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!

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! 

Story books to help teach maths for children in Early Years and KS1
Story books to help teach maths for children in Early Years and KS1

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!

Story books to help teach maths for children in Early Years and KS1
Story books to help teach maths for children in Early Years and KS1

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! 

Story books to help teach maths for children in Early Years and KS1

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. 

Story books to help teach maths for children in Early Years and KS1

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. 

Story books to help teach maths for children in Early Years and KS1
Story books to help teach maths for children in Early Years and KS1
Story books to help teach maths for children in Early Years and KS1
Story books to help teach maths for children in Early Years and KS1

Pete the Cat 

by James Dean

Explore colours with this groovy tale... Pete the Cat is feeling good in his brand new white shoes. But when Pete steps in some strawberries, some blueberries, and some mud, his shoes aren't so white any more!

The Day the Crayons Quit

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.

Story books to help teach maths for children in Early Years and KS1
Story books to help teach maths for children in Early Years and KS1

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...

Monsters Love Colour

by Mike Austin

Explore colours and mixing.

Did you know that monsters love to scribble, mix, dance and wiggle! Why? Because monsters love to make new colours! Mixing and discovering colour has never been so much fun!

Story books to help teach maths for children in Early Years and KS1
Story books to help teach maths for children in Early Years and KS1

Superworm 

by Julia Donaldson

Explore the concept of length with super long Superworm! He can fish Spider out of a well and rescue Toad from a busy road. But who will come to Superworm's rescue, when he's captured by a wicked Wizard Lizard? 

 

The Blue Balloon

by Mick Inkpen

Explore different shapes and sizes with Kipper's blue balloon. Kipper has found a soggy blue balloon in the garden. At first, it seems like an ordinary balloon, but it's not. It's full of fun and magic!

Story books to help teach maths for children in Early Years and KS1

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.

How Much Does a Ladybird Weigh? by Alison Limentani

Have you ever wondered how much a ladybird weighs? A snail or a Rabbit? This extraordinary picture book introduces a fascinating world of numbers and weights in the most original way.

Story books to help teach maths for children in Early Years and KS1
Story books to help teach maths for children in Early Years and KS1
Story books to help teach maths for children in Early Years and KS1

Triangle 

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. 

Biscuit Bear

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!

Story books to help teach maths for children in Early Years and KS1
Story books to help teach maths for children in Early Years and KS1

Oliver's Vegetables 

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 . . .

Cluck O'Clock

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.

Story books to help teach maths for children in Early Years and KS1

Paris: A Book of Shapes

by Ashley Evanson

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!

Story books to help teach maths for children in Early Years and KS1
Story books to help teach maths for children in Early Years and KS1

Actual Size

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.

Story books to help teach maths for children in Early Years and KS1

What's the Time, Mr Wolf 

by Debi Gliori

Accompany Mr Wolf as he goes about his daily routine from breakfast to bedtime - and get to know the real Mr Wolf! Little ones will enjoy recognising familiar faces from a plethora of nursery rhymes.

Story books to help teach maths for children in Early Years and KS1

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.

Story books to help teach maths for children in Early Years and KS1

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.

Story books to help teach maths for children in Early Years and KS1

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.