Please welcome my guest author, Valerie Bolling. We were both on the Equity and Inclusion Committee for NESCBWI. I really enjoyed working with her. She has a steadiness and voice of reason which is always helpful when doing work in diversity and inclusion!
Her latest picture book is part of a pair. It’s part of her list about the joys of riding bikes together.
Together We Ride by Valerie Bolling, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita
Celebrate father-daughter love and the achievement of a childhood rite of passage. With a little courage, a guiding hand from her dad, and an enthusiastic bark from her pup, one brave girl quickly learns the freedom that comes from an afternoon spent outside on a bike. [picture book, ages 3 and up]
We are also giving away a copy of Together We Ride. To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom. How about you? Do you or your children enjoy riding bikes? What are your favorite books about bike adventures? Thanks for sharing!
Riding a Bike Book List
My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero, illustrated by Zeke Peña
Here’s another book about father-daughter love. The main character enjoys riding with her father on his motorcycle, taking in the sights and sounds of her city. The ending exemplifies hope, perseverance, and fortitude. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
If You Give a Girl a Bike by Hayley Diep, illustrated by Braden Hallett
Fans of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie will like this fun, engaging, cyclical read. It celebrates girls’ independence and their fearless attitudes that motivate them to keep getting up again when they fall – while biking, skateboarding, rock climbing, or doing anything else. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Hello Hedgehog: Do You Like My Bike? by Norm Feuti
In this Scholastic Acorn early reader series, Hedgehog and Harry have fun biking together. After their ride, the friends enjoy a delicious snack, and then go off on another ride … but not on their bikes. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Bikes for Sale by Carter Higgins, illustrated by Zachariah OHora
This story is about Maurice and Lotta whose bikes serve different purposes for them. We read their parallel stories and see them engaged in their daily activities. Then, as a result of an accident they each have, their bikes are no longer rideable. They go to the same repair store to have their bikes fixed. There’s a surprise ending that connects them and sends them off on new adventures together. [picture book, ages 3 and up]
Born to Ride: A Story About Bicycle Face by Larissa Theule, illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley
Do you know the term “bicycle face?” There was a time when girls and women were told not to ride bikes because if they did … (You’ll have to read to find out.) Well, Louisa Belinda Bellflower didn’t listen to the bicycle face warning. This is an inspiring nonfiction story about a fierce girl who rebels against the social norms of her time period and learns to ride a bike. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
The Brave Cyclist: The True Story of a Holocaust Hero by Amalia Hoffman, illustrated by Chiara Fedele
Here’s another inspiring nonfiction book. Learn about how a famous cyclist, Gino Bartali, used his bike skills and smarts to help during the Holocaust. [picture book, ages 9 and up]
Ride, Roll, Run: Time for Fun! by Valerie Bolling, illustrated by Sabrena Khadija
This is another book by Valerie Bolling, which is about the fun activities kids do outdoors. This, of course, includes riding bikes but also games, like hopscotch, jump rope, and basketball. [picture book, ages 3 and up] Look for Ride, Roll, and Run: Time for Fun which will be released on October 4, 2022!
Together We Ride Picture Book GIVEAWAY!
We are also giving away a copy of Together We Ride. To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter below. We can only mail to U.S. and A.F.O. addresses.
Valerie Bolling is the author of the 2021 SCBWI Crystal Kite award-winning and CT Book Award finalist LET’S DANCE! (March 2020). In 2022 Valerie is happy to welcome TOGETHER WE RIDE (April) and RIDE, ROLL, RUN: TIME FOR FUN! (October). Sequels to these books as well as a Scholastic early reader series, RAINBOW DAYS, are slated for 2023.
A graduate of Tufts University and Columbia University, Teachers College, Valerie has been an educator for almost 30 years. She currently works as an Instructional Coach for Greenwich Public Schools and is on the faculty at Westport Writers’ Workshop. She is also a WNDB mentor and deeply immersed in the kidlit writing community, particularly involved with SCBWI, the 12X12 Picture Book Challenge, and Black Creators HeadQuarters.
Valerie and her husband live in Connecticut and enjoy traveling, hiking, reading, going to the theater, and dancing. To learn more about Valerie, go to her website and Linktree, and follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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