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Sofia Valdez, Future Prez

My girls’ school read this book last week, in relation to the election. While there’s obviously a lot to say about our new first woman Vice President (yay!) and how we await the first woman President, that’s not the only reason why I like reading this story with my daughters. For me, I think it’s also important to discuss that Sofia notices a problem and then mobilizes a movement to solve it.

In Sofia Valdez, Future Prez, Sofia and her abuelo are disturbed by a trash heap and decide to remove the hazard and build a new park in its place. Realizing she can’t accomplish this task alone, Sofia visits city hall, gathers volunteers and works hard to achieve her goal. As an environmentalist, I’m obviously inspired by the idea of removing trash and planting green instead. But I also love showing my girls that they can do anything with a little bit of vision and hard work. On a personal note, they see their mom trying to help the Earth by writing GreenLifeNH, composting, using cloth napkins etc, and they realize that change can start with them. What else can we accomplish with this type of attitude? There are many issues our society has to tackle – climate change is just one of them – and this book teaches children that they have the power to make it happen. I really recommend! – Rachel

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