10 Naughty Numbats
10 Bush Babies
10 Lively Lorikeets
Big Sky, 2021 32pp., pbk., RRP $A14.9
Learning to count, add and subtract is one of the key reasons little children believe they go to school and so this new collection of three readers endorsed by Australian Geographic will be a welcome addition to the resources to assist this .
Focusing on 30 signature Australian creatures, each book encourages little ones to count, add or subtract as they use the rhyming text and charming illustrations for cues and clues. Each illustration has a humorous twist to add to the fun of learning and the concept for each page is clearly displayed as a conventional number story. As well, there are extra activities at the end to reinforce the concepts and encourage the 1:1 matching and conservation of numbers that are the foundation skills of early maths.
Never underestimate the power of these sorts of texts to encourage our little ones to learn much more than we ever set out to teach!