Measurement and Maps

Measurement of Quantities and Distance, Scale, Mapping and Building Concepts

► A family favorite of ours. Y = for the youngest kids

Suggest a reader for this list

Measurement and Scale Beanstalk: The Measure Of A Giant (A Math Adventure) Retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk with ratio concepts.

Big Ideas for Growing Mathematicians (ages 10 – 14) by Ann Kajander

Blast Off to Earth!: A Look at Geography F, Loreen Leedy, Nesting of sets and subsets, statistics, comparisons, legends and codes, my whole family really likes this book

Carry On Mr. Bowditch (accessible to younger, but good reading for adult)

City Math: Look Both Ways Time Life I Love Math Series 1992 Math in Life

Cyberchase F PBS show, hugely popular and valuable 30 minutes - ages 4 to 10 ish? Some fun but heavy duty math!

David Macaulay books are wonderful books for building concepts, black and white drawings are very eye-catching and unusual. We have collected all of them, favorites are Pyramid and City

Dear Benjamin Banneker, Brian Pinkney - picture biography, Banneker was a land surveyor

Digging for Dinosaurs (Math Adventures)

Felix Explores Planet Earth, Langen, Annette - very cute story with real letters in the book, geography w/math imbedded

Galaxy Getaway (Math for Martians) by Ferris, Julie; Tassie, Jane – This is a multi-concept book that uses a story-line to present a series of puzzles using a variety of math skills

Hello Math Readers:  Too Many Cooks! (Level 3) by Andrea Buckless/ What's Up With That Cup? (Level 2) F by Sheila Keenan

Hershey's Weights and Measures by Jerry Pallotta, the Amazon reviewer just has a problem with candy, but the book is decent

Historical Connections in Mathematics Volumes 1, 2 and 3 by Wilbert Reimer and Luetta Reimer, published by AIMS Education

How Big is a Foot? zMyller, Rolf   1962   Size, measurement, story based on historical fact

How Long or How Wide?: A Measuring Guide (Math Is Categorical)

How much and how many: The story of weights and measures by Jeanne Bendick

How Tall, How Short, How Faraway, David Adler

I Love Math Series - Out of print, but still available . . lots of math concepts I Love Math Series: Play Ball - Sports Math - Sports theme, many math concepts explored in one book. I Love Math Series: Pterodactyl Tunnel: Amusement Park Math Math puzzles, activities and stories with a dinosaur theme. I Love Math Series: Right In Your Backyard - Nature Math. F 1992Math in nature. Beautiful pics, well done book I Love Math Series: The Case of the Missing Zebra Stripes Math thru a trip to the zoo I Love Math: See You Later, Escalator!: Mall Math Stories, poems, riddles, games, and hands-on activities introduce early math skills, focusing on the mathematics one might encounter on a trip to the shopping mall. I Love Math: The Mystery of the Sunken Treasure: Sea Math I Love Math: Alice in Numberland (Fantasy Math) Original stories, poems, riddles, games, and hands-on activities reflecting Alice's adventures in Numberland, where she finds mathematical challenges throughout the magical landscape I Love Math: From Head to Toe, Body Math I Love Math: Look Both Ways: City Math I Love Math: Piizza Pie? Time L and many other math conceptsife I Love Math series er math concepts, my kids love this one I Love Math: Right In Your Backyard, Nature Math Time Life series

If You Hopped Like A Frog by David M. Schwartz, relative comparisons

Inch by InchLeo Lionni

Inchworm and a Half By Elinor J. Pinczes

Jim and the BeanstalkBriggs, Raymond1993Size / perspective. Humor, plays on classic story

Learning About Measurement - Horne, SylviaHighly illustrated, all types of measurement

Lulu's Lemonade by Barbara deRubertis (English volume conversions) – fun story

Many Moons F by James Thurber, almost a chapter book, concepts of size and distance

Mapping Penny's World F Leedy, Loreen   2001 Measurement/scale Excellent intro to scale drawing

Math for Smarty Pants by Marilyn Burns – this one is for approximately 4rd grade on up. TONS of different math ideas in this.

Math Smart Junior zLerner, Marcia Princeton Review, 1995 dumb name but great story math book for upper elem, my son read this repeatedly

Math Wizardry for Kids by Margaret Kenda and Phyllis S. Williams

MathSmart Junior II by Paul Foglino (for upper elem / middle school) – topics not covered in

MathSmart I including history, words and numbers, metric system, number bases

MathStart Readers by Stuart Murphy:  Bug Dance Directions, L. 1; Room for Ripley Capacity, L. 3; Super Saturday Sand Castle Measuring L. 2

Measuring Penny F by Loreen Leedy

Millions to Measure F by David M. Schwartz

Murderous Maths (don’t forget the ‘s’) F All by Kjartan Poskitt, Guaranteed to contain no nasty exercises and no boring sums!    These are meaty books and adults that enjoy comics could enjoy them too. They can be purchased from

Murderous Maths (General math and math/science history) Desperate Measures (Length, Area and Volume)

Pigs in the Pantry, Fun with Math and "Pig Math" by Amy AxelrodCooking Measuring and following directions

Realm of Measure zAsimov, Isaac, equally as good for simplicity and readability, *why* are these out of print?

So Big! My First Measuring Book F Y Falkner, Keith - My 4 to 6 y/olds love this, built in height& length measuring device; there's a time version that is also good but not as engaging

Stonehenge, by Robin Heath

String, Straightedge and Shadow: The Story of Geometry F Diggins, Julia E./Bell, Corydon 1965 Geometry, math history. Classic back in print

Sven's BridgeLobel, Anita1965Distance, clearance. Beautiful illustrations , younger readers

The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat zPappas, Theoni1997Math exploration The Further Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat

The Dragon's Scales (Step-Into-Reading, Step 3)

The History of Counting zby Denise Schmandt-Besserat

The House that Math Built - House Math, I Love Math Series

The I Hate Mathematics! Book zBurns, Marilyn/Weston, Martha1975Genl math/math history. Classic

The Joy of Mathematics F Pappas, Theoni 1989 Math in nature/science/art,music,history,literature - classic

The Librarian Who Measured the Earth F (story of Erastothenes), Kathryn Lasky, Beautiful book, illustrations, well written

The Long and Short of Measurements by Vicki Cobb

The Search for the Mystery Planet Space Math, I Love Math Series, Math and astronomy topics

The Story of 1 (PBS Home Video) One hour well presented video on the history of the number 1. Available at Blockbuster, Netflix and many libraries.

The Warlord's Kite by Virginia Walton Pilegard

The Warlord's Messengers by Virginia Walton Pilegard (distance calculations)

Who Put the Pepper in the Pot? F Cole, Joanna/Alley, R.W.  1989Measurement, great story

Young Math: Weighing & Balancing by Jane Jonas Srivastava

Zoo Math: Case of Missing Zebra Stripes, Time Life I Love Math Series 1992 Math in nature, my kids really like this