Sofia Valdez, Future Prez

This rhyming romp of a book carries an empowering message for kids: You can make a difference even if you're young. With diverse characters, engaging illustrations and a sense of humor, this tale of community improvement helps children understand that they have a voice in what happens in their neighborhoods. For ages 5 to 7 years. Also available in Spanish.

40 pages. ©2019.
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Reader Reviews for this Book

Janet Honea

Review posted May 4, 2022

5

A fun and colorful story of coming together to make a difference. The rhyming made for fun reading and kept little ones engaged!

jaimenicolec

Review posted May 3, 2022

5

My six year old daughter was so excited when this book arrives. We have read it every night since, except for the night she asked to skip reading a book in order to "have a conversation about what I can be when I grow up." She thinks what Sofia did to help her community was awesome. She loved seeing the character's from the author's other books, too.

plward

Review posted April 10, 2022

4

I liked this book because Sofia is very helpful and kind. It inspires me to help people and be brave. -Henrietta (6 years old)

Sidneyj15

Review posted April 6, 2022

5

My first grade class loved this book! The rhyming made it so much fun, and we were able to dream together about the ways we could make our town better. I love this book for getting kids to think bigger than themselves!

rmensik

Review posted March 29, 2022

5

My kids (aged 4 and 7) absolutely love this book. It's great book to get kids thinking about the importance of their community and how to start using their voice. A must have for young children.

JulianaBrown

Review posted March 29, 2022

4

A sweet book with a fun rhyming pattern. The plot is fun, but not strong. This would be a great book to use in an elementary classroom while teaching about communities or government, especially is you are focusing on what students can do.

KendraSchroeder

Review posted March 27, 2022

5

This story plants the message of an idea and how it can grow to promote others and evoke change. I appreciated getting to know Sofia and see her dreams take shape while she sought to transform her community. Elementary age children will appreciate the lesson introduced by this book.

Michelesparks

Review posted March 23, 2022

5

This is the 4th book in the series and it does not dissappoint! Shows the power of kids to have their voices heard in their community and beyond. My 2nd grade students can connect with this and the power to make a difference.

vbeskow

Review posted March 14, 2022

5

This is such a cute and fun book to read. It is easy enough for my child. This book has a great message. The pictures are fun and relevant.

pmoore

Review posted February 18, 2022

5

Such a great story to illustrate women of color achieving great things! Also so cool to inspire my kids to read other books by the same author.

Jenn26

Review posted February 10, 2022

5

Thank you! My Kinder class is enjoying this book!

Ctkachenko

Review posted February 10, 2022

4

We love this book, my little one was excited to see how someone so small could make a difference. It shows that you don’t have to be a grown up to make a change.

Rachel Nelson

Review posted February 8, 2022

5

What an excellent book! My preschooler loves it and we've been reading it every single night since we received it. Great message and easy to read with the under 5 crowd.

trish.dorman

Review posted February 8, 2022

5

Another great installment of "The Questioneers" series. It introduces the concept of engaging your local representatives and community to drive change. My three year old liked the pictures, and I liked the story!

ellieweber

Review posted January 4, 2022

5

I teach in a classroom where students receive special educations services and have students who are bilingual. I love the message of the book that no one should be told that they cannot accomplish something. I also appreciate the activity that was provided along with the story as well.

[email protected]

Review posted January 1, 2022

5

Wow! I was so impressed with this book! It came in hard cover format, had beautiful and engaging illustrations, and was made to be read out loud. The pace was great and was a great starting point for a conversation with my kids about how they can make change even when they are small. Thank you!

dlewman

Review posted December 25, 2021

5

A wonderful book showing the power of community and a single voice. My boys loved it.

siewelllinda

Review posted December 14, 2021

3

This is a great girl power book, but also a book that inspires you to believe in the power that one person can have! It encourages children to set goals and accomplish them by being brave when you are scared. The illustrations are lovely and include very diverse characters that you would see in everyday life. The book has an environmental theme too.

ariannbolton

Review posted December 9, 2021

5

This book is adorable and inspiring. My 21 month old loves the colors and pictures, I love the clever rhyming story. Our guy is a little too young to get the most out of this book but I am glad it is in our collection to share with him again when he is a bit older.

dougherty_m

Review posted December 8, 2021

5

This book is great for touching on the deeper concept of democracy! So grateful to have this book for my tool-belt when teaching current events.

