I had just come off of an SCBWI conference, and I was inspired!  I decided that I wasn’t going to go to sleep until I got an idea. I just wanted to have a revelation. I kept thinking, brainstorming, trying to think of possible picture book ideas. I just wasn’t going to go to bed without one. And late that night (early in the morning) I caught the edge of my bookshelf with the corner of my eye, and the edge formed a LINE. And that’s when I thought, that’s it. Lines.
From there, I sat down quickly and started typing out LINES. For me, this is absolutely the best thing I’ve ever written.

I spent the next day making illustrations to go with it. LINES ALL AROUNDYou can’t really understand it with just the words which seems to be typical of my books (it was subbed with my dummy book art). Whenever I shared LINES at conferences, it seemed to make an impact on people, so I hope people enjoy it.

I love the fact that a true line, according to the dictionary, goes on forever in both directions. Isn’t that cool?  Forever east and forever west. It occurred to me that a circle is a line, because it also goes on forever and ever. And it is!  A circle IS a line!  It’s just a bent line. Or is a line an unbent circle?  What came first, the chicken or the egg? In this case, I believe it is the chicken & circle, since almost all math is built upon the principles and equations relative to it (the circle, not the chicken). So I believe the circle came first. LINES GO UP
If you take a straight line (180 degrees) and divide it into 360 segments, and bend each segment 1 degree, you will have a circle. So a circle is a line. Or a line is a circle. This is just a small taste of what makes this a STEM book. One may argue that LINES is for the very young, and very simple, but I absolutely disagree! I use LINES in the presentation I give to college students. We go from a line segment to Einstein’s theory of relativity. A line is a profound phenomenon. Things can be simple AND profound at the same time. Simple can be profound.

burgandy starI really wanted LINES to be a picture book because board books don’t necessarily get the recognition they deserve, and rarely get reviewed. You can imagine how excited I was when LINES got a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly. I’m so excited to see LINEs go out into the world and hopefully make a profound impact on people’s hearts and minds. I feel so privileged to be the messenger that brings concepts such as LINES into the world.


Sarvinder Naberhaus is a the author of Boom Boom, a picture book about the seasons, illustrated by Caldecott Honor recipient Margaret Chodos-Irvine. Her most recent book, Blue Sky White Stars received 4 starred reviews and is a patriotic salute to the flag, paralleling the forces that forged this great nation, illustrated by Caldecott Honor artist Kadir Nelson. Look for her upcoming STEM book, Lines (book launch August 26, 10:30 at the Ames Library) and visit her website


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15 responses to “IS A CIRCLE A LINE?

  1. Lindsey Lane

    Oh Sarvinder, Yes. Lines is brilliant!!!

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  2. Thank you LIndsey!!! ❤ XOXO


  3. Congratulations, Sarvinder! You are on a roll! (or should I say, “circle”)!

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  4. Christina Uss

    It’s true that board books don’t usually get respect – glad that this one is getting the attention it deserves!

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  5. Congratulations, Sarvinder! I loved LINES when I first heard it at the retreat so long ago. I can’t wait to see the finished product! 💜💚💜💚

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  6. Love this. Can’t wait to read it!

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  7. Kathy Halsey sent me over here. I am so glad she did. I cannot wait to share this with my students. Looking forward to their conversations after our read.

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    • Thank you Pamela! I’m SO excited you will use this in your classroom. I use this with my college students all the time. THANK YOU!!! XO


      • I forgot to mention Pamela, I ask students “What else is linear? Something we live and travel through every day?” Time is linear, or so we think. So what would be the consequence if we could somehow bend time? And then of course Einstein suggested that gravity can bend the space-time continuum. So does that mean time travel may be possible? So what does a black hole do to time? Could it be a portal? And what happens when you bend light? A circle of light is a rainbow! YES, I love teaching with LINES :o)


  8. Cindy

    I teach young children at an urban STem school. This book would be a great fit for our curriculum. Best wishes with your book😊

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    • I wonder if the Kindle edition is better to project onto the screen? It is also a STEAM book (I see they’ve added A for art). I wish you were at the book launch this morning. We discussed how time is linear, but Einstein says gravity bends time. So does that mean we can bend it to circle back in time? And light travels in straight lines. How does a black hole trap light? Does it make light go in a circle so it goes round and round and can’t escape? But wait, a circle of light is . . .a rainbow! We only see half of the circle. I think this is a great way to introduce these kinds of science concepts. And if you take a line and divide it into 360 segments and bend each segment 1 degree, we get a circle. Lines go on forever, so is a circle a line? Or is a line and un-bent circle? Thank you Cindy for your best wishes!


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