Numbers in Motion

Sophie Kowalevski, Queen of Mathematics

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

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.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Nonfiction, Picture Books
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, STEM, STEM: Math
Copyright 2019
Publisher Creston Books
Imprint Creston Books
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2020-03-03
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007020, JNF007120, JNF035000
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9 x 11
Lexile 840
Features Author/Illustrator note, Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Timeline


  • Mathical Prize Honor Book, Winner, 2021
  • NSTA/CBC Best STEM Books for Students, Winner, 2020


Publishers Weekly

“Wallmark relates Kowalevski’s extraordinary story, showcasing her persistence and describing her landmark achievements in the field of partial differential equations . . .”—Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal

“A celebration of perseverance in the face of adversity and a strong addition to all young biography collections.”

Foreword Reviews

“. . . [An] inspiring children’s biography based on a real-life legend.”—Foreword Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

“An inspiring choice for budding feminists, explorers, historians, and scientists.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author: Laurie Wallmark

Laurie Wallmark is the author of several award-winning STEM picture books about women, including Ada Byron Lovelace & the Thinking Machine. She teaches Computer Science when she's not writing books.

Illustrator: Yevgenia Nayberg

Yevgenia Nayberg is an illustrator, painter, and set and costume designer. She received a Sydney Taylor Silver Medal for her illustrations for Drop by Drop. She lives in New York.