Daring to Fly
From the Series On My Own Biography
High in the sky, Bessie Coleman could soar like a bird. She was free—at least until she landed. As a black woman in the 1920s, she wasn’t allowed to learn how to fly. Forced to travel to France to learn, she became the first African American woman to earn her pilot’s license. Whether she was wing-walking, giving a speech, parachuting, or flying, Coleman inspired people with her bravery and resolve.
|Interest Level||Grade 2 - Grade 4|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|Category||5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Feminism, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Class, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Brand||On My Own Books|
|Imprint||First Avenue Editions ™, Millbrook Press ™|
|Number of Pages||48|
|Reading Counts! Level||2.7|
|Text Type||Narrative Nonfiction|
|BISACS||JNF007120, JNF007090, JNF057010|
|Graphics||1-color illustrations, Full-color illustrations|
|Dimensions||5.875 x 8.5|
|Guided Reading Level||N|
|ATOS Reading Level||3.5|
|Accelerated Reader® Quiz||66261|
|Accelerated Reader® Points||0.5|
|Features||Reviewed, Teaching Guides, and Timeline|
The Horn Book Guide
“Newly independent readers will be inspired by Bessie Coleman’s determination to learn to fly at a time when neither women nor people of color were allowed to do so in the United States.” —The Horn Book Guide
Author: Sally M. Walker
Sally M. Walker has been a children's book writer for over 20 years. Most of her books are nonfiction and present various science topics to young readers. Fossil Fish Found Alive is the story of the hunt for the elusive fish called the coelacanth. Sally also enjoys combining science investigation with historical topics. Her book Secrets of a Civil War Submarine, which won the 2006 Robert F. Sibert Medal, tells about the history, loss, and re-discovery of the first submarine to sink an enemy ship in battle. Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland takes readers on archaeological expeditions, where the forensic analysis of colonial settlers' bones helps us to understand their lives. Sally especially enjoys writing narrative nonfiction that captures the reader's attention with a true story. She is also the author of 2019 Orbis Pictus Honor Book Champion: The Comeback Tale of the American Chestnut.
Illustrator: Janice Lee Porter
Janice Lee Porter was born and raised in Chicago. She has a BFA in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from California State University, Chico. She is the illustrator of over two dozen children's books and is an art faculty member at Shasta College in Redding, California, where she teaches painting and drawing. She lives in Chico, California.
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On My Own Biography
Engage readers’ interest and imagination! These award-winning biographies feature full-page illustrations. Written in story format, each book features pivotal episodes that reveal what kind of person the subject is (or was) and how he or she came to be famous. View available downloads →