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:]
Color me intrigued! I’d love to read more.
Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject PBParty Request, with the query in the body of the email and the full manuscript attached as a word document.
Thanks so much! I’m looking forward to reading this!
Yippee, Kaitlyn! I was hoping you’d comment, and I’m excited to send it your way right now!
Always looking for more accessible math picture books to bring into the world. Would love to read more. Please query me via Query Manager (feel free to put #pbparty along with the title in the title section)–check out more details on our agency website, http://www.martinlit.com. I look forward to reading!
I’ve been closed for a while but LOVE when a math-themed pb finds it way to me :)) Would love to see the full! For this submission you may attach the full and forward to email@example.com – Please put “PB Request” in the subject line. In query, please advise if you have other submission-ready manuscripts available (this is something that is important to me, if and when I move to the next step). Thank you!
I absolutely love this concept! Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org subject PBParty Request, with the query in the body of the email and the full manuscript attached as a word document.