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Books for Kids

10 Books for Kids Taking Their First Flight

A savy mom recently shared on her blog this list of books to consider reading with your children before their first airplane trip;  We agree!

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My First Trip on an Airplane - by Vic Parker This simple, informative book has big photographs about things that matter most to children. My kids had questions about the x-ray machine, the oxygen masks, and the airplane bathroom. 

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What Happens at an Airport? - by Amy Hutchings This book follows Carlos and his mother through their airport visit and take-off. Kids are introduced to many airport workers, such as the ticket agent, a baggage handler, flight attendant, and pilot. 

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A Day at the Airport - by Richard Scarry While this book won't tell kids what to expect during their flight, they'll enjoy the silly story and learn lots of great vocabulary: words like baggage handler, boarding gate, taxiing plane, and ground controller. 

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My First Airplane Ride - by Patricia Hubbell I love this book's friendly pictures. Even with its short, rhyming sentences it will teach kids a great deal about what to expect: "Flying time is almost here. We'll take off when the runway's clear. Air controller says, 'Okay!' Plane taxis. We're on our way!"

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A Visit to the Airport - by Particia J. Murphy With giant photographs and just 1-2 sentences per page, this book is perfect for kids who are just learning to listen and ask questions.

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Flight 1-2-3 - by Maria Van Lieshout This unique book shares all the sign symbols your child will see at the airport and labels each one with a word or two. Kids will learn which signs mean check-in desks, baggage claim, escalators, and more. 

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Going on a Plane - by Anne Civardi Children learn about going on a plane as they travel with the Tripp family. The pictures, though illustrated, are a little more realistic than the smiling models you see in the books of photographs. Baggage topples over and spills, the kids jump around at the ticket counter, and a toy gets carried away on the luggage carousel. 

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The Noisy Airplane Ride - by Mike Downs Some kids need to be prepared for the noises that will bombard their ears when they take their first flight. From the sound of the engines to the wheels bumping at the landing, I don't think this book leaves out a sound! The rhymes are fantastic: "The wheels bump on taxi out. Ground controllers choose your route. Throttles forward, engines roar. Down the runway, time to soar." 


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Airport - by Byron Barton This book is an older title (1982), but I couldn't leave it out because it's perfect for your youngest traveler. With big, bold pictures and just a few words per page, even your toddler can learn a little bit about what to expect for his first flight. 

how did they build that airport

How Did They Build That? Airport - by Matt Mullins While this book won't prepare your kids for their flight, it will answer the questions of those curious kids who want to know everything. I knew my four-year-old would want to learn everything he could about what it takes to build an airport.    

 

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