Monday, October 24, 2016

Fall Reading 2016 Aviation: Cool Women Who Fly


The Girls in Science series from Nomad Press has some wonderful titles. The book on aviation features the biographies of three women from different careers within the field. Meg Godlewski is a flight instructor, Taylor McConnell is a production support engineer, and Kristin Wolfe is an F-22 Raptor pilot for the U.S. Air Force. Those three profiles share details on how each woman developed an interest in aviation and what led them to their career path. Along the way, other female pilots, astronauts, mechanics, are also spotlighted.

Before the biographies, the book lays out the history of aviation itself. From the myth of Daedalus and Icarus, to da Vinci's designs for ornithopters, and on through the Wright Brothers and Amelia Earhart up to the present day. Archival photos and images add to the information presented in the text. But the feature that really impressed me are the QR codes that link to online resources like the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, NASA, and PBS.  Imagine how much more exciting the topic will be when young readers can hear the original radio broadcast covering the Hindenburg disaster, or watch a time-lapse video of a Boeing 777 being assembled.

With information about drones, lasers, and aerial firefighters, this book makes sure to show the wide variety of jobs and careers available under the umbrella of aviation. Whether readers are already hooked on flight or simply exploring a new interest, there is plenty for them to delve into among the text, timeline, glossary, and resource lists. A great addition to a STEM program, a unit on careers, or for use with a study of aviation.

I won a copy of the book in a giveaway sponsored by the publisher.

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