Angels Ride Bikes and other Fall Poems - Los Ángeles andan en Bicicleta y otros poemas de Otoño

Angels Ride Bikes illustrated by Maya Gonzalez

Written by Francisco Alarcón
Illustrated by Maya Gonzalez
published 1999 by Children’s Book Press,
an imprint of Lee&Low Books
Bilingual – English/Spanish
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“An impressive assortment of bilingual verses and brilliant art . . . [Gonzalez] is never afraid to dip her brush in a palette of wild colors, from blues and purples to yellows and browns.” – Oakland Tribune

Following the success of their award-winning book of spring poems, Laughing Tomatoes, and their acclaimed collection of summer poems, From the Bellybutton of the Moon, poet Francisco Alarcón and artist Maya Christina Gonzalez invite us to experience fall in Los Angeles-the City of Angels-where dreams can come true.

In the poet’s whimsical imagination, mariachis play like angels, angels ride bikes, and the earth dances the cha-cha-chá. Alarcón celebrates the simple joys and trials of everyday life: a visit to the outdoor market, the arrival of the ice cream vendor, the first day of school. He honors his family and pays tribute to his mother, who taught him that with hard work and education he could realize his dreams.

Maya Christina Gonzalez’s spirited images perfectly complement each poem, bringing to life the people and places in Alarcón’s childhood.

Medium: Mixed Media


  • Notable Book for a Global Society Award Winner
  • Américas Award Commended Title
  • National Parenting Publication Award Gold Award in the Category of Books of Folklore, Poetry & Song
  • Parent’s Choice Picture Book Recommendation
  • Recommended by the Elementary School Library Collection
  • Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices


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