Cari Best

Cari Best Photo by M. Schindel

When I was ten I did a brave thing. I traded my fancy birthday bicycle with its chrome fenders, balloon tires, and uncool foot brakes to my cousin for her no-frills yard-sale bike with its streamlined fenders, skinny tires, and very cool hand brakes. We were both deliriously happy with our trade. "No backsies, touch blacksies," we said to each other. The only person who was not happy was my mother, who was convinced that I had done something really stupid. But I hadn’t. I had followed my heart, which for me, a shy, submissive child, was quite an accomplishment.
I rode my "new" bicycle everywhere with great pride -- to the park to play ball with the boys, to the public library and back, my paper shopping bag bulging with the likes of The Borrowers, Little Women, Ginger Pye, and All-of-a-Kind Family. I even pedaled to LaGuardia Airport and rode across the shadows of the giant planes parked on the ground.
I used to pretend that my bike was my car. We didn’t own one, and almost never took a vacation. But I didn’t miss going on car trips because I had my bike. The world outside our apartment was fantastic: the sidewalks and the stoops, the sprinklers at the playground, other neighborhoods, streets, and schoolyards. A neighbor showed me how to garden, a teacher encouraged me to speak up when I was afraid, and a librarian let me watch while she worked. There were animals, too: a beagle named Freedom, alley cats just hanging out, wi


My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay

Cari Best, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton


Available 01/13/2015Pre-Order

Beatrice Spells Some Lulus and Learns to Write a Letter

Cari Best, illustrated by Giselle Potter

Beatrice wants to write the kind of letters that start with “Dear Somebody,” but she only knows how to write letters like A B C T E R I E. Then her Nanny Hannah teaches her how...


Easy as Pie

Cari Best; pictures by Melissa Sweet

Jacob learned the rules of baking from watching Chef Monty on TV, and now he is ready to make his own peach pie in his Easy-On Oven. Even when things get messy and Jacob's parents say there is no more time for baking, he is determined to see his pie through to the end. Cari Best's tasty text and Melissa Sweet's scrumptious collage illustrations combine to make a picture book as satisfying as a perfect slice of pie.

Easy as Pie is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.


Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen

Cari Best; Pictures by Christine Davenier

I can pop a wheelie, I can touch the sky,I can pedal backwards, I can really fly!Sally Jean was born to ride. And her bicycle, Flash, is just about...