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AEBPM Favorite Amelia Earhart Books

One question we get asked a lot is "what books would you recommend on Amelia Earhart and her life?" Well, we have a lot of suggestions and too many favorites to list ALL of them. So we did our best to narrow it down to our top 10. In no particular order, here are the best books on Amelia Earhart.

1. 20 Hrs., 40 Mins by Amelia Earhart: Our Flight on the Friendship

What better way to learn about Amelia than straight from Amelia herself!

20 Hrs. 40 Min.: Our Flight in the Friendship is a book written by pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart. It was first published in 1928 by G. P. Putnam's Sons, but has continued to be reprinted in periodic new editions. A special "Author's Autograph Edition" of 150 signed and numbered copies was also produced in 1928.

2. The Fun of It by Amelia Earhart

The Fun of It is Amelia Earhart's second book after her travelogue 20 Hrs., 40 Min.. In it Earhart recollects how she became interested in being an aviator, which led to her establishing several firsts for women, and also becoming aviation editor for Cosmopolitan Magazine

3. Last Flight by Amelia Earhart

Last Flight is a book published in 1937 consisting of diary entries and other notes compiled by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart during her failed attempt that year at flying solo across the Pacific Ocean.

4. East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart by Susan Butler

Amelia Earhart captured the hearts of the nation after becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic in 1928. And her disappearance on an around-the-world flight in 1937 is an enduring mystery.

Based on ten years of research, East to the Dawn provides a richly textured portrait of Earhart in all her complexity.

5. The Sound of Wings by Mary S. Lovell

When Amelia Earhart mysteriously disappeared in 1937 during her attempted flight around the world, she was already known as America's most famous female aviator. Her sense of daring and determination, rare for women of her time, brought her insurmountable fame from the day she became the first woman to cross the Atlantic in an airplane. In this definitive biography, Mary S. Lovell delivers a brilliantly researched account on Earhart's life using the original documents, letters, the logbooks of Earhart and her contemporaries, and personal interviews with members of Amelia's family, friends and rival aviators. The Sound of Wings vividly captures the drama and mystery behind the most influential woman in "The Golden Age of Flight"—from her tomboy days at the turn of the century and her early childhood.

6. How Amelia Financed Her Flying By Barbara Schultz (Endorsed By Earhart)

Endorsed by Earhart' is a well-researched project which encompasses the endorsements Amelia made while alive, those which financed her flying. It is not another biography. There are over 150 images, color and black/white, in the book to illustrate the various commitments she made.

7. I Am Unstoppable: A Little Book About Amelia Earhart by Brad Meltzer

This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great—the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. In this new board book format, the very youngest readers can learn about one of America's icons in the series' signature lively, conversational way.

7. The Story of Amelia Earhart by David Bowman

This is one of our favorite books to share with guests! Lavishly illustrated over-sized volume detailing with the life, career and disappearance of Amelia Earhart; issued for the 75th anniversary of her disappearance.

8. Amelia and Eleanor Go For A Ride by Pam Munoz Ryan

Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt were birds of a feather. Not only were they two of the most admired and respected women of all time, they were also good friends. Illuminated here for the first time in picture book form is the true story of a thrilling night when they made history together.

9. The Amelia Six by Kristin Gray

11-year-Amelia Ashford called Millie to her friends doesn’t realize just how much adventure awaits her when she’s giving opportunity of a lifetime. That opportunity is to spend the night in Amelia Earhart’s childhood home. But Millie’s mom is a pilot like the famous Amelia, and Lily would love to have something to write to her about… If only she had her address.

10. Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming

Featured in the upcoming National Geographic documentary, Expedition Amelia! This is a critically acclaimed look at the life, disappearance, and search for the legendary aviatrix, Amelia Earhart.



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