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This list of the very best books about airplanes are sure to please your readers that love to fly or search for planes in the sky! With a variety of books, you can discover what the flying and airport experience is like, you can learn about pilots in history, and you can enjoy amazing airplane adventures.

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Amelia Earhart
Written by Isabel Sanchez Vegara & illustrated by Mariadiamantes
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Love this book! I love the illustrations, they are beautiful. This book does a great job of telling Amelia Earhart's story and highlighting important things she accomplished. I love a book with a great female lead! :) I particularly loved that the ending didn't go into the details of her going missing, but still accurately said didn't return.
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

Meet Amelia, the fearless female flier! Now available as a board book in the Little People, Big Dreams series, this inspiring and informative little biography follows the life of Amelia Earhart, from her childhood as a tomboy to becoming the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean to her eventual disappearance. With stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, this empowering series celebrates the important life stories of wonderful women of the world. From designers and artists to scientists, all of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream. These books make the lives of these role models accessible for children, providing a powerful message to inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world!

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I Am Amelia Earhart
Written by Brad Meltzer & illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos
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Recommend Ages: 5-8

Presents the life of the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, who mysteriously disappeared in 1937 while attempting to fly around the world.

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Hatchet
Written by Gary Paulsen
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Recommend Ages: 10-14

Headed for Canada to visit his father for the first time since his parents’ divorce, thirteen-year-old Brian is the sole survivor of a plane crash, with only the clothes he has on and a hatchet to help him live in the wilderness. A Newbery Honor Book. Reprint.

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The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont
Written by Victoria Griffith & illustrated by Eva Montanari
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Recommend Ages: 6-9

Profiles Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, who made great strides in the invention of flight.

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The Great Airport Mystery
Written by Franklin W. Dixon
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

Valuable electronic parts containing platinum are being stolen from shipments made by Stanwide Mining Equipment’s cargo planes, and Frank and Joe are called upon to assist their world-renowned detective father solve the baffling case. While posing as Stanwide employees, the boys look into the truth behind the chief pilot’s death at sea. The puzzling trail of clues leads the young sleuths to an uninhabited Caribbean island, but the final, and most startling, discovery is made in the boys’ home town of Bayport.

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  • Airport - From the excitement of arrival to the wonder of taking off – a picture book that captures in joyous and powerful images all the magic of an airport.

  • The Boy and the Airplane - A wordless picture book in which a boy comes up with an inventive solution for getting his toy airplane down from the roof.

  • Hello, Airplane! - Illustrations and easy-to-read text follow an airplane as it says good-bye to the ground and hello to the sky, where it flies over a town, mountains, clouds, and people.

  • Planes - A popular subject from a star author, adapted and designed for a board book audience From the first attempts at flight through blimps to commercial Jets, flying fascinates young children. GAIL GIBBONS’S signature text and art are specifically adapted to board book format for the youngest listeners.

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Those Magnificent Sheep In Their Flying Machines
Written by Peter Bently & illustrated by David Roberts
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Recommend Ages: 3-6

The sheep on the hillside were munching away, much as they always did, day after day, when suddenly something went ZOOM overhead! “Let’s go and see what it is!” they all said. And so begins a ripping, round-the-world adventure as the magnificent sheep take to skies in their spiffing, yellow flying machine…

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Little Smokey
Written by Robert Neubecker
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Recommend Ages: 3-6

For a brave firefighting airplane, the sky’s the limit! This timeless story of teamwork and determination is perfect for kids who loved The Little Engine That Could and shows how even unlikely heroes can help their community in times of need.

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Richard Scarry's Busy, Busy Town
Written & illustrated by Richard Scarry
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Recommend Ages: 3-6

Richard Scarry’s classic book that takes readers all around town!

Join Lowly Worm, Huckle Cat, and other beloved characters for a day in Richard Scarry’s Busy, Busy Town. Visit the school, the farm, the post office, and many more fun and exciting places in this classic book that teaches little ones all about what goes on in their very own communities.

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Night Witches at War
Written by Bruce Berglund
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Recommend Ages: 8-14

Flying combat missions in wartime is always dangerous. But imagine doing so in a slow, rickety biplane, at night, with no lights or navigational equipment of any kind. Sound impossible? It wasn’t for the Soviet Night Witches. This unit of incredibly brave women flew hundreds of missions to attack German forces on the front lines during World War II. Learn all about these brave women and how their skill and courage in battle helped defeat the Nazis to win the war.

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Tractor Mac Plane Jane's Journey
Written & illustrated by Billy Steers
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

Plane Jane soars over clouds and mountains in this original Tractor Mac board book.

