Number Books

The books in this list can be used across the Primary years to explore different aspects of number. You can see other collections of books, including the full list of books recommended by the NRICH team, on our Bookcase Maths page.

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.

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?

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?

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.

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...

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?

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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'.

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.

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?

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.

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?

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?

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'.

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!

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?

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!

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.

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?

Nigel's Numberless World

Age 5 to 7

Nigel's new watch makes all the numbers in the world disappear! Will this help to persuade him that numbers are useful after all?

Einstein, the Girl Who Hated Maths

Age 5 to 11

Einstein is a girl who hates maths, but she likes cats - and it turns out maths can be useful in lots of situations, including calculating how many lives her cats have! This book contains a variety of different poems, both about Einstein and about lots of other mathematical ideas.

365 Penguins

Age 5 to 11

On the morning of New Year's Day, a delivery arrives. When the box is opened, it turns out there's a penguin inside! Every day for the rest of the year, a new penguin is delivered, which causes the family some problems...

The Number Devil

Age 7 to 11

Robert hates everything to do with numbers. Then one night, he meets the number devil in his dreams, and he learns that numbers can be much more interesting than he ever imagined...

The Rabbit Problem

Age 7 to 11

This picture book looks at the number of rabbits in Fibonacci's field as they have more and more babies throughout the year!

The Phantom Tollbooth

Age 7 to 11

In this story, Milo goes on an adventure to the strange lands of Dictionopolis and Digitopolis - but can he rescue Rhyme and Reason so that everything starts making sense again?

Infinity and Me

Age 7 to 11

Uma wonders about the idea of infinity. What does it mean? How can we imagine infinity? This book talks about the idea of infinity in lots of different ways.