BooksEventsWorld Bicycle Day – recommended picture books

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June 3rd is World Bicycle Day. During the Covid-19 lockdown, traffic has been reduced by an enormous amount and we have been able to enjoy quiet streets and less air pollution. Many people have taken the chance to get out on their bikes and have appreciated more than ever the social, economic and environmental benefits...

June 3rd is World Bicycle Day. During the Covid-19 lockdown, traffic has been reduced by an enormous amount and we have been able to enjoy quiet streets and less air pollution. Many people have taken the chance to get out on their bikes and have appreciated more than ever the social, economic and environmental benefits of this healthy way to travel and exercise.  As a result of this, many cities such as Paris, Athens, Budapest and Berlin have promised to take measures to increase bike lanes and pedestrian areas.

To celebrate World Bicycle Day we have some recommendations of children’s books in English and Spanish which should be on the shelves of any young cyclist.

Miffy’s Bicycle

Dick Bruna was from the country of bicycles par excellence, the Netherlands, and in this book from his much-loved series, Miffy dreams about having a bicycle when she’s older. In her imagination she visits her aunt, rides past the flowers and sees the ducks. An essential title for the very youngest bike lovers.

You can watch the lovely animation of Miffy’s bicycle on YouTube:

Could A Penguin Ride a Bike?

In this book by Camilla de la Bédoyère and Aleksei Bitskoff, a penguin can’t really ride a bike but we do learn a lot about them and how they live. A fun book filled with penguin facts.

Marta and the bicycle

Marta is bored of being a normal cow. What she really wants to do is ride a bike! This great story by Germano Zullo y Albertine encourages everyone to be brave and follow their dreams.

The Red Bicycle

In Burkina Faso, Aliseta is given a bicycle, Big Red, and she uses it to go to the fields and look after her family’s crops and take the produce to the market. Before that, Big Red belonged to Leo in the USA and he went everywhere on it, to school, to the swimming pool, to his football training sessions…But Big Red still has more destinies to fulfill and will find another important mission. This is the beautiful story of how a bicycle can make an enormous difference in somebody’s life. Written by Jude Isabella and illustrated by Simone Shin.

Mrs Armitage on Wheels

Mrs Armitage goes for a ride and she has plenty of ideas to optimize her bike – adding a bucket of water to wash her hands, three loud horns and a seat for her dog. But all these improvements might get her into trouble… This book is full of the fantastic and imaginative illustrations of Quentin Blake

We hope you like our book recommendations for World Bicycle Day! Keep reading and pedalling!

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