5 Children’s Books about Bikes

5 Children's Books About Bikes

Sometimes my husband and I joke that we are brainwashing our son. It started before he was born when we decorated his room with bicycle art. Since then it has continued in the form of Danny Macaskill Youtube videos, balance bikes, pedal bikes, and Sunday mornings at the pump track.  And then of course there are the books about bikes–we love a good bedtime story about cycling.

If your family is equally passionate about bikes, here is a list of stories that both parent and child are sure to enjoy.  We can’t promise that they’ll make bedtime any less painful, but they will make story time more fun.

Mike and the Bike

Mike and the Bike

Mike and the Bike is one of my favorite bedtime books.  It has a fun rhyming rhythm, and funny, colorful pictures.  The book also comes with a CD of music, but as I’ve had other parents agree, throw it away quick!  You can come up with your own fun tunes for the lyrics instead.

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Zoom!

Zoom!

For the balance bike crowd, Zoom! is a must-read.  The story is about a little boy who loves to ride his Strider.  A portion of sales benefit The Axel Project, a non-profit focused on getting young children on bikes.

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Eric’s Big Day

Eric's Big Day

This book isn’t just about biking, it’s also about being a helpful cyclist.  The sparse drawings are both beautiful and encouraging of imagination.  Some repetition in the story makes this a good choice for beginning readers.

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Gracie Goat’s Big Bike Race

Gracie Goat's Big Bike Race

Gracie Goat doesn’t know how to ride a bike and is afraid to try.  For kids who are just learning to ride, or who are hesitant to learn, this book will help them work thru their fears and get excited to bike.

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Along a Long Road

Along a Long Road

This beautiful picture book reminds us of the beauty of cycling and inspires a feeling of wanderlust as the reader journeys around town, through the countryside, and by the sea.  Because it is short on words, this book is just as good for quiet time as it is for conversation.

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Kristen

Kristen is a project manager and writer. She spends all her free time mountain biking with her family on the trails in Salt Lake City and Park City, UT.

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