Story Time

Take Flight (airplanes)
Submitted by: Christine Turner, Atascocita
• Pre-school • Schoolage
Fly, Kite, Fly! : a Story of Leonardo and a Bird Catcher by:John Winch
Desperately wanting to impress his father, Giacomo tries to catch an evasive bird, but his attempts are foiled by an old man, in this beautiful story that reveals an unknown aspect of one of history's great artists.
The Flyers by:Allan Drummond
In 1903, a group of children on the beach at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, dream of flying and witness the first flight of the Wright brothers. Includes a chronology of milestones in the history of flight.
Wind Flyers by:Angela Johnson
A boy's love of flight takes him on a journey from the dusty dirt roads of Alabama to the war-torn skies of Europe. Introduces young readers to the contributions of the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II.
Nugget on the Flight Deck by:Patricia Newman
Aboard an aircraft carrier, a lieutenant introduces a new aviator to the "lingo" and layout before taking him on a practice dogfight.
One finger and thumb keep moving
One finger and thumb keep moving
One finger and thumb keep moving
And we'll all be happy and gay.
Two fingers, two thumbs keep moving etc.
(Repeat as above)
Two arms, two fingers, two thumbs, etc.
Two legs, two arms, two fingers, two thumbs, etc.
One head, two legs, two arms, two fingers, two thumbs, etc.

Carolyn Carreiro. Hand-print Animal Art
As unique as fingerprints, hand-print art is the ultimate in self-expression. Every child's natural instinct is to stick a whole hand in a plate of paint. Add an array of paint colours, visions of real animals or those drawn in their imaginations, and creativity explodes in a burst of colour and fun! Make simple palm-out prints of a silly frog, delicate fingertip points of a giraffe, and N a spectacular, colourful peacock print. Over 60 active-learning experiences explore the unique world of fish, fowl, beasts, pets, and insects. Hand-print techniques show how to create special effects using outstretched fingers, cupped hands, pinky fingerprints, smudged thumbprints, flat-fingered ridges, and much more. Hand-Print Animal Art is designed for children aged four to ten -- and their families! Carolyn Carreiro has had a lifelong interest in working with children. As a teacher, she realises that kids of all ages gravitate to hand-print art for creative expression.

I included the two books below for project ideas.

Heinz Kuhne. Leonardo da Vinci: Dreams, Schemes, and Flying Machines Rich in ideas, delighted to experiment, and a keen observer, he was truly an all-round genius. In this book you can explore all these aspects and of course meet the real Mona Lisa as well!

Mary Kay Carson. The Wright Brothers for Kids.
How they Invented the Airplane includes facts about these brothers and their invention, plus projects.

The two books below might not work for your storytime, but are worth mentioning.

Louise Borden. Fly High!: the Story of Bessie Coleman
Discusses the life of the determined African American woman who went all the way to France in order to earn her pilot's license in 1921.

Shelley Tanaka. Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator

Ever since Amelia Earhart and her plane disappeared on July 2, 1937, people have wanted to know more about this remarkable woman. Amelia Earhart follows the charismatic aviator from her first sight of an airplane at the age of eleven to the last radio transmission she made before she vanished. Illustrated with original artworks, contemporary photographs, quotes, and details, this is a great introduction to the famous pilot.