hepktn102

Review posted December 5, 2021

5

This is a great book for read-aloud for students to learn about being a change-maker. It also talks about having courage and forge on even when things feel too hard. It has great rhyming words as well for phonemic awareness. I like that there is Latinx representation as well.

haileyroberson

Review posted December 1, 2021

4

This is a wonderful book to add to my class collection. Great images and a wonderful message to share with little minds.

ktb

Review posted November 22, 2021

5

I have read this book with so many children. I love that the book invites children to explore how they would like to grow their own ideas.

alysiacox

Review posted November 22, 2021

5

This book was clever and kept my children (ages 5 and 10) and me amused. I highly recommend to add this book to their children's library. It is refreshing to see children of color and my children represented in stories, as they have a close relationship with their grandparents.

Ajhyder

Review posted October 26, 2021

5

A wonderfully illustrated book with an empowering story line, highly recommend!

sweety95838

Review posted October 22, 2021

4

great book awesome illustrations

Susan Pinnock

Review posted October 19, 2021

5

I ordered this book in english but it came in Spanish. I absolutely love the pictures but did not have 100% comprehension of the words. I had a coworker review and give feedback and she said it was a wonderful story and she also truly loved the pictures.

amercier

Review posted September 23, 2021

5

This book is adorable! I Love the premise of getting young people involved to change things they disagree with in the world. This is beautifully illustrated, and I really like the page with the words circling the perimeter. I also enjoyed that it came with an activity to have a child make their own picket sign, either for Mt Trashmore or another cause.

dawnellegarcia

Review posted September 18, 2021

5

This is such a sweet and empowering book. What a great way to show kids that no matter their age they can make a difference!

Jshadwick

Review posted September 18, 2021

5

Awesome book! So excited to read it to my students this week.

Theresa Habeck

Review posted August 19, 2021

5

This series has terrific empowering books, and this title is a great addition. No matter how old you are, you can make a difference. The story, as well as illustrations, resonate with readers of all ages, and especially young learners.

mgmbourgeois

Review posted August 16, 2021

5

Fun, earnest, and inspiring! Can't wait to share it with my students!

DaphneMalpass

Review posted August 12, 2021

5

I accidentally ordered it in Spanish, but that's okay, there's a large population of Spanish-speaking students in my area.

Gabiolga

Review posted August 12, 2021

5

Great book! Creative and inspiring! Great for many ages!

lromano

Review posted August 2, 2021

5

Great book. Inspiring.

Jzkylano

Review posted July 30, 2021

5

I love this series of books and Sofia Valdez Future Prez does not deviate from their greatness. Concepts of community organizing and development, building allyship, influencing policy for the public good are all richly portrayed. Looking forward to the day Prez Valdez is sitting in the Oval.

[email protected]

Review posted July 16, 2021

5

My daughter enjoyed this book. We loved the happy illustrations, especially the dog in the story. My daughter is still too young to understand the message of empowerment in the book, but I look forward to her rereading this book when older and finding inspiration in the story. I really liked the craft project that came with the book too.

Katelyntrepa

Review posted July 9, 2021

5

Such a great book to show kids what it means to stand up for something you believe in!

Kokocat

Review posted July 4, 2021

5

Love the book! A great lesson on advocacy for children. Diverse children and people represented in the book.

Sdalisky

Review posted June 30, 2021

5

Like all the books in this series, this has a great message that with big dreams, you can change the world for the better. An added plus is the diversity of the characters.

Emilyhakim

Review posted June 24, 2021

5

Such a great book. All the student's in my classroom enjoyed it but it was especially empowering for young girls to be able to see that being in high positions or becoming president is possible and they can be whatever they choose to be.

Valeria Jacome

Review posted June 19, 2021

5

This book was an amazing read as it portrays a little girl making big changes for her community. This is a great book for young girls who are Latin and bilingual, and who want to be big changes in the world and have dreams of working potentially for the government. While reading the book, it allows them to not give up when they tell you no, or when they tell you that you are a little girl. This books shows a great motivation for positive change, courage and perseverance.

