What We’re Reading is a weekly series here at Mama’s Learning Corner. Each Monday, I post a few of the books my children and I will read together during the week. I hope you’ll discover some new-to-you books to share with your family.
My older two children (6 and 4 years old) are flying on a plane for the first time! They are so excited, but have no idea what to expect. I picked up these books from the library for this week and they are really good. Hopefully knowing what to expect will help take some of the scariness away.
A is for Airplane: An Aviation Alphabet – Mary Ann Riehle
I was not familiar with the Alphabet Series, but they might be our new favorite reads. A is for Airplane: An Aviation Alphabet is wonderfully engaging for my 2 year old as well as my 6 year old. The rhyming portion is catchy and the factual portion is truly interesting. To top it off, the illustrations are spectacular. We’re taking this one on the plane with us to read and re-read again.
A is for Airplane: An Aviation Alphabet celebrates the roots, inventions, and spirit of the science of flight. Young readers will learn about famous events such as the Spirit of St. Louis’s nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean and the launch of Columbia STS-1 (the first space shuttle), as well as meet courageous aviators who broke barriers in the air and on Earth like the Tuskegee Airmen and Amelia Earhart.
Aircraft of all kinds, including giant airships, wind-dependent gliders, and awe-inspiring F-16s, are depicted in spectacular artwork. The glory of flight is brought to stunning life.
My First Airplane Ride – Patricia Hubble
My First Airplane Ride is a cute book about a little boy flying to visit Grandma. The beginning of the book is an accurate description of all of the exciting pre-flying activities.
A first airplane ride can be very exciting! Watching planes take off and land, going through security, walking the jet way, finding the right seat, watching out the window as the plane taxis down the runway, and flying up high in the sky and then, at the other end, Grandma waiting with a hug! Nancy Speir’s acrylic illustrations deftly interpret the wonder and joy of a child’s first plane-trip adventure.
The Noisy Airplane Ride – Mike Downs
This is a fun-to-read rhyming style book about the sounds you would hear on an airplane. The Noisy Airplane Ride also shows pre-flying activities that my little ones found so interesting!
The Noisy Airplane Ride offers a rhyming tour of the variety of sounds a child might hear before, during, and after takeoff. Rhythmic noises make for a great read-aloud.A final double-page spread helps clarify some of the sights and physical sensations of a plane ride, from luggage loading to queasiness.Will no doubt provide comfort to young, first-time flyers.
Planes – Byron Barton
Can you talk about riding in an airplane without including Planes by Byron Barton?! Byron Barton has been one of our favorite authors since my oldest was just barely a toddler. His simplistic style is always a hit.
Children explore the many ways we use airplanes, from seaplanes to crop dusters to planes that write messages in the sky. This very simple picture book about transportation ‘will delight the youngest, and have enough meat for older preschoolers and beginning readers.