Measures Books

The books in this list can be used across the Primary years to explore different aspects of measurement. You can see other collections of books, including the full list of books recommended by the NRICH team, on our Bookcase Maths page.

Billy's Bucket

Age 3 to 5

Billy can see all kinds of amazing things in his bucket, including seven sea lions and a walrus. His parents think he just has a big imagination - but when they borrow his bucket, they're in for a surprise!

Is It Larger? Is It Smaller?

Age 3 to 5

Is it larger? Is it smaller? Have a look at the pictures in this book and compare the sizes of the objects!


Age 3 to 5

Titch is smaller than Mary and Pete, and everything he has is smaller than theirs too. But then Titch plants a seed...

Maisy Goes Camping

Age 3 to 5

Maisy and her friends put up a tent to go camping in. But how many of them can fit in the tent at once?

Cook It!

Age 3 to 5

What's for dinner? Will you help me choose? Follow the story of one family cooking dinner, all the way from making a list and going to the shops to putting the food in the oven and eating it.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Age 3 to 5

In this engaging classic picture book, children are invited to use their fingers to explore the numbers up to five.

Biscuit Bear

Age 3 to 5

When Horace bakes a biscuit in the shape of a bear, it comes alive in the night! Then Biscuit Bear decides to bake some friends...

Dear Zoo

Age 3 to 5

This humorous lift-the-flap book provides opportunities for conversations about size as the perfect pet is sought.

Who Sank the Boat?

Age 3 to 5

In this book, five animals get into a boat - but which animal causes the boat to sink?

Five Minutes' Peace

Age 3 to 7

Mrs Large the elephant wants five minutes' peace away from her three children... but they keep interrupting her!

The Bad-tempered Ladybird

Age 3 to 7

The bad-tempered ladybird tries to fight bigger and bigger animals throughout the day - but will it win a fight against the biggest animal of all?

The Great Pet Sale

Age 3 to 7

This book tells the story of a pet shop where lots of animals are for sale at a variety of prices - but which will the boy choose?

Balancing Act

Age 3 to 7

This book builds on children's experience of seesaws and balancing. Join the two mice who make a seesaw (or teeter totter) and see what happens as their friends hop on too.

Grandpa's Quilt

Age 3 to 11

Grandpa is so long and thin that his quilt doesn't cover his toes. This story tells of his grandchildren's attempts to change the shape of the quilt so he is toasty from head to foot.

Katie Morag and the Birthdays

Age 5 to 11

In January there is a special day on the Isle of Struay - it is Flora Ann McColl's first birthday. Katie Morag is very excited, but she can't help asking, "When will it be MY birthday?" Follow the story through the different months of the year to find out when Katie Morag's birthday is.

Spaghetti and Meatballs for All!

Age 5 to 11

Mr and Mrs Comfort have a total of 32 people coming to their family reunion - but how should they arrange the tables so that there is room for everyone?

Einstein, the Girl Who Hated Maths

Age 5 to 11

Einstein is a girl who hates maths, but she likes cats - and it turns out maths can be useful in lots of situations, including calculating how many lives her cats have! This book contains a variety of different poems, both about Einstein and about lots of other mathematical ideas.

The Phantom Tollbooth

Age 7 to 11

In this story, Milo goes on an adventure to the strange lands of Dictionopolis and Digitopolis - but can he rescue Rhyme and Reason so that everything starts making sense again?