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Books celebrate Amelia Earhart

July 17, 2009|By CATHERINE HALL

American pilot Amelia Earhart was born July 24, 1897. She was born before women had the right to vote, before it was socially acceptable for women to wear pants or short hair, before it was common for women to work outside the home, and before the Wright brothers' famous first flight.

Yet she was lucky enough to have parents who encouraged her to explore her love of adventure. Her first encounter with an airplane at age 11 didn't leave much of an impression - she later called it nothing more than "a thing of rusty wire and wood" - but Earhart eventually became enthralled with the idea of flying.

This passion led her to become the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an airplane. However, that was just the beginning for Earhart. She went on to set other aviation records, and she became a celebrity to the world.

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In honor of her birthday this month, come by the library and check out one of these resources about Earhart, explorers and women in aviation.

"A Picture Book of Amelia Earhart" by David Adler (ages 5 to 8)

Describes the life of the pilot who was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic alone.

"Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride" by Pamela Munoz Ryan (ages 5 to 9)

A picture book depicting a fictionalized account of the night Amelia Earhart flew first lady Eleanor Roosevelt over Washington, D.C.

"So You Want to be an Explorer?" by Judith St. George (ages 6 to 9)

Studies some of the great explorers through history including Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, Chuck Yeager, Barbara Washburn and Amelia Earhart.

"Amelia Earhart," a Great Americans for Children DVD (ages 6 to 12)

Tells the story of this woman aviator through a mix of photographs and newsreel footage.

"Amelia Earhart" by Jonathan Brown (ages 7 to 9)

A chapter-book biography for younger readers.

"Amelia Earhart" by Tanya Lee Stone (ages 8 to 12)

Full-color photographs, word definitions and sidebars on related subjects add dimension to this book.

"Sky Pioneer: A Photobiography of Amelia Earhart" by Corrine Szabo (ages 8 to 12)

A biography, with numerous photographs and quotes from Earhart herself, tracing this determined woman's life and interest in flying.

"Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator" by Shelley Tanaka (ages 9 to 12)

Presents the story of Earhart from her childhood until her final flight in 1937.

"Women with Wings" by Jacqueline McLean (ages 10 and up)

A book about seven women who had to fly first in the face of tradition before they could become aviators.

"Women of the Wind: Early Women Aviators" by Wanda Langley (ages 11 to 14)

Biographical information is provided about women who were pioneers in the aviation industry.

Catherine Hall is children's librarian with the Washington County Free Library.

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