Perfect Picture Book Friday: NUMBERS IN MOTION: Sophie Kowalevski, Queen of Mathematics

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends.

Our story today is written by one of my nonfiction picture book idols, Laurie Wallmark. Last November, I got to have dinner with her at the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) conference…what fun!

numbers in motion


Written by Laurie Wallmark

Illustrated by Yevgenia Nayberg

Published by Creston Books (2020)

Ages: 8-12

Theme: #WomeninSTEM, courage, mathematics

Synopsis: From Amazon:

Sophie Kowalevski was both a brilliant mathematician and a talented writer. Creative work nurtured her mathematical research, giving her a flexibility of thought she treasured. A wonderful STEAM figure, she not only did mathematical research, but she also created many literary works. This inspiring title tells the story of Sophie’s journey as the first woman to receive a doctorate in mathematics, which required original research, holding a university chair in mathematics, and becoming the editor of a major scientific journal.

Why I love this book:

  • I love books that bring history to life and allow young kids to learn about unrecognized inventors.
  • I love books that show the important contributions of women.
  • I love the illustrations…oh my goodness…Yevgenia is one of my favorite artists.
  • I love the text…the narrative engages the reader from the first page to the last. My almost-seven-year old granddaughter loved it, too!



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8 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday: NUMBERS IN MOTION: Sophie Kowalevski, Queen of Mathematics

  1. This sounds fascinating! I had not heard of SOPHIE KOWALEVSKI til I learned about this book. Thanks, Vivian, and congratulations, Laurie!


  2. I learn so much from picture books. I love how math and mathematicians are being highlighted more and more. Congrats to Laurie for this wonderful new biography.


  3. I love picture books because I learn about so many unknown/famous men and women like Sophie Kowalevski. It certainly makes math and history more interesting! What a remarkable woman and a great role model. Congratulations to Laurie Wallmark for bringing us Sophie’s story! Excellent choice, Vivian!


  4. So exciting to see all these great pb bios about largely unknown women pioneers! Thanks for featuring Laurie’s book, Vivian.


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