Infinity and Me

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

When I looked up, I shivered. How many stars were in the sky? A million? A billion? Maybe the number was as big as infinity. I started to feel very, very small. How could I even think about something as big as infinity?

Uma can’t help feeling small when she peers up at the night sky. She begins to wonder about infinity. Is infinity a number that grows forever? Is it an endless racetrack? Could infinity be in an ice cream cone? Uma soon finds that the ways to think about this big idea may just be . . . infinite.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2012
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2012-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 3.2
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV009030, JUV051000, JUV039050
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Lexile 550
Guided Reading Level M
ATOS Reading Level 3.4
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 151611
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Author/Illustrator note, Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Author: Kate Hosford

Kate Hosford is the author of several picture books, including Infinity and Me which won the New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book award and was named an ALA Notable Children's Book. She lives in Brooklyn.

Illustrator: Gabi Swiatkowska

Gabi Swiatkowska likes looking at the moon surrounded by seemingly infinite stars from her home in France. Find more of her books and illustrations at


  • Building STEAM with Día Book List, Winner, 2015
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2013
  • The Cook Prize Finalist, Commended, 2013
  • Red Clover Picture Book Award Nominee, Nominated, 2013
  • Chickadee Award Nominee, Nominated, 2013
  • Cybils Finalist, Nominated, 2013
  • New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book, Winner, 2012
  • Crystal Kite Award Nominee, Nominated, 2012
  • Maine Chickadee Award Nominee, Short-listed, 2012
  • ALA Notable Children's Books, Winner, 2012
  • Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children, Winner, 2012


The Horn Book Magazine

“Even for adults, this is an enormously complex idea—scientifically, mathematically, philosophically—but Hosford smoothly distills it to a manageable serving that will both engage and challenge kids. Swiatkowska’s art, too, is remarkable at this elucidation, illustrating the text literally but with appropriately disorienting and surreal details that combine to whimsical, visually stunning effect.” —The Horn Book Magazine

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Swiatkowska’s imaginative artwork combines the free-wheeling, slightly eerie absurdity of Monty Python animations, the formality of nineteenth-century decorative patterning, and the playful nerdiness of Leonardo da Vinci-styled inventions. For math and language arts teachers in search of circular common ground, ∞ marks the spot.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

School Library Journal

“This unusual, philosophical picture book makes this seemingly difficult concept approachable and interesting….This quiet jewel is sure to spark contemplation and conversation among readers.”

School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly

“Hosford’s (Big Bouffant) story is as much a look into the interior life of a sensitive girl as it is a meditation on a mathematical concept—a task for which Swiatkowska’s (This Baby) idiosyncratic portraits are perfectly suited.” —Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“A stellar artistic vision of the infinite power of intergenerational love.” —starred, Kirkus Reviews

The New York Times Book Review

“Swiatkowska’s Victorian-style drawings are vaguely reminiscent of Edward Gorey, and Hosford effectively reflects the ways in which young children might grapple with, and come to some understanding of, such an impenetrable notion.” —The New York Times Book Review

Betsy Franco

“Beautifully captures the personal side of infinity through a young girl’s mind-expanding, heart-expanding journey. Infinitely charming.” —Betsy Franco, author of Zero Is the Leaves on the Tree