WIARC Recommended Reading List
- Angela's Airplane
A gentle message suggesting that children can be anything they want to be.
- Brave Bessie: Flying Free
Written for elementary grade levels but holding the ability to reach into middle school with its unusual subject is this biography of Bessie Coleman, the first black aviatrix who earned her pilot's license two years before Amelia Earhart.
- Brave Harriet
The creators of True Heart once again laud a historical heroine with gentle restraint. Here they give pilot Harriet Quimby just the right note of quiet confidence.
- Cool Careers for Girls in Air and Space
Comprised of biographies of 10 women active in the field, the book gives insights, tricks of the trade, educational requirements, and numerous tips on success for each featured profession.
- Find Where the Wind Goes : Moments from My Life
As a young girl, Mae Jemison knew she wanted to travel to space and she refused to be discouraged. Through a lifelong dedication to her dream, she eventually made history when she blasted into orbit aboard the space shuttle Endeavor. Smart, and full of life, her anecdotal account is inspiring and entertaining.
- Flying Ace, The Story of Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart was a famous woman pilot. She is about to set off on the most dangerous flight ever attempted. Find out what happens in Flying Ace, The Story of Amelia Earhart. These 48-page books about fascinating subjects are for proficient readers who can understand a rich vocabulary and challenging sentence structure.
- Nobody Owns the Sky: The Story of 'Brave Bessie' Coleman
As a young woman in the 1920s, Bessie Coleman's chances of becoming a pilot were slim. But she never let her dream die and became the first licensed African American aviator. In "Nobody Owns the Sky", Reeve Lindbergh honors Coleman's memory with a poem that sings of her accomplishment.
- Queen of the Air
The Story of Katherine Stinson 1891-1977, the youngest woman in the United States to earn a pilot's license.
- Sally Ride : Shooting for the Stars
Astronaut Dr. Sally Ride took a deep breath and nervously waited as the powerful engines of the Space Shuttle Challenger roared to life. This was the most frightening, yet exciting moment of Sally's life! She was determined to prove that an American woman could perform in space as well as a man.
- Sally Ride: Space Pioneer
Follow Sally's fascinating story in an exciting biography filled with firsthand accounts and unbelievable "you are there" action. From her days as a star athlete to her trip to the stars, join her as she risks everything to soar into space. Along the way, you'll learn what it takes to become an astronaut and find out all about NASA's space program.
- Shannon Lucid : Space Ambassador
What American spent 188 days on a Russian space station 250 miles above Earth, flying at a speed of 17,300 miles per hour? Shannon Lucid, America's most experienced astronaut!
- To Space and Back
Dr. Sally Ride's first-person account of a space shuttle mission, illustrated with spectacular color photographs from the NASA files.
by Sally Ride, Susan Okie
- Violet the Pilot
Violet the Pilot has three devoted friends with her: her Butterfly, Ladybug and Beaver. She also collects other animals and plays musical instruments in her books.
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