Dear Michelle and Mindy,
What’s sky pie? That’s precisely the question—or is it the answer?—in SKY PIE (529 words), a math-happy picture book in which Archie, riddler extraordinaire, and his classmates are tasked with answering their math teacher’s trickiest riddle. But when Archie’s hard-thought answer is the laughing stock of the class, they all get a surprise when Miss Raquel explains the magical nature of pi—and why they’re celebrating Pi Day that day—with pie, of course!
SKY PIE is a humorous, easy-to-digest (pun intended!) introduction to pi for ages 6+. While the story is perfect for younger audiences, back matter takes a bigger bite into the history and real-world uses of pi, offers DIY pi calculations, and fun Pi Day activities. As a math enthusiast whose birthday is March 14th and whose mother was a math teacher, the subject of Pi Day is near and dear to my heart.
I’m an active member of both Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Challenge and SCBWI and founder of two fantastic critique groups. Formerly, I studied art history and pretended to be an advertising producer (among other things). Though I grew up in New York City, I currently live in Puerto Rico with my husband and two young daughters, and have the immense pleasure of writing full-time.
Thanks so much for considering this story!
Archie loved riddles.
“Pedro! I’m an ODD number. Take away one letter and I become EVEN. What number am I?”
“Er…You’re just odd,” Pedro said.
“Roshni! If two’s company and three’s a crowd, what are four and five?”
“Er…Annoying?” Roshni said.
Miss Raquel had a riddle, too:
[Miss Raquel is their math teacher. On blackboard:]