ABOUT Mimi and Moto: The Inspiration
In September 2015, we were inspired by our infant daughter when she started pointing at motorcycles in the AMA’s ‘American Motorcyclist’ magazine. Unable to find a book for her that we liked, we decided to make one. We teamed up with Atlanta illustrator Esteban Alvarado and began creating the characters of Mimi and Moto, two adorable monkeys who love motorcycles. The result of that collaboration was our first book, “The Adventures of Mimi and Moto: The Motorcycle Monkeys”. The first copy was sold on October 4, 2016.
During 2017 and 2018, we focused on growing our brand one fan at a time and building relationships in the motorcycle industry. From our Mimi and Moto booth, we sold books and t-shirts at as many motorcycle races, events, shows, and rallies as we could get to.
We released our second book, “Mimi and Moto Ride the Alphabet” in July of 2019. In September of the same year, Mimi and Moto took First Place at the Motorcycle Industry Council’s ‘Gas Tank’ competition which took place at the AIMExpo in Columbus, Ohio.
Our third book, "Mimi and Moto's Magical Meteors: First Gear" was just released in February of 2023 and is a 13,000 word chapter book with black and white illustrations. It is the first book in the Magical Meteors series with more books to come.
Our Mimi and Moto books are available at notable locations like the AMA Hall of Fame, Barber Motorsports Museum, Wheels Through Time, Haas Moto Museum, Lane Motor Museum, Petersen Museum, Malcolm Smith Motorsports, Texas H-D, Strider Bikes of Bentonville, Aerostich, and others.
Through more books, merchandise, animation, and events, our goal with the Mimi and Moto brand is to get children excited about motorcycles all over the world.
We appreciate your support and hope you will continue to follow us as we grow and expand the Mimi and Moto world in the years to come.
Nancy Gerloff and Mark Augustyn
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
Mimi and Moto VIDEOS
Click on the links below to watch early videos of Mimi and Moto: The Motorcycle Monkeys, including book readings and episodes of Kids Talk Motorcycles. Please click on the YouTube logo and SUBSCRIBE to our channel! More coming soon...
Mimi and Moto: Kid's Talk Motorcycles, Episode 1
Mimi and Moto: Kid's Talk Motorcycles, Episode 2
Mimi and Moto Book Reading: Sand Preschool
Mimi and Moto Read Aloud: The Adventures of Mimi and Moto
Mimi and Moto Read Aloud: Mimi and Moto Ride the Alphabet
Mimi and Moto Theme Song: Listen and Sing Along!