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Amelia and Eleanor Go for A Ride: Based on a True Story by Pam Munoz Ryan. (Scholastic, 2000)
Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt sneak out of a White House dinner to take a "night flight" over Washington, D.C.

Brave Harriet by Marissa Moss. (Harcourt, 2001)
Twenty-five years before Amelia Earhart's last flight, Englishwoman Harriet Quimby defies conventional beliefs and becomes the first woman to fly solo across the English Channel. For younger readers.


Airborne: A Photobiography of Wilbur and Orville Wright by Mary Collins. (National Geographic, 2004)
Powerful photos document the lives of the brothers who initiated human flight.

Amelia Earhart by Lucia Raatma. (World Almanac Library, 2001)
From her childhood in Kansas to her disappearance over the Pacific Ocean, Amelia Earhart's life was filled with adventure.

Amelia Earhart: Free in the Skies by Robert Burleigh. (Harcourt, 2003)
This biography covers Amelia Earhart's career, from her first interest in flying to her record-setting solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

Bessie Coleman: First Black Woman Pilot by Connie Plantz. (Enslow, 2001)
Bessie Coleman had to go to Europe for her pilot's license, but she returned to the United States to become the first black woman pilot.

Fly High! The Story of Bessie Coleman by Louise Borden and Mary Kay Kroeger. (Aladdin, 2004)
This evocative picture book introduces Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman to earn a pilot's license.

Flying Machine by Andrew Nahum. (Dorling Kindersley, 1990)
Eyewitness series. The history of flight, beginning with the mythical Daedalus through Leonardo da Vinci's designs and ending with today's microlights, is described with drawings and photographs.

Katherine Stinson: The Flying Schoolgirl by Debra Winegarten. (Eaken Press, 2000)
Stinson was the first pilot to perform skywriting, the first woman to fly solo at night, and a tireless advocate of aviation.

Nobody Owns the Sky: The Story of "Brave Bessie" Coleman by Reeve Lindbergh. (Candlewick, 1996)
Reeve Lindbergh, daughter of a pioneer aviator, honors the young African American woman who pursued her dream to be a pilot.

Ruth Law Thrills a Nation by Don Brown. (Ticknor & Fields, 1993)
In 1916, Ruth Law attempted to fly from Chicago to New York in one day. She didn't achieve her goal, but she broke the record for nonstop flights in the United States. For younger readers.

Tomboy of the Air: Daredevil Pilot Blanche Stuart Scott by Julie Cummins. (HarperCollins, 2001)
This first woman to fly a plane in public, this is the inspiring story of another trailblazing, record-breaking woman pilot in the early 20th century.

Women with Wings by Jacqueline McLean. (The Oliver Press, Inc., 2001)
Profiles series. This book highlights six women aviation pioneers and explores the role of women in aviation today. See also Women of Adventure biographies of women who were groundbreakers in travel and exploration.

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