Written By: Addie Boswell
Illustrated by: Alexander Mostov
For Ages: infant and up
Topics Covered: STEM, Pint-Sized Professor, Bikes, Girls Outdoors.
This is a companion board book to another that we’ve shared (Go, Boats, Go!), and it’s just as amazing! Go, Bikes, Go! is a fun and silly board book that celebrates bicycles in all iterations, even some that seem too fantastical to really be able to ride. We lived in cities for many years and commuted by bike everywhere, it was fun to go read this book and think about all of those hours spent huffing it up hills and cruising down bike paths (when we were lucky!)
I love the diversity of the bicycle riders, and all of the different settings that the book takes place. Underwater bikes, bicycles in the mountains, cities, everywhere! Besides having a dreamy color palette, the pages really showcase how everyone can spend some time outside. It’s is so important to have media with BIPOC representation outdoors, and this board book is an excellent addition to shelves. I also think that after reading this book, it would be fun to dream up even more wacky bikes than the ones pictured on the pages!
This book was kindly sent by Little Bigfoot, an imprint of Sasquatch Books. All opinions are my own!
Addie Boswell is an artist and writer living in Portland but grown in Iowa. She specializes in murals and picture books that focus on family, community, and the creative power of children. Recent titles include The Snow Dancer, Five on the Bed, and the “In Motion” series that starts with Go, Bikes, Go! As a visiting artist at schools, libraries, and community programs around the Northwest, she knows that creativity can empower and improve the lives of every age. When not working from her home studio, she is probably building scrappy furniture, filching drawings from her five-year-old, reading when she should be sleeping, and waiting for the rain to return.
Alexander is an illustrator and artist who takes pride in making playful, accessible designs. His inspiration is drawn from plants, animals, and mid-century modern design. Alexander currently lives in Seattle with lots of books, and a mischievous little dog named Dziga.