March winds make for perfect kite flying weather. Many people believe that kite flying began in China over 2,000 years ago. It’s a cherished pastime of many. Today we are sharing some of our favorite books for kids about kites.
Kite Day by Will Hillenbrand is a story of Bear and Mole who decide to construct a kite and have a kite flying day! But when a storm snaps the string, Bear and Mole go on a search to find the missing kite. They find their kite in a tree being used as a nest for birds.
Super Duck by Jez Alborough is a favorite in our house. In fact, we dedicated a whole post to the book for Virtual Book Club for Kids. Duck and his animal friends set out to catch a runaway kite. Lots of rhyming and silliness fill this story. Check out a fun activity we did with the Super Duck book.
Love is in the Air by Jonathan Fenske is a refreshing beginning reader about a kite and balloon who meet in the air and enjoy each other’s company. But, then one of them lands in a tree, will their friendship end?
Kite Flying by Grace Lin is a story that celebrates the Chinese tradition of kite making and kite flying. Follow a family as they shop for materials to build a kite and follow them through the kite making process. This book is perfect for the very young.
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers is the story of a boy who tries to get his stuck kite down from a tree. Have you ever tried to throw something to knock down a stuck item? As you know, it doesn’t always work. This is a funny tale!
Be the Kite! by Cathi Bosco is an accordion style book that encourages a lot of imagination. Think of all the places a kite could fly. Imagine all the things a kite string could become. Children are encouraged to send their own artwork to the author!
And, don’t forget the story, “The Kite” in the book Days with Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel. A classic for sure!
Update March 2015: Also check out Blown Away by Rob Biddulph. It’s a cute story of a penguin that takes a kite ride in search of a tropical paradise.
Read some stories about kites, build a kite with a child and spend time together!
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