Rugby 1, 2, 3, Whutupòro Tahi, Rua, Toru by Thalia Kehoe Rowden

Timed to tie in with the 2019 Rugby World Cup, this playful counting book is perfect for the littlest rugby fans.

This beautifully illustrated rhyming book features all things rugby – from balls to boots, match officials to spectators. It is absolutely fabulous to see such an inclusive book about what is traditionally a male-dominated sport. There’s children of all shapes, sizes and colours, and both boys and girls take to the field as referees and players.

It is also bilingual, with both English and te reo Māori on the same double spread. No need to buy two editions of the same story, Scholastic keeps them together as one. This increases accessibility, while also providing kaiako the opportunity to have a go.

Bold numerals help introduce little readers to numbers, while both the English and te reo Māori words/kupu are present too.

With just a few reads, older Playcentre tamariki will have the book down pat, allowing kaiako to really have some fun with literacy. Can you continue on the counting game?

A wonderful Kiwi picture book that invites everyone to join the rugby ruckus, boots and all, and have some fun with counting.