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.

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by Karen Harrington. Little, Brown, 352 pp., $16.99.
After 12-year-old Wayne Kovok’s uncle dies in combat in Iraq, Wayne and his mother travel to Arlington National Cemetery for his burial. When their airplane crashes on the trip home, Kovok’s injuries leave him temporarily mute. This exceptional coming-of-age story highlights the importance of finding your own voice. Don’t be put off by the book’s grim storyline; Kovok is an appealing protagonist, and this heartwarming story is an absolute winner. Ages 8-12.

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