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Go to the library or check reading apps to find fiction and nonfiction books about airplanes.

Reading & Writing


How to encourage your child to write:

Choose the level of your child:
Toddler/Preschool – discuss the answer(s) out loud first and have your child draw a picture of the answer

Preschool/Kindergarten – discuss the answer(s) out loud first and write the answer down for him/her leaving one word for him/her to write out himself/herself with your help. You could also encourage him/her to draw a picture as well.

Early Grade School – have your child either write out the answer himself/herself (encourage phonetic spelling) without your help, or offer to help with spelling each word out loud one word at a time.

Grade School – have your child write a sentence or two on his/her own and then read over and discuss the response.  (You decide whether to correct the spelling or not)

Older Child – have your child write a longer response (paragraph).

As A Challenge – instead of a question ask your older child to write a story or poem about airplanes

Try to find some of these picture books about airplanes:

A is for Airplane: An Aviation Alphabet, written by Ann McCabe Riehle and illustrated by David Craig, Sleeping Bear Press, 2009—Along with alphabetical rhyming verse on each painted illustrated page, this one has more elaborate text (history and facts) on the side as well.


I Love Planes!, by Philemon Sturges and illustrated by Shari Halpern, Harper Collins Publishers, 2003—The simple text and pictures in this book show different types of airplanes with rhyming text.


The Noisy Airplane Ride, by Mike Downs and illustrated by David Gordon, Tricycle Press, 2003—This is a great book for kids who are going on an airplane for the first time as it highlights (in rhyming verse) the different sounds and things that happen when you go on a plane..

​​​JOURNALING​ Question Prompt:

Write out one or more of the following questions in your Family Theme Day Scrapbook or on a piece of paper to glue in your scrapbook:

Have you ever flown on an airplane before?  Would you like to fly on an airplane? What do you remember about your first airplane ride? What do you like about airplanes?  If you could go on a plane anywhere in the world where would you fly to?



Try to find some of these nonfiction/learning titles about airplanes and air travel:

 How do Airplanes Fly?, by Isaac Asimov and Elizabeth Kaplan, Gareth Stevens Publishing, 1993—even though it’s a bit older this book explains how airplanes fly using easy text.

If You Were a...Pilot, by Virginia Schomp, Benchmark Books, 2000—This one is easy to read and has lots of information and photographs.

My First Book About Airplanes, by Kama Einhorn and illustrated by Christopher Moroney, Random House, 2007 – Part of the Sesame Subjects series, this book will appeal to Preschoolers because it features the Sesame Street characters Grover and Elmo as they learn about flying.

The Paper Airplane Book, by Seymour Simon and illustrated by Byron Barton, Puffin Books, 1972—Older kids might like this more scientific book that goes into details of how a paper plane works.

 Pilots Fly Planes, by Fay Robinson, The Child’s World, 1996— Very simple text and a photograph on each page, makes this one a good book for beginner readers or young children.

Taking Off: Planes Then and Now, by Steve Otfinoski,  Benchmark Books, 1997—Even though it has larger text this one still has a lot of information plus some good photographs.