Living Books for Counting: Math Literature for Kids

Living Books for Counting: Math Literature for Kids

Living books for counting are so helpful for teaching early number concepts to young children and to help older children conceptualize really big numbers. This post includes some of my favorites to help you do both of those things.

Why add counting books to your plan for homeschool math? They help familiarize children with the meaning of numbers. It’s a very abstract thing to understand what numbers mean and what counting represents. Books and other things like manipulatives really help build pictures in a child’s mind so that numbers and counting make sense.

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Living Books for Counting

I just love these living books for counting. They gently teach the idea of one-to-one correspondence (which is number sense) and growing numbers. A few of them also touch on mathematical concepts like sorting, too.

Most of the books on this list deal with the numbers 1-20, which is foundational for moving into addition and subtraction.


  • 1, 2, 3 To the Zoo by Eric Carle
  • 12 Ways to Get to 11 by Eve Merriam
  • A Bag Full of Pups by Dick Gackenbach
  • Anno’s Counting Book by Mitsumasa Anno
  • Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
  • Counting Crocodiles by Judy Sierra
  • Five Silly Fishermen by Roberta Edwards
  • How Many Bugs in a Box?
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