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Kites: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about kites?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to kites. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about kites.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about kites, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like In the Wind to popular sellers like Stuck.

We hope this list of kids books about kites can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Stuck
Written & illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

From the illustrator of the #1 smash The Day the Crayons Quit comes another bestseller–a giggle-inducing tale of everything tossed, thrown, and hurled in order to free a kite!

When Floyd’s kite gets stuck in a tree, he’s determined to get it out. But how? Well, by knocking it down with his shoe, of course. But strangely enough, it too gets stuck. And the only logical course of action . . . is to throw his other shoe. Only now it’s stuck! Surely there must be something he can use to get his kite unstuck. An orangutan? A boat? His front door? Yes, yes, and yes. And that’s only the beginning. Stuck is Oliver Jeffers’ most absurdly funny story since The Incredible Book-Eating Boy. Childlike in concept and vibrantly illustrated as only Oliver Jeffers could, here is a picture book worth rescuing from any tree.

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Mini Myths: Be Careful, Icarus!
Written by Joan Holub & illustrated by Leslie Patricelli
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

After little Icarus and his dad make a bird-shaped kite, Dad warns Icarus to hold on to the string and not let it fly too high. But Icarus disobeys, and soon the kite gets caught in the trees! Dad helps him repair the kite so they can play with it again, and Icarus learns the importance of being careful. Joan Holub’s carefully crafted text is brought to life by Leslie Patricelli’s famously humorous illustrations. Includes a summary of the original Icarus myth.

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In the Wind
Written by Elizabeth Spurr & illustrated by Manelle Oliphant
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Simple and evocative language and charming illustrations describe a girl’s experience on a windy day.<br>In this gently rhyming board book, a young girl makes, flies, and loses her kite on a windy day. But when she returns home, something special is waiting for her.<br>Elizabeth Spurr and Manelle Oliphant together create a perfect sit-in-your-lap reading experience for toddlers.

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Argyle Fox
Written by & illustrated by Marie Letourneau
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Argyle Fox, with his signature style, wants to play outside on a springtime day, but the wind is wreaking havoc with his fun and games. As soon as he builds a card tower, climbs into a giant spider web, or takes up his pirate sword, here comes the wind: Woosh! Mama Fox tells grumpy Argyle that if he thinks long enough, he will come up with something to do. Following his mother’s suggestion and inspired by her knitting, he works all the pieces of his day together and creates the perfect solution. The story of Argyle teaches that failure is often a path to success and celebrates perseverance, creative thinking, and an old-fashioned springtime activity.

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Oh, Bear
Written by Melissa Nelson Greenberg & illustrated by Ruth Hengeveld
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Bear receives a bright yellow kite for his birthday and flies it until . . . it gets stuck in a tree and rips. Oh, Bear. Lucky for Bear, Bird is busy building a nest and flies his broken kite home, where an even better surprise awaits him. A story about nature, renewal, and friendship—the best gift of all.

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  • Breeze's Blast - Welcome to an enchanted land ruled by unicorn princesses! Cressida Jenkins, a unicorn-obsessed girl who is sure that unicorns are real, is invited to visit, and readers will be thrilled to journey to the Rainbow Realm along with her! In each story, Cressida is called to help a unicorn princess and her sisters in a magical adventure. Princess Breeze invites Cressida to the Blast--a special day where all the unicorn princesses ride huge kites into the clouds for a fantastic feast in the sky. But Ernest, the blundering wizard-lizard, once again casts an errant spell that might ruin everything! Will Cressida be able to find a way to save the Blast? This magical series is full of sparkle, fun, and friendship.

  • A Little Stuck - From the illustrator of the #1 smash The Day the Crayons Quit comes another bestseller–a giggle-inducing tale of everything tossed, thrown, and hurled in order to free a kite! When Floyd’s kite gets stuck in a tree, he’s determined to get it out. But how? Well, by knocking it down with his shoe, of course. But strangely enough, it too gets stuck. And the only logical course of action . . . is to throw his other shoe. Only now it’s stuck! Surely there must be something he can use to get his kite unstuck. An orangutan? A boat? His front door? Yes, yes, and yes. And that’s only the beginning. Stuck is Oliver Jeffers’ most absurdly funny story since The Incredible Book-Eating Boy. Childlike in concept and vibrantly illustrated as only Oliver Jeffers could, here is a picture book worth rescuing from any tree.

  • The Kite and Caitlin - Words and pictures are combined to tackle a very sensitive subject, the death of a child. A kite comes to belong to Caitlin who is seriously ill. She dreams of the day she will get better and fly the kite. This does not happen but her final journey leads them to a place without pain and suffering.

  • The Kite That Bridged Two Nations: Homan Walsh and the First Niagara Suspension Bridge - Homan Walsh loves to fly his kite. And when a contest is announced to see whose kite string can span Niagara Falls, Homan is set on winning, despite the cold and the wind–and even when his kite is lost and broken. Homan’s determination is beautifully captured in this soaring, poetic picture book that features Terry Widener’s stunning acrylic paintings. Both author and illustrator worked with experts on both sides of the falls to accurately present Homan Walsh’s story. The book also includes an extensive author’s note, timeline, bibliography, and further resources.

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Someone Bigger
Written by Jonathan Emmett & illustrated by Adrian Reynolds
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6

Sam’s dad says that he is too small to fly their new kite, but when Dad, the postman, a bank robber, and some zoo animals get pulled up into the sky, only Sam can save them.

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King for a Day
Written by Rukhsana Khan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Malik, a Pakistani boy who uses a wheelchair, is excited to compete in the annual kite-flying festival of Basant. Can his kite defeat the bully's and make him "King" of the festival?
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Storm
Written & illustrated by Sam Usher
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A storm is brewing and the wind is picking up, so a boy and his grandfather decide it’s the perfect weather for kite flying. There’s just one problem: they have to find the kite! Their search brings up many wonderful memories of previous adventures together, and when they finally make it outside, their adventure really takes off!

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Pinkalicious: Cherry Blossom
Written & illustrated by Victoria Kann
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Readers can watch Pinkalicious and Peterrific on the funtastic PBS Kids TV series Pinkalicious & Peterrific!

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The Story of Kites
Written by Ying Chang Compestine & illustrated by Yongsheng Xuan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Ting, Pan, and Kùai are tired of working in the rice fields, protecting the harvest from the birds. They try everything – they bang pots, blow whistles, and wave their arms. If only they could fly, they’d drive those birds away forever! Then the boys get an idea: if they made wings, they could fly! Using paper, straw, and feathers, the boys try to launch themselves into the sky from the hilltop above the rice fields. Kersplash! What else can the Kang boys come up with to keep those naughty birds away from their rice? Enjoy the third adventure of the Kang brothers who discovered some of China’s most amazing inventions — now with a new bilingual Chinese translation!

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