Early Years books to support numbers and counting

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Recognising numbers, counting and ordering numbers are all part of learning in the early years. We have put together our top six mathematical story books for you to share with your child.

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One Thing

By Lauren Child

Publisher: Orchard Books

Charlie and Lola are allowed to choose one thing from the shop. After much discussion about whether this is one thing each or one thing between them, Charlie and Lola are ready to go. This book explores how we use mathematical language in everyday life and provides amusing and real examples that will be familiar to your child. Watch Lauren Child reading One Thing for National Numeracy Day.

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One Duck Stuck

By Phyllis Root, illustrated by Jane Chapman

Publisher: Candlewick Press

This book focuses on counting up to ten, and features a very mucky duck. Who can help the duck who is stuck in the muck? Maybe five frogs, seven snails or ten dragonflies. Watch the story online.

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Ten Little Pirates

By Mike Brownlow, illustrated by Simon Rickerty

Publisher: Orchard Books

Jump aboard the pirate ship to help your child practise counting down. This counting book features 10 swashbuckling pirates having an adventure. Watch the story online.

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One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab

By April Pulley Sayre and Jeff Sayre, illustrated by Randy Cecil

Publisher: Walker Books

This beautifully illustrated counting book introduces the idea of simple multiplication using feet. Using snails, people, crabs, spiders and other animals, your child will be able to count all the way up to one hundred. Watch the story online.

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Don’t Count Your Chickens

By Simon Puttock, illustrated by Ross Collins

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

Ruth-May and her chickens will help your child to understand doubling. In this amusing book, Ruth-May starts with two chickens but keeps asking for twice as many to count and cuddle. Watch the story online.

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How Big is a Million

By Anna Milbourne, illustrated by Serena Riglietti

Publisher: Usbourne

Pipkin want to know how big a million is. This little penguin and his questions will help your child understand the concept of larger numbers. His adventure leads him to count groups of objects, including ten fish, one hundred penguins and a thousand snowflakes. Watch the story online.

To find out more about how to help your child with numbers visit the National Numeracy Day website.