I can’t let Ultimate Pi Day go by without giving a shout out to a book by one of my favorite authors, Wendy Mass. Her novel Pi in the Sky takes us to outer space for a funny and informative science fiction adventure. With pie!
In Wendy’s own words:
“The germ of the idea for Pi in the Sky came from a quote a middle-schooler gave me. It was by astronomer Carl Sagan: ‘If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.’ My brain just started churning that quote over and over until a story started to form. I’ve always loved reading science fiction—starting with Ray Bradbury when I was younger—and I felt ready to take on the challenge.”
She actually started her career writing nonfiction for kids, so she’s no stranger to researching science and math. It actually took her three years to do the research for this book before she felt ready to write about astronomy, evolution, and astrophysics on a level that students could understand.
Learn more about the book:
- Easy as Pi: An Interview with Wendy Mass from School Library Journal
- Mass Goes to Space in Her Latest at Authorlink
- Educator’s Guide for Pi in the Sky from Little Brown and Company
- 5 Questions With Wendy Mass from Literacy Daily
And here’s a link to some classroom resources for Pi Day.
I’ll leave you with the Pi Episode of Math Bites with Danica McKellar.
It’s true this is the only Ultimate Pi Day we’ll see in our lifetime (the next one will be on March 14, 2115) but Pi Day is celebrated every year on March 14.
Do you know of any other good Pi books or resources? Please share them in the comments!