A 75-year mystery: the disappearance of Amelia Earhart
By Lia on July 2nd, 2012
75 years ago today, pilot Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, mysteriously vanished somewhere over the Pacific Ocean during an attempted flight around the world. Earhart forever changed the face of history in 1932 when she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Despite the various theories surrounding Earhart’s disappearance, the truth about what happened to her plane on July 2, 1937 has remained unknown. Until, perhaps, now — if recent news reports are any indication, we might finally learn what happened to the Earhart!
For three-quarters of a century, Earhart’s life and legacy have continued to fascinate and inspire. Young readers interested in the flight of Amelia Earhart might enjoy the following titles:
- Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride, written by Pam Muñoz Ryan with pictures by Brian Selznick. Based on a true story, this book tells the tale of Earhart’s friendship with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
- A Picture Book of Amelia Earhart, by David A. Adler, illustrated by Jeff Fisher. Discover how Amelia Earhart initiated change, from the beginning of her adventurous life to the time she became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.
- Amelia Earhart: Adventure in the Sky, by Francene Sabin. At a time when girls weren’t allowed to do what boys did, Amelia’s parents encouraged Amelia to take risks and live a life full of adventure.
- Amelia Earhart, by W.P. Mara. This biography is perfect for younger readers. With age-appropriate vocabulary and a comprehensive glossary of “Words You Know”, students can learn about one of history’s most fearless women.
Any Amelia Earhart books that you’d recommend? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
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