Best Children’s Books of 2016

The best aviation- and space-themed books for young readers in 2016.

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This holiday season, a new crop of books about flight and space exploration offers plenty of gift possibilities for young readers from ages 2 to 14.

Fearless Flyer: Ruth Law and Her Flying Machine

(Calkins Creek)

by Heather Lang, illustrated by Raúl Colón. Calkins Creek, 40 pp., $16.95.
When aerobatic pilot Ruth Law decided to fly non-stop from Chicago to New York City, she’d never flown more than 25 miles. She took off at 4 a.m. on November 19, 1916, in her wood-and-cloth Curtiss biplane; although it took Law two days to make the trip, she leisurely circled the Statue of Liberty and landed to an enthusiastic reception. An appendix with information about Law and her historic flight rounds out the book. Ages 5-8.


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