EYFS Books

The books in this list can be used in the Early Years to explore a variety of different areas of mathematics. You can see other collections of books, including the full list of books recommended by the NRICH team, on our Bookcase Maths page.

Who Sank the Boat?

Age 3 to 5

In this book, five animals get into a boat - but which animal causes the boat to sink?

Cook It!

Age 3 to 5

What's for dinner? Will you help me choose? Follow the story of one family cooking dinner, all the way from making a list and going to the shops to putting the food in the oven and eating it.

Billy's Bucket

Age 3 to 5

Billy can see all kinds of amazing things in his bucket, including seven sea lions and a walrus. His parents think he just has a big imagination - but when they borrow his bucket, they're in for a surprise!

Anno's Counting Book

Age 3 to 5

Explore how a village changes over twelve seasons in this beautiful watercolour counting book.

Titch

Age 3 to 5

Titch is smaller than Mary and Pete, and everything he has is smaller than theirs too. But then Titch plants a seed...

Ten in the Bed: A Counting Book

Age 3 to 5

This book features photographs of ten teddy bears in the classic nursery rhyme 'Ten in the Bed'.

Abigail

Age 3 to 5

Abigail loves to count. She tries to count the dots on the ladybug and the zebra's stripes, but they won't stay still! Will Abigail find something she can count?

Kipper's Toybox

Age 3 to 5

Kipper counts out all of his favourite toys, but the number he gets isn't the number he was expecting... are all of Kipper's favourite toys in the box?

I Spy Numbers

Age 3 to 5

In this book, each photograph contains a big numeral from 1 to 9 surrounded by lots of small objects. Can you see how each object is related to the number in the middle?

Handa's Surprise

Age 3 to 5

Handa carries a basket of seven different fruits to her friend. As she makes her journey, seven different animals each steal a fruit from her basket! This richly illustrated book is an engaging context in which children can explore the concept of 'one less'.

Handa's Hen

Age 3 to 5

Handa's hen has gone missing! While she's looking for her hen, Handa finds lots of groups of animals that she can count - two butterflies, three mice, four lizards...

One Gorilla: A Counting Book

Age 3 to 5

One gorilla, two orangutans, three chimpanzees... This counting to ten book focuses on members of the primate family.

Dog's Colourful Day

Age 3 to 5

Dog is white with one black spot on his left ear. Throughout the day, Dog gets very messy, and by the end he is covered with lots of different coloured spots! Can you count them all?

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Age 3 to 5

In this engaging classic picture book, children are invited to use their fingers to explore the numbers up to five.

Biscuit Bear

Age 3 to 5

When Horace bakes a biscuit in the shape of a bear, it comes alive in the night! Then Biscuit Bear decides to bake some friends...

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

Age 3 to 5

This book offers a context in which to count to 10 using pictures of children from all over the world, as well as the reader's own fingers and toes.

Is It Larger? Is It Smaller?

Age 3 to 5

Is it larger? Is it smaller? Have a look at the pictures in this book and compare the sizes of the objects!

Rosie's Walk

Age 3 to 5

This simple but captivating story uses positional language to describe Rosie the hen's walk. Rosie is wonderfully oblivious to the fact she is being pursued!

10 Little Rubber Ducks

Age 3 to 5

Find out what happens to a box of ten rubber ducks after they fall off a cargo ship. This book offers a context in which to explore counting and ordinal numbers.

One to Ten and Back Again

Age 3 to 5

The colourful pictures in this book tell the story of two friends, Nick and Sue, who show us all their favourite things by counting them from one to ten and back.

Ten Black Dots

Age 3 to 5

What can you do with ten black dots? Lots of things! Follow the pictures and count the dots in each one, all the way up to ten.

Dear Zoo

Age 3 to 5

This humorous lift-the-flap book provides opportunities for conversations about size as the perfect pet is sought.

Ten Terrible Dinosaurs

Age 3 to 5

Ten terrible dinosaurs standing in a line, soon began to mess about, until there were... nine! Find out what happens as the dinosaurs leave, one by one, until there is just one dinosaur left.

Mouse Count

Age 3 to 5

One fine day, ten little mice took a nap in a meadow. Along came a hungry snake, who counted the mice into a jar for his dinner. How will the mice escape?

Maisy Goes Camping

Age 3 to 5

Maisy and her friends put up a tent to go camping in. But how many of them can fit in the tent at once?

The Shopping Basket

Age 3 to 7

With Steven having to fend off various animals on his way back from the shops, he arrives home with fewer items than his mum requested. This book is a great context in which to count, and in particular to talk about 'one less'.

How Big Is a Million?

Age 3 to 7

Pipkin is a small penguin who asks big questions. He wants to know how big a million is! He finds ten fish, a hundred penguins in a huddle and a thousand snowflakes... but will he find a million of anything?

Splash!

Age 3 to 7

How many animals are in my pond? Follow the story and find out, as different animals fall into the pond and jump out again!

Five Minutes' Peace

Age 3 to 7

Mrs Large the elephant wants five minutes' peace away from her three children... but they keep interrupting her!

The Secret Birthday Message

Age 3 to 7

On the night before Tim's birthday, he finds a secret message under his pillow! Can you work out what the different shapes in the message mean to help Tim find his birthday present?

Walter's Wonderful Web

Age 3 to 7

Walter the spider wants to spin a perfect web, so he tries making webs of different shapes and sizes. Will he end up with a wonderful web?

Color Zoo

Age 3 to 7

When we turn the page to remove a layer, what animal will the picture show now? And what shape will be removed? Have a look at the colour zoo to find out!

Lucy in the City

Age 3 to 7

Lucy the raccoon is in the city one night looking for food with her family. But when they leave her behind by mistake, she has to find her way home with the help of a friendly owl who gives her directions.

The Bad-tempered Ladybird

Age 3 to 7

The bad-tempered ladybird tries to fight bigger and bigger animals throughout the day - but will it win a fight against the biggest animal of all?

10 Apples Up On Top

Age 3 to 7

In this captivating rhyming story, a dog, a lion and a tiger all try to balance ten apples on their heads while tightrope walking and roller skating!

Henry's Map

Age 3 to 7

Henry the pig likes knowing exactly where everything is. But when he looks out of the window, the farm is a mess! Follow Henry's story as he draws a map to show where everything in the farm should be.

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

Age 3 to 7

Pete the cat wears his favourite shirt with four groovy buttons. But what happens when one of the buttons pops off and rolls away? This story introduces children to subtraction number sentences.

One Is a Snail, Ten Is a Crab

Age 3 to 7

This 'counting by feet' book offers opportunities to focus on counting and introduce multiplication with its entertaining illustrations.

The Great Pet Sale

Age 3 to 7

This book tells the story of a pet shop where lots of animals are for sale at a variety of prices - but which will the boy choose?

Balancing Act

Age 3 to 7

This book builds on children's experience of seesaws and balancing. Join the two mice who make a seesaw (or teeter totter) and see what happens as their friends hop on too.

The Doorbell Rang

Age 3 to 7

Ma has made plenty of cookies for her children, but then the doorbell rings. And rings... And rings... This book is perfect for discussing sharing equally.

Grandpa's Quilt

Age 3 to 11

Grandpa is so long and thin that his quilt doesn't cover his toes. This story tells of his grandchildren's attempts to change the shape of the quilt so he is toasty from head to foot.