1 to 20, Animals Aplenty by Katie Viggers

As one can surmise from the cover, this quirky book counts up to 20 and features that many types of animals, with some — for example cats, bears and birds — being further represented by a variety of species.

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Ten Little Babies by Gyo Fujikawa

If there’s something that children enjoy looking at more than animals, it’s other children (and their own reflection, of course), so this counting book on babies is sure to be a big hit.

Accompanied by wryly humorous rhyming text, Ten Little Babies counts down from the number 10 — rather than up from the number 1, as is usually the case — and every double-page spread is a celebration of babies in all their wild, mischievous and adventurous glory, especially since boring adults are conveniently omitted altogether. And, honestly, illustrations of busy little babies don’t come cuter than that of Gyo Fujikawa’s in this adorable counting book.

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123 Versus ABC by Mike Boldt

In order to successfully process information, it’s hard to avoid the presence of either numbers or letters. The fact is, even though they are often taught separately, in real life, we need both — often simultaneously.

In 123 versus ABC, letters and numbers are thus cleverly intertwined in an amusing story that will appeal to children who are already fairly familiar with numbers, counting and the alphabet.

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The Number Garden by Sara Pinto

Counting books are a dime a dozen, and unfortunately, most of them are boring, no-brainer reiterations of the same number/object sequence. Of course, that’s not to say that these don’t serve their purpose for infants, but beyond the age bracket of, say, under 12 months, I think toddlers (and their parents) will need something more creative to sustain their interest.

Enter, stage left, The Number Garden, a quirky book that is the antithesis of a simple counting book — yet it can function as just that if you wish.

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