The best children's books about cycling 4: non-fiction and biographies

Does your child love cycling?  If so, then they're going to really enjoy these entralling children's books about cycling, bikes and famous cyclists.  In this post, the final one in my series on the best children's books about cycling, I'm looking at non-fiction and biographies.  There's life stories of inspirational cyclists from the 1890's through to the present day, activity books and information books. By the time you've read all of these books you'll be experts on all things two wheeled!

If you're looking for different types of kids's books about cycling and bikes, then head over to these posts:

The best non-fiction and biographies about cycling written for children

I've tried to list the books in roughly age / reading ability order, but most are well illustrated so younger children can enjoy the pictures, whilst older readers can enjoy the words.

If I've missed off your favourite non-fiction or biography about cycling, aimed at children, do please drop me a comment in box at the bottom of the post and I'll add it to the list.

The Bicycle by Lucas Arnoldussen

Everything you could want to know about bicycles, and then some more!

Want to Know The Bicycle - a non-fiction children's book about bicycles and bikes

This informative book is aimed at ages 4 and over, and will keep children (and adults) fascinated for hours as it covers a wide range of topics about bikes. Answering questions such as "What did the first bike look like?"  "How many kinds of bikes are there?" "Who are the most famous racing cyclists?" and many more, your Cycle Sprog will be an expert on bikes and cycling in no time!  There's also a quiz, rhymes and a section explaining how to fix a puncture.

Buy now: Want to know - the bicycle by  Lucas Arnoldussen

On Your Bike by Sir Chris Hoy

Who better to explain everything you need to know about bikes and cycling than one of the world's most successful Olympian's Sir Chris Hoy?

On Your Bike by Sir Chris Hoy

 

This spiral bound book is subtitled "All you need to know about cycling for kids" and is a treasure trove of information that will keep curious young minds occupied for ages. It covers topics as wide as bike maintenance, what to wear, which type of bike you need as well as hints and tips on how to ride better. Great for KS1 and lower KS2 readers. 

Buy now:  On Your Bike by Sir Chris Hoy

Sir Chris Hoy is also the author of the Flying Fergus range of children's fiction books, which you can read more about in our post on the Best Children's Fiction Books about Cycling and Bikes.

Froome (Ultimate Sports Heroes) by John Murray

From one cycling legend to another, this is another great introduction to reading biographies for readers of about 7 and over who are able to cope with chapter books without illustrations.

Froom - Ultimate sports heroes - best sports biography for children about cycling and bikes and the Tour de France

There are 23 short chapters in the book, covering Chris Froome's life from a child in Kenya through to stepping up on the podium for his third Tour de France victory.

Buy now: Froome (Ultimate Sports Heroes) by John Murray

Tillie the Terrible Swede by Sue Stauffacher

Another biography, this one is a beautifully illustrated book detailing the fascinating story of the life of Tillie Anderson who arrived with her family in America in 1889 with few possessions and a dream of a better life. 

Tillie the Terrible Swede - an autobiography about a cycling women for children

She was soon caught up in the "Bicycle Craze" sweeping the world, and became determined to race, however much this was frowned upon. By 1898 she was World Champion in both the 1 hour and 4 day race categories. This fascinating and beautifully illustrated biography follows her progress, both as a cyclist and a campaigner for equality. 

Buy now: Tillie the Terrible Swede by Sue Stauffacher

Major Taylor Chambers - Champion Cyclist by Lesa Cline-Ransome

One more inspirational illustrated biography about a ground breaking cyclist from the late 19th Century.

Major Taylor Champion Cyclist - kids book about black cyclist biography

Marshall Taylor could ride his bike forward, backward, even perched on the handlebars. When, in 1891, his stunts landed him a job at the famous Indiana bike shop Hay and Willits, people were amazed that a thirteen-year-old black boy could be such an incredible cyclist. This illustrated biography traces how Marshall Taylor - through dedication, undeniable talent, and daring speed - transformed himself into the extraordinary Major Taylor, who turned pro at the age of eighteen, went on to win the world championship title just three years later, and battled racism to become a true American hero.

Buy now: Major Taylor Chambers - Champion Cyclist by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Bradley Wiggins - Dream to Win by Roy Apps

Bradley Wiggins is another national hero - the first British person to win the Tour de France - EVER!

Bradley Wiggins - Dream to Win - kids biography of a Tour de France Cyclist

This chapter book covers Wiggins life from his childhood dream of playing football for West Ham through to his historic Tour de France win and victory at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Buy now: Bradley Wiggins - Dream to Win by Roy Apps

The Tour de France by Sean Callery and Geraint Thomas

While we're on the topic of Tour de France winners, check out who co-wrote this book on the Tour de France, way back in 2012! They even get a chapter all to themselves:

Geraint Thomas Tour de France book for kids

The book is in the Collins Big Cat reading scheme, at Level 18 / Pearl - as you can see it's aimed at confident readers, probably KS2 and above. The book is out of print, but can still be found occasionally second hand.

Buy now: The Tour de France by Sean Callery and Geraint Thomas

My Book of Bike Activities by Catherine Bruzzone

If your Cycle Sprog enjoys books where they have to draw, write and otherwise engage with the text, then they're going to love this activity book.

My Book of Bike Activities - one of the best non-fiction children's books about cycling and bikes

It's a really hands on book that encourages the reader to pick up their pencils, whilst imparting lots of fascinating knowledge about cycling and bikes.  A great choice to keep Cycle Sprog quiet on a long journey or a rainy day!

Buy now: My Book of Bike Activities by Catherine Bruzzone

How to be a Mountain Biking Champion by James Nixon

The How To Be a Champion series looks at the exhilarating world of extreme sports and what it takes to become a top professional. Each title lists the essential equipment you need and discusses the basic skills, before going on to look at the more demanding tricks and stunts.

How to be a Mountain Biking Champion - one of the best books about mountain biking for children

How to be a Mountain Biking Champion opens up the world of mountain biking, both racing and freestyle. Techniques, facts, stats and competitor profiles are designed to grab young readers' attention and there's a "Find out more" section for those serious about taking the sport further.  Aimed at readers aged about 8 and up.

Buy now: How to be a Mountain Biking Champion by James Nixon

How to be a BMX Champion by James Nixon

How to be a BMX Champion - one the best children's non fiction books about cycling and bikes

How to be a BMX Champion takes a similar approach to the MTB book, in terms of the history, background and key features of the sport.  It also has a profile of Shanaze Reade and hints and tips on Freestyle for beginners, Flatland Tricks and getting Big Air, together with a glossary of BMX terms.

Buy now: How to be a BMX Champion by James Nixon

If you appreciate my hard work at collating all these inspirational books together, please consider buying me a coffee - it will keep me going onto the next post!  Thanks Karen

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