The Center for Children's Books

Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Flight - November 2006

Selected and annotated by Jessica Titus

Aldrin, Buzz. Reaching for the Moon; paintings by Wendell Minor. HarperCollins, 2005. 5-9 yrs.
In his own words, Buzz Aldrin describes his life-long journey of education, determination, and belief that led him to the moon.

Bernasconi, Pablo. Captain Arsenio: Inventions and (Mis)Adventures in Flight; written and illus. by Pablo Bernasconi. Houghton, 2005. Gr. 3-5
Captain Arsenio’s diary is found and it is chock-full of crazy aviation attempts and several crashes.

Blair, Margaret Whitman. The Roaring 20: The First Cross-Country Air Race for Women. National Geographic, 2006. Gr. 5-8.
Aviation was not considered to be a part of a woman’s domain in 1929 but some took to the air anyway. Follow along the nine days—in period photographs and text—of flights, danger, and a general whirlwind of adventure.

Boursin, Didler. Origami Paper Airplanes. Firefly, 2001. Gr. 4-8
Take on the field of paper aviation! A selection of traditional and new creations is provided with designs for both beginners and those with previous experience.

Carney, Margaret. Where Does a Tiger-Heron Spend the Night?; illus. by Mélanie Watt. Kids Can, 2002. 3-6 yrs.
Questions about a dozen birds are asked and answered through rhyme.

Carus, Marianne. Fire and Wings: Dragon Tales from East and West; complied by Marianne Carus and illus. by Nilesh Mistry. Cricket, 2002. Gr 4-6.
Fifteen tales of dragons, who are known for living exciting lives full of flames and flight.

Collins, Mary. Airborne: A Photobiography of Wilbur and Orville Wright. National Geographic, 2003. Gr. 5-8.
A superb collection of period photographs document the history and flight success of the Wright brothers. Wilbur and Orville’s strategies, mastery of techniques such as pitch, yaw, and roll, as well as the countless small steps leading toward flight are all covered.

Cummins, Julie. Tomboy of the Air: Daredevil Pilot Blanche Stuart. HarperCollins, 2001. Gr. 4-6.
Ignoring social standards Blanche Stuart took to the air and became America’s first women pilot, test pilot, and stunt flyer. This is her story.

Davies, Nicola. Bat Loves the Night; illus. by Sarah Fox-Davies. Candlewick, 2001. 5-7 yrs.
Bat, indeed, loves the night and the flights and hunts which accompany it. Facts are including within the story.

De Paola, Tomie. Pascual and the Kitchen Angels; written and illus. by Tomi De Paola. Putnam, 2004. 4-8 yrs.
When Pascual joined a monastery to help the poor, he never assumed he would be working in a kitchen. He is bewildered by the task until angels swoop in to his rescue.

Donaldson, Julia. Room on the Broom; illus. by Axel Scheffler. Dial, 2001. 5-8 yrs.
When three animals return a lost hat, a bow, and wand to a grateful witch, they only want a ride on her broomstick in return. How will she find room and manage to escape a hungry dragon?

Downs, Mike. The Noisy Airplane Ride; illus. by David Gordon. Tricycle, 2003. 6-9 yrs.
Airplanes are anything but silent. Every sort of sound from the wusshhh of the airplane vents to the kerchunk-clunk of the wheels going down is explained.

Dyer, Heather. The Girl with the Broken Wing; illus. Peter Bailey. Chicken House, 2005. Gr. 3-5
After Hilary, a drenched angel, crashes into the lives of Amanda and James, many questions are left to be asked and answered. Discussions of heaven, da Vinci’s research on angels, and several small miracles make their way into the text.

Ehlert, Lois. Waiting for Wings; written and illus. by Lois Ehlert. Harcourt, 2001. 4-7 yrs.
This rhyming journey follows a life cycle from egg, to a munching caterpillar, to a cocoon, and finally to an emerging butterfly. Extras include a butterfly and flower identification pages, the body parts of a butterfly, and details on growing your own butterfly garden.

Heiligman, Deborah. Honeybees; illus. by Carla Golembe. National Geographic, 2002. 5-9 yrs.
Trace the life of worker bees that holds all sorts of jobs in the hive including nurse, house guard, and forager of nectar.

Hilliard, Richard. Neil, Buzz, and Mike Go to the Moon. Boyds Mills, 2005. 5-9 yrs.
After recapping the Mercury and Gemini projects, the Apollo 11 mission is discussed with background and technical information given in sidebars.

Hoose, Phillip. The Race to Save the Lord God Bird. Kroupa/Farrar, 2004. Gr. 6-10.
From flight to presumed extinction, this is the Ivory-billed Woodpecker’s journey.

