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Take Off During Aviation History Month

November 10, 2015
By Misty Teasdale - Contributing Writer , OVParent

Each November, most Americans kick off the holiday season by sharing Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends and expressing gratitude for our many blessings.

But did you know that November is also Aviation History Month?

As I reflect back on my glorious summer vacation, during which I flew to Florida, and start to plan next year's trip, I can definitely say I am thankful for the gift of flight. Aerospace history is filled with brave innovators, harrowing stories and awesome machines. The following books are about the true pioneers in the field of aviation:

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"Who Were the Wright Brothers?" by James Buckley Jr.

This book tells the fascinating story of Wilbur and Orville Wright. As young boys, Orville and Wilbur Wright loved all things mechanical.

As young men, they gained invaluable skills essential for their success by working with any sort of machinery they could get their hands on.

As adults, the two brothers shared a dream to get a glider into the sky for a successful flight. They worked together to invent, build and fly the world's first successful airplane. This easy-to-read chapter book includes a handy time line to help put the lives of the Wright brothers in perspective.


"Fly High! The Story of Bessie Coleman" by Louise Borden and Mary Kay Kroeger

This picture book is a biography of the first African American to earn a pilot's license. From her difficult childhood spent picking cotton in Texas to her grand achievements in aviation, Bessy Coleman was an inspiration who was dedicated to telling young African Americans "You can be somebody. You can fly high, just like me."


"A Picture Book of Amelia Earhart" by David A. Adler

David Adler manages to give young readers a complete biography of Amelia Earhart in this well written picture book. This book takes the reader step by step through Amelia's life starting at her birth and touching on the key events that shaped who she was. Readers get a sense of the courage and determination that defined Amelia Earhart until her last flight and disappearance.

Misty Teasdale is the children's services coordinator for the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County. She lives in West Bellaire with her husband and 11-year-old daughter.



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