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21st Century Kids: Travel by Pedal Power

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library,
Two kids happy on their bikes
"It would not be at all strange if history came to the conclusion that the perfection of the bicycle was the greatest incident of the nineteenth century."—Author Unknown

A bicycle might be one of the best inventions ever. They offer the rider transportation and provide hours of fun at the same time. Moreover, riding a bike is a universal experience for the majority of kids. No matter the setting, urban, rural or suburban, bike ridership is everywhere. President John F. Kennedy expressed, “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” Here is a small sampling of stories and nonfiction selections featuring bicycle use.

Travel by Pedal Power

Hero on a Bicycle
Hughes, Shirley

The Bicycle Spy
McDonough, Yona Zeldis

The Green Bicycle
Al-Mansour, Haifaa

Pedal it!: How Bicycles are Changing the World
Mulder, Michelle

Hokey Pokey
Spinelli, Jerry

Ghost Squad
Ortega, Claribel A.

Major Taylor
Miller, Margaret J.

The Red Bicycle: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Bicycle
Isabella, Jude

The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle
Uss, Christina

This Was Our Pact
Andrews, Ryan

This Was Our Pact is a unique graphic novel that is both beautifully written and drawn. The pictures and words go perfectly together, and as you read, you wonder if you are in a dream surrounded by lanterns, water, fish, and stars. This Was Our Pact is a story about friendship, a new friendship with a bear that is very particular about his scarf, or realizing a true friend was beside you all along.