PBS Books hosted a virtual conversation with renowned children’s author Andrea Beaty discussing her latest books, Sofia Valdez & the Vanishing Vote and One Girl on December 1, 2020.
In her newest book Sofia Valdez & the Vanishing Vote, Sofia Valdez explores the democratic process in second grade when her class gets to vote on their class pet–a turtle or bird. Sofia, whose character first debuted in Sofia Valdez, Future Prez, is named the Election Commissioner and is in charge of overseeing a fair and honest election between the two teams: Team Turtle and Team Bird. After the campaign and the votes are counted, it is a tie, but one vote is missing. What happened to the vanishing vote? Sophia Valdez and the Questioneers must restore democracy.
As we continue to explore Democracy and Trailblazing Women in 2020, we’ll also discuss One Girl, which is about a girl who reads a book and ignites education and empowerment for others. Strategically underscoring elements of democracy, this book addresses the importance of making an impact and creating change even at a young age.
Andrea Beaty is the author of the bestselling Questioneers series, among other children’s titles. She lives just outside Chicago.