Childrens Picture Books

Measurement: Picture Books for Math

The Best Bug Parade
by Stuart J. Murphy

The bugs are on parade. One is big, the next is bigger, and the next is the biggest bug of all. Learning how to compare and contrast sizes is an important early math skill and one of the most basic forms of mathematical reasoning. In The Best Bug Parade children are introduced to this concept by some goofy-looking bugs who form a parade. Author Stuart J. Murphy and illustrator Holly Keller have made comparing sizes an enjoyable activity for the very youngest math student.

The Grouchy Lady Bug
by Eric Carle

A grouchy ladybug, looking for a fight, challenges everyone she meets regardless of their size or strength.

How Big Is a Foot?
by Rolf Myller

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?

Inch by Inch
by Leo Lionni

To keep from being eaten, an inchworm measures a robin's tail, a flamingo's neck, a toucan's beak, a heron's legs, and a nightingale's song.

Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is?
by Robert E. Wells

Illustrates the concept of big, bigger, and biggest by comparing the physical measurements of such large things as a blue whale, a mountain, a star, and the universe.

Jim and the Beanstalk
by Raymond Briggs

Jim climbs the beanstalk and discovers a toothless old giant who can no longer eat little boys.

by Ivan Bulloch

Help your child have fun with math. Measure is part of the "Action Math" series by Two-Can Publishing. It's a series that teaches basic math concepts such as sorting, ordering, matching, counting and more in a fun way. All of the activities use basic household items and contain clear instructions and detailed illustrations. Text boxes on each page also help explain which math skills are being used.

Pigs in the Pantry : Fun With Math and Cooking
by Amy Axelrod

Mr. Pig and the piglets try to cook Mrs. Pig's favorite dish to cheer her up when she's sick. Includes a recipe for chili.

What's Smaller Than a Pygmy Shrew?
by Robert E. Wells

A pygmy shrew is small; it's among the smallest of mammals. What could be smaller? Well, a ladybug--a pygmy shrew would look like a mammoth to a ladybug's eyes. But then, that same ladybug would look gigantic next to protozoa. Robert E. Wells, author of Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is? now invites you to explore the large world of the very small.

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