Books in the Spotlight: Bikes

Sometimes CMLE will highlight several books that have some factor in common. We hope they will give you ideas for your collection, or influence an activity, lesson plan, or display!

Since May is National Bike Month, we thought it would be fun to share several different book lists all featuring the subject of bikes, as well as some suggestions for bike-related activities! Do you have a favorite book about bikes, or someplace in particular you like to ride? Share with us in the comments!

Looking for children’s books about biking? Check out this list from! Some of the titles from the list include:

Gracie Goat’s Big Bike Race by Erin Mirabella, illustrated by Lisa Horstman
“Gracie Goat doesn’t know how to ride a bike and is so scared she refuses to try. Fortunately her Grandma convinces her to face her fears. Children will relate to Gracie’s self-doubt as well as her persistence in this sensitive, upbeat story.”

Along a Long Road by Frank Viva
“Speed off on an eventful bicycle ride along the bold yellow road that cuts through town, by the sea, and through the country. Ride up and around, along and through, out and down.”

If those books inspired you to try some bike-related activities, check out this free hidden pictures coloring page of a bike trail. Or get extra creative and try some bike painting!

Animals riding bikes is always fun too, so watch this video of Duck on a Bike by David Shannon being read aloud:

For older readers, YALSA has compiled this list of YA books with bikes to enjoy! Some of the titles from the list:

Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) by Sue Macy
“Take a lively look at women’s history from aboard a bicycle, which granted females the freedom of mobility and helped empower women’s liberation. Through vintage photographs, advertisements, cartoons, and songs, Wheels of Change transports young readers to bygone eras to see how women used the bicycle to improve their lives.”

Racing California by Janet Nichols Lynch
Evan is shocked when the amazing Tour de France winner Dash Shipley asks him to join his team for the Amgen Tour of California. Against his parents’ and girlfriend’s wishes, Evan risks missing his high school graduation to participate in the grueling eight-day bicycling race.



Finally, don’t miss this list of books for adults to “inspire your riding” for National Bike Month! From books like Cycling Home from Siberia  to Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance you will enjoy your bike-themed reading journey!

Happy biking!