‘Bikes, Books and the Tour de France’

After the great buzz about last year’s Olympics, there was a danger 2013 could feel like a sporting anti-climax. But now the route for the English stages of the Tour de France has been revealed, we can start getting excited all over again.

The route will be passing through my hometown of Harrogate, en route from Yorkshire to London, and in honour of us getting a bird’s eye view of the race, I’ve highlighted some of the best (old and new) books about bikes for younger readers.

Mrs Armitage on Wheels by Quentin Blake
The recently knighted Quentin Blake‘s charming tale about Mrs Armitage and the wonderful improvements she makes to her bike. Would she make it past the Grand Depart with her three horns, two umbrellas and a mouth organ?

Bear on a Bike by Stella Blackstone
One for younger readers. Follow Bear’s travels as he has adventures travelling by bike, raft and even in a hot-air balloon.

 

The Bike Lesson by Stan and Jan Berenstain
First published in 1964, this tale follows Papa Bear’s attempts to teach Small Bear how to ride his new bike. But maybe Papa Bear could do with some tips himself.

 

 Lotta’s Bike by Astrid Lindgren
As she turns five, Lotta dreams of riding a ‘proper’ bike like her older brother and sister and she’ll go to any lengths to make this happen.

 

Curious George Rides a Bike by Hans Augusto Rey
Join Curious George in this 1952 classic as his new bicycle leads him into scrapes with an animal show.

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