Our Favorite Children’s Books of 2012

The year’s best aviation- and space-themed books for young readers

(Random House)

A Biplane and Her Boy


By Mary Coleman-Woolslayer, illustrated by Kevin Stark. 
Tigermoth, 2010, 2012. 48 pp., $24.95 
Betty Lou — an old Stearman biplane — sits idle in a lonely Texas hangar, “her once beautiful radial engine…a nesting place for sparrows.” As she remembers training airmen for combat, daring crop dusters, and graceful aerobatic pilots, her thoughts return to one special pilot. Will she ever see him again? An aviation glossary and Stark’s realistic portraits of Betty Lou’s checkerboard paint scheme add to this sweetly nostalgic tale. Ages 6-12.

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