Sofia Valdez, Future Prez

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Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media
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Girl takes on city hall in fun, diverse tale of persistence.

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Educational Value

Young readers will learn fun words like "kibosh" and more difficult words like "commission" and "government," and Spanish words like "abuelo," te amo" and "mi vida" are sprinkled throughout this inspiring look at how community involvement can make a difference in at City Hall.

Positive Messages

Sofia focuses on doing what’s right and helpful even though it’s hard.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Young Sofia shows compassion, persistence, and resourcefulness throughout the story. Sofia has lots of support from her abuelo (grandfather) and eventually gets the support of adults in her community to help make her dream a reality. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sofia Valdez, Future Prez carries the empowering message for kids that you can make a difference even if you're young -- and nobody should make you feel like you can't. This is the fourth picture book in a best-selling series by author Andrea Beaty and illustrator David Roberts, the team behind Rosie Revere, Engineer, Ada Twist, Scientist, and Iggy Peck, Architect, which all have the same distinctive graph-paper background on their covers. With diverse characters, a rhyming story, and a sense of humor, this tale of community improvement helps kids understand that they have a voice in what happens on their streets and near their homes. The vocabulary can challenge more advanced readers, and the rhythm and rhyme of the sentences will help newer readers move through the story. There’s a nice amount of diversity here in both the bits of Spanish language and the varying skin colors on the pages.

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Parent of a 8 and 10-year-old Written byElysse M. August 29, 2020

fantastic words, illustrations

we really love the entire series of amazing books about kid leaders by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts--Rosie Revere, Engineer; Iggy Peck, Archite... Continue reading
Adult Written byKjbartolotta November 6, 2019


You know the series so it should be no surprise it's a winner, what is surprising is Sofia's wall of Sade posters.

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What's the story?

In SOFIA VALDEZ, FUTURE PREZ, young Sofia is prompted to take action to clean up a local landfill when her loving abuelo is hurt while they’re out helping their neighbors. She decides to turn the dump into a park, but when she visits City Hall, everyone tells her she can’t get that done because she’s just a kid. Sofia refuses to take no for an answer and shows the world that second-graders should be taken seriously when they talk, especially when they say they want to make a difference in the world.

Is it any good?

This charming book about kid activism delivers the powerful message that that no one should be told they can’t accomplish something just because they’re young. There's a nice rhythm to Andrea Beaty's words as they wind around David Roberts' engaging illustrations in Sofia Valdez, Future Prez. Young readers will enjoy that they have to turn the book all around to follow the sentences snaking through the pages. More advanced readers will be challenged by the vocabulary and the concentration it takes to read that way at a steady pace. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the adults react to Sofia's ideas in Sofia Valdez, Future Prez. Might they have responded differently to her call to action if she had been an older kid or an adult? Do you ever feel like people don't take you seriously because you're a kid?

  • Have you ever wanted to do something to make a difference but felt like you couldn’t? What happened? Did you try anyway?

  • What other books about young leaders have you read?

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