Molly Rides

Basic CMYK“Molly was a skier. She skied the blues and blacks. She’d wake up early every day to lay down some fresh tracks.” So begins Molly Rides, a simple story of a young girl who takes on a new challenge and through patience and hard work discovers that she can have fun in the snow, regardless of what’s on her feet. With lyrical rhyming meter, AASI Certified Snowboard Instructor Adam Ford spins a story that he’s very familiar with—learning how to snowboard—and through it emphasizes both the work of mastering a new skill and the pure joy of snow sports.

Award-winning illustrator Brian Berley brings the engaging text to life with eye-popping illustrations of Molly and her dog Bacon that evoke the history of skiing with a thoroughly modern touch.

Brian has lived in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, the Virgin Islands, and Manhattan, but now calls Evanston, Illinois his home. A work-at-home dad, Brian spends his off-time wrangling his son Luca and Mooch the dog with his wife Pam. Although he’s been producing award-winning illustration for many years, this is Brian’s first crack at a children’s book.

You can see Brian’s current work at or check out his blog.

This book was written with the cooperation of The Professional Ski Instructors of America and The American Association of Snowboard Instructors. You can learn more about PSIA-AASI at



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