Hunt, Gene. The Accidental Spaceship. Handprint, 2006. Gr. 3-6.
After Vernon and Junior discover a spaceship in their Pennsylvania backyard, they figure out how to fly it—whether or not they find a million dollars to pay a state tax is another matter.

Lawrence, Iain. B for Buster. Delacorte, 2004. Gr. 6-10.
Kak, anxious to escape his abusive parents, lies about his age to enlist in the Canadian Air Force. Soon he is going on bombing missions in Germany. Kak is terrified, but through the help of Bert, who cares for pigeons, he faces his fears.

Lehman-Wilzig, Tami. Keeping the Promise: A Torah’s Journey; illus by Craig Orback. Kar-Ben, 2004. 6-9 yrs.
Follow the true journey of a Torah scroll from a Rabbi in a concentration camp to the hands of Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon who carried it to space.

Lerner, Carol. On the Wings: American Birds in Migration; written and illus. by Carol Lerner. HarperCollins, 2001. Gr. 5-8.
Witness the migration journey taken by American birds that are traveling through North American, across the equator, or into the artic.

Loomis, Christine. Astro Bunnies; illus. Ora Eitan. Putnam, 2001. 3-6 yrs.
Venture into outer space with a group of bunnies who always manage to find their way home.

Murphy, Rita. Night Flying. Delacorte, 2000. Gr. 7-10.
Like all Hansen women, Georgia can fly. With an upcoming 16 th birthday (and first solo flight) she is stuck between a desire for flight and rules set before her life began.

Myers, Christopher. Fly!; written and illus. by Christopher Myers. Jump at the Sun/Hyperion, 2001. Gr. 3-5.
Roderick Jackson Montgomery the Three introduces Jawanza to friendship and his birds by showing him how he communicates with the pigeons through dance.

Old, Wendie. To Fly!: The Story of the Wright Brothers; illus by Robert Andrew Parker. Clarion, 2002. Gr. 3-5.
Even in childhood Wilbur and Orville believed in and dreamed of flight. Accompany them through the milestones and witness the brother’s united effort to overcome the challenges and simply fly.

Oppel, Kenneth. Sunwing. Simon, 2000. Gr. 5-8.
Shade, a young bat, struggles to both find his father and to stop Goth, an evil jungle bat, from abolishing the sun to create an eternal night.

Ormerod, Jan. Miss Mouse Takes Off; written and illus. by Jan Ormerod. HarperCollins, 2001. 3-6 yrs.
Miss Mouse experiences her first airplane ride and manages to tackle everything from boarding, stowing luggage, and buckling her seat belt to eating meals on trays and filling her time by watching movies and coloring.

Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw. The Bald Eagle Returns; illus. with photographs by William Muńoz. Clarion, 2002. Gr. 4-9.
The bald eagle has resurged! Go along the journey explaining how the eagle has moved from the danger of extinction to thriving thanks to breeding, conservation, and tracking systems. Also described is the eagle’s symbolic status in several cultures and where the birds are living today.

Priceman, Marjorie. Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride; written and illus. by Marjorie Priceman. Schwartz/Antheneum, 2005. 4-8 yrs.
Venture back to September 19, 1783 to see the flight of the first hot-air balloon ride whose passengers just happened to be a duck, sheep, and a rooster. This is their story, not the Montgolfiers.

Schaefer, Lola M. Arrowhawk; illus. by Gabi Swiatkowska. Holt, 2004. 5-8 yrs.
A red-tailed hawk is pierced by an arrow and somehow manages to survive until he is caught and healed by a biologist. A photograph and the story of Arrowhawk, the real life inspiration for this book, are included.

Schotter, Roni. Captain Bob Takes Flight; illus. by Joe Cepeda. Schwartz/Antheneum, 2003. 3-6 yrs.
Cleaning isn’t a struggle after Captain Bob uses his imagination. Clutter is swept away to reveal both a runway and a spotless floor.

Ward, Helen. The Dragon Machine; illus. by Wayne Anderson. Dutton, 2003. 6-9 yrs.
George notices the dragons other seem to overlook. When they begin causing problems, he decides something must be done. Will his dragon machine fly and will the dragons follow?

Wells, Rosemary. Wingwalker; illus. by Brian Selznick. Hyperion, 2002. Gr. 3-5.
The 1930s droughts in Oklahoma lead Reuben’s parents to search for new jobs. After his father becomes an airplane wingwalker for a traveling carnival, Reuben is forced to confront his fear of flight.

Zaunders, Bo. Feathers, Flaps, & Flops: Fabulous Early Fliers; illus by Roxie Munro. Dutton, 2001. Gr. 4-7.
The history of seven different fliers and their aeronautic adventures is described. Among those profiled are the inventers of the hot-air balloon, the first to fly across America, the first black female pilot, and a prankster.