August 19 Birthday – Orville Wright, TO FLY: THE STORY OF THE WRIGHT BROTHERS

Orville Wright, aviator, pioneer of flight
Aug. 19, 1871-Jan. 30, 1948


To Fly: The Story of the Wright Brothers by Wendie Old, illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker (Clarion Books, 2002).

The Wright Brothers’ life story told throughout fifteen short chapters. It captures their fascination of flying and brings the majesty of it to life: beginning with their early years, their failed experiments, and ending with their successful flights in 1903. Bibliography, end notes, and timeline conclude this thoroughly researched biography.

August 19 Birthday: William (Bill) Clinton. LIVES OF THE PRESIDENTS


William “Bill” Clinton, U.S. President
Aug. 19, 1946-

Lives of the Presidents: Fame, Shame (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt (Harcourt, 1998)

The jazz sax playing 42nd president of the U.S. is highlighted in humor and fact within the pages of this collective biography.

To learn more about Clinton and his presidency, visit the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas.

August 19 Birthday: Orville Wright. INTO THE AIR: THE STORY OF THE WRIGHT BROTHER’S FIRST FLIGHT

Orville Wright, pioneer of flight
Aug. 19, 1871-Jan. 30, 1948

Into the Air: The Story of the Wright Brothers’ First Flight by Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Bill Wylie (Silver Whistle/Harcourt, 2002)

Trial and error. And lots of perseverance and smarts. That’s what it took to get the first successful flying machine off the ground. Comic-book style art brings the Wright’s triumph to life.

Find an online biography of Wright at NASA as well as information at the Wright Brothers National Memorial.