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Recommended Reading

Pick up any of these staff-approved books, ranging from the fun and casual to the dense and wonky, to learn more about getting around and multi-modal cities.

Read local: Find a copy in downtown from the Tacoma Public Library, King’s Books, or the University Bookstore.

For adults:

  • Walkable City by Jeff Speck
  • Happy City by Charles Montgomery
  • Sustainable Transportation Planning by Jeffery Tumlin
  • Walking Home by Ken Greenberg
  • Joyride by Mia Burk
  • Bikenomics by Elly Blue
  • Just Ride by Grant Petersen
  • Cycle Chic by Mikael Colville-Andersen
  • On Bicycles by Amy Walker, editor
  • Making Transit Fun by Darrin Nordahl
  • Better Buses Better Cities by Steven Higashide
  • The High Cost of Free Parking by Donald Shoup
  • Bike Lane are White Lanes by Melody Hoffmann
  • Bicycle / Race by Adonia E. Lugo
  • Streetfight by Janette Sadik-Khan
  • Right of Way: Race, Class, and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths by Angie Schmitt

For young readers:

Livable Cities

  • The Busiest Street in Town by Mara Rockliff


  • The Listening Walk by Paul Showers
  • I Went Walking by Sue Williams
  • I Took the Moon for a Walk by Carolyn Curtis
  • This is the Way We Go to School: A Book about Children Around the World by Edith Baer
  • Walk the Wild Road by Nigel Hinton


  • Crunch by Leslie Connor
  • Bear’s Bicycle by Emilie Warren McLeod
  • Dino Bikes by Eva Montanari
  • Sally Jean the Bicycle Queen by Cari Best
  • Ugh by Arthur Yorinks
  • Yuki’s Ride Home by Manya Tessler
  • Supergrandpa by David M. Schwartz
  • The White Bicycle by Beverly Brenna
  • Rosaura en Bicicleta by Daniel Barbot
  • Summer Wheels by Eve Bunting
  • The Bicycle Man by Allen Say
  • Go Fly a Bike by Bill Haduch
  • Wheels of Change by Sue Macy
  • Everyone Can Learn How to Ride a Bicycle by Chris Raschka
  • Tillie the Terrible Swede by Sue Stauffacher
  • Bear on a Bike by Stella Blackstone


  • Bus Stops by Taro Gomi
  • The Wheels on the Bus by Paul O. Zolinsky
  • Maisy Drives the Bus by Lucy Cousins
  • My Bus by Byron Barton
  • Busy Bus by Felicity Brooks
  • Trains by Byron Barton
  • Subway by Christoph Nieman
  • The Subway Sparrow by Leyla Torres
  • Subway Story by Julia Sarcone-Roach

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