When I was a little girl, I remember reading about Amelia Earhart. In 1932, she was the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean flying solo. I thought she must have been so cool. I also remember how sad I felt when I learned that she disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean 5 years later, in 1937. She was attempting to fly around the world. Now, young children can read a newer story about Amelia Earhart in Amelia Who Could Fly by Mara Dal Corso and Damiela Volpari.
In the child-friendly story, Amelia is ten years old. She already knows that someday she will fly. She admires other women who have already done great things. The story goes on to describe all the things Amelia loves to do as a child. She loves to dig for worms and watch frogs. She enjoys climbing rocks and all sorts of outdoor fun but she can’t stop thinking about flying. One day, her uncle helped her build a launch pad for her wooden box airplane. She crashed and skinned her knee but it was worth it. Later in the story, Amelia saw an airplane while she visited the state fair with her family. She insisted that someday she would fly.
The last two pages of Amelia Who Could Fly include pictures and facts about the real Amelia Earhart. Children learn a little more about young Amelia and her determined spirit.
After reading the story about young Amelia Earhart, parents and teachers can teach their children more about the adventurous young woman. You’ll find more information and photos on the official Amelia Earhart website here.
Other places to find information about Amelia Earhart:
Amelia Earhart Educational Resources and Activities
to Supplement Amelia Who Could Fly
Amelia Earhart Mini Unit (Includes a Freebie) from In All You Do
Amelia Earhart Lesson Activities from Kids Creative Chaos
Amelia Earhart Unit Study Series by Surviving a Teacher’s Salary
Amelia Earhart Unit Study Printables by Embark on the Journey
And here’s one from my own archives, Airplane Activities for Kids.