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  • The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot July 25, 1909 - Winner of the Caldecott Medal, this stunningly illustrated book depicts Louis Bleriot’s historic first cross-Channel flight. “Factually accurate, yes-but also a witty pictorial reincarnation of Bleriot’s first experience of an airship”—Kirkus Reviews

  • I am Unstoppable - The littlest readers can learn about Amelia Earhart in this board book version of the New York Times bestselling Ordinary People Change the World biography. This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great—the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. In this new board book format, the very youngest readers can learn about one of America’s icons in the series’s signature lively, conversational way. The short text focuses on drawing inspiration from these iconic heroes, and includes an interactive element and factual tidbits that young kids will be able to connect with. This volume tells the story of Amelia Earhart, the famous pilot.

  • Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering! - Big, brainy science for the littlest listeners Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this book explores the basics of flight - from birds, to planes and rockets - and ties it all to baby’s world. Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby’s sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two, as well!

  • Jumbo: The Making of the Boeing 747 - For the 50th anniversary of the Boeing 747’s first commercial flight, a picture book about the development of the iconic passenger plane and how it changed the history of air travel. In 1968, the biggest passenger jet the world had ever seen premiered in Everett, Washington. The giant plane was called the Boeing 747, but reporters named it “the Jumbo jet.” There was only one problem. It couldn’t fly. Yet. Jumbo details the story of the world’s first wide body passenger jet, which could hold more people than any other plane at the time and played a pivotal role in allowing middle class families to afford overseas travel. Author and illustrator Chris Gall, himself a licensed pilot, shows how an innovative design, hard work by countless people, and ground-breaking engineering put the Jumbo jet in the air. On January 22, 1970, the Boeing 747 made it’s first transatlantic flight, taking passengers from New York to Paris in seven hours.

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Indestructibles: Things That Go!
Written by Amy Pixton & illustrated by Stephan Lomp
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Recommend Ages: 0-2

Now babies can learn all about the things that go in a book that’s indestructible. With call-out identifications on each spread, Things That Go! is a vibrant introduction to those irresistible vehicles that fly, drive, sail, dig, lift, dump, and more. With almost two million copies in print, Indestructibles are the books built for the way babies read. They are 100 percent baby-proof, chew-proof, rip-proof, and drool-proof. Printed on a unique nontoxic, paperlike material that holds up to anything babies can throw at it–gumming, spilling, dragging across the floor–Indestructibles are the little books that could. They’re indestructible. And if they get dirty, just throw them in the wash.

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This Plane
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Recommend Ages: 2-6

Vivid colors dominate the paintings contrasted on opposite pages. . . For budding plane enthusiasts, the names of the actual planes are provided.<BR>

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Captain Awesome Takes Flight
Written by Stan Kirby & illustrated by George O’Connor
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Recommend Ages: 5-9

Captain Awesome battles an evil flight attendant who’s trying to stop him from going on vacation in the nineteenth adventure of the Sunnyview Superhero Squad!

When Eugene McGillicudy finds himself at the airport, things seem pretty normal at first—and pretty boring—until Eugene bumps into a flight attendant and has a sudden realization. That flight attendant isn’t just any flight attendant. She’s the evil Fun E. Racer, and she’s here to stop Captain Awesome from going on vacation!

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Captain Awesome chapter books are perfect for beginning readers!

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TURBO Racers: Trailblazer
Written by Austin Aslan
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

In Turbo Racers: Trailblazer, twelve-year-old Mace Blazer gets the chance to pilot a state-of-the-art vehicle that transforms at the touch of a button from race car to jet plane to single-person sub, in the biggest race in the world. The roar of the crowd, the glow of the spotlight, the thrill of the race—Mace Blazer dreams of going TURBO. TURBOnaunts thrive on the thrum of trimorphers’s rocket engines as the vehicles morph from super-powered race cars to speeding jet aircrafts to torpedo-fast submarines, while they race full-throttle around every bend. And Mace believes he’s got what it takes to join their ranks—he only needs the chance to prove it. So when a reclusive retired racer chooses Mace to try out to be part of the next generation of TURBOnauts, Mace knows that this is his moment to show what he can do. But the path to his big shot means facing down the best and the brightest from around the world. Mace will have to live more fearlessly, hone quicker reflexes, be revolutionary—but will it be enough? Mace quickly realizes that everything he’s ever hoped for comes at a price. He’ll have to decide between what is right and what is easy. Every morph counts in the first book in this exhilarating new adventure series by the acclaimed author of The Islands at the End of the World, Austin Aslan. This is the first title in a high-stakes middle-grade two-book series!

