Pi Day isn’t just for math lovers. Circle around to readers and get everyone in on the fun!
Pi Day, which is named after Pi, the mathematical constant that is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, or 3.14, is a great day to bring reading and math together. The month/day format that connects Pi to the calendar is extra special in 2015 because it equals the first 5 significant digits of Pi: 3.1415. And if you want to time your celebration just right, wait until 9:26:53 is on the clock. You’ll get even more digits of Pi!
To make the day an even bigger celebration, honor Albert Einstein along with π. March 14 is his birthday! It’s also the perfect excuse to serve up a delicious birthday pie.
So celebrate! It is easy as Pi to share Pi related books, read up on Einstein or trade trivia or interesting Pi facts with the titles and links below!
Bring tons of math fun to readers ages 7 and up with Why Pi? by Johnny Ball
Cindy Neuschwander and illustrator Wayne Geehanan take readers 8 and up on an epic math adventure with Sir Cumference, Lady Di of Ameter, and Radius in Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi
Jennifer Berne and illustrator Vladimir Radunsky beautifully explain the work of Albert Einstein to a young audience in On a Beam of Light. Ages 6 and up.
Albert Einstein (Giants of Science) by Kathleen Krull is a lively, accessible biography for readers 9 and up.
Pi and Einstein resources:
- Pi Activities from the Exploratorium
- All things Pi on the Pi Day website
- Get inspired by the Pi and Einstein fun at Pi Day Princeton
- Read Einstein’s papers at the Einstein Papers Project
- Enjoy listening to Was Einstein a Space Alien?
- Check out photos of Einstein’s brain
- Make a tasty looking Pi pie