Friday, July 24, 2009

Amelia Earhart Birth Anniversary

Amelia Earhart, aviator, was born at Atchison, KS on July 24, 1897. She was the first woman to cross the Atlantic solo and fly solo across the Pacific from Hawaii to California. On July 2, 1937, she was lost in the Pacific Ocean on a flight from New Guinea to Howland Island.
-The Teacher's Calendar, 2008-2009

Adler, David.
A Picture Book of Amelia Earhart.
Holiday House, Inc.
Guided Reading Level: M

Summary from Barnes & Noble:

Discusses the life of the pilot who was the first woman to cross the Atlantic by herself in a plane.

This book would be perfect for older elementary children who are studying biographies. Amelia Earhart's life is detailed to a perfect extent for children, making this the perfect selection for a unit on biographies or to be used when asking children to write a report on a famous person who had an impact on American history.

Ryan, Pam Munoz.
Amelia and Eleanor Go For A Ride.
Scholastic, Inc.
Guided Reading Level: P

Summary from Barnes & Noble:

While still dressed in evening gowns, Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt go on a night flight above Washington, D.C. on April 1933. Extensively researched, the story contains actual dialogue and facts of the account. Breathtaking illustrations tell the trip of these two American heroines as it might have been.

I know from my past experiences in the classroom, that children have a hard time reading (and enjoying) literature about people from long ago who they can't really connect with. However, the way in which this story is written, children will likely be yearning to learn more about both Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt! The friendship that is depicted between the two is one that children will really be able to relate to, as they both share a love of feeling independent and daring. This is most definitely worth sharing!

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