Wind Flyers by Angela Johnson, Illustrated by Loren Long
In spare, lyrical prose and vibrant acrylic paintings, three-time Coretta Scott King Award–winner Johnson and acclaimed illustrator Long introduce readers to the WWII Tuskegee airmen, the African-American squadron that “distinguished themselves as the only escort group that never lost a single bomber to enemy fire.’”
During World War II, under social and political pressure (even from the likes of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt), the Air Force instituted its first African American flight squadrons, known as the Tuskegee Airmen. Wind Flyers is the fictionalized account of one such Airman; a man whose greatest passion from the time of childhood, was flight.
More than a story of race, Wind Flyers is a tribute to the pursuit of dreams, and the determination of spirit—topics that transcend ethnicity, and speak instead to the human experience of struggle, disappointment, and achievement. Recommended for the home or classroom, ages 4-9.
Digging to the Roots – Educational Enrichment Ideas
The Museum of Aviation has created an in-depth, interdisciplinary Teacher’s Guide on the Tuskegee Airmen that is phenomenal. It includes photographs, discussion questions, timelines, and more. It is appropriate for grades K-12. Click on any of the examples below to gain access to this impressive (and free!) resource!