Welcome, today I am reviewing the picture book, Together We Ride, by Valerie Bolling, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita.
Learning to ride is no easy feat! But with a little courage, a guiding hand from her dad, and an enthusiastic bark from her pup, one brave girl quickly learns the freedom that comes from an afternoon spent outside on a bike.
This story is very simple. Most pages only have two words. The illustrations are beautiful and really sell the story. Full, bright landscapes that allow a child to follow along with the story. I love reading a story that has the dad being a good example and actively participating in his child's life.
I was able to ask Valerie a few simple questions! Please enjoy:
Why do you write children’s books? I love to write, and I love children. On my website, I say: "I write because I want all children to feel at home in a book. I want them to smile, laugh, think, and question. Most of all, I want them to celebrate the diverse world in which we live." That's why I write.
What inspires you to write? Children inspire me to write, particularly, my nieces Zorah and Anyah. What's wonderful is that Zorah loves to write, and Anyah loves to draw. Maybe they'll be an author/illustrator team someday. In terms of the topics I write about, anything can inspire me. Most often it starts with something I observe or a memory or feeling.
What’s next for you? RIDE, ROLL, RUN: TIME FOR FUN! will be released on October 4, 2022. Sequels to that book and TOGETHER WE RIDE (TOGETHER WE SWIM and BING, BOP, BAM: TIME TO JAM!) as well as a Scholastic early reader series, RAINBOW DAYS, are slated for 2023.
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