Teaching measurement is so more fun when you use picture books. Check out this handy list of the BEST Children’s Books For Teaching Measurement and get your kids hooked!
Are you teaching your kids measurement? Try introducing this math concept with children’s books. Your kids will love learning about measurement and be fully engaged with these books that introduce measuring length, weight (mass), time, perimeter and area.
Measurement can be really fun and hands-on but it can be quite tricky to teach conceptually. I sometimes find it difficult to explain the ‘ins and outs’ of measurement to my kids so these children’s picture books are a perfect resource to help them build a deeper understanding of all things measurement! What’s more there’s research to prove it!
Using Children’s Books for teaching measurement is a perfect tool to get kids interacting and engaged with learning the full range of measurement skills. It is also an excellent way to integrate literacy into the curriculum. Get started with our Math Picture Book List and put some JOY into Teaching Numeracy again!
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Here’s our list of the best reads for your next standard or non standard measurement lessons.
Children’s Books For Teaching Measurement
Spaghetti and Meatballs For All – Mr. and Mrs. Comfort are having a family reunion! Mr. Comfort starts cooking up his famous spaghetti and meatballs, while Mrs. Comfort carefully arranges eight tables and thirty-two chairs so that everyone will have a seat. The tables look lovely, the food is ready, and here come the guests–with their own seating plans!
This delightful Marilyn Burns Brainy Day Book uses wit and humor to draw children into thinking about area and perimeter.
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Actual Size – An excellent book with illustrations drawn to scale, facts and measurements about the longest, smallest, largest, tallest and heaviest animals. A great story that develops units of measurement, comparing and ordering, scale, and the language of measurement in the animal world.
“How big is a crocodile? What about a tiger, or the world’s largest spider? Can you imagine a tongue that is two feet long or an eye that’s bigger than your head? Sometimes facts and figures don’t tell the whole story. Sometimes you need to see things for yourself—at their actual size.”
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Prehistoric Actual Size – What is it like to come face-to-face with the ten-foot-tall terror bird? Or stare into the mouth of the largest meat eater ever to walk the earth? Can you imagine a millipede that is more than six feet long, or a dinosaur smaller than a chicken? In this “actual size” look at the prehistoric world, which includes two dramatic gatefolds, you’ll meet these awe-inspiring creatures, as well as many others
Perimeter, Area, and Volume: A Monster Book of Dimensions – Grab your jumbo popcorn and 3-D glasses. You’re invited to the premiere of a 3-D movie! The star-studded cast of monsters will help you calculate the perimeter of the set, the area of the movie screen, and the volume of your box of popcorn.
Learning about dimensions has never been so entertaining!
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A Pig Is Big – Join Douglas Florian and a decidedly big pink pig as they travel around town, across a continent, and through the universe, taking a look at things that are big, bigger, biggest!
Millions To Measure– There are millions of things to measure . . . and almost as many ways to measure them! Marvelosissimo the Mathematical Magician is back — and ready to explore the invention of length, weight, and volume measurements. A fun book to explain the differences between standard and metric units of measurement.
After that, with another wave of his wand, the wizard introduces the world of metrics and makes it easy to understand the basic pattern of meters, liters, and grams. With Steven Kellogg’s playful and delightfully detailed illustrations, measuring has never been such a blast.
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Is The Blue Whale The Biggest thing There Is?– The blue whale is the biggest creature on Earth. But a hollow Mount Everest could hold billions of whales! And though Mount Everest is enormous, it is pretty small compared to the Earth.
A blue whale is big, in fact it’s huge – but is it really the biggest thing there is? A fun book exploring size and proportion.
Measuring Penny – Lisa has an important homework assignment–to measure something in several different ways. She has to use standard units like inches and non standard units like paper clips to find out height, width, length, weight, volume, temperature, and time. Such a relatable story for kids, they’ll love it and measuring!
Lisa decides to measure her dog, Penny, and measures Penny’s Nose, Tail and dog biscuits… and that’s only the beginning! Lisa learns a lot about her dog and about measuring, and even has fun doing it. Grab a FREE Teacher Lesson Plan here
How Tall, How Short, How Far Away – If you think a yard is a place to play ball, feet are only good for wearing shoes, and a palm is just a tree that grows in Miami, think again! They are all actually units of measure–different ways of measuring how tall, how short and how faraway things are.
This is an excellent way to introduce kids to where measurement came from! This text covers the history of measurement from Ancient Egypt to Roman times, all the way up to present day metric and standard measurement. With hands on activities throughout the text this book offers so much and will span several lessons.
