After reading hundreds of children books with my sons, I decided to start writing and illustrating my own children books, in an attempt to combine this with my research and the educator inside me. You can see my work related to Ene’s book series, Raccoon’s book series and translation work below. The latest book, out in January 2023, is a book for young readers on Sonia Kovalevsky’s life.
The Potential to Inspire: Sonia Kovalevsky’s Mathematical Journey is a poetic tale that takes us through the inspiring path of Sonia Kovalevsky, the first woman to receive a PhD and become a mathematics professor. Sonia Kovalevsky, who lived in the 19th century, became the first woman to obtain a doctorate in mathematics, the first woman appointed to a full professorship in Northern Europe, and one of the first women to work for a scientific journal as an editor. Sonia grew up in Russia, and her name was Со́фья Васи́льевна Ковале́вская, which translates into Sofia/Sofya Vasilyevna Kovalevskaya or Sophie/Sonia Kovalevsky. We have chosen the latter variation of her name since we developed this book inspired by the Sonia Kovalevsky Days for girls in math which originated within the Association of Women in Mathematics of the United States of America.
Ene and the Magic…
Ene is a curious little mouse who explores magic places and discovers new worlds. Through the adventures of Ene, I hope to teach bilingual words (Spanish-English) on different topics. I am working on these books in collaboration with Cecilia La Rosa (Illustrator).
Our first book Ene and the Magic Boxes is a beautifully illustrated tale about a little mouse called Ene in the quest to find music for their friends. With creativity and curiosity, Ene is able to bring happiness to the house whilst learning all about carpenters, chefs, and artists.
Ene and the Magic Boxes teaches vocabulary related to trades (Chefs, Artists, Carpenters) with a three page visual dictionary. ISBN: 978-1737058458. Publication date: September 1st 2021.
Our second book Ene and the Magic Tree is yet another beautifully illustrated tale about the little mouse called Ene in the quest to find a new friend. Whilst exploring a magic tree in a mathematical adventure, Ene finds the soon to be hatching eggs and a new friendship is born.
Ene and the Magic Boxes teaches vocabulary related to mathematics with a three page visual dictionary. ISBN: 978-1737058410. Publication date: December 5 2021.
Together with illustrator Martina Rusznak we are working on a couple of projects, the first one of which will led to our first publication together in 2023.
Our first book A difficult day is a book about overcoming difficulties that one encounters daily, changing perspective to turn things our way, and building a map to a better day to be used next time a day seems to start in a difficult way.
Embark on a whimsical adventure with Roku Raccoon navigating the twists and turns of life, where every obstacle is a chance for unexpected beauty and joy. From the gentle pitter-patter of raindrops to the shattered pieces of broken art, Roku discovers that even the most mundane moments can hold magic and wonder. With an open heart and a creative spirit, Roku learns that good things are always within reach and that sharing with others can lead to exciting new journeys. Brace yourself for a heartwarming and uplifting tale that will leave you feeling inspired and charmed. Join Roku Raccoon on this unforgettable journey and discover the magic in every moment!
My husband James Unwin wrote his first children’s book in 2021 titled Reaching for the Stars, illustrated by mathematician Maylis Limouzineau. It is an engaging story about a cat that goes through several transformations on their journey to become a star in the sky. Children and adults will love to read and reread this beautiful illustrated tale featuring Cats, Tigers, Zebras and Reindeer. A thrilling journey of self-discovery that teaches children the importance of having the courage to follow their dreams and to become their best selves.
I had the honor of translating the book to Spanish whilst preserving the beautiful rhyme, making the book available in Spanish and English, as well as in a bilingual version.