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Joseph's Big Ride

By Terry Farish
Illustrated by Ken Daley
Interest Age: 4–7
Grade: p–2
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: RL.2.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,1

Reading Level: Lexile AD400L
Hardcover : 9781554518067, 32 pages, April 2016 , 9" x 9"
Paperback : 9781554518050, 32 pages, July 2017 , 9" x 9"


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 crashes 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.


  • Long-listed, Recommended Reads, TD Summer Reading Club 2018
  • Long-listed, Top Ten Best Bet, Ontario Library Association 2017
  • Joint winner, Foreword Indies Book Awards 2017
  • Joint winner, Skipping Stones Honor Book 2017
  • Short-listed, Book of the Year Award finalist, Foreword Reviews 2017
  • Short-listed, Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2016


“The big, bold illustrations help tell this wonderful story about making friends in a new country.”

- National Education Association, 10/03/17