science, art, and Love by sophia

Jim's newest book, Love by Sophia, was released on June 16, 2020

Students involved in the arts have associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skill. So I set out to write a book that puts the A+ in steAm (Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS, and Math.) As a civil engineer who writes and illustrates children’s books, I believe the best mind is a balanced mind. There is no wall between science and art – they work together to make the world.

The cover image of Love by Sophia, which shows Sophia holding a paintbrush with blue paint, looking across at her giraffe. Between them is a heart, with a part of the title within.

Newest Release

Love by sophia


Sophia loves her family and her wonderful pet giraffe Noodle, so when she gets an assignment to draw something she loves, she wants to make it extra special. Taking her teacher’s advice, Sophia uses a little perspective and creates a work she calls Love.

Before she can place her masterpiece on the refrigerator, her whole family has to approve of the painting. But this is the Whitney, the Guggenheim, the Louvre of refrigerators. Can Sophia persuade them to take a chance on a new perspective, so they can see love from her point of view?


[Love by Sophia is] an art-positive story rich in love, determination, and delightfully big words for brains of all sizes.

-Kirkus Reviews