Dumpling Day by author Meera Sriram, illustrator Ines de Antunano and contributor Laurel P. Jackson


Reading Age: 4 – 8 years

Grade Level: Preschool – 3

Publisher: Barefoot Books

Publication Date: October 29, 2021

Enjoy a feast of dumplings from around the world in this rhyming picture book. Ten families prepare dumplings that originate from their homelands of USA, Nigeria, India, China, Syria, Mexico, Japan, Italy, Russia and Israel. They share their foods at a potluck. Counting dumplings from 1 -10 occurs. The end of the book includes 10 recipes for each type of dumpling as well as a map pinpointing recipe birthplaces. Illustration style reminds My Book Eyes of folk art and is a great match for this picture book.

When I Am Big by Maria Dek

Reading Age: 4 – 5 years

Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

Publication Date: April 3, 2018

In this counting picture book a boy tells readers what he will do when he gets big starting with number one who is the boy. His story continues to number 25. My Book Eyes likes the creativity of this counting book for example, he will have 7 different jobs for every day of the week, leap over 9 puddles, live in a tree house with 13 windows etc. Illustrations are large and colorful. A book that children will read repeatedly.

The Night Baafore the First Day of School by author Dawn Young and illustrator Pablo Pino

Reading Age: 4 – 8 years

Grade Level: Preschool – 3

Publisher: WorthyKids

Publication Date: June 22, 2021

Distressed on the night before the first day of school, a boy named Bo has difficulty getting a good night’s sleep. He decides to count sheep however his sheep have minds of their own. Instead of calm counting Bo sees 10 disorderly sheep wreak havoc around his house by interacting with things associated with school. This is a humorous rhyming picture book. The illustrations include many details that will have eyes lingering on pages.

One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller by author/illustrator Kate Read

Reading Level: 2 – 6 years

Publisher: Peachtree Publishing Company

Publication Date: October 1. 2019

Who would have thought that a counting book for children could create tension and unnerving moments then leave readers feeling safe and victorious at the end? A sly fox thinks he found a meal in the hen house but birds of a feather flock together in this picture book. Word selection matches the books theme. Brightly colored collage illustrations with some black backgrounds add chilling moments i.e. eight beady eyes and ten sharp teeth. This is another story that can be read anytime of the year however with the right voice, a Halloween fright could be delivered before a snug ending.