Toby Abraham-Rhine

Review posted June 7, 2021

5

This book is fantastic on so many levels. I chose it to go along with the other three titles I already own by this author. I use them for my career unit in elementary school. As a school counselor, I am always looking for books that speak to more of my students. I love the multi-racial, multi-generational characters of these books. Sofia Valdez is more than just exploring another career. She is a wonderful example of grit, persistence and resilience. This book hits the mark on so many levels. So glad the author has given us another brilliant tool for helping my students.

MrsBuck

Review posted June 1, 2021

5

The message of perseverance and standing up for what you believe in is so inspiring! The way Sofia takes on a big challenge and motivates others to help her is encouraging! Also the rhyming text was very fun to read!

annarodgers5

Review posted May 30, 2021

5

A wonderful story, with diverse characters and a strong message about the difference even one small child can make in their community. The poetry was catchy, and there were some elements of silliness that should appeal to young readers.

hersey2

Review posted May 29, 2021

5

This is an empowering and inspiring book for any age readers. The message that anyone can create something positive in their community and that one person can’t do it alone and we all need people working alongside us is so important.

rainynavarro

Review posted May 28, 2021

5

This book would be best for Kindergarten or 1st grade. I tried to read it to my preschoolers but it was a bit word-y for them. I did change the script a bit to make it age appropriate. Aside from that, fantastic book! Great message and wonderful art work.

Micah Walker

Review posted May 28, 2021

4

Lovely story about a courageous girl that puts her mind to a task to help her community. I loved the rhythming throughout and the cultural relevance with current issues, and the artwork was modern. Themes of perseverance, courage, bravery, and community!

AmberYelliott

Review posted May 25, 2021

4

Love the photos! This series of books is fantastic. Niece loved it.

MelissaButler

Review posted May 25, 2021

5

The book is wonderful! The rhymes really keep the audience engaged while sharing a story of positive leadership. My kindergarteners really took the message to heart and want to make their town cleaner and nicer to play and relax.

Kasyda

Review posted May 19, 2021

5

My 5 yr. old granddaughter, a potential Future Prez, and her younger brother were very interested in the November 2020 election. Their parents explained the ballot process and talked with them about their choices as they completed their ballots. The children, then, proudly deposited those ballots in the library drop box. This early civics lesson about the voting process and reading books like "Sofia Valdez, Future Prez", fertilize the seed that will grow into an engaged voter.

dougsannes

Review posted April 23, 2021

4

very cute book. My 6 year old daughter loves it!

hannaculbertson516

Review posted April 19, 2021

5

I love this author. My kids and I have read Iggy Peck Architect, Ada Twist Scientist, Rosie Revere Engineer and now Sofia Valdez Future Prez. I love that this story focuses on advocacy skills and making your community and world a better place. Great for little world changers in training!

JanecePayne

Review posted April 15, 2021

5

My granddaughter loved this book. She is seven and she thought it was written just for her.

cglover90

Review posted April 13, 2021

5

Great Book! My kids enjoyed the story and all the colorful pictures!

kkrato

Review posted April 11, 2021

5

Sofia Valdez, Future Prez is a great book about getting involved in the community. It is fun to read aloud and is worth revisiting. The art is fun and engaging. I highly recommend this book. It is fun, but also has a good message and good role models. I appreciate the diversity of the characters. I plan to check out other books in the series.

C_tina13

Review posted March 23, 2021

5

Another great book from Andrea Beaty! Sofia Valdez is a wonderful character children can look up to and realize that kids can make a difference.

esandoval

Review posted March 23, 2021

5

muy buen mensaje en espanol. Sofia is a great example for us all. Love the LGBTQ+ friendly images in this story.

Clouie03

Review posted March 10, 2021

5

This book was absolutely wonderful with important messages. My daughter is a little young yet for the activity sheet but I love that this came with it and am saving it for when she's a little older.

smnewman

Review posted March 4, 2021

5

Beaty's rhyming tale of empowering oneself to make a difference resonates with children and adults alike. The charming story has diverse characters and fantastic art. I shared this story with a Kindergarten class, a toddler, and then a colleague, all of whom had engaging conversations with me about the book. Sofia is a remarkable girl that is very relatable to readers; she sees a problem from a personal experience, and sets about to find out how to change it. Her bravery and involvement with her community are assets we all need. I highly recommend this book.

Angie Lamie

Review posted February 20, 2021

4

This book was a favorite for my 5th grade and even older students that had a chance to read it. I like how it was funny and engaging at the same time. I would recommend this book to anyone.

