Math Books for Preschoolers: Counting and Comparison

Math books for preschoolers that teaches counting and comparison

I’ve always been a little afraid of Math, possibly because I struggled with the subject as a kid.  As I embark on homeschooling, I knew this is one area of weakness I have to come face-to-face with.  One of the ways to get Hannah thinking about numbers, without realising it’s a lesson – through books.

These two picture books have been great tools for teaching counting and more-few comparison:

"Apples up on top" by Dr. Seuss

1) Ten Apples up on Top by Dr. Seuss

As we read the book, I’d stop to ask Hannah questions like:

  1. the number of apples on each animal’s head;
  2. compare who had the most apples and who had the fewest.

We also had fun imagining apples on our heads!  Hannah would throw one of her “apples” to me and I’d ask her how many apples had she left.

This was my morning surprise for Hannah: she had to close her eyes and leaned against the wall, before opening her eyes with “apples” on her head.

Ten Apples Up On Top Activity: apples on our heads

More “Apples up on Top” activities:


2) Chicka Chicka 1,2,3 by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson

It hasn’t been easy searching for books that count up to 20.  Most of the counting books stop at 10. Chicka Chicka 1,2,3 is one book that counts up to 20, then introduces in 30 to 100 (in tens).  This is one book we’ve been reading every single day of the week.

Our accompanying activities include:

  1. arranging the numbers from 0 to 20 in a number line;
  2. saying out loud the numbers in English and Mandarin (we also tried saying in Bahasa);
  3. sticking corresponding number of dot stickers to each number indicated on paper;
  4. identifying which is fewer/more among two numbers (I randomly chose two pieces of paper to compare, after we completed activity 3.)
  5. going over the numbers from 0 to 100; found at the back of the book.

Math Books for Preschoolers: Chicka Chicka 1,2,3

More “Chicka Chicka 1,2,3” activities:


If you know of any other Math books that teaches little ones to count up to 20 or more, please share the titles with me. 🙂


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Dawn @ Homeschool Crafts

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5 thoughts on “Math Books for Preschoolers: Counting and Comparison”

  1. I would recommend Read at Home Series, Chip’s 1,2,3.
    It counts up to 20.
    There are 2 sentences on each page. The things that you need to count is located in a box on top of each page. It is related to the sentences. The numbers are written in both numerals and words, so children can learn to spell as well.
    However, I find it a little difficult for toddlers to count within the small box especially the bigger numbers.
    Currently Borders at Westgate is having sales. You may want to pop by to have a look.

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