Thursday, June 2, 2011

6 Kids' Books About Bicycles

Along for the Ride
by Sarah Dessen
2009 | 399 pages | Young Adult
Auden, who has just graduated high school, is spending the summer with her dad and his new wife, Heidi, who has just given birth to a daughter. At first, Auden wants to bury her nose in a book and ignore her surroundings altogether, but when she meets fellow insomniac, Eli, whose sleepless nights are a result of personal tragedy, she begins to experience all the things she missed out on in childhood, when she was reading and studying and staying indoors - namely having friends, going to clubs, having food fights, and riding a bicycle.

by Abby Klein, illustrated by John McKinley
2006 | 96 pages | Chapter Book
Freddy plans to enter the class bike-a-thon, which gives him only a short time to learn to ride a two-wheeler! This is a great chapter book series about many first grade milestones.

by Allen Say
2005 | 32 pages | Picture Book
I first learned of this book at a local conference back where I lived in New York. A couple of years ago, a presenter shared  this story and demonstrated how to introduce kamishibai stories into our libraries. I've never done it, but I still think the concept is intriguing. This story, about a man who travels by bicycle and tells these stories, shows how children lost interest in his stories over time, as TV and other distractions grew more prevalent, but grew to appreciate his stories as they grew into adulthood.

by Stan and Jan Berenstain
1983 | 64 pages | Easy Reader
It's been a long time since I've read this early Berenstain Bears title, but I remember it being quite funny. Papa Bear attempts to teach his son how to ride a bicycle, but it seems like Papa might need some lessons himself.
by Leslie Connor
2010 | 336 pages | Middle Grade
This was one of my favorite books of last year. It's about a fourteen-year-old boy named Dewey who has been left to look after the family bike shop while his parents are away for a short time. A fuel shortage hits, however, and suddenly everyone's relying on bikes and business is more than booming. Dewey has to figure out how to keep the shop open and serve the community's needs as best he can. It's a great lesson in self-sufficiency and problem-solving and a wonderful science fiction type story for upper elementary school readers.
by Maryrose Wood
2007 | 218 pages | Young Adult
This book was not a favorite of mine when I first read it, mainly because it is half fantasy, and the fantasy half of the book didn't seem to mesh well with the realistic part. The realistic portions, however, take place on a bike tour filled with interesting people, and I remember wishing there was more bike tour and less Irish folklore. It's well-written, in any case, and I'm sure fantasy lovers would eat it up!

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