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.)