I Want to Ride My Bicycle!

Spring is a great time for being outdoors, and what better way than to be on a bicycle! There are many different ways to enjoy a bicycle ride. You can ride on roads, trails, through the woods, or even on sandy beaches! Riding a bike is an inexpensive and easy way to explore, but you have to make sure you do it safely. The books below highlight various aspects of biking such as different types of bikes, a famous race, learning to ride a bike, being safe, and a couple of adventure novels for young adults that center on bike riding. When searching for books about bicycles, try searching the subject phrases “juvenile literature” or “juvenile fiction” with subject phrases like “bicycles and bicycling,” “cycling,” “bicycles,” “bicycles safety measures,” or “mountain biking.”

Picture Books

Blackford, Andy.
Bill’s Bike. 2011.
Bill has a new bicycle with four wheels, but as he rides and rides he loses wheels one at a time until he finds out just how many he needs to have.
[SSHEL S Collection SE. B5641b]

Bourne, B. B.
Henry on Wheels. 2013
When Mom says Henry may go only around his block on his bike, Henry discovers that there are lots of fascinating things to see close to home — from a hot dog truck to cement mixers.
[SSHEL S Collection SE. B6675h]

Eriksson, Eva.
A Crash Course for Molly. 2005
Using warmly colored and expressive illustrations, Eva Eriksson gives readers an adorable little girl to cheer for as she takes a crash course in bike riding.
[SSHEL S Collection SE. Er46c:E]

Paschka, Chris.
Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bike. 2013.
A father teaches his daughter all about bicycle riding, from selecting the right bike to trying again after a fall.
[SSHEL S Collection SE. R115e]

Proimos, James and Johanna Wright.
The Best Bike Ride Ever. 2012
Bonnie O’Boy really wants a bicycle, but when she gets one, she forgets to do something that is very important.
[SSHEL S Collection SE. P943b]

Rosenberry, Vera.
Vera Rides a Bike. 2004
Vera is riding her new bicycle in the school yard, when she discovers there’s no one there to help her brake to stop herself.
[SSHEL S Collection Q. SE. R723v]

Beginner and Intermediate Nonfiction

De Medeiros, Michael.
Mountain Biking. 2008
From skills to bike parts, readers will learn the ins and outs of the adventures of mountain biking.
[SSHEL S Collection S.796.63 D393m]

Gilbert, Grant.
Tour de France. 2008.
Explores all aspects of racing in the Tour de France bicycle race including strategy, bikes, athletes and more.
[SSHEL S Collection S. 796.6 G373t]

Pancella, Peggy.
Bicycle Safety. 2005.
With pictures and tips, this book teaches readers how to ride safely from choosing the proper gear to riding on the road.
[SSHEL S Collection S.796.6 P191b]

Middle Grade

Hutchins, Hazel.
The Great Bike Rescue. 2013.
When best friends Levi and Riley both have their bikes stolen, they embark on a journey to find the culprit.
[SSHEL S Collection S. H9707g]

Teens and Young Adult

Cormier, Robert.
I Am the Cheese. 1978.
A young boy desperately tries to unlock his past yet knows he must hide those memories if he is to remain alive. A bicycle trip provides the framework for this grim story.
[SSHEL S Collection S.C8113i 1978]

Lynch, Janet Nichols.
Racing California. 2012.
High school senior Evan is conflicted when he is recruited for the prestigious Amgen Tour of California bicycle race by one of his heroes, and must decide whether to pursue his love of racing or go to college after he graduates from his Arizona high school.
[SSHEL S Collection S. L9914r]