“Synopsis: Bessie Coleman written by Bruce Brager and illustrated by Ron Mazellan is a children's picture book about the Bessie Coleman, a ground breaking African American aviator. Bessie Coleman was the first woman to ever receive her pilot's license from the French Federation Aeronautique Internationale. She had to go all the way to France to find a flight school that was willing to teach her to become a pilot. She accomplished many wonderful goals during her lifetime and was an outspoken advocate for women and African Americans. She is truly an American hero. Unfortunately, she was flying airplanes at a time when aeronautics was in its infancy and flying was not safe. She died at a young age doing what she loved when her plane crashed.
Themes/Curriculum Connections: Aviation, civil rights, African Americans, pioneering women.
Age/Grade Recommendations: Elementary”