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Get Ready for School: Numbers

To reserve any of the following books to help children learn numbers and basic maths before starting school to your local library, click on the links to reserve them from our online catalogue, visit any of our libraries, or contact us on 01473 351249 or

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Look I'm a Maths Wizard

"Perfect for kids ages 3 to 6, Look I'm a Maths Wizard is full of activities to show young readers just how much fun maths can be. Children will discover that maths is in the world all around us and that they already have the tools they need to be magical maths wizards: an inquisitive mind, unlimited imagination, and super senses.

"Each step-by-step activity is hands-on and practical to encourage budding mathematicians to use their senses as they explore essential early years maths topics. They will discover the magic of numbers with number bugs, investigate addition by creating a hungry adding robot, learn about subtraction by playing skittles, craft 3D shape aliens, and even make a repeating pattern fruit wand."

Nibbles Numbers, by Emma Yarlett

"Look out! Nibbles the book monster has munched his way into this book of numbers!

"Count along with him as he chomps his way from one to ten... But wherever will he go next?!"

Ten Little Engines: count to ten with Thomas and Friends!, by Jude Exley & Dan Crisp

"Count down from ten to one and back up again with this fun Thomas and Friends adventure. Ten little engines steaming down the track. How many engines will come puffing back?!

"Children will love joining in counting the engines and spotting who has disappeared as you share the rhyming story in this colourful and fun board book. Perfect for early counting and number recognition."

Counting 1, 2, 3, by Violet Peto & Liza Lewis

"Curious preschoolers will love peeping under the flaps to see who will hatch from each egg in this lift-the-flap, animal counting book. There are eggs to count from 1-10, then lift the flap to find out whose eggs they are."

Everybunny Count!, by Ellie Sandall

"A delightfully exuberant counting story with bunnies galore! Did you know that bunnies love to play hide-and-seek? Count from one to ten with these cheerful bunnies and one not-so-scary fox!"

Ceri & Deri: No Time for Clocks, by Max Low

"Ceri the cat and Deri the dog are best friends who do everything together and love to learn new things.

"When Deri arrives late for lunch one day, their friend little Gwen explains what a clock is and how it can help them organise their day.

"Perfect for shared reading, No Time for Clocks will help young children learn how to tell the time and develop their reading skills."

10, 9, 8...Owls Up Late!: a countdown to bedtime, by Georgiana Deutsch & Ekaterina Trukhan

"Ten cheeky, bouncy, noisy owls are playing in a tree. It's bedtime, but they're having far too much fun to go to sleep! Uh-oh. Will Mummy Owl ever convince all her little owlets to fly down to the nest?"

Monster Maths: Counting, by Madeline Tyler & Amy Li

"Is the maths monster biting at your brain? Maths can be scary, but not with 'Monster Maths'. Whether you're counting or measuring, sorting shapes or picking out patterns, these friendly maths monsters can help any young mathematician find the right answer."

First Numbers, by Tony Mitton & Ant Parker

"Three boats bobbing on the sea. Which boat has a sail? What else can you see?"

"This is a perfect way for young children to learn numbers and counting with their favourite vehicles! Robust, easy-to-hold tabs along the top and side guide young hands to each number from 1 to 10. There are colourful scenes to explore, and questions on each page encourage children to investigate further."

Roald Dahl's 1 2 3, by Quentin Blake & Roald Dahl

"Count from 1 to 10 with the Enormous Crocodile! With one big flap and an enormous surprise, this sturdy board book is perfect for little hands. A brilliant introduction to the world of Roald Dahl."

Counting Things, by Anna Kövecses

"Count to ten with Little Mouse! This cute board book features a large lift-flap on every spread."

The Very Hungry Caterpillar's 123, by Eric Carle

"With this board book, learn your numbers with lots of animal friends. Starting off with one giraffe and finishing with 10 gorgeous animals (including The Very Hungry Caterpillar himself!), this is the perfect introduction to counting for very young children."

Count to 100, by Felicity Brooks & Sophia Touliatou

"This title presents an introduction to numeracy and counting with pictures to illustrate the number on each page. Pages are dedicated to each number, or more than one, teaching children to count to 100."

One Banana, Two Bananas, by Adam & Charlotte Guillain & Sam Lloyd

"Join in the simple, catchy rhyme in this madcap banana adventure. Featuring bananas in pyjamas, a llama panorama, an inflatable banana boat and lots of other silly nonsense that children will love. With a catchy counting rhythm, this is a great way to help children learn to count in a fun, accessible way."

In a Minute: take the 60-second challenge!

"What can you do in a minute? Blink 20 times? Do 77 star jumps? Or hoover up 24 ants, if you're a hungry anteater!

"In a Minute is a clever way to think about time. With engaging contemporary illustrations and irresistible challenges for inquisitive minds, this title encourages children to think about the world around them and ask why and how?"

See also: * Reassuring books to help prepare children for their first day of school or nursery * Get Ready for School book bags