Preschool and Picture Books

Theme: Things That Float in the Air

A Balloon for Isabel - (ISBN: 978-0061779879)

by Deborah Underwood

Isabel cannot help that she was born a porcupine, but she is upset that, on graduation day, she cannot have a balloon like all the other graduates. The porcupines are offered bookmarks while all the other students get to hold colorful balloons. Isabel has a solution however, a body shield for her and her fellow porcupines. Find out how it works in this compelling read. What other solutions can you think of to help Isabel?

Curious George and the Hot Air Balloon - (ISBN: 978-0547547459)

by H.A. Rey

Curious George accidentally gets a ride in a hