STORIES FOR MATHS BOOKS
Children's Topic Books about Mathematical Concepts, such as Number, Time, Colour and Shape, Space & Measure for Early Years and KS1
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!
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!
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
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
How Many Jelly Beans?
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!
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.
by Drew Daywait
Debut author Drew Daywalt and bestseller Oliver Jeffers team up to create a colourful solution to a crayon-based crisis in this playful, imaginative story that will have children laughing, exploring colours and playing with their crayons in a whole new way.
Elmer and Wilbur
by David McKee
Explore colours and patterns with the classic book from David McKee. Elmer loves practical jokes, but so does his cousin Wilbur. Until, that is, Elmer has an idea which brings Wilbur back down to earth, in more ways than one...
The Bad-Tempered Ladybird
by Eric Carle
The bad-tempered ladybird picks a fight with every animal he meets, but soon learns the importance of friends. The beautifully illustrated pages demonstrate the sizes of the different animals and the sun's path across the sky as time passes.
by Mac Barnett
Triangle is going to play a sneaky trick on his friend, Square. Or so Triangle thinks! Visually stunning and full of wry humour, here is a perfectly-paced treat that flips the traditional concept book, and introduces shapes from a whole new angle.
by Mini Grey
Make your own biscuit bears and explore the concepts of weight and measurement. Biscuit Bear decides that it is time he made some friends of his own. So, with flour, sugar and butter he does just that, and that's where the fun begins!
by Vivian French
Introduce days of the week with this popular story. Oliver loves chips. In fact, he won't eat anything else - until he plays a game with his Grandpa. Whatever vegetable he finds, he must eat. On Monday, he pulls up carrots, on Tuesday, it is spinach . . .
by Kes Gray
Cluck O' Clock is a tell-the-time book with a difference. It recounts a day in the life of a group of chickens - each with individual and distinct personalities - as they fill their lives with food, exercise, visiting - and waiting for the fox.
Paris: A Book of Shapes
Paris is a treasure trove of fascinating shapes: there are triangles at the Louvre Museum, rectangles at Notre-Dame Cathedral, arches at the Arc de Triomphe, and stars in a beautiful Parisian night sky. Explore shapes all over Paris in this gorgeous book!
by Steve Jenkins
Just how big is a crocodile? Can you imagine a tongue that is two feet long or an eye that is bigger than your head? Sometimes facts and figures don't tell the whole story. In this visually stunning book, Steve Jenkins illustrates animals both large and small at their actual size.
The Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle
Fantastic for introducing the days of the week and change over time. A much-loved classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar has won over millions of readers with its vivid and colourful collage illustrations and its deceptively simple, hopeful story.
Infinity and Me by Kate Hosford
Uma can't help feeling small when she peers up at the night sky. She begins to wonder about infinity. Is infinity a number that grows forever? Is it an endless racetrack? Could infinity be in an ice cream cone? Uma soon finds that the ways to think about this big idea may just be . . . infinite.
Just a Second by Steve Jenkins
What happens in just a second? A hummingbird beats its wings 50 times. A woodpecker hammers a tree trunk with its beak 20 times. A human can blink 7 times. This nonfiction picture book explores the concept of time as a series of events in the natural world that take place in given units of time.