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Picture books with number content

Level 1 number

Friends you can count on, by Debbie TipunaBy a New Zealand author.

Publisher: Raupo Publishing (NZ) Ltd      ISBN: 1869485386
This book may no longer be available for purchase.
Activity based on this book.
DescriptionA counting book featuring New Zealand animals.
Mathematics
Numbers to 10.

Pete the Cat and his four groovy buttons, by Eric Litwin

Publisher: Harper     ISBN: 9780062110589
Activity based on this book.
DescriptionPete the cat loses this buttons… or does he? Includes a very catchy song keeping track as the buttons pop off.
MathematicsSubtraction to 5.

Minnie's diner: A multiplying menu, by Dayle Ann Dodds

Publisher: Candlewick (2004)     ISBN: 9780763633134
Activity based on this book.
Description
Through the repeated refrain of “Make it a double!” a family of brothers reveals the power of multiplication as they order from the menu at Minnie’s Diner.
MathematicsDoubles.

Equal shmequal, by Virginia Kroll

Publisher: Charlesbridge     ISBN: 1570918929
DescriptionA mouse explores what it means to be equal using the concept of balance.
MathematicsMeanings of equals.

100 things, by Masayuki Sebe

Publisher: Gecko Press     ISBN: 9781877467820
Activity based on this book.
DescriptionA series of large double page spreads depicting sets of 100 in different arrangements including groups of 5, 10, 20, arrays and lines.
MathematicsGroupings within a 100.

Each Orange Had 8 Slices: A Counting Book, by Paul Giganti, Jr.

Publisher: William Morrow      ISBN: 068813985X
DescriptionA collection of maths puzzles which children can explore using counting, addition or multiplication.
Mathematics
Counting/Multiplicative thinking.

The very hungry caterpillar, by Eric Carle

Publisher: Puffin Books     ISBN: 0140569324
Description
Tells the story of a caterpillar's week, as it eats its way through various food, forms a cocoon and then turns into a butterfly.
Mathematics
Counting sequence to five.
Days of the week.

Ten apples up on top!, by Dr Seuss

Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books      ISBN: 9780679892472
DescriptionA dog, a tiger, and a lion, compete to see how many apples they can balance on their heads.
Mathematics
Numbers to 10.

How many kisses good night, by Jean Monrad Thomas

Publisher: Random House     ISBN: 067988226X
This book may no longer be available for purchase.
Description
In her bedtime routine the little girl asks “how many?”. Her questions will engage the reader.
MathematicsNumber quantity.

How many kisses do you want tonight?, by Varsha Bajaj

Publisher: Koala Books     ISBN: 9780316067355
Description
The question “how many kisses do you want tonight?” is asked and answered by young animals and children.
MathematicsNumbers to 10.

One bear lost, by Karen Hayles and Jenny Jones

Publisher: Parragon Books     ISBN: 9781407591421
Description
Ten bears leave the group one at a time, until one is left on his own.
MathematicsBackwards number sequence from 10.

Bears on wheels, by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Publisher: Random House     ISBN: 9780385391368
This book may no longer be available for purchase.
Description
An adventure with bears stacking in different combinations as they ride bikes.
MathematicsCombinations of numbers to 10.

My Māori numbers, by Tracy DuncanBy a New Zealand author.

Publisher: Reed Publishing      ISBN: 9781869488390
This book may no longer be available for purchase.
DescriptionNZ creatures, plants and children are used as contexts for matching terms to 10 using both Te Reo and English.
MathematicsNumber identification.

Give me half!, by Stuart J. Murphy

Publisher: HarperCollins     ISBN: 9780064467018
DescriptionTwo children learn how to share one or two food items between them fairly.
MathematicsHalving, including fraction notation.

The most amazing hide-and-seek numbers book, by Robert Crowther

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd     ISBN: 9780763650292
DescriptionA flaps and flags book that reveals groups of creatures to 100.
MathematicsNumbers to 100.

Little Quack's Hide and Seek, by Lauren Thompson

Publisher: Pocket Books      ISBN: 9781416903253
DescriptionFive little ducks play hide and seek from their Mother. One at a time they hide linking in subtraction.
Mathematics
Subtraction.

Next Please, by Ernst Jandl and Norman Junge

Publisher: Red Fox      ISBN: 0099439336
This book may no longer be available for purchase.
DescriptionThe line up of toys wait their turns to visit the doctor.
Mathematics
Ordering, subtraction to 5.