Hilary

Review posted February 18, 2021

5

My 6yo daughter enjoyed reading this book to me. It led to great discussions about standing up for what we believe in, how to make a difference no matter what your age, healthy communities, and even learning about Mt. Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial.

AndreaBaugh23

Review posted February 17, 2021

5

I have a very headstrong daughter. She loves this book and will even quote it. The rhyming and illustrations make it fun. The message makes it even more worth while.

Firechild94

Review posted February 15, 2021

5

This books have my students stuck a great insight on other kids.

gisellenaranjo

Review posted February 12, 2021

5

A wonderful story to empower our little ones to help others and lead people to helping themselves.

Cherienash16

Review posted February 12, 2021

5

I was so excited to read this to my kids. My kids are latinx and having them see a character who is also one has them excited to be able to relate. I also have a daughter that I cannot wait until she is older so she knows she can achieve anything she puts her mind to. I love all the books by this author and they all have such great purpose.

stokesfolks

Review posted January 24, 2021

5

I enjoyed the bright colorful artwork. The rhymes make it a fun read. This is a good way to teach children that they can make changes for the better in their world.

Joselynmireles

Review posted January 18, 2021

5

I received this book in Spanish & I can’t wait until I can use it in my future classroom! It’s an inspirational book for kids even at young ages!

Ashley E King

Review posted January 6, 2021

5

Great message and role model. The rhyme and rhythm make it fun to read out loud. I plan on buying additional books in this series.

DonnaS

Review posted January 5, 2021

5

WOW! So very much needed RIGHT NOW to give us a passionate focus on effecting change and outlines the specific steps to take that even a 2nd grader took. We can follow suit.

jessicashumate

Review posted December 26, 2020

5

I thought this book was so darling and inspiring! My daughter loves it.

anneeelizabeth3

Review posted December 21, 2020

5

Sofia Valdez, Future Prez by Andrea Beaty , Illustrated by David Roberts I love this book. The story is about Sofia a second-grade student who sees a problem and goes about solving it. It is in rhyming text which makes it a delightful read aloud book. Sophia’s Abuelo gets hurt when he falls in Mt. Trashmore the local landfill and Sophia with her creative mind, courage and the help of people she has inspired take all the necessary steps to turn this landfill into a park. The illustrations fit perfectly with the moods in the story, humorous, sad, fearful, reflective and joyful.

astuart

Review posted December 17, 2020

5

Great story about the ways each of us can contribute in positive ways to our society. Loved the message and the pictures, lots of inclusion - race, gender, ability.

jlhendren

Review posted December 16, 2020

5

I read this book to my kiddos and they loved it! They are trying to put together projects to benefit their community now. Highly recommend!

gherrarte20

Review posted November 30, 2020

5

Such a great book! My daughter loves it.

Shando

Review posted November 3, 2020

5

I requested this book to share with my son, who is a Spanish-English dual language elementary student. We read it together and he helped me with the translations-- a super fun way to read together! The book is beautiful-- illustrations are fun and full of detail, and the text is distributed in creative and compelling ways. As nice as it is to look at, the story is even better. Sofia Valdez is a second grader who has an idea for making her community safer and more enjoyable. Although she encounters political roadblocks, she uses her brave, strong voice to advocate for change and care for community. Definitely a recommended read with kids!

grrbonka

Review posted October 27, 2020

5

I thought that this was a wonderful book for young girls. I plan to give it to a Guatemalan family that has a first grade daughter. I liked the illustrations and the message. thank you!!

chandler1979

Review posted October 15, 2020

5

Loved this book as a way to make your kids feel like they can make change within their communities. Empowering! Love the story!

edithh.esmeralda

Review posted October 14, 2020

5

This was a beautiful and amazing book, I got it in Spanish and I am a little sad I can't order it again but in English. I LOVE IT!!

bngbrookie

Review posted September 29, 2020

5

My son, age 6, loved this book and I have to say, I loved it even more! What an inspirational story about a young girl who sees a need in her community and rises up to break barriers and build community. Brought (happy) tears to my eyes. Highly recommend!!!

FeFiFoFanaAna

Review posted September 25, 2020

5

I absolutely love this book. It is inspiring especially to young Latina boys and girls. Finally they can see themselves in a book.

