Counting to Bananas

A hilarious, mostly-rhyming picture book about a banana and narrator who can’t quite agree on what their book is about. Perfect for fans of Mo Willems’ We Are in a Book and Adam Rex’s Nothing Rhymes With Orange!

When a narrator starts filling this story with fruit, Banana can’t wait to step into the spotlight. The book is called Counting to Bananas, after all. But as more and more fruits (and non-fruits) are added to the story, Banana objects. When will it be time for bananas?!

With laugh-out loud text from debut author Carrie Tillotson and brought to life by illustrator Estrela Lourenço, this is the story of a banana and narrator who have very strong opinions about what should (and should not!) be in this book.

The perfect next read for fans of Jory John and Pete Oswald’s The Bad Seed series, as well at Ryan T. Higgins’ Hey, Bruce!

A 2022 Oregon Spirt Book Award Honor Book
Texas Library Association 2×2 Reading List Selection
A 2024 Beehive Book Award Nominee
An Oregon Book Award Finalist
A School Library Journal 2022 Undies Case Cover Award Winner
A Today Show’s best books for 3-year-olds pick

A 2023 Red Bud Read Aloud Award Nominee
An Amazon Best Children’s Books of 2022 So Far pick
An Amazon Editor’s Pick
An Oregon-authored Great Summer Read
The Ultimate Summer Reading List for Kids Ages 3-5

For more fruity fun, download the Counting to Bananas Activities Guide
or the Counting to Bananas Educator Guide!

Written by Carrie Tillotson

Illustrated by Estrela Lourenço

Cover credit: illustrator Estrela Lourenço and designer Ellice Lee.

Publisher: Flamingo Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers

Release Date: April 12, 2022

ISBN-10: 0593354869
ISBN-13: 9780593354865


“In the tradition of Mac Barnett’s Count the Monkeys (2013), Tillotson’s rib-tickling debut is not to be missed… Fruity fun for everyone.” Kirkus Reviews

“Mo Willems fans will give this book one, two, three, four, five stars!” Parents


Carrie Tillotson