Nigel's Numberless World, by Lucy Coats

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (2000)      ISBN: 0751372285
This book may no longer be available for purchase.
DescriptionWhat would happen if you wished all the numbers in the world away? Nigel does and spends his birthday finding out about the chaos he has created and how numbers help him make sense of his world after all.
Mathematics
Number sense.

Level 2 number

The biggest number in the universe, by Julie LeibrichBy a New Zealand author.

Publisher: Scholastic New Zealand      ISBN: 1869436024
DescriptionA girl borrows a very large number from her neighbour to take to school with her, but it does not work out as she plans.
Mathematics
Different types of numbers.

One is a snail, ten is a crab: A counting feet book, by April Pulley Sayre and Jeff Sayre

Publisher: Walker (2004)     ISBN: 1844281647
Activity based on this book.
Description
When you are counting by feet then 1 is a snail and 2 is a person and 4 is a dog! This book uses the number of feet on various animals to be the units by which numbers can be expressed.
MathematicsPart whole and multiplicative thinking, number combinations.

Nesta and the missing zero, by Julie LeibrichBy a New Zealand author.

Publisher: Scholastic     ISBN: 1869437306
Description
The impact on the world is immense when zero goes missing. Nesta discovers that zero means more than “nothing”.
MathematicsPlace value.

How much is a million?, by David Schwartz

Publisher: HarperCollins     ISBN: 9780688040499
Description
The relative size of large numbers is explored with pictures and interesting facts.
MathematicsNumbers 1 million to 1 trillion.

One hundred hungry ants, by Elinor J. Pinczes

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin     ISBN: 9780395971239
Description
A group of ants explores arrays for 100 as they try to find the fastest way to get to the picnic.
MathematicsMultiplication, arrays.

A remainder of one, by Elinor J. Pinczes

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin     ISBN: 9780618250776
Description
A group of 25 marching bugs assemble themselves in various arrays trying to get to even rows and not have a remainder.
MathematicsDivision, arrays.

The Warlord's Beads, by Virginia Walton Pilegard

Publisher: Pelican      ISBN: 1565548639
DescriptionA story that describes the creation of an abacus as a way to manage a systematic count.
MathematicsCounting, number systems, multiples.

Mr Chicken Goes to Paris, by Leigh Hobbs

Publisher: Allen and Unwin      ISBN: 9781741757699
Activity based on this book.
DescriptionA hilarious story where Mr. Chicken goes to visit Paris. Full of incidental maths conversations.
Mathematics
Arrays, grouping.

The great divide: A mathematical marathon, by Dayle Ann Dodds

Publisher: Candlewick      ISBN: 9780763615925
Description80 competitors begin a marathon. The number remaining is systematically halved until 5 remain.
MathematicsHalving.

Spaghetti and Meatballs for all, by Marilyn Burns

Publisher: Scholastic      ISBN: 9780545044455
Activity based on this book.
DescriptionMr. and Mrs. Comfort need to arrange the tables and chairs to ensure all their guests have a seat.
Mathematics
Division, multiplication, equal shares.

Amanda Bean's Amazing Dream, by Cindy Neuschwander.

Publisher: Scholastic Press      ISBN: 9780590300124
DescriptionAmanda Bean discovers the advantages of using multiplication as a strategy for counting large numbers.
Mathematics
Counting/Multiplicative thinking.

Each Orange Had 8 Slices: A Counting Book, by Paul Giganti, Jr.

Publisher: William Morrow      ISBN: 068813985X
DescriptionA collection of maths puzzles which children can explore using counting, addition or multiplication.
Mathematics
Counting/Multiplicative thinking.

Math-terpieces, by Greg Tang

Publisher: Scholastic Press     ISBN: 9780439443883
DescriptionWith reference to words of art the reader is challenged to combine numbers to 10.
MathematicsCombining numbers to 10.

I'll teach my dog 100 words, by Michael Frith

Publisher: Random House     ISBN: 0394826922
Description
As the boy teaches his dog 100 words, the progress is tracked.
MathematicsNumbers to 100.

Bears on wheels, by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Publisher: Random House     ISBN: 9780394809670
Description
An adventure with bears stacking in different combinations as they ride bikes.
MathematicsCombinations of numbers to 10.

Half a slice of bread and butter, by Peter Durkin

Publisher: Sra     ISBN: 9780383036940
Description
Two children learn the relative size of one half as they have to share food with more and more children.
MathematicsFractions.

Divide and ride, by Stuart J. Murphy

Publisher: HarperCollins     ISBN: 9780590214278
DescriptionA group of 11 friends explore seating arrangements on carnival rides.
MathematicsDivision with remainders.

