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20 Hours, 40 Min: Our Flight in the Friendship by Amelia Earhart. (National Geographic, 2003)
This first-person narrative of Amelia Earhart's first famous flight brings the reader along for the ride.

Amelia Earhart: A Biography by Doris L. Rich. (Smithsonian Books, 1996)
This book provides detailed information about Earhart in the context of aviation history.

Amelia Earhart's Daughters: The Wild and Glorious Story of American Women Aviators from World War II to the Dawn of the Space Age by Leslie Haynsworth, David Toomey, et al. (William Morrow, 1998)
Anecdotes and fresh details are part of this compilation of women's contributions to aviation and space flight.

Queen Bess: Daredevil Aviator by Doris L. Rich. (Smithsonian Books, 1993)
This story of Bessie Coleman, the first African-American woman aviator, describes her determination and success, despite the odds against her.

The Sound of Wings: The Life of Amelia Earhart by Mary Lovell. (St. Martins, 1991)
This book describes Earhart's life and career including her relationships with her husband, friends, and family.

Still Missing: Amelia Earhart and the Search for Modern Feminism by Susan Ware. (Norton, 1994)
Examining Earhart's life in the context of women's rights, this book examines Amelia Earhart's many different ventures and her impact as a role model and an activist.

For Students


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.

Web Sites

Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum
The Web site of Earhart's Kansas home, now a museum, includes information about significant women in aviation, photos of Amelia and her family, her biography, fun facts, and samples of her poetry.

American Experience: Fly Girls
This site, to accompany the "Fly Girls" program, explores women who flew with the U.S. military during WWII, only to find themselves displaced when the war ended. Includes a kid's site and a teacher's guide.

Aviation History Online Museum
This online museum offers photographs, describes historical events, and links to other aviation sites.

Discovery Channel: First in Flight
Explore the Wright Brothers' quarters, the 1903 flyer, and then take the controls for a re-creation of the first flight.

George Palmer Putnam Collection of Amelia Earhart Papers
Housed at Purdue University, this site documents Amelia's personal life, career, and business activities.

The Flight of Amelia Earhart
Part of the Women Who Changed History series, students can write and submit a news story about Amelia Earhart, read an interview of pilot Sylvia Barter, and view a world history timeline. Also includes a teacher's guide.

Official Amelia Earhart Web Site
Offers photographs, quotes, fast facts, and recent news stories about Amelia Earhart.

Wright Brothers' Flying Machine
Relive the engineering challenges that two bicycle makers overcame to become first in flight.

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