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The Wright Brothers for Kids: How They Invented the Airplane, 21 Activities Exploring the Science and History of Flight

By Mary Kay Carson
Chicago Review Press 2003

Ages 9-12
ISBN: 1556524773

The story of Wilbur and Orville wright and how the first aircrafts came to be. Great vocabulary building and high interest activities included. A great timeline of places and events is an added bonus.

Hot air balloon

Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride

By Marjorie Priceman
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing/Atheneum 2005

Ages: 4-8
ISBN: 0689826427

A humorous look at the Montgolfier’s first balloon voyage as seen through their passengers: a duck, a rooster and a sheep. The beautiful illustrations and whimsical nature of this book makes it worth taking a look.

Leonardo da Vinci for Kids: His Life and Ideas, 21 Activities (For Kids series)

By Janis Herbert
Chicago Review Press 1998

Ages: 9-12
ISBN: 1556522983

Leonardo da Vinci was a great artist it is true, but many do not realize his contributions to the science world. Da Vinci was actually the first to propose the art of flying to the humans and had the illustrations and scientific mind to accomplish it. This is a fascinating look at his theories and includes activities for kids to do.

First Flight: The Wright Brothers

By Caryn Jenner

Ages 9-12
ISBN: 0789492911

Read about how Wilbur and Orville’s success in flying was not overnight and was filled with many trials and errors.


Flight: A Pop-Up Book of Aircraft (Crowther's Transportation)

By Robert Crowther
Candlewick; Pop edition 2007

Ages 4-8
ISBN: 9780763634599

This is a history of the efforts of man to learn to fly in a beautiful pop-up book. Children and adults of all ages will be taken with this unique masterpiece.

Charles Lindbergh

Night Flight: Charles Lindbergh's Incredible Adventure (All Aboard Reading)

By S. A. Kramer
Grosset & Dunlap 2002

Ages 4-8
ISBN: 044842634X

Learn why flying across the Atlantic by himself, made Charles Lindbergh such a hero.

Amelia Earhart: More Than a Flier

By Patricia Lakin
Aladdin 2003

Ages 4-8
ISBN: 0689855753

Charles Lindbergh may have been the first man to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, but Amelia Earhart drew attention for being the first woman to accomplish this feat. Learn about her adventures and how this woman came to be a pioneer of her time.


How Birds Fly

By David Goodnow
Periwinkle Books 1992

Ages 9-12
ISBN: 0963424408

How Birds Fly is a unique look at flight through photographs and easy to understand text outlining the science behind the aerodynamics. Learn how a bird’s wing is structured in a manner that allows air to lift them as they flap their muscles and take off. This is a great book for upper elementary grades studying flight.


Why Don't Jumbo Jets Flap Their Wings? : Flying Animals, Flying Machines, and How They Are Different

By David E. Alexander
Rutgers University Press 2009

Ages: all ages
ISBN: 9780813544793

This is a book for all ages who want to understand the mysteries of flight. From how an airplane is able to lift its heavy weight off the ground to how it lands safely.

Feathers, Flaps, and Flops: Fabulous Early Fliers

By Bo Zaunders
Dutton Juvenile 2001

Ages 9-12
ISBN: 0525464662

This book offers a comprehensive look at flight. It covers a great history of how man learned to fly, to the early scientists who accomplished it, to the science of how it works. With great illustrations and photographs to enhance the text, this is the one everyone should want to have in their library.

Building Kites: Flying High With Math (Grades 5-8/Math Projects Series)

By Nancy Ann Belsky
Dale Seymour Publications Secondary 1995

Ages 4-8
ISBN: 0866519181

Here is your chance to take what you know about flight and build your own kite. Great guidance in math and construction will help in the design and fabrication of a one of a kind kite. Also included in this book is a detailed background on kites and the link between math and other focuses.

Kites for Everyone: How to Make and Fly Them [Paperback]

By Margaret Greger
Dover Publications 2006

Ages: all ages
ISBN: 0486452956

Thorough, expert guide with easy-to-follow illustrated instructions for creating more than 50 awesome, airborne objects — everything from simple bag kites to Vietnamese, Snake, Dutch, Dragon, Bullet, Delta, and Flowform flyers. The author also covers windsocks and toy parachutes. "It's like having a veteran kitemaker in the classroom." — Science and Children.


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