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How Big Is A Foot? – Excellent book about non standard measurements and the need for standard units of measurement.
The King wants to give the Queen something special for her birthday. The Queen has everything, everything except a bed. The trouble is that no one in the Kingdom knows the answer to a very important question: How Big is a Bed? because beds at the time had not yet been invented. The Queen’s birthday is only a few days away. How can they figure out what size the bed should be?
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A Second Is A Hiccup -This lyrical poem that plays out the joys of childhood in seconds, hours, weeks and years is a wonderful choice for bedtime, playtime or anytime!
Happy thoughts on ever-longer periods of time spiral out in easy rhymes, as illustrations full of colour, light and energy reflect the perfection of childhood days.
A charming picture book that introduces children to the concept of time, units of time and estimation.
Super Sand Castle Saturday– This is a great foundation book for building measurement skills and introducing the idea of standard units and the metric system. It features a story about kids entering a sandcastle building contest and how the winner is determined. If you’re looking for a book to kick off your measurement unit, this is the perfect choice!
Juan, Sarah and Laura are building sand castles. But which one’s tallest? Juan’s is only two shovels high, while Sarah’s is three. Laura’s moat is one big spoon deep, while Juan’s is two little spoons deep. Too bad their shovels and spoons aren’t the same size.
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How Tall– How many chipmunks equals the height of a redwood tree? Discover this comparison and more in this wacky, laugh-out-loud introduction to height.
Quirky illustrations and lyrical text help kids explore measurable attributes of a variety of things in a uniquely engaging way. A perfect read-aloud for young science lovers and budding mathematicians.
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Inch By Inch – Introduce learners to measuring length and using units of measurement with this favorite classic picture book.
The story introduces children to a winning, winsome inchworm who can measure anything under the sun, from a robin’s tail to a toucan’s beak. When a hungry nightingale threatens to eat him for breakfast unless he can measure her song, the inchworm will have to cleverly solve the dilemma.
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Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland– Join Sir Cumference, Lady Di of Ameter, and their son Radius for wordplay, puns, and problem solving in this angle-packed math adventure. A witty way to learn all about angles, protractors, degrees calculating angles and units of measurement.
In the third installment of the beloved Sir Cumference series, Radius must prove himself on his quest for knighthood by rescuing a king. Sent off with the family medallion for luck, Radius dodges dangers and dragons. The ultimate challenge lies in a mysterious castle with a maze of many angles.
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Sir Cumference and the First Round Table – Join Sir Cumference, Lady Di of Ameter, and their son Radius for wordplay, puns, and problem solving in this geometry-packed math adventure.
Full of puns, wit and humor this is another excellent children’s book for teaching measurement and geometry and introduces the math of circles to kids beautifully! A great way to cover the language of circles: radius, diameter, circumference, chord, tangent and formulae for circle calculations.
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A Second A Minute A Week With Days in It – Brian Cleary is back with his wonderful comical CATegorical cats introducing young readers to the concept of how time is measured.
First is a definition of time as a specific moment, as shown in the hour, minute, and second on a clock or in a day, month, and year on a calendar. Then each unit of a second, minute, hour, day, week, month, year, and decade are explored using activities that children can easily relate to.
A must have teacher’s resource for teaching units of time!
How Long or How Wide? – Brian Cleary and Brian Gable bring their trademark sense of humor to the subject of measuring length. Clever examples, rhymes and playful characters introduce kids to standard units of measurement, the metric measurement system. In fact everything about measuring length. Excellent!
The Librarian who Measured The Earth -This colorfully illustrated biography of the Greek philosopher and scientist Eratosthenes, who compiled the first geography book and accurately measured the globe’s circumference, is just right for budding mathematicians, scientists, historians, and librarians! Filled with fascinating details about Eratosthenes’s world.
On The Scale A Weighty Tale – Another gem in the Math is CATagorical series, kids just love this fun introduction to the standard and metric measurements of weight.
With playful, comical cartoon illustrations, rollicking rhymes, and real-life examples this book will hook even the most reluctant student into learning how to measure weight.
“In this wacky look at weight, Brian P. Cleary and Brian Gable introduce essential measurement units–from grams to pounds to tons. The comical cats of the wildly popular CATegorical series show how to measure trucks, trains, ducks, cranes, and more.”
Room For Ripley– Carlos pours cups, pints and quarts of water into his fish bowl, getting ready for his new puppy, Ripley. Readers can learn about capacity as they see just how much water it takes to make room for Ripley!
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