Please welcome my guest author Kelly Carey today with her post on Pi Day! We are also giving away two copies of her debut picture book, How Long Is Forever?. Share a picture of kids and adults teaming up to bake on Twitter to win. Details below.
Today is a magical number day on the calendar as math enthusiasts everywhere celebrate Pi Day. Pi is that special number 3.14 that can go on forever if you allow it to. And it is the perfect day to share a book about forever and pie!
How Long is Forever? by Kelly Carey, illustrated by Qing Zhuang
Mason is waiting for the first blueberry pie of the season and it’s taking forever. At least that’s what Mason thinks, until Grandpa asks him to prove it and sends Mason searching the family farm to find the meaning of forever.
The book starts and ends with pie and my website features both quick 5 minute microwave pie recipes and additional blueberry recipe I made with my grandmother.
Asking kids to talk about an abstract concept, like forever, can be a wonderful way to stretch their thinking. What is forever to a kid? Maybe it’s how long their sibling’s soccer game lasts. Or how long it takes to get to a favorite destination. Or how long it takes in the grocery store. At one time or another, every kid finds a moment to complain that something is taking forever. But what is forever? A math teacher might say Pi is forever or infinity is forever. While you and your child contemplate forever, why not bake a pie?
Cooking is a wonderful activity for parents and grandparents to share with children and pie is a great option. Pie is forgiving. The measurements can be a bit less exact than for cookies and cake, and a few extra minutes in the oven will not scorch the outcome! There are lots of different pies but blueberry pie is the perfect pick for a shared bake. Unlike apples and peaches that need to be peeled and sliced or lemon meringue or key lime pie that requires the sharp zester, blueberries are easy to pick and require only a gentle rinse before becoming a pie.
So join us on this Pi Day and get baking! It doesn’t need to take forever! Share a picture of kids and adults teaming up to bake on Twitter and tag @kcareywrites and @QZhuang with the hashtag #blueberryforever to be entered in a drawing to win two copies of How Long Is Forever? (one for yourself and one to donate to your school or local library).
If you need some ideas to get started, check out www.kcareywrites.com for some quick 5 minute microwave blueberry cobbler recipes and even a blueberry recipes that author, Kelly Carey, made with her own grandmother.
By the way, illustrator Qing Zhuang didn’t bake blueberry pie with her grandmother, but she did eat one! On her first day in America! After a very long flight, feeling jet-lagged, hungry, and having trouble falling asleep, Qing’s grandma gave her a small blueberry pie. It was her fist time tasting blueberries. So Qing thinks a photograph or hand drawn picture of adults and kids eating dessert together is perfectly fine too!
Qing eating pie.
Post your pictures through the month of April. Please tag @kcareywrites with the hashtag #blueberryforever to be entered in a drawing to win two copies of the book (one for themselves and one to donate to their school or local library). Winner will be drawn on April 30.
Other books to share about pie and/or cooking with family:
Porcupine’s Pie by Laura Renauld
Baking Day at Grandma’s by Anika Aldamuy Denise
Pie is for Sharing by Stephanie Ledyard
(From Mia) And here’s a picture book biography perfect for this month’s Women’s History Month. You can also use it for Black History Month too!
Pies from Nowhere: How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Dee Romito, illustrated by Laura Freeman
Another hidden figure revealed in the right for Civil Rights. It doesn’t surprise me that women sustained the Civil Rights Movement through their work. In this case, Georgia Gilmore organized bake sales to raise money and to feed those who preserved during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. And this all had to be done in secrecy.
Georgia Gilmore was a cook at the National Lunch Company in Montgomery, Alabama. When the bus boycotts broke out in Montgomery after Rosa Parks was arrested, Georgia knew just what to do. She organized a group of women who cooked and baked to fund-raise for gas and cars to help sustain the boycott. Called the Club from Nowhere, Georgia was the only person who knew who baked and bought the food, and she said the money came from “nowhere” to anyone who asked. When Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested for his role in the boycott, Georgia testified on his behalf, and her home became a meeting place for civil rights leaders. This picture book highlights a hidden figure of the civil rights movement who fueled the bus boycotts and demonstrated that one person can make a real change in her community and beyond. It also includes one of her delicious recipes for kids to try with the help of their parents! [picture book biography, ages 6 and up]
Kelly Carey is an award winning children’s fiction author from New England. Her fiction stories have been published for over a decade in Highlights for Children, Clubhouse Jr., and Girls’ World. Her debut picture book, How Long Is Forever?, illustrated by Qing Zhuang, will be released by Charlesbridge in the spring of 2020.
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