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The Skies Above My Eyes
Written by Charlotte Guillain & illustrated by Yuval Zommer
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Recommend Ages: 4-7

Have you ever looked up and wondered what’s going on high up in the skies above your eyes? Take a journey up into the air, through the atmosphere, way out into space, and back down to Earth in this richly illustrated concertina book. Readers will zoom past the technology that fills our skies, from helicopters, fighter jets, weather balloons, and satellites, hang-gliders and hot-air balloons. They’ll also discover the insects and animals that whizz through the skies, explore the layers of the atmosphere, and travel through the solar system and out to the galaxies far beyond. Following on from The Street Beneath My Feet, which dug down to the centre of the Earth, this expansive concertina book opens out to an impressive 2.5 metres, perfect for inquisitive young minds.

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  • Paper Planes - A compassionate and lyrical story of staying in touch after a friend has moved away. Mia and Ben are the very best of friends. They live side by side at the edge of a great, wide lake. Together they sail, swing, and sing. But what they love doing most of all is making paper planes. They dream of one day being able to make a plane that can fly all the way across the lake! But Ben has terrible news: he and his family are moving far away. How are Mia and Ben going to stay best friends if they’re going to be so far apart? And will flying paper planes ever be the same again without Ben? From the author and illustrator team who gave readers The Snow Lion, gorgeous illustrations accompany a gentle story about long-distance friendship that is filled with magic and imagination.

  • All Aboard! the Airport Train - Hop on board to explore the airport in this accordion-style book with flaps to lift on every page All aboard! This accordion-style book folds out car by car, taking readers on a tour of an airport train–inside and out. Readers are asked to help a girl bound for summer camp find her missing plane ticket, and as they search, they are introduced to all the passengers on the train. There are vacationing penguins, glamorous movie stars, traveling musicians, and other silly surprises sure to delight on every read. When readers flip the book over, they’ll discover a panoramic view of the airport–the control tower, runways, and parking lots–dotted with objects for readers to find and count. A fun, interactive ride from beginning to end!

  • Little Guides to Great Lives: Amelia Earhart - The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, Amelia Earhart was a superstar of aviation in the 1920s and 1930s and a pioneer of women’s rights. Her disappearance in 1937, while attempting to fly around the world, remains an unsolved mystery. From artists to aviators and scientists to revolutionaries, Little Guides to Great Lives is a brand new series of small-format guides introducing children to the most inspirational figures from history in a fun, accessible way. Launching with Leonardo da Vinci, Marie Curie, Nelson Mandela, and Amelia Earhart, Little Guides to Great Lives tells the stories of the most amazing people from all over the world and across history, with full-color illustrations and fresh design to bring their incredible stories to life.

  • Fly Away Home - A homeless boy who lives in an airport with his father, moving from terminal to terminal trying not to be noticed, is given hope when a trapped bird finally finds its freedom. “A first-rate picture book that deserves a place in all collections. Sure to spark discussion.” – School Library Journal, starred review

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Planes Soar
Written & illustrated by Rebecca Glaser
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Recommend Ages: 12-4

Take a trip in a plane with this photographic board book.

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I Survived the Hindenburg Disaster, 1937
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Recommend Ages: 7-10
New York Times bestselling author Lauren Tarshis provides a birds-eye view of one of America's most ghastly accidents ever be captured on film, the Hindenburg Disaster of 1937.
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The Explorer
Written & illustrated by Katherine Rundell
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

From Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner Katherine Rundell comes an exciting new novel about a group of kids who must survive in the Amazon after their plane crashes. Fred, Con, Lila, and Max are on their way back to England from Manaus when the plane they’re on crashes and the pilot dies upon landing. For days they survive alone, until Fred finds a map that leads them to a ruined city, and to a secret.

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A Dream of Flight
Written by Jef Polivka-Searle and Rob Polivka & illustrated by Rob Polivka
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Years before the invention of the modern airplane, Alberto Santos-Dumont dreamed of flying. As a boy, he was mesmerized by the machinery on his father’s coffee plantation in Brazil and went on to study science and engineering in France. Soon his groundbreaking—and sometimes silly—inventions became the talk of Paris, especially after he set his sights on building an airship that could bring the world’s people together. His small stature and big ideas earned him the nickname “Le Petite Santos.”

This is the story of Santos’s successful race for the Deutsche Prize, and his many failures along the way. Chock-full of cool diagrams, charming Parisian scenes, and graphic novel-style spot illustrations, A Dream of Flight will have young readers looking to the sky and scheming up their own aerial inventions.

