Bag of Smoke
, New York: Viking, 1942.
A story of the Montgolfier brother’s invention of the balloon. Easily readable, historically accurate, student project or storytelling stimulus.
Ar and flight
, New York: F. Watts, 1984.
Suggested activities for student projects to illustrate properties of air and how air can be used to make things fly.
, Blue Ridge Press, 1984.
Brief survey of history of human powered flight with coverage of Dr. Paul MacCready and his program.
Daedalus and Icarus
, New York: HBJ, 1971.
47 page, illustrated, lively version of the Greek myth.
Highland, Harold J.,
The How and Why Wonder Book of Flight
, New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1967.
The title might put off some older students, but this is a useful and readable treatment of basic aerodynamic history and theory. Student project ideas are included.
Lewellen, John Bryan,
Birds & Planes-How They Fly
, New York: Crowell, 1958.
There are obvious similarities and not-so-obvious differences which this book explains and illustrates. Good starting point for student reports.
, London: G.Bell, 1964.
236 pages, illustrated, famous flights and air adventurers from balloons to spacecraft. Unfortunately, won’t help with recent 25 years’ accomplishments.
, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1982.
This is a kids’ book for adults, much like Richard Scarry’s humorously illustrated books. Balloon facts and flight are interwoven with a story line and great pen & ink illustrations.
, New York: Prentice Hall, 1983.
Similar to the Dwiggins book above, a brief treatment of the history and development of human powered flight.
Zisfein, Melvin B.,
Flight: Panorama of Aviation
, New York: Pantheon Books, 1981.
Illustrated history of flight from early theories to present time. Simplified drawings might encourage students to try their hands at illustrating their own reports.