From Unit Plan: Flying Through History: An Inquiry into Aviation
Create an area in your library with some of the books from this list to spark independent inquiry.
Black Eagles: African Americans in Aviation
by Jim Haskins
Since the early days of American aviation, racist attitudes have forced African Americans to go to extreme lengths to earn their wings. This engrossing, true account shares their heroic history from the first days of flight to the space program and is "a comprehensive picture of pioneers in black aviation." — School Library Journal.
Classroom Tip: I read portions of this book aloud and keep it on display in our classroom library.
Flight: 100 Years of Aviation
by Jonathan Metcalf
Contains a pictorial history of flight. Students love the vivid photographs.
Classroom Tip: The photographs from this book can spark questions and motivate students.
In Their Own Words: The Wright Brothers
by George Sullivan
Filled with illustrations, photos, and engravings, this fascinating biography shows the thrills and setbacks of the Wright brothers' historic flights. Students catch the excitement of the brothers' progress through excerpts from their letters, notebooks, and diaries, as well as an accessible narrative that puts their achievements in context.
Classroom Tip: I use this book for the examples of the primary sources.
My Brothers’ Flying Machine: Wilbur, Orville, and Me
by Jane Yolen and Jim Burke
Written from the perspective of Katherine Wright, this not only documents the historical flight but adds insight to the family's life as well.
Classroom Tip: I read this aloud to the class and discuss the use of perspective in writing biological narratives.
A Picture Book of Amelia Earhart
by David A. Adler
Like other books in the popular series by David Adler, this book provides an accurate and easily read account of Amelia Earhart’s life.
Classroom Tip: This book is a great read aloud.
Risky Business: Test Pilot
by Keith Elliot Greenburg
Enthusiasts find themselves in the cockpit of a Stealth Bomber, where they see how a pilot tests its limits in the air, and learn what goes into preparing test runs. From the tarmac to the simulation chamber, readers get an insider's tour of some of the Air Force's other special aircraft. Attention-grabbing, full-color photographs and individual commentaries bring to life up-close-and-personal profiles of people who do things most would never dream of doing.
Classroom Tip: An excellent resource for questions revolving around the science of flight.
Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman
by Nikki Grimes
Beautifully written and illustrated book that gives a glimpse into the life of the famous African American aviator.
Classroom Tip: Excellent read aloud that sparks many questions.
- Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
- National Paper Airplane Contest
- The Aviation History Online Museum
- The Wright Brothers: The Invention of the Aerial Age
- History of Flight: How Did We Learn to Fly Like Birds?
- Women In Aviation Resource Center