Earth day - hooray!, by Stuart J. Murphy

Publisher: HarperCollins      ISBN: 9780060001292
DescriptionA group of children learn about place value as they attempt to collect 5000 cans to recycle.
MathematicsPlace value.

Too many kangaroo things to do!, by Stuart J. Murphy

Publisher: Steck-Vaughn Company      ISBN: 9780739825617
DescriptionAustralian animals multiply. Add the things they have to do.
MathematicsMultiplication and addition.

Give me half!, by Stuart J. Murphy

Publisher: HarperCollins     ISBN: 978006447018
DescriptionTwo children learn how to share one or two food items between them fairly.
MathematicsHalving, including fraction notation.

The most amazing hide-and-seek numbers book, by Robert Crowther

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd     ISBN: 9780744561715
DescriptionA flaps and flags book that reveals groups of creatures to 100.
MathematicsNumbers to 100.

Apple fractions, by Jerry Pallotta

Publisher: Scholastic     ISBN: 978043939013
Description
Key fractional concepts are explored within the context of slicing up apples (but there is lots of information about apples too!)
MathematicsFractions.

The Warlord's Puppeteers, by Virginia Walton Pilegard

Publisher: Pelican      ISBN: 158980077X
DescriptionThe characters must come to grips with the concept of proportion as they create new puppets.
MathematicsProportion, fraction.

Eat Your Math Homework- Recipes for Hungry Minds, by Ann McCallum

Publisher: Charlesbridge (2011)      ISBN: 9781570917806
DescriptionA collection of recipes each illustrating a mathematical idea and with suggestions for further explorations and including fun facts. For example explore tessellation with a brownie recipe, probability with trail mix, or Fibonacci's sequence with fruit kebabs.
Mathematics
Algebra, probability, fractions.

Level 3 number

How big is a million?, by Serena Riglietti

Publisher: Usbourne     ISBN: 9780746077696
This book may no longer be available for purchase.
Activity based on this book.
Description
Pipkin the Penguin goes in search of a set of 1 million things. Along the way he discovers place value amounts of 10, 100, and 1000 but it’s not until he is shown the stars that he can begin to imagine the scope of 1 million.
MathematicsPowers of ten to 1 million.

On beyond a million, by David M. Schwartz

Publisher: Dragonfly Books     ISBN: 0440411777
Description
This is a counting book based on the powers of ten. The place value house names are revealed as the powers climb.
MathematicsPlace value, large whole numbers.

How much is a million?, by David Schwartz

Publisher: HarperCollins     ISBN: 9780688040499
Description
The relative size of large numbers is explored with pictures and interesting facts.
MathematicsNumbers 1 million to 1 trillion.

Maths curse, by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

Publisher: Viking Juvenile     ISBN: 9780670861941
Description
A child sees the maths problems in everything in their daily life.
MathematicsProblems linked to multiple aspects of mathematics.

The Warlord's Beads, by Virginia Walton Pilegard

Publisher: Pelican      ISBN: 1565548639
DescriptionA story that describes the creation of an abacus as a way to manage a systematic count.
MathematicsCounting, number systems, multiples.

365 Penguins, by Jean-Luc Fromental and Joelle Jolivet

Publisher: Abrams      ISBN: 9780810944602
Activity based on this book.
DescriptionOn day one a penguin turns up, day by day the numbers grow.
Mathematics
Time, factors, grouping.

The great divide: A mathematical marathon, by Dayle Ann Dodds

Publisher: Candlewick      ISBN: 9780763615925
Activity based on this book.
Description80 competitors begin a marathon. The number remaining is systematically halved until 5 remain.
MathematicsHalving.

Spaghetti and Meatballs for all, by Marilyn Burns

Publisher: Scholastic      ISBN: 9780545044455
Activity based on this book.
DescriptionMr. and Mrs. Comfort need to arrange the tables and chairs to ensure all their guests have a seat.
Mathematics
Division, multiplication, equal shares.

Math-terpieces, by Greg Tang

Publisher: Scholastic Press     ISBN: 9780439443883
DescriptionWith reference to words of art the reader is challenged to combine numbers to 10.
MathematicsCombining numbers to 10.

Divide and ride, by Stuart J. Murphy

Publisher: HarperCollins     ISBN: 9780064467100
DescriptionA group of 11 friends explore seating arrangements on carnival rides.
MathematicsDivision with remainders.

Earth day - hooray!, by Stuart J. Murphy

Publisher: HarperCollins      ISBN: 9780060001292
DescriptionA group of children learn about place value as they attempt to collect 5000 cans to recycle.
MathematicsPlace value.

