Posted by Elly Blue (Columnist) on December 5th, 2008 at 9:20 am
I’ve just added more books that were recommended by readers. Thanks, and enjoy! — Elly
The kid’s bookshelf at the BikePortland Bookstore is growing rapidly. We’ve rounded up a stack of recommendations that have come to us from biking families all over Portland.
These new additions are all picture books and simple story books that will be fun and inspirational for very young kids. Do you have any favorites which don’t appear here? How about bike-related books for older kids and teens?
Via the links below, you can order books to be shipped to you — or better yet, pick them up by bike! Just choose the “In-Store Pickup” option at checkout to have the books held for you at any Powell’s location.
This is all part of our ongoing effort to not just spread knowledge and our love for all things bike (and urban planning, transportation, carfree issues, etc…), but to raise a bit of cash to keep BikePortland in the black.
Bike books for the little kids
|Mrs. Armitage on Wheels|
by Quentin Blake
A wonderful illustrated work by Quentin Blake. Mrs. Armitage has so many ideas for improvements and accessories for her bicycle that the whole thing eventually collapses (but not until she adds the mast and sail). Note: this book ships separately from the UK.
|Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen|
by Cari Best
This is the exuberant tale of Sally Jean and her bicycle, “Flash.” They ride everywhere, singing and rhyming. When Sally Jean starts to outgrow Flash she is sad at first –but then learns to build a new bicycle for herself. A reader wrote in about this book: “It’s awesome! My 4-year old daughter was inspired to ride.”
|Curious George Rides a Bike|
by H.A. Rey
Curious George gets on a bicycle for his new job — delivering newspapers. As you can imagine, he gets into a little bit of trouble along his route.
|Bears on Wheels|
by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Another great Berenstain Bears book — remember those? This one is heavy on the pictures, low on the text, and offers a colorful parade of bears on one wheel, two wheels, and many more bicycle wheels.
|The Bike Lesson|
by Stan and Jan Berenstain
“When Brother Bear gets a brand-new bike, he’s all set to ride it — that is, after Papa Bear shows him the rules of the road.” For ages 4 to 8.
|Mike and the Bike|
by Michael Ward
I don’t know much about this title, but it comes highly recommended from a reader. Foreword by Lance Armstrong; and the book comes with an audio CD narrated by sports journalist Phil Liggett.
|Red Ranger Came Calling|
by Berkeley Breathed
The inimitable Berkeley Breathed — who has moved on from decades of creating hilarious and sometimes racy political cartoons to a career in children’s books — has drawn and written this story of a lonely boy, living on a Pacific Northwest island, who only wants a Red Ranger Bike for Christmas. And he gets it — but in an unexpected package. This one’s entertaining for you as well as your kiddos.
by Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig
Angelina is a young mouse who loves riding her bicycle all over town. On her birthday, she and her friend Alice ride to pick up her birthday cake — but she hits a rock and her bicycle is broken! I won’t give away the end.
|Duck on a bike|
by David Shannon
Duck loves riding a bike, despite scorn from the other animals on the farm. But his example convinces them they can ride too, and they all ride off together. Witty book by a Caldecott Award winning author.
|Froggy Rides a Bike|
by Jonathan London
Froggy is the star of a popular kids’ book series, in which he gets dressed, plays soccer, and now…tries out bike riding. He falls off many times, but keeps getting back on, and soon enough he’s having so much fun he doesn’t want to stop riding.
|Bear on a Bike|
by Stella Blackstone
Bear also goes by train, raft, rocket, and many other modes. Danica Maus’s top pick.
by David M. Shwartz
“A thrilling picture book based on the true story of Gustaf Hakannson’s historic bike ride. In 1951, at age 66, Gustaf entered the Tour of Sweden–over the judges’ objections–and, to the delight of his countrymen, finished first!”
|Lance in France|
by Ashley Maceachern
Local writer — and former Nike executive, and friend of Lance — has created a funny kids’ picture book about Lance Armstrong.
|Major Taylor, Champion Cyclist|
by Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome
A biography for kids aged 6 to 10 about Marshall “Major” Taylor’s youth. As a 13 year old African American in 1890, Taylor battled the odds and went on to become a world champion bike racer.
|The Bicycle Man|
by Allen Say
Two American soldiers turn up in a small village in occupied Japan and amaze the local children with their bicycle tricks. For ages 4 to 8.
|The Bear’s Bicycle|
by Emilie W. McLeod
Bear and his young human friend demonstrate safe bicycle riding. Comes with a cassette tape. Ages 4 to 8.
|Gracie Goat’s Big Bike Race|
by Erin Mirabella
Gracie has to face her fears and learn to ride a bike in order to participate in the big barnyard race. Part of the “Barnyard Sports Squad” series. Ages 4 to 8.
|Miffy Rides a Bike|
by Dick Bruna
A wordless picture book for very young children about a bunny named Miffy who has big plans for riding her bike to visit her friends.
by Helme Heine
A pig, a rooster, and a mouse ride their bike everywhere together, as friends should.
|Franklin Rides a Bike|
by Paulette Bourgeois
One in a series of picture books about a shy turtle named Franklin.
Powell’s has an amazing, huge children’s book collection — look for more here.
Click on the icon below to search the Powell’s Books website. Any purchases you make on a visit that starts on this page will help support BikePortland operations.
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