Super Sand Castle Saturday
By Stuart J. Murphy
Great Source, 1999
Friends at the beach have a sand castle contest. They use shovels, feet, and spoons to determine whose has the highest tower, longest wall, and deepest moat. But when the lifeguard brings out a tape measure, they begin to understand the need for standard units. A good introduction to basic measurement concepts for young children.
How Tall, How Short, How Far Away
By David Adler
Holiday House, 1999
This book contains a fun introduction to the history of measurement, from ancient Egyptians measuring with body parts to today's international standard units. Hands-on activities throughout the text will engage youngsters as they learn.
How To Measure Everything
This bright, interactive book helps young children understand the language of measurement. Includes lift-the-flap questions, quizzes, fun comparisons and a pop-up scene to measure.
Millions to Measure
By David Schwartz
Marvelosissimo the Magician teaches the history of measurement (length, weight, volume, metric system) with fun examples and appealing illustrations. Good explanation of the difference between customary and metric units.
Pastry School in Paris: An Adventure in Capacity
By Cindy Neuschwander
Henry Holt and Co., 2009
Sometimes experimenting with volume gets overlooked in favor of measuring length, so this exploration of capacity will be appreciated. Matt and Bibi visit a Paris baking school and learn about American standard and metric liquid measurement. Suggestions for additional hands-on measurement activities are included.
By Loreen Leedy
Square Fish, 2000
Lisa's homework assignment is to measure something in as many ways as she can. So she measures her dog, Penny, using all kinds of standard and nonstandard units. Along the way she ends up measuring height, width, length, weight, volume, temperature and time. This engaging book will motivate children to start measuring!
• How Long or How Wide? A Measuring Guide
• On the Scale, A Weighty Tale
• A Second, A Minute, A Week With Days In It
By Brian Cleary
Millbrook Press, 2009, 2010, 2015
ISBN: 1580138446, 1580138454, 146772050X
These three titles, all part of the Math Is Categorical series, introduce measurement concepts with fun rhymes, humorous text, real-life examples and colorful illustrations. Includes both US customary and metric units of measure.
For Good Measure: The Ways We Say How Much, How Far, How Heavy, How Big, How Old
By Ken Robbins
Flash Point, 2010
Full-color photographs and fact-filled text explain the origin of many units of measurement. Included are some lesser-known units that will interest many readers (furlongs, fathoms, leagues, carats) and reference to Latin roots to help them remember the terms. Fun knowledge boost for adults too!