And that's why I love being part of Random House Children's Books' Unplug & Read Tour! Screen Free Week is taking place April 29th through May 5th which is only 26 days away! To celebrate, I am reviewing a fantastic new picture book that will be available next week from an award winning author and illustrator.
EVERYONE CAN LEARN TO RIDE A BICYCLE written and illustrated by Chris Raschka is an absolutely delightful children's book for kids... and adults. Kids will love this insider's look at what it takes to ride a bike, and parents will be touched when reading about this important childhood milestone.
EVERYONE CAN LEARN TO RIDE A BICYCLE is the story of a father teaching his young daughter how to ride a bicycle. It starts with picking out the perfect bike and follows the process until the little girl is riding the bike on her own. Of course, it isn't always easy, and there are a few bumps and bruises along the way.
I thought this picture book was adorable for so many reasons; however, it was the little messages in the story that really captured my heart. For example, the father is extremely encouraging. He starts by having his daughter watch other riders so she will see that, "They all learned how." He then builds her confidence with the step-by-step training wheel process but admits along the way that it can be "a bit scary." And finally, after the little girl falls, the dad is there to hug her and offer even more encouragement and "to try it again, and again, and again...."
I have to say that when the little girl took off on her own, I had a little lump in my throat. While my husband was the one to teach our kids to ride their bikes, I was out there with my camera trying to capture ever single moment of the adventure! For parents, having their child learn to ride a bicycle is such a huge milestone. It just screams, "Our baby is growing up!"
Between the wonderful illustrations and the encouraging messages in EVERYONE CAN LEARN TO RIDE A BICYCLE, I just loved it. But don't just take it from me. This picture book has already received starred reviews from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Kirkus Reviews. When you see it it for yourself, you'll have no problem understanding why!
EVERYONE CAN LEARN TO RIDE A BICYCLE is a precious picture book and should be part of every family's home library!
Thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy of this book.
Here's a little bit more about Screen Free Week:
Imagine going about your day without the trappings of screen media: no phones, computers, tablets, televisions. Preschoolers today spend as much as 4.1 to 4.6 hours per day on one screen or another. Including multi-tasking, children 8 to 18 spend 7.5 hours per day with screens. This Spring, Random House Children’s Books is issuing a challenge: UNPLUG & READ during Screen Free Week April 29 – May 5.
Inspired by Dan Yaccarino’s Doug Unplugged (On sale February 12, 2013) about a robot who discovers that the real world trumps the virtual, we are launching Random House Unplugs: A Screen Free Week promotion. We are committed to supporting teachers, librarians, booksellers and parents in their efforts to encourage children to UNPLUG & READ during Screen Free Week from April 29 – May 5.
You can follow the Unplug & Read Tour on Random House Children's Books Facebook page!