Books about the Wright Brothers

Books for Children

Cole, Joanna. The Magic School Bus: Taking Flight. New York: Scholastic, 1997.
Summary: In order to discover how things fly, Ms. Frizzle and her class are shrunk inside Wanda and Tim's model airplane and learn about how wings and moving air affect flight in a series of high adventure. from Ingram

Cotton, Eileen Giuffre. Dreams of Flight (Book2Web). Wright Group/McGraw-Hill, 2001.

Dorfman, Janet. The Wright Brothers. Pelham: Benchmark Education Company, 2002.

Freedman, Russell. The Wright Brothers: How they Invented the Airplane. New York: Holiday House, 1991.
Summary: Follows the lives of the Wright brothers and describes how they developed the first airplane.

Jacobs, Daniel. Flying. New York: Newbridge Educational Publishing, 1999.

Joseph, Paul. The Wright Brothers. Edina: Abdo & Daughters, 1997.
Summary: Sketches the lives of the two men responsible for the firs flight of a machine-powered aircraft on December 17, 1903, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina .

Justice, Lee. S. Fly High. New York: Addison-Wesley.

Krensky, Stephen. Taking Flight: The Story of the Wright Brothers. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 2000.
Summary: Describes how the Wright Brothers came to build and fly the first powered aircraft.

MacLeod, Elizabeth. The Wright Brothers: A Flying Start. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2002.
Summary: As young men, Orville and Wilbur Wright had a dream. They believed that one day people would fly, and they were determined to be the first. Despite setbacks that would have discouraged many inventors, the Wright brothers' dream came true. From a windy sand dune near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, they made a short 120 foot flight - and flew into aviation history.

Old, Wendie. To Fly: The Story of the Wright Brothers. New York: Clarion Books, 2002.
Summary: Traces the work the the two Wright brothers did together to develop the first machine-powered aircraft.

Reynolds, Quentin. The Wright Brothers: Pioneers of American Aviation. New York: Random House, 1950. 
Summary: A biography of the two brothers from Dayton, Ohio who built and flew the first airplane.

Schulz, Walter A. Will and Orv. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, Inc., 1991.
Summary: On a windy day in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903, the Wright brothers attempt to make history as they prepare the "Flyer" for the first engine-powered flight.

Shea, George. First Flight: The Story of Tom Tate and the Wright Brothers. Harper Trophy. 1997.
Summary: A boy named Tom Tate meets Orville and Wilbur Wright and witnesses the invention of the airplane at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Sobol, Donald J. The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk. New York: Scholastic, 1961. 
Summary: Orville and Wilbur Wright were a couple of bicycle salesmen from Dayton, Ohio, who shared a common dream: to fly a powered machine.

Tate, Suzanne. Helping the Wright Brothers, A Tale of First Flight Helpers. Nags Head: Nags Head Art, 1999.
Summary: A story of the Tate family who lived at Kitty Hawk and helped the famous brothers with their experiments in flight. It was written with the assistance of the National Park Service historian at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills.

Woods, Andrew. Young Orville and Wilbur Wright, First to Fly (First Start Biographies). New York: Troll Communications, 1992. 
Summary: A simple biography of the brothers who launched the air age in 1903 when their flying machine stayed in the air for twelve seconds. by

Wright, Orville. How We Invented the Airplane. Mineola: Dover Publications, 1953.
Summary: Fascinating firsthand account covers early experiments, construction of planes and motors, first flights, much more.  

for Adults

Crouch, Tom. The Bishop’s Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1989.

Howard, Fred. Wilbur and Orville: A Biography of the Wright Brothers. Mineola, New York: Dover Publications, Inc. 1987.

Jakab, Peter L. and Rick Young, ed. The Published Writings of Wilbur and Orville Wright. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2000. 

Jakab, Peter.  Visions of a Flying Machine: The Wright Brothers and the Process of Invention. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1990.

Kelly, Fred C. ed. Miracle at Kitty Hawk. New York: Da Capo Press, 1996 .

Kirk, Stephen.  First in Flight: The Wright Brothers in North Carolina. Winston-Salem, North Carolina: John F. Blair Publisher, 1995. 

McFarland, Marvin W.  ed. The Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2001.

Tobin, James. To Conquer the Air: The Wright Brothers and the Great Race for Flight. New York: Free Press, 2003.


Flying Machines, A Science-By-Mail-Challenge. Boston: Museum of Science, 1992.

Tunnell, Lorrie. Flight, Hands-on Mind-On Science. Westminister, CA, 2000.

Vaden, Judy. Flight Thematic Unit. Westminister, CA, 1991.



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