The best children's books about cycling 5: non-fiction
Does your child love cycling? If so, then they're going to really enjoy these entralling children's books about cycling and bikes and famous cyclists. In this post, the 5th (and for now final) in my series on the best children's books about cycling, I'm looking at non-fiction books about cycling and bikes. This includes guides and activity books as well as 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 books 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 children's book about cycling do please drop me a comment in box at the bottom of the post and I'll add it to the list.
Everything you could want to know about bicycles, and then some more!
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
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?
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.
For younger children interested in the process of designing, building and selling bikes, there is a new Kindle e-book version available of a now out-of-print paperback by Anastasia Suen on the subject, called From Factory to Store.
While we're on the topic of icon cyclists, check out who co-wrote this book on the Tour de France, way back in 2012! They even get a chapter all to themselves:
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
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.
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
If your Cycle Sprog is fascinated about how bikes are designed and built this book may well appeal to them. "How to design a bike" by Paul Mason is aimed at ages 9 - 11 years and encourages the reader to think in detail about all the important aspects of designing a product. Sounds great for cyclists and inventors alike!
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 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 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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Some of the content in this post was first included in a post written for World Book Day 2019, which mixed biographies and other non-fiction. For World Book Day 2020 I've split them out to make the articles more manageable.
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