"JUST RIDE!", women across the world said on August 22 as they started up their motorcycles to participate in International Female Ride Day, an event postponed from May because of the pandemic. Even if you weren't on the road yourself, here are some books to enjoy.
"Man, I was something," Bessie Stringfield said of herself. I first learned about "The Motorcycle Queen of Miami" on an episode of Jay Leno's Garage. Bessie taught herself to ride and made her first cross-country trip before she was twenty. Sometimes she'd throw a penny at the map to determine her destination. Travel in the 30s and 40s could be dangerous for a Black woman, so Bessie often carried the Green Book with her. Joel Christian Gill has written and illustrated two books about her. FAST ENOUGH, a picture book, imagines Bessie's first bicycle ride, a ride proving that the girl who's been told she isn't pretty enough, tough enough, or good enough, really is something. BESSIE STRINGFIELD: TALES OF THE TALENTED TENTH NO.2, a biography in graphic novel form for teens, is a visually stunning introduction to this Black pioneer.
If you are a biker but have never soloed like Bessie Smith, reading HIT THE ROAD: A WOMAN'S GUIDE TO SOLO MOTORCYCLE TOURING by Tamela Rich may give you the inspiration and tips to plan your first outing. From Liberty Wear is the stunning SPLATTER BIKE tank.
Daisy Ramona tells us MY PAPI HAS A MOTORCYCLE. The highlight of her day is when they take off on his bike after work. As she describes their journey, the reader is treated to a visual feast where the morotcycle blazes through their beloved but changing neighborhood. This award-winning picture book by Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña is also available in Spanish, MI PAPI TIENE UNA MOTO.
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