May 11 Birthday: BRAVE HARRIET: THE FIRST WOMAN TO FLY THE ENGLISH CHANNEL. Harriet Quim

Harriet Quimby, aviator
b. May 11, 1875
d. July 1, 1912

BRAVE HARRIET: THE FIRST WOMAN TO FLY THE ENGLISH CHANNEL (Houghton Mifflin, 2001)
by Marissa Moss
illustrated by C.F. Payne

Overview

On a clear
morning in 1912, Harriet Quimby had a vision—she would become the first
woman to fly solo across the English Channel. If she were to veer off
course by even five miles, she could end up in the North Sea, never to
be heard from again. But she took the risk, anyway.
Bestselling author Marissa Moss and award-winning artist C. F. Payne
team up to tell this little-known historic story of a spirited woman who
dared to take flight.
The first
American woman to have received a pilot’s license describes her April
1912 solo flight across the English Channel, the first such flight by
any woman.

May 11 Birthday: Harriet Quimby, aviator

Harriet Quimby, aviator
May 11, 1875 to July 1, 1912

THE DARING MISS QUIMBY (Holiday House, 2009)
by Suzanne George Whitaker. Illustrated by Catherine Stock.

From Publishers Weekly:

In this
portrait of Harriet Quimby, an independent daredevil who, in 1911,
became the first woman in the U.S. to gain a pilot’s license, vibrant
watercolors re-create an era when planes “looked more like bicycles with
wings.” Flying the English Channel, Quimby’s plane is shown awash in
thick fog, until she spots the shore and lands to an excited crowd and
much acclaim. Quimby’s final flight, which resulted in her early death,
is explained against an open expanse of water as the sun breaks through
clouds. But the story ends on an uplifting note, explaining that Quimby
paved the way for future female pilots

May 11 Birthday: Martha Graham

Martha Graham, choreographer, ballerina

May 11, 1894-April 1, 1991

Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring by Jan Greenburg and Sandra Jordan, illustrated by Brian Floca (Flash Point, 2010)

This is the story behind the story of the collaboration of three artists—a choreographer, a composer and an artist—who created the magnificent ballet, Appalachian Spring. Thank you Martha Graham, Aaron Copeland and Isamu Noguchi.

The Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance continues her work.