Monday, March 14

9 Children's Books for Pi Day!

Or Pie Day. Let's be honest. Yes, today is 3/14 and it is time for some delicious pie!

Which, on this blog, means highlighting my favorite children's books that are all about pie! And then you can go get yourself a slice of something delicious, like I plan on doing.

Apple Pie ABC
by Alison Murray
978-1423136941, Hyperion

When an apple pie arrives piping hot on the kitchen table, a little pup does everything from A to Z to get his paws on it. He Ogles it. He Pines for it. But will his ABC antics land him a slice? I used this in my apple storytime, and it was a total hit. The best kind of ABC book with great vocabulary and an adorable story. Plus, pie, of course.

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie
Written by Alison Jackson, illustrated by Judy Schachner
978-0140565959, Puffin Books

"I know an old lady who swallowed a pie, a Thanksgiving pie, which was really too dry." And with that the feast begins! After the pie the old lady swallows a whole squash, all of the salad, and the entire turkey! First of all, I do love Thanksgiving, especially for the pie. Second, this whole series of books is quite fun and I love the rhymes. Definite classic.

Pie for Chuck
by Pat Schories
978-0823433926, Holiday House

Big Chuck is a woodchuck with a taste for pie. He daydreams about warm, flaky pastries and their fruity filling. When he spots a freshly baked blueberry pie cooling on the windowsill, he must have it. Chuck can't reach high enough, so he recruits his friends to help. Originally reviewed way back when, this early reader book is quite perfect for the young crowd. And Chuck is rather adorable.

Amelia Bedelia's First Apple Pie
Written by Herman Parish, illustrated by Lynne Avril
978-0061964114, Greenwillow

Amelia Bedelia loves everything about autumn: the colorful tree, jumping in the leaves, apples, apples, apples, and of course, warm apple pie! Will Amelia's first pie made with her grandmother be ready for her family to eat? With just the right touch of the classic Amelia Bedelia humor, these picture books are fun for a new generation. And while yes, it is about fall, this book is a definite must on Pie Day.

How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the USA
by Marjorie Priceman
978-0385752930, Dragonfly

Fancy a slice of cherry pie? Let's get started... What, no bowl? No pie pan? No pot holders? Join our young baker (and her little dog!) as they travel the United States—from New Hampshire to Hawaii, from Alaska to Texas—in search of the coal, cotton, clay, and granite they need to create all their baking tools. This is a classic book, a followup to the every popular How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World. Either are a good choice today, but we hadn't talked about cherry pie yet, so I highlighted this one.

Pie in the Sky
By Wendy Mass
978-0316089173, Little, Brown Books

Joss is the seventh son of the Supreme Overlord of the Universe. His older brothers help his dad rule the cosmos, but all Joss gets to do is deliver pies. That's right: pies. Of course, these pies actually hold the secrets of the universe between their buttery crusts, but they're still pies. So why does he get put in charge of replacing Earth when the planet disappears? So, let's not forget the older readers! Wendy Mass is hilarious and the whole premise of this book is awesome. Plus there's science in it, too, so it's definitely good for you.

The Truth About Twinkie Pie
by Kat Yeh
978-0316236621, Little, Brown Books

What's in this book? Take two sisters making it on their own: brainy twelve-year-old GiGi (short for Galileo Galilei, a name she never says out loud) and junior-high-dropout-turned-hairstylist DiDi (short for Delta Dawn). Add a million dollars in prize money from a national cooking contest and a move from the trailer parks of South Carolina to the Gold Coast of New York. Mix in a fancy new school, new friends and enemies, a first crush, and a generous sprinkling of family secrets. Plus the actual recipe for Twinkie Pie. And a bunch of other tasty recipes.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
by Alan Bradley
978-0385343497, Bantam

It is the summer of 1950–and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. She takes it upon herself to solve his murder--how perfectly exciting! I know, I know, technically, this isn't a children's book due to thorough detail and expansive vocabulary, but 11-year-old Flavia is one of my favorite characters and mystery-solvers. And pie was in the title, so it was a great excuse to highlight it.

Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi: A Math Adventure
Written by Cindy Neuschwander , illustrated by Wayne Geehan
978-1570911644, Charlesbridge

Okay, I thought it'd be important to throw in some actual math, too. After all, today is Pie Day for a reason! In this adventure of the ever awesome Sir Cumference, a potion has changed Sir Cumference into a fire-breathing dragon. Can Radius change him back? Radius begins a quest through the castle to solve a riddle that will reveal the cure. It lies in discovering the magic number that is the same for all circles. (hint! It's pi! Okay, I'm off to go enjoy some delish chocolate-pie delight...)

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