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Around the World in Every Vehicle
Written by Amber Stewart & illustrated by Duncan Beedie
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Recommend Ages: 3-6

Join the Van Go family as they set out in their little blue camper van on a globetrotting adventure. Join them as they take in the sights on a red bus in London, watch them hail a yellow cab in New York and help them navigate the twisty turns of the Paris metro. Around the World in Every Vehicle is an adventure story perfect for little fans of everything that goes ‘vroom’! Follow the Van Gos as they travel in different vehicles throughout their trip and find out how popular modes of transport look in different cities and countries around the world

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  • The Unbreakable Zamperini - In the 1930s Louis Zamperini was a promising Olympic track athlete. But when World War II broke out, he enlisted and served as a bombardier with the U.S. Army Air Corps. In 1943 Zamperini miraculously survived when his bomber crashed in the Pacific Ocean. But that was just the beginning of his ordeal. After surviving for more than six weeks on a raft at sea, he was captured by Japanese forces and sent to a POW camp. For the next two years Zamperini endured brutal treatment at the hands of the Japanese officer who chose to make an example of him. But no matter how horrible things things became, Zamp refused to be broken. Learn all about Louis Zamperini and his unbreakable spirit as a prisoner of war in World War II.

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  • Angela's Airplane - When Angela goes to the airport with her father, he gets “lost.” As she wanders around looking for him, she sees an empty airplane. Once inside, she presses one button, then another, until the plane takes off. Luckily, one of the buttons is for the control tower. Angela survives the adventure without a scratch. The same can’t be said for the plane. With simplified text but all the original illustrations, Angela’s Airplane Board Book is a wonderful way to engage very young children in a simple story. The repetitive text makes the story somewhat predictable, thus encouraging children to chime in. Michael Martchenko’s funny illustrations and variations in the text colors and positioning make this a visual treat as well as a story-time favorite.

  • Fred and Ted Like to Fly - Fred and Ted--beloved canine stars of P. D. Eastman's Big Dog . . . Little Dog and son Peter Eastman's Fred and Ted Go Camping--take flight on a new adventure: flying planes to a tropical island! There the good friends enjoy the beach, each in his own style. But will the dogs' tale be ruined by the rising tide? It's a close-call for Fred and Ted in this charming introduction to opposites!

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Too Much Stuff!
Written by Robert Munsch & illustrated by Michael Martchenko
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Recommend Ages: 3-8

A classic Munsch tale with a fresh new look! Temina is excited about taking a trip on an airplane, and super-excited to include ALL of her toys and dolls on the trip as well.Until mom says: “You can bring just ONE doll.” Impossible! How is she going to pick just ONE? The answer is, she doesn’t. Temina hatches a top secret plan to bring the toys onto the plane right under her mother’s nose. Once everyone is safely aboard the plane, Temina opens her bag and out pop all her travelling companions. Word spreads quickly to other children on the plane, who feel lonely without their own dolls. Temina is happy to lend out her treasures, and saves the day. Her good deed is felt all across the globe and her generosity is rewarded in the most surprising way!

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The Airport Book
Written & illustrated by Lisa Brown
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Recommend Ages: 5-7

Follow a family and the youngest member’s favorite sock monkey through all the inner and outer workings of an airport.

In a book that is as intriguing as it is useful and entertaining, we follow a family on its way through the complexities of a modern-day airport. From checking bags and watching them disappear on the mysterious conveyor belt, to security clearance and a seemingly endless wait at the gate to finally being airborne.

But wait! There’s more! The youngest family member’s sock monkey has gone missing. Follow it at the bottom of the page as it makes a journey as memorable as that of the humans above.

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Friendly Fliers
Written by Finn Coyle & illustrated by Srimalie Bassani
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Recommend Ages: 4-7

A diverse range of pilot characters introduce the vehicles that they fly. Children will discover an assortment of vehicles, including a jumbo jet, seaplane, glider, helicopter, and space plane. As children are asked if they know what each vehicle does, the answer is revealed on the next page.

About the Finn’s Fun Trucks series: Written by 11-year-old truck enthusiast Finn Coyle, the Finn’s Fun Trucks series provides a vocabulary-rich introduction to transportation for truck-loving children with the help of a diverse range of vehicle operators and community helpers.

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Away in My Airplane
Written by Margaret Wise Brown
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

Fun and playful story by Margaret Wise Brown, best-selling author of the children’s classics <i>Goodnight Moon</i> and <i>Runaway Bunny</i>. <p/><i>Dreaming child, what you shall see, <br> Deep in sleep might someday be. </i> <p/> Explore a magical bedtime world of favorite dreams–from the hidden treasures of Margaret Wise Brown, author of the children’s classics <i>Goodnight Moon</i> and <i>Runaway Bunny</i>.

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Where Do Jet Planes Sleep at Night?
Written by Brianna Caplan Sayres & illustrated by Christian Slade
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Recommend Ages: 3-7
The same team that brought you Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? and Where Do Steam Trains Sleep at Night? have created another high-flying bedtime story--this one for plane enthusiasts!

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