Read Aloud Thursday: Things that Fly

Airplanes!: Soaring! Diving! Turning! (Things That Go!)

We’re in the middle of a several week romp through books about flight.  These are some of the books we’ve enjoyed most. First, this simple, whimsical book by Patricia Hubbell uses old-fashioned collage style illustrations and rhyming texts to introduce preschoolers to a wide variety of planes. David requested it over and over again, mostly because he loved the funny pictures.

Sadie the Airmail Pilot David also loved this book by Kellie Strom, I think again because of the funny illustrations. The story is simple, Sadie a brave air mail pilot has to deliver the mail through a dangerous storm. What makes this book special though are all the creative touches, mostly through the illustrations. It takes place in South America in some sort of combo futuristic/old-fashioned world. The illustrations of animals include things like a crocodile and a stork in a canoe on a river with jaguar animals watching from the trees, one with a blow dart and one with a bow. It’s tough to describe but David gives it a strong recommendation.

The Flyers

This cute and clever book about the Wright brothers alternates facts about the Wright brothers famous flight with thoughts and dreams from four kids about what they would do if they could one day fly. Their dreams reflect things that have since come to pass (jet planes, walking on the moon). The end has a two page spread that highlights many famous milestones in flight.

Wee and the Wright Brothers Another take on the Wright brothers by Timothy Gaffney from the perspective of Wee, a little mouse who lives in the brothers’ bicycle shop and then follows them to Kitty Hawk to be part of their historic flight. This could be an overly cute concept but it’s well done.

Leonardo and the Flying Boy (Anholt's Artists Books for Children)

This book in Anholt’s series of picture books on famous artists is excellent (as are the others). It looks at da Vinci’s work on flight from the perspective of two real boys who were part of his studio.

Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride (Caldecott Honor Book)

As part of our romp we’ve also looked at other things that fly other than planes. This book by Marjorie Priceman tells the story of the first hot-air balloon flight in France in 1783. It’s told in an almost wordless cartoon format through the eyes of the riders in the balloon (a duck, a sheep and a rooster).

Egg Drop

Mini Grey looks at what might happen if an egg decided it wanted to fly before it hatched. It’s a deliciously warped sense of humor for a picture book.

Bear Flies HighGranted, this is stretching the flying theme just a bit but this book by Michael Rosen is fun enough to include. It’s not really a sequel to his We’re Going on a Bear Hunt but the bear in this book is at the very least inspired by that classic. In this book he’s  a cute friendly bear who lives on the beach and dreams of flying.

Stop by Hope is the Word to see what others are reading with their kids.

7 thoughts on “Read Aloud Thursday: Things that Fly

  1. Wow! That’s quite a list! These would all pair nicely with Glorious Flight. The only one of these we’ve read is the hot air balloon one. I’m particularly interested in the artist series you mention.

    Thanks, as always, for linking up to RAT’

    • In fact, we were doing The Glorious Flight as our FIAR book. Sort of. I’ve realized we don’t so much “row” a book as just read it and then read a lot of other books to go along with it and use as a jumping off point for a few activities/discussions. But it works for us.

  2. If you find any quality space shuttle books for boys let me know. My son is obsessed with “rockets” right now. That Egg Drop book does sound super funny.

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