Best Kids Books About Airplanes

The Ultimate List of Books About Airplanes

Updated Mar. 26, 2019

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.

Violet the Pilot book
#1
Violet the Pilot
Written and illustrated by Steve Breen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from Mr. Stacatto

A powerful story about a girl who likes to build things. Ever since she's been little, she's been tinkering with household electronics and gadgets; fixing them and learning how they work. Soon she begins building airplanes and learning to fly. Her unusual hobbies, though, make her quite unpopular with the kids at school.

Violet is a science-loving girl inventor with a flair for the air! Fans of Ada Twist, Scientist and Rosie Revere, Engineer will love this classic underdog story by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Steve Breen. By the time she's two years old, Violet Van Winkle can engineer nearly any appliance in the house. And by eight she's building elaborate flying machines from scratch—mind-boggling contraptions such as the Tubbubbler, the Bicycopter, and the Wing-a-ma-jig. The kids at school tease her, but they have no idea what she's capable of. Maybe she could earn their respect by winning the blue ribbon in the upcoming Air Show. Or maybe something even better will happen—something involving her best-ever invention, a Boy Scout troop in peril, and even the mayor himself!

Heal the Earth book
#2
Heal the Earth
Written by Bart Davis, Julian Lennon and illustrated by Smiljana Coh
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This interactive book takes you on an airplane adventure to heal the earth! By pressing buttons and tilting the book, you get to help make the changes. This book is all about being environmentally friendly to help our earth, and it has the most beautiful illustrations!

Take a journey to help the Earth in the second book of the New York Times bestselling trilogy by Julian Lennon! Jump aboard the White Feather Flier, a magical plane that can go wherever you want. This time, Lennon’s interactive book immerses children in a fun and unique journey where they can: Bring medicine to people in need! Dive below the ocean to bleached coral reefs! Visit the city to cultivate green spaces! Help the rain forest return and give its animals a home! Explore the planet, meet new people, and help make the world a better place! The Flier's mission is to transport readers around the world, to engage them in helping to save the environment, and to teach one and all to love our planet. Just press a button printed on the page, and point the plane up in the air to fly, or down to land it! An inspiring, lyrical story, rooted in Lennon's life and work, Heal the Earth is filled with beautiful illustrations that bring the faraway world closer to young children. The book includes words to a new, special poem written by Julian Lennon, specifically for Heal the Earth. A portion of the proceeds from book sales will go to support the environmental and humanitarian efforts of the White Feather Foundation, the global environmental and humanitarian organization that Lennon founded to promote education, health, conservation, and the protection of indigenous culture.

I Am Amelia Earhart book
#3
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.

The Airport Book book
#4
The Airport Book
Written and illustrated by Lisa Brown
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This book is all about the airport, where it is, what you do there, what an airplane ride is like, etc. This would be a great one to read for children who are about to go on an airplane as it would introduce them to everything that will happen and let them know what to expect.

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.

Planes Fly! book
#5
Planes Fly!
Written and illustrated by George Ella Lyon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Illustrations and easy-to-read rhyming text celebrate different kinds of planes, their instruments, what they carry, and what it is like to go for a flight.

Little Plane Learns to Write book
#6
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.

The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont book
#7
The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont
Written by Victoria Griffith and illustrated by Eva Montanari
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

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

Airport book
#8
Airport
Written and illustrated by Byron Barton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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.

Hello, Airplane! book
#9
Hello, Airplane!
Written and illustrated by Bill Cotter
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

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.

The Boy and the Airplane book
#10
The Boy and the Airplane
Written and illustrated by Mark Pett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-8

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

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