Joseph’s Big Ride Share this with a friend

by Terry Farish
illustrated by Ken Daley

Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Top Ten Best Bet, Ontario Library Association Skipping Stones Honor Book Foreword Indies Book Awards, Silver New York Public Library’s List, Books about Refugees Book of the Year Award finalist, Foreword Reviews Recommended Reads, TD Summer Reading Club

A refugee boy’s determination to ride a bicycle leads to an unexpected friendship.

Joseph wants only one thing: to ride a bike. In the refugee camp where he lives, Joseph helps one of the older boys fix his bike, but he’s too small to ride it.

Joseph and his mother travel to America, where everything is strange and new. One day, he spots a red bike that seems just right for him! It belongs to a girl with a whoosh of curly hair.

When Whoosh crashes her bike, Joseph offers to fix it. His big chance has finally come, except that Joseph doesn’t know how to ride! He falls a few times, picks himself up, and tries again, until suddenly, with a shout of triumph, he’s riding the bike.

Inspired by the author’s interviews with refugee children from Sudan, this gentle story evokes the experience of a new immigrant. Vibrantly colorful paintings bring a warm and humorous portrait of friendship and diversity to life.


“A joyful, upbeat tale that takes a positive perspective on an immigrant child’s first encounters.”
—Kirkus Reviews, 02/13/16

“An ideal addition to most collections, especially those that want to highlight topics of friendship, inclusion, and an immigrant perspective.”
—School Library Journal, 05/16

“An inviting reading experience.”
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, 05/16

“This story offers an opportunity to begin a conversation about the differences between those who have and those who have not.”
—CM Reviews, 10/21/16

“The big, bold illustrations help tell this wonderful story about making friends in a new country.”
—National Education Association, 10/03/17

“Vibrantly colorful paintings bring a warm and humorous portrait of friendship and diversity to life.”
—I’m Your Neighbor Books, 05/11/16

“Lively, energetic illustrations pair well with the sweet story that captures a boy’s dream come true.”
—I Heart Literacy, 02/19/19