Siempreaqui

Review posted September 23, 2020

5

This book is fantastic! It helps children understand the importance of community collaboration and self-confidence to follow their dreams. Sofia is a dreamer and wants better things for her and her community. One of my favorite parts about the book is the relationship she has with her grandpa and how that relationship encourages her to want to be better and do better.

kaalvarado

Review posted September 21, 2020

5

Oh my how we could all read this book and wish we were young again. Making a difference is how I live my life. If I can make a difference in any life I touch then I have met my life goal. Sofia set a goal to experience life and what ever rolled her way she would make it better. I enjoyed the illustrations and story. I will be getting the Spanish version next as i work in a Bilingual school.

holtman

Review posted September 17, 2020

5

Fun and empowering book to inspire kids

Kiwio

Review posted September 13, 2020

5

It’s a fun book with a great cadence which makes it easy to read and enjoyable to read aloud. It talks about how anyone can change their world and really inspires change.

Shaworth

Review posted September 12, 2020

5

What a great inspirational book for kids of all ages.

Nstein910

Review posted September 6, 2020

5

Great book. Written in a fun and engaging way with beautiful illustrations, a great message, and diverse set of characters. Will be reading this with many students this year.

Danielle

Review posted September 2, 2020

5

Fantastic book that promotes community and leadership. An excellent read for K-3!

HeidiVenture

Review posted August 31, 2020

5

I've ordered a lot of free books from The Ford Family Foundation's Select Books program. A lot. They've been great. But this one. This is the first one I've been this excited to write a review for! Sofia Valdez, Future Prez is a children's story of how to be a Community Builder. There is so much right with this story. The hero is a young Latina who finds her courage to ask for help to improve her community, for her community. She sees a need, and even though it isn't easy, she rallies local government and local residents to make change happen. She's a Community Builder. I ordered this book to read to my grandboy. It will be a simple way for me to bring up the ideas of responsibility, local governance, and community building. I'll get to talk about these important ideas every time we read the book together. And, the book presents a competent, strong, female person of color in a positive way that isn't trite or tokenizing. Available in both Spanish and English. Free for residents of Oregon and Siskiyou County, California. Sofia Valdez, Future Prez should be in every library in rural Oregon. Whoever found this book for the Select Books program, well done. Well done.

Xnohr

Review posted August 28, 2020

5

My daughters, 5 & 10, and I greatly enjoyed this book. I liked that it showed how a person, no matter how young, can make positive impacts within their communities and work with others to create meaningful change.

Stacy Armstrong

Review posted July 29, 2020

5

An inspiring story of a helpful little girl who inspires others to do the right thing. The rhyming text is so fun to read aloud! A great multicultural selection for any school or home library.

LaurenKraemer

Review posted July 28, 2020

5

This was an excellent book for my two sons (and their parents) who are learning how to be community builders, activists, and allies for our community. We have read it several times since we received it in the mail last week. It is a great way to illustrate the power of one voice and the ability of one individual to make change. Thank you for including this as a select-book. We hope you will add more books like this and others that will help us learn about racial justice and health equity.

ajcook521

Review posted July 28, 2020

5

I love reading Sofia Valdez, Future Prez! My 2 year old niece has also loved it and we've been talking about working together to help the community. Highly recommend!

mluedtke

Review posted July 27, 2020

5

This was a wonderful book to bring to our home library. My small kids (ages 3 and 6) were already familiar with some of the children at Blue River Creek from previous books by the same author. Expanding this world to feature Sofia and her dedication and resolve to improve her community for all its members was wonderful! Having been raised in a multi-generational home and actually, years later, working to build a community park, this story was especially poignant.

Jperrolle

Review posted July 27, 2020

5

This is our current family favorite! After reading it we immediately went to our library and checked out 7 more books by the same author.

Gacevedo516

Review posted July 27, 2020

5

Great book! Loved how diverse and inclusive this book is. It is inspiring to see activism and a book students can see themselves connected to.

Lizh89

Review posted July 27, 2020

5

I found the Ford Foundation on Facebook, and what a lovely surprise. The book we received was Sofia Valdez, Future Prez- and it's awesome! My 6 year old daughter was very excited because she has read the other 3 books by the same author. The book features a strong Latina, female character and centers on the themes of family, internal strength, and community. THANK YOU FOR THE BOOK!!!