Nothing Stopped Sophie: A Selected Bibliography

July 25th, 2018

When her parents took away her candles to keep their young daughter from studying math...nothing stopped Sophie. When a professor discovered that the homework sent to him under a male pen name came from a woman...nothing stopped Sophie. And when she tackled a math problem that male scholars said would be impossible to solve...still, nothing stopped Sophie.

For six years Sophie Germain used her love of math and her undeniable determination to test equations that would predict patterns of vibrations. She eventually became the first woman to win a grand prize from France's prestigious Academy of Sciences for her formula, which laid the groundwork for much of modern architecture (and can be seen in the book's illustrations).

Award-winning author Cheryl Bardoe's inspiring and poetic text is brought to life by acclaimed artist Barbara McClintock's intricate pen-and-ink, watercolor, and collage illustrations in this true story about a woman who let nothing stop her. Cheryl Bardoe will discuss Nothing Stopped Sophie on July 26 at 6pm.

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine, written by Laurie Wallmark, illustrated by April Chu - The suspense in this story comes from the thrill of solving the problem. Through text and illustrations, this book takes us deep into Ada’s thinking processes. As she questions, hypothesizes, tests, and revises her ideas, young readers see the process of invention, as well as its product. An inspiring introduction to the woman who wrote the world’s first computer program.


The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos, written by Deborah Helligman, illustrated by LeUyen Pham - Math dwells in an odd place in our society—both hallowed and hated. This book portrays a uniquely quirky personality and shows young readers that it’s okay to love numbers and celebrate all the fun ways they show up in the world.  


Crow Smarts: Inside the Brain of the World’s Brightest Birds, by Pamela S. Turner, photographs by Andy Comins - This and others in the Scientists in the Field series give readers a close-up look at how scientists approach their work. Here, Dr. Gavin Hung and his team in New Caledonia investigate the mysteries of how crows learn to use and make tools. Readers also get deep into the perspective of seeing the world through a crow’s eyes, and explore what studying crows reveals about the evolution of intelligence in the animal world. 


Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland, by Sally M. Walker - Filled with suspense, this book takes readers through the fascinating process of what archaeologists know—and how they know what they know. Step-by-step, readers feel as if they are present with scientists, analyzing different skeletons to fill out the picture of what life was like in colonial Jamestown.  


Bugged: How Insects Changed History, written by Sarah Albee, illustrated by Robert Leighton - This book blends science and history, showing how intertwined they are. The processes of the natural world, and how humans interact with it are seamlessly integrated—along with a healthy dose of humor to captivate young readers.


About Cheryl Bardoe: Cheryl Bardoe has always loved asking questions and always loved writing. Over the years, she has written everything from award-winning children’s books to five-word marketing slogans, from magazine articles to text for museum exhibits, from websites to video scripts. As a teacher of writing, Bardoe encourages writers of all ages to have fun and be confident in their own unique voices. Bardoe has a knack for tuning into the story behind the story, uncovering the broad themes that bring excitement and emotional resonance to a set of facts. Her books illustrate how every day can be an adventure if we explore and honor the mysteries in the world around us. She is particularly inspired to create literary nonfiction that synthesizes science, math, history, and culture for young readers. 

Bardoe’s newest book, Nothing Stopped Sophie, illustrated by Barbara McClintock, has received starred reviews in School Library Journal and School Library Connection. Other books include: Behold: The Beautiful Dung Beetle, a Cook Prize Honor book, a John Burroughs Riverby Award book, and an NSTA Outstanding Science Trade book; Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas, an Orbis Picture Honor Book, an ALA notable book, and an IRA Notable book; Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age, an Orbis Pictus Honor Book, a Bank Street Best Children’s Book selection, and a Junior Library Guild selection; and The Ugly Duckling Dinosaur, a retelling of the classic fairytale with a T. rex.


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