A million dots, by Andrew Clements

Publisher: Simon & Schuster     ISBN: 9780689858246
Description
The book contains 1 million dots exactly and presents a picture of just how large this set really is! Along the way interesting facts are revealed as the large numbers are presented.
MathematicsPlace value, large whole numbers.

Great estimations, by Bruce Goldstone

Publisher: Scholastic      ISBN: 9780312608873
Description
A non-fiction introduction to training your eyes to estimate the size of sets using photographs of different kinds of objects in different contexts.
MathematicsEstimation, rounding, multiplying.

The Warlord's Puppeteers, by Virginia Walton Pilegard

Publisher: Pelican      ISBN: 158980077X
DescriptionThe characters must come to grips with the concept of proportion as they create new puppets.
MathematicsProportion, fraction.

Eat Your Math Homework- Recipes for Hungry Minds, by Ann McCallum

Publisher: Charlesbridge (2011)      ISBN: 9781570917806
DescriptionA collection of recipes each illustrating a mathematical idea and with suggestions for further explorations and including fun facts. For example explore tessellation with a brownie recipe, probability with trail mix, or Fibonacci's sequence with fruit kebabs.
Mathematics
Algebra, probability, fractions.

50 Amazing Things Kids Need to Know about Mathematics, by Anne Rooney

Publisher: Quercus Books UK (2011)      ISBN: 9780857386021
DescriptionA book for kids aged 10-13, about how mathematical concepts are applied in real life contexts using humour, graphics and clear explanations. Each of the 50 topics is covered over a 2-3 page spread. Topics include: How to crack a code (prime numbers), How to swat a fly (Cartesian plane), How to build a bridge (geometry of arches).
Mathematics
Ratios, fractions, multiplication, formulas, place value.

Level 4 number

Anno’s mysterious multiplying jar, by Masaichiro and Mitsumasa Anno

Publisher: Penguin Putman      ISBN: 0698117530
Activity based on this book.
DescriptionThis is a simple and colourful demonstration of the concept of factorials within a fantasy world inside a single jar.
MathematicsFactorials.

The number devil: A mathematical adventure, by Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Publisher: Granta Books      ISBN: 9781862078284
Description
Follow 12 year-old Robert as he does battle with his attitude to maths each night in his dreams as he is visited by The Number Devil. An illustrated novel that presents complex (and simple) mathematical concepts in engaging ways.
MathematicsNumber, algebra, sequence, prime, squares, decimals.

Maths curse, by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

Publisher: Viking Juvenile     ISBN: 9780670861941
Description
A child sees the maths problems in everything in their daily life.
MathematicsProblems linked to multiple aspects of mathematics.

Fibonacci’s cows, by Ray GalvinBy a New Zealand author.

Publisher: Shortland Publications      ISBN: 0790125501
This book may no longer be available for purchase.
Description
A short illustrated novella that introduces Fibonacci’s key ideas including the Fibonacci number sequence, the Golden Angle and the Golden Number.
MathematicsProportion, ratio, sequence, angle.

Big numbers, by Mary and John Gribbin

Publisher: Wizard Books      ISBN: 1840464313
Description
An illustrated series of short non-fiction articles on topics involving very large and very small numbers. It all depends on what you’re measuring.
MathematicsMeasurement, large numbers, decimals, million, time size, distance.

A story of natural numbers, by David Demant

Publisher: Black Dog Books      ISBN: 9781742030289
This book may no longer be available for purchase.
Description
A graphically engaging and colourful illustrated non-fiction book about 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9, their history, uses and power.
MathematicsNatural numbers, calculation, bases, number systems.

Murderous maths numbers: the key to the universe, by Kjartan Poskitt

Publisher: Scholastic      ISBN: 9781407107110
Description
One of the Murderous Maths large series of humourous non-fiction books that explore the world of mathematics with cartoons, engaging and quirky contexts and diagrams. Filled with puzzles and problems and “no boring sums!”.
MathematicsNumber, algebra, bases, sequences, calculation.

50 Amazing Things Kids Need to Know about Mathematics, by Anne Rooney

Publisher: Quercus Books UK (2011)      ISBN: 9780857386021
DescriptionA book for kids aged 10-13, about how mathematical concepts are applied in real life contexts using humour, graphics and clear explanations. Each of the 50 topics is covered over a 2-3 page spread. Topics include: How to crack a code (prime numbers), How to swat a fly (Cartesian plane), How to build a bridge (geometry of arches).
Mathematics
Ratios, fractions, multiplication, formulas, place value.