Friends: A Counting Book

Friend: A Counting Book
Shortlisted for the Singapore Book Awards 2020
(Best Picture Book)

Friends can be quiet, cheeky, tall, short, plump, strong, wheelchair users, or dressed like teddy bears. Friends can be everyone we meet. Celebrate friends of all kinds with this unique counting book.

As children begin to count, they’re at the age where they become aware of the differences in people around them. As much as children must learn counting skills, they must also empathise with and respect others, especially those who are not like themselves.

Friends: a Counting Book teaches kids numbers and counting from one to twelve through delightful rhyme and lively illustrations that can be used to play a fun spotting game. It also gives parents and caregivers the opportunity to talk about connecting with people who may be different.

Check out how you can use Friends in the classroom or at home to springboard meaningful conversations through our downloads and video resources!

Friend: A Counting Book is available at special discount when purchased in quantity for premiums and promotions as well as fundraising or educational use. Special editions can also be created to specification. For details, please contact with the email subject ‘Friends: A Counting Book Bulk Order’.

Video Resources

Introducing Friends: A Counting Book!
Celebrate friends of all kinds with this video from Ekkers and Moof, the author and illustrator of Friends: a Counting Book.

Diversity - The Way to Heal Our World Today
Ekkers, author of Friends: A Counting Book, speaks about the importance of laying a foundation of respect for diversity in conversation with young kids.

One Book, 3 Ways to Read It!
Discover three ways to read Friends: A Counting Book with the author, Ekkers, author of Friends! Try this in classrooms or at home!


Friends: A Counting Book background

Friends: A Counting Book Virtual Background
Celebrate Friends virtually! This special illustration was commissioned by the Singapore Book Council to celebrate Singapore’s 55th National Day as part of Illustrate Our World, as part of the #BuySingLit Campaign. Download this for your zoom meetings or e-learning sessions!

Friends in the Media

Friends: A Counting Book live on Channel News Asia Radio!
Click on the link to listen to Ekkers and Moof speak about Friends for CNA 938.