Best Learning Weight and Measurement Books for Kids

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This book covers many STEM concepts such as physics, chemistry, biology, technology and engineering. These experiments can be conducted at home with just a few common household items. Children will have a blast learning about STEM concepts through first-hand experience, and the experiments will help children practice and refine their measuring skills, too. This book is recommended for children ages 7 to 12.

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Measuring well is important in baking, and learning how to measure items properly is best done in a hands-on environment. Baking allows children to learn from experience as they measure and count ingredients to make yummy treats. This book has recipes for everything from muffins and bread to cookies and cupcakes, and the recipes are nearly fool-proof. This book is recommended for ages 8 to 12.

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Children will learn how to use rulers, scales, pencils and cups to measure and weigh various everyday objects. They’ll also learn how to use the right language to communicate their findings. The content is as entertaining as it is useful and it’s also a great reference for children learning how to cook. The colorful illustrations help kids recognize objects like rulers, scales and measuring tape. The book is written from a child’s perspective, making it relatable and engaging. At 32 pages long, it’s a great book for teaching children ages 3 to 7 how to measure and weigh items.

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From cheetahs to jets, kids will discover how fast different things can travel in this book, ideal for children ages 4 to 8. The cartoonish illustrations and simple format keep kids engaged while introducing complex concepts. Thanks to the sequential order of the book, kids will easily remember how fast each animal or item is.

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This question-focused book teaches children about a range of small and microscopic creatures and compares them to each other, even introducing bacteria, molecules, one-celled animals, atoms and subatomic particles. Created for 4- to 8-year-olds, this book features bright, colorful cartoonish illustrations with text similar to hand lettering. Readers are encouraged to imagine being as small as many of the creatures discussed — what would the world around them look like? Many new terms are introduced as the narrative enhances the reader’s vocabulary and knowledge of science.

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This option is aligned with the Common Core educational standards for third- to fifth-grade mathematics in data and measurement. Kids are prompted to measure different parts of the book as they read. They will discover various dimensions and develop confidence with each task they complete. The book reinforces concepts such as perimeter, area and volume with clear and concise wording. Recommended for children ages 7 to 10.

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This creative book keeps children entertained while simultaneously teaching them about math. Although math is an integral part of the story, the subject doesn’t overpower the narrative. Children will learn how many items a boat can hold if it can only support 100 pounds of weight. Readers will then calculate the weight of a boy transporting himself and his dog, as well as the assorted gear he’s bringing along. This book strengthens children’s problem-solving abilities as they apply what they’ve learned to real-life scenarios. This is a great choice for children ages 5 to 7.

Expert Commentary

“This is a solid list of books for learning and experimenting with weight and measurement. I love starting with ‘Me and the Measure of Things’ — a great introduction to measuring. It is important to start at the most basic level given children have little to no context of concepts such as length and weight outside observational data. ‘What’s Smaller Than a Pygmy Shrew?’ is another great book, because children not only learn about size and measurement, but also engage their imaginations at the same time.”