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Winding Oak's Bookology Magazine

Quirky Book Lists: Go Fly a Kite!

by The Bookologist

Curious George coverCurious George Flies a Kite

H.A. Rey
HMH Books for Young Readers, 1977 (reissue of 1958 edition)
Ages 5-8

First George is curious about some bunnies, then about fishing, and then about his friend Billy’s kite. All’s well that ends well. Ages 5-8.


cover imageDays with Frog and Toad

Arnold Lobel
1979 HarperCollins
Ages 4-8

Five stories with the two famous friends, including “The Kite,” in which Frog’s optimism and Toad’s efforts prevail over the predictions of some nay-saying robins. 



cover imageThe Emperor and the Kite

Jane Yolen and Ed Young (illustrator)
Philomel, 1988 (reissue)
Ages 4-8

Princess Ojeow Seow is the youngest of the Emperor’s children, and no one in the family thinks she’s very special. But when the emperor is imprisoned in a tower, the princess’s kite-building skills prove everyone wrong. 1968 Caldecott Honor book. 

coverimageKite Day

Will Hillenbrand
Holiday House, 2012
Ages 3-7

Bear and Mole decide it’s the perfect day to fly a kite, but first they have to build one. 

cover imageThe Kite Fighters

Linda Sue Park
Clarion, 2000
Ages 9 and up.

A story about three friends in 15th Century Korea: a boy who builds beautiful kites; his younger brother, who is an expert kite flyer and kite fighter; and a boy who is the king of Korea. 



cover imageKite Flying

Grace Lin
Knopf, 2002
Ages 4-8

Everyone has a job to do when a family builds a dragon kite. Includes cultural and historical notes on kites and kite flying. 

cover imageKites for Everyone: How to Make Them and Fly Them

Margaret Greger
Dover Publications, 2006
Ages 8 and up
Easy-to-follow, illustrated instructions for creating and flying more than fifty kites. Includes history and science of kites. 



bk_KiteTwoNationsThe Kite That Bridged Two Nations: Homan Walsh and the First Niagara Suspension Bridge

Alexis O’Neill, Terry Widener (illustrator)
Calkins Creek, 2013
Ages 8-11

True story of 16 year-old Homan Walsh, who loved to fly kites and especially loved to fly kites over the magnificent Niagara Falls that separates New York from Ontario. 

cover imageStuck

Oliver Jeffers
Philomel, 2011
Ages 3-7

Floyd’s kite is stuck in a tree! What can he throw that will knock it free? What can he throw that won’t get stuck? 




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