Best Children's Books About Airplanes

16 Children's Books About Airplanes

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Planes, Trains, and Animobiles book
#1
Planes, Trains, and Animobiles
Written and illustrated by Lizzy Doyle
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

Soar in a BEARplane, take a ride in a taxiCRAB, and enjoy more animal and vehicle puns in Planes, Trains, and Animobiles!

Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering! book
#2
Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering!
Written by Ruth Spiro and illustrated by Irene Chan
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

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!

Little Plane Learns to Write book
#3
Little Plane Learns to Write
Written and illustrated by Stephen Savage
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

The best thing about flight school is that Little Plane gets to learn how to sky-write! He adores practicing ARCS! He excels at practicing DIVES! But not everything is easy and fun. Little Plane loathes practicing LOOPITY-LOOPS. They make him dizzy. Find out what it will take to make Little Plane learn how to write in this little book about big dreams from award-winning author Stephen Savage.

Captain Awesome Takes Flight book
#4
Captain Awesome Takes Flight
Written by Stan Kirby and illustrated by George O’Connor
chapter book
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!

Push-Pull-Turn! Up in the Air! book
#5
Push-Pull-Turn! Up in the Air!
Written by Peter Bently and illustrated by Joe Bucco
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Up, up, and away! Get ready for takeoff! Up in the Air takes kids up in the air as they are introduced to a variety of flying vehicles. Each page features a different interactive element such as spinners, flaps, and tabs. While reading the rhyming story, kids can use the interactive elements to bring the story to life. Whether it's a jet, helicopter, or hot-air balloon, Up in the Air is the perfect introduction to flying vehicles for youngsters.

Tractor Mac Plane Jane's Journey book
#6
Tractor Mac Plane Jane's Journey
Written and illustrated by Billy Steers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

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

Fly High, Katie! book
#7
Fly High, Katie!
Written by Fran Manushkin and illustrated by Tammy Lyon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Katie is flying to Florida to visit her grandmother, but she has never been on an airplane before.

The Skies Above My Eyes book
#8
The Skies Above My Eyes
Written by Charlotte Guillain and illustrated by Yuval Zommer
picture book
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.

I Am Amelia Earhart book
#9
I Am Amelia Earhart
Written by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos
picture book
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.

Around the World in Every Vehicle book
#10
Around the World in Every Vehicle
Written by Amber Stewart and illustrated by Duncan Beedie
picture book
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

Amelia Earhart and the Flying Chariot book
#11
Amelia Earhart and the Flying Chariot
Written by Steve Sheinkin
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Two kids must un-twist history after Amelia Earhart changes course in the fourth Time Twisters chapter book by award-winning author Steve Sheinkin. WARNING: DO NOT BELIEVE THE STORY YOU’RE ABOUT TO READ. Well, you can believe some of it. There is some real history. But also hijinks. Time travel. And famous figures setting off on adventures that definitely never happened—till now. Time is getting twisted, and it’s up to two kids to straighten things out. Siblings Abby and Doc have been racing through time to fix history after Abraham Lincoln, Abigail Adams, and Neil Armstrong started popping up in the wrong places, at the wrong times. When Amelia Earhart accidentally lands her plane in Ancient Greece, Abby and Doc partner with Kyniska, the first woman to win the Olympics, to get Amelia back on track to finish her first solo flight across the Atlantic. Steve Sheinkin combines history, hilarity, and surprising twists in Amelia Earhart and the Flying Chariot. The fourth Time Twisters book is a surefire hit with history buffs and reluctant readers alike!

A Dream of Flight book
#12
A Dream of Flight
Written by Jef Polivka-Searle, Rob Polivka and illustrated by Rob Polivka
picture book
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.

Fly book
#13
Fly
Written and illustrated by Nathan Clement
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The step-by-step process of air travel from the perspective of a young girl on a trip with her parents is revealed in this informative picture book. A young child is on a trip with her parents. With gorgeous, simple artwork and a clear, step-by-step explanation of the process of air travel, this book shows young readers how each worker at an airport and on a plane -- from the boarding agent, ground crew, flight attendants, pilot and copilot, and air traffic controllers -- contributes along the way to bring passengers safely to their destinations. The title has easy-to-read text and simple, graphic illustrations, as well as a sweet surprise ending -- the family brought along their dog, who earns wings for its first flight.

TURBO Racers: Trailblazer book
#14
TURBO Racers: Trailblazer
Written by Austin Aslan
chapter book
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!

Planes book
#15
Planes
Written and illustrated by Gail Gibbons
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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.

Little Plane book
#16
Little Plane
Written and illustrated by Taro Gomi
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Little Plane is learning to fly! When you're small and on the go, there's a lot to watch out for: tall trees, muddy hills, and more! With wings aloft, Little Plane keeps flying, weathering the bumps along the way with his initiative, confidence, and positive attitude. This colorful follow-up to Little Boat and Little Truck by beloved author-illustrator Taro Gomi is a must for toddlers launching upward to big adventures!

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