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Celebrate National Aviation Day

In 1939, Franklin Delano Roosevelt designated Orville Wright's birthday as National Aviation Day. This celebration of aviation occurs each year on August 19. You can share in the celebration by reading about some of the pilots in our collection. Click on the titles to see availability and location.

Amelia Earhart: the legend of the lost aviator by Shelley Tanaka ; illustrated by David Craig


Fly high!: the story of Bessie Coleman by Louise Borden and Mary Kay Kroeger ; illustrated by Teresa Flavin


Sky high: the true story of Maggie Gee by Marissa Moss ; illustrated by Carl Angel


First to fly: how Wilbur & Orville Wright invented the airplane by Peter Busby ; paintings by David Craig ; diagrams by Jack McMaster ; historical consultation by Fred E. C. Culick


Flying solo: how Ruth Elder soared into America's heart by Julie Cummins ; illustrated by Malene R. Laugesen


Flying against the wind: a story about Beryl Markham by Andy Russell Bowen ; illustrations by Shelly O. Haas


Yankee doodle gals: women pilots of World War II by Amy Nathan ; foreword by Eileen Collins