count. I also liked at the end of the book how it showed addition problems.

Question I would ask before the reading: What are some things that you enjoy counting?


Click, Clack, Splish, Splash

1. Click, Clack, Splish, Splash
2. Cronin, Doreen and Lewin, Betsey (2006). Click, Clack, Splish, Splash. New York: Simon and Schuster.
3. This counting book is about the animals on the farm playing a trick on the sleeping farmer. All the animals participate and surprise that farmer.
4. Counting, Numbers, Realistic Animal Fiction
5. Kindergarten- Grade 1
6. Readers who like numbers, animals, or the Click Clack Moo book will like this book.
7. 3; This book was very good. I think children will find it enjoyable to count the animals in the book.
8. What are your favorite farm animals?



Title: Elephants Cannot Dance!

Bibliography: Fleming, Denise. (1995). Count!. New York: Square Fish.

Short Annotation: Introduces counting one to ten with the help of illustrations of animals.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: Pre-K-K

Readers who will like this book: Children who new with learning numbers and enjoy animals.

Personal response and rating: This book was very simple. The illustrations were fun to look at and worked as a very good visuals for counting. Rating: 4

Question: Does anyone have any pets? How many?


Mother Goose: Numbers on the Loose

Bibliographic information: Dillon, L., & Dillon, D. (2007). Mother goose: Numbers on the loose. Orlando: Harcourt.

Short annotation: Mother Goose: Numbers on the Loose, is a Mother Goose nursery rhyme book with new rhymes using numbers or as well as old nursery rhymes that have been altered to include numbers.

The genre: Illustrated collection of nursery rhymes

Grade level: Kindergarten to Second grade

Readers who will like this book: Some of the readers that will enjoy reading this book are children from the ages of 3 to 8, educators looking for a good numbers book, parents looking for a different form of Mother Goose nursery rhymes.

Personal response and rating: I would rate this book a 3; I really like that this book incorporates both Mother Goose nursery rhymes and also includes counting and the beautiful illustrations within the book. I was not too fond of the fact that at the end of the book it started to use numbers out of sequence and I felt that this could be confusing to children who were just getting numbers and their order down.

Question: What is the highest number you can count to?


Ten Black Dots

1. Ten Black Dots

2. Crews, D. (1968). Ten Black Dots. China: HarperCollins.

3. This book is about 10 black dots, with rhymes on all the different things you can make with ten dots.

4. Counting, Rhymes

5. k-1

6. Readers who want to learn how to count.

7. Rate: 3; The book had good visuals that connect to the numbers.

8. How do you count to ten?


Snowboy 1, 2, 3

Title: Snowboy 1, 2, 3

Bibliographic information: Wahman, J. (2012). Snowboy 1, 2, 3. New York: Henry Holt and Company

Brief annotation: A snow boy is all alone – but not for long. He goes on an adventure and runs into trouble along the way.

Genre: Picture book

Grade level: Pre-K – 1st grade

Readers who will like this: Children who like winter and/or are learning to count will enjoy this book.

Rating: 3 – This was a very good book that showed counting forwards as well as backwards.

Question: What is your favorite thing about winter? (Really only makes sense if it snows where you are.)


Basher 123

Basher, S. (2012). Basher 123. New York, NY: Kingfisher.

Basher 123 guides children through the counting process up to the number twenty. Each double page spread includes a number clearly displayed as a numeral and in writing, as well as a picture that represents the number.  Although seemingly simple, Basher 123 includes important details crucial to the learning process!

Genre: Counting Book

Grade Level: K-1

Readers who would like this book: Children who are visual learners, children who like to count using number lines or pictures, children who enjoy rhythmic texts.

Response and rating: 4; Basher 123 stood out to me due to its inclusion of a number line on each page as well as its fun and rhythmic text. I think that all aspects of this book allow children to see the big picture behind the counting process; each numeral in the sequence is highlighted individually yet each numeral’s place in the sequence is also emphasized.  I think this book is a good learning tool for children.

Question: What is the highest number you can count up to? Try your best to count to twenty silently in your head. Could you do it?




One Gorilla

Morozumi, A. (19921990). One gorilla: a counting book. New York: Trumpet Club.

A child tells us about their favorite things and counts out how many there are.

Genre: Counting Book, Picturebook, Fantasy

Grades: Pre-K- 1st

Audience: Parents, Teachers, Students

I would give this book a five. I would give it a five because the illustrations are beautiful. It showed children how to count in different ways. Also, the story follows more than just a child’s point of view, but also the story of a gorilla.

What are some of the things you love?


Curious George Learns to count from 1 to 100.

Bibliographic Information: Hines, A. (2005). Curious George learns to count from 1 to 100. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.

Short Annotation: Curious George knew how to count but not all the way to one hundred. He had the opportunity to count to one hundred at his towns one hundredth celebration. He took on this challenge and started counting right away. George needs to be able to find way to count to one hundred, so he started counting small and began at his house.

Genre: counting book.

Grade level: Preschool through first grade.

Audience: young children who are learning how to count would enjoy this book because they are going to need images to learn how to count and this book provides a good example of counting.

Personal rating and response: I give this book a rating of eight because it helps student learn how to count. It helps students to actually see the number of images correlate with the number that is being represented. This book is great for teaching students how to count.

Question: Do you know how to count to one hundred?