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.

February 14 Birthday. KATHERINE STINSON OTERO, HIGH FLYER

Katherine Stinson Otero, aviator
Feb. 14, 1891-July 8, 1977

Katherine Stinson Otero, High Flyer by Neila Skinner Petrick, illustrated by Daggi Wallace (Pelican, 2006)

High
flyer, indeed. Stinson was the fourth woman in the U.S. to earn a
pilot’s license and performed throughout the world. But when she was
denied permission to fly for the armed services in WWI, she raised money
for the effort by flying in exhibitions.

The New Mexico Centennial posts a bio of Stinson on their site.