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: 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.

August 17 Birthday: Elinor Smith. SOAR ELINOR


Elinor Smith, aviator
August 17, 1911- March 19, 2010

Soar, Elinor by Tami Lewis Brown, illustrated by Francois Roca. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010.

Pioneering aviator, Elinor Smith, took her first airplane ride at the age of six. By ten she was taking lessons and at fifteen flew her first solo. A daredevil and a record-breaker, Elinor Smith soared.

The Woman Pilot Magazine features an article with photographs about the amazing Smith.

July 24 Birthday: Amelia Earhart: NIGHT FLIGHT

Amelia Earhart, aviator
July 24, 1897 –

NIGHT FLIGHT: AMELIA EARHART CROSSES THE ATLANTIC (Simon & Shuster, 2011) by Robert Burleigh. Illustrated by Wendell Minor

Overview

Award-winning
author Robert Burleigh has captured Amelia Earhart’s first solo flight
across the Atlantic in 1932. She was only the second person to do this –
and the first woman. Rich in detail, feeling and incident this is
nonfiction with edge and action, a you-are-there experience made more
dramatic and real by Wendell Minor’s vivid paintings.

July 24 Birthday: Amelia Earhart. AMELIA EARHART: THE LEGEND OF THE LOST AVIATOR


Amelia Earhart, aviator
July 24, 1897-July 2, 1937 (missing)

Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator by Shelley Tanaka, illustrated by David Craig (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2008)

What happened to Amelia Earhart? Though the answer still remains a mystery, this book takes readers on a journey of what is known, from her childhood love of planes to her fateful last contact with the outside world, and ends with speculation about what really happened.

Tour the Official Site of Amelia Earhart to learn more about her life, achievements and disappearance.