A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
History of voting and social movements, facts about running elections in the United States, Spanish and English vocabulary.
Be levelheaded and thoughtful in difficult situations. Voting is a right and a responsibility, and citizens should be informed about issues. Be compassionate and principled.
Positive Role Models
Sofia's abuelo (grandmother) is supportive, and gives her time, space, and advice when she needs it. The teachers, librarians, and other adults are supportive of all the kids' ideas and attempts to do the right thing.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sofia Valdez and the Vanishing Vote, by Andrea Beaty, is the fourth chapter book in the Questioneers series and a fun, meaningful way to show young readers the importance of educated, responsible voting. Setting the election in a second-grade classroom helps make the election relatable, and there's some great advice on how to be informed, evaluate information sources, and make hard decisions. There are a few Spanish words and translations sprinkled throughout the story, and a resource section at the end of the book with great information about voting rights and responsibilities, social movements, how to evaluate news sources, and more. A A Spanish language edition is scdeuled to be released in March 2021.
Is It Any Good?
In her fourth installment of the Questioneers chapter books, author Andrea Beaty aims to educate and entertain, and does both spectacularly well. Sofia Valdez and the Vanishing Vote combines a fun, relatable story and tons of practical information about the election process and history in the United States. Sofia's abuelo listens to her troubles and offers a lovely sounding board, helping her see how her grappling with what "fair" means fits in the context of history, and the precious right and responsibility of voting.
Among the many practical tips for navigating an election is the kids' discussion about how to know what information is factual and true vs. biased propaganda, and why voting matters, which is an important concept for future voters to grasp.
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