Together We Ride


Product Details

$16.99  $15.80
Chronicle Books
Publish Date
9.8 X 8.9 X 0.4 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Valerie Bolling has been an educator for twenty-seven years. Valerie serves as the co-chair of the NESCBWI Equity and Inclusion Team and is a member of SCBWI, the Authors Guild, and NCTE. She lives in Stamford, CT, and you can find her at

Kaylani Juanita illustrates inclusive picture books, such as Ta-Da!, When Aiden Became a Brother, and Magnificent Homespun Brown, for which she received the 2021 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award. Her mission as an artist is to support the stories of the underrepresented and create new ways for people to imagine themselves. She currently lives in Fairfield, CA. You can find her on Instagram @kaylanijuanita.


"Bolling's brief and inventive rhyming text perfectly conveys the action and emotions involved in an inaugural bike ride. Illustrations extend the appealing story . . . the crowning elaboration on the text is the art's celebration of Black hair: the girl's double Afro puffs proudly poof out below her bike helmet. (Safety first, but this girl is not letting that helmet cramp her style.) . . ."--The Horn Book Magazine, starred review
"Accompanying the spare, rhyming text that echoes the cadence of Stick Stone by Beth Ferry, the illustrations bring the story to life in detail . . . [Together We Ride is a] positive portrayal of a father/daughter relationship on the day of a milestone; a good addition for all picture book collections."-School Library Journal
"Written in spare, rhyming text containing plenty of sight words, the story is told largely through the book's beautiful mixed-media illustrations. Juanita, a Coretta Scott King Award Honoree, creates watercolor-like scenes accented in candy-colored hues and filled with thoughtful details . . . . Featuring a young Black family, [Together We Ride] is a wonderful choice for every collection and an asset in the area of #RepresentationMatters."-Booklist, starred review