Portland author and illustrator Alison Farrell will join us at Bike Shop Storytime this coming Sunday, March 10th.
And please note: We’ve moved the remaining Storytime events from Mondays to Sundays to attract more little listeners. We’re also shifting from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. We’ll probably keep it going beyond March, but check the BikePortland.org calendar or Kidical Mass PDX website for the latest event info.
Here’s more about Cycle City from the publisher:
“When little Etta the Elephant goes to her Aunt Ellen’s house, she takes a journey through bicycle-filled Cycle City, a town filled with bikes of all kinds! At the end of the day, a special surprise awaits Etta–the most amazing bicycle parade imaginable. Detail-rich illustrations in this fun seek-and-find book paint the colors of this unusual town where everyone rides some kind of bike–whether a penny-farthing, a two-wheeled unicycle, or a conference bike, everyone is on wheels! Packed with prompts and lots to see on every page, this is a sweet story for the sharpest of eyes.”
➤ Full Bike Shop Storytime details
Stories will be read in the family-friendly bike shop’s comfy play area (and yes, the bathroom has a changing table!) and if you’d like to learn more about bicycling as a family, stick around for a Q&A session afterwards.
What, you wanted a bike ride, too?! We’ll be biking the 3/4 of a mile along a family-friendly route to Books with Pictures after each hour-long storytime/Q&A. Suitable for even the smallest riders. Come a little early to ask about borrowing a bike for the ride–Clever Cycles has a few bakfietsen and longtail kid-carrying cargo bikes to loan for families who want to join in on the fun.
Thank you to Liz Holladay from Clever Cycles for the awesome illustration and Leslie Hickey of Hoarfrost Press for the graphic lettering in our Bike Shop Storytime illustration.
Thanks for reading! Please tell your storytime-aged friends to join us for these fun events!
Remember, we’re always looking for people to profile. Get in touch if it sounds like fun to you. I’d especially like to feature families of color so please get in touch or ask friends of color who bike with their kids if they’re interested in sharing their stories. And as always, feel free ask questions in the comments below or email me your story ideas and insights at madidotcom [at] gmail [dot] com.
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Madi Carlson (@familyride on Twitter) wrote our Family Biking column from February 2018 to November 2019. She’s the author of Urban Cycling: How to Get to Work, Save Money, and Use Your Bike for City Living (Mountaineers Books).
In her former home of Seattle, Madi was the Board President of Familybike Seattle, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting bicycling as a means for moving towards sustainable lifestyles and communities. She founded Critical Lass Seattle, an easy social group ride for new and experienced bicyclists who identify as women and was the Director of Seattle’s Kidical Mass organization, a monthly ride for families. While she primarily bikes for transportation, Madi also likes racing cyclocross, all-women alleycats, and the Disaster Relief Trials. She has been profiled in the Associated Press, Outdoors NW magazine, CoolMom, and ParentMap, and she contributed to Everyday Bicycling by Elly Blue.