Lucy Tries Luge

Lucy has a new luge sled, but she isn’t sure about this unique sliding sport. You have to lie on your back and steer with your legs? The luge track’s twists and turns look pretty scary too. But with her parents’ support and a bit of courage, Lucy jumps on her sled for a speedy adventure!

Lucy Tries Luge is the first book in the Lucy Tries Sports series, which aims to promote physical literacy and encourage young readers to get involved in sports. Research shows that developing fundamental movement and sport skills at a young age benefits kids for their entire lives, promoting an active and healthy lifestyle.


Lisa Bowes developed her stories around the HIGH FIVE principles of healthy child development needed for quality programs, including the support of a caring adult, the opportunity to participate, to play, to make friends and to master skills.

Also available, Lucy Tries Short Track and Lucy Tries Soccer.

Awards, Reviews and Endorsements

2016 - CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
2015 - Books For Everybody selection

"Blammo! With her bright red hair swept into a ponytail, and a blue lightning bolt across her chest, Lucy is ready to hit the ice...Vivid, digitally colored illustrations offer close-ups of Lucy as she swishes, swooshes, and zooms down the track and across the finish line on her sled. A large font with select words in color will help young readers follow the text and build vocabulary...This invigorating story celebrates courage and the thrill that comes with participating in an exciting winter sport." Booklist, October 1, 2015


"We look forward to reading more about enthusiastic Lucy as she tries out different sports. Lisa has found a fun and unique way to introduce students to a variety of sports including facts about equipment, technique and sportsmanship. We love Lucy!" —Carole Shea, Exshaw School Library, February 10, 2016


"The illustrations are very well done by illustrator James Hearne. They are very colourful and stimulating for young children...The picture book does a good job at introducing children to the luge and what it is...This would be a great book to use in schools and library at storytime if there is a ‘winter sport’ themed week. This could be incorporated in a Winter Olympics curriculum or even a winter activity lesson. Children will stay engaged and have a fun time with this book." Resource Links, October 1, 2015


"Lucy's tale introduces readers to a sport not usually seen in children’s literature, making this an interesting addition to stories about athletics or other winter activities...Told in an upbeat rhyming scheme which matches the fast pace of the story’s action, this is a tale full of movement and energy that’s perfect for reading aloud...The pictures offer a nice complement to the text...What makes the illustrative aspect of this story really outstanding are the pages detailing Lucy’s slide down the luge track. Hearne has added a wonderful blurred effect to these images, highlighting the speedy action of the scene and making the story come alive with the exhilaration of Lucy’s adventure...An excellent story about trying something new. Lucy’s zest for activity, courage to face her fears, and excitement for the sport of luge make this an entertaining and motivating read. Highly Recommended." CM Magazine, September 18, 2015


Lucy Tries Luge is a great book as it educates and introduces children to new sport opportunities. It gets them excited about sports, with a focus on moving, playing, and having fun! —Arianne Jones, World Cup Luge Athlete and Olympian


Lucy Tries Luge is a lovely, rhyming tale by sports reporter, Lisa Bowes, that’s very sweetly illustrated by James Hearne. And as soon as I started reading it to my kids, my preschooler and kindergartener were enthralled...I love this story for many reasons, but mostly because it makes an Olympic-calibre sport attainable and understandable to a very young child. By making the logical comparison between luging and tobogganing, Bowes gives children a tangible connection to Lucy and her luge. —Stephanie Slate, Active for Life



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