Happy National Aviation Day! My husband just picked up a really neat book for my son at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture which is a great read for National Aviation Day. Wind Flyers by Angela Johnson with illustrations by Loren Long tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen. A young African American boy tells the story of his Uncle who always wanted to fly, even when he was young and his attempts at flying included jumping off the chicken coop. When given the chance to join the military and fly, Uncle is thrilled, despite the fact the military only reluctantly gives the Tuskegee Airmen responsibility with not a lot of respect. After World War II Uncle turns to crop dusting so he can continue to fly. He is a true wind flyer and loves the magic of the wind. Angela Johnson did a wonderful job making the story accessible for readers and bringing the history alive. The author’s note at the end provides lots of great facts, including how the 332nd were the only fighter escort group that never lost a single bomber to enemy fire, true heroes. The illustrations by Loren Long are stunning, with beautiful details and huge scenery. The combination of author and illustrator is perfection and creates a book that tells a story too often overlooked. Highly recommended.

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