STORIES FOR TEACHING MATHS

Find stories to introduce and explore mathematical skills and concepts ...

How Many Legs? 

by Kes Gray

How many legs would there be if a polar bear came for tea? How high would the leg count go if a squid rode in on a buffalo? As more and more animals join in the fun, count along if you can!

None the Number

by Oliver Jeffers

The Hueys have an important question about counting in this hilarious new book from Oliver Jeffers. The thing about the Hueys was that they loved numbers: 0, 1, 2, 3…Wait! 0? Is 'none' a number? Join the Hueys for a counting conundrum! 

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One Thing

by Lauren Child

A classic Charlie and Lola picture book all about counting and sums. Perfectly funny and perfectly formed, this hilarious picture book sees top negotiator Lola take on numbers in everyday life and bend them to her endearing and unique will.

San Francisco: A Book of Numbers

by Ashley Evanson

From the Golden Gate Bridge to seals to cable cars, there's no shortage of bright, bold, and interesting things to count in San Francisco. Explore numbers through the best the city has to offer in this gorgeous board book!

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365 Penguins

by Jean-Luc Fromental 

A family finds a penguin mysteriously delivered to their door every day for a year. At first they’re cute, but with every passing day, the penguins pile up―along with the family’s problems. Bright, striking illustrations with lots of opportunity for counting!

Centipede's 100 Shoes

by Tony Ross

Centipede has a lot of shoes for his 100 feet! So, after a rethink, he shares his shoes amongst various neighbours: beetles, spiders, earwigs and other creatures. Count up the number of feet, and find out whether he manages to get rid of all his shoes! 

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The Shopping Basket 

by John Burningham

An excellent introduction to addition and subtraction. Steven is sent out for groceries with only a shopping basket for protection. There are several shady characters about who offer to lighten the load of the basket by helping themselves to his provisions! 

10 Little Rubber Ducks

by Eric Carle

Following the little ducks as they float to all parts of the globe, young explorers can see for themselves the meanings of directional words and learn simple math concepts, such as counting and the use of cardinal and ordinal numbers. 

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How Many Jelly Beans?

by Andrea Menotti

How many jelly beans are enough? 
This giant picture book offers kids a fun and easy way to understand large numbers. Starting with 10, each page shows more and more colourful sweets leading up to a giant fold-out surprise - ONE MILLION JELLY BEANS!

How Big is a Million?

by Anna Milbourne

Pipkin is always asking questions, and he wants to know just how big a million is. So he sets off to find out, and along the way meets a hundred penguins, sees a thousand snowflakes and meets one new friend before being amazed to finally find out how big a million really is.