Love Is in the Air: The Story of Aviation Pioneer Nancy Harkness Love

by Dee Romito (Author) Vivian Mineker (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Take off with Nancy Harkness Love, first female pilot to serve in the Army Air Forces and founder of the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) during World War II, in this picture book biography perfect for readers of Fly, Girl, Fly! or Fearless Flyer.

In 1930, when Nancy Harkness was sixteen years old, she took a ride in a biplane and fell in love with flight. But at that time, women weren't encouraged to pursue careers in aviation.

Despite the barriers, Nancy took to the air and earned her pilot's license. She continued to fly in college, becoming known as "The Flying Freshman." After traveling to Boston for a job, she met her future husband and fellow pilot, Bob Love, and began her official career in aviation, eventually becoming director of the WAFS during World War II.

By pursuing her dreams, Nancy paved the way for other female pilots to soar.

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Kirkus Reviews

A straightforward biography that may inspire an interest in history and aviation.

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Dee Romito
Dee Romito is an author of books for young readers from picture books to middle grade. Her middle grade books include The BFF Bucket List, No Place Like Home, Postcards from Venice, and co-authored Best.Night.Ever. Her debut picture book, Pies from Nowhere: How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott received a starred review.

She is a deaf Illustrator based in Singapore and represented by MB Artists. She loves drawingand visualising stories through her personal experience. Her life goal has been to have anemotional connection with those who view her work. Her most recent picture books are Dancing With Daddy by Anitra R. Schulte and How Women Won the Vote: Alice Paul, Lucy Burns, and Their Big Idea by Susan Campbell Bartoletti. When she's not illustrating, she enjoys swimming, cooking and spending time with her loved ones.
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Guided Reading Level
Aladdin Paperbacks
Publication date
September 20, 2023
BISAC categories
JUV000000 - Juvenile Fiction | General
Library of Congress categories
United States
World War, 1939-1945
Women air pilots
Air pilots
Women Airforce Service Pilots (U.S.)
Aerial operations, American
Love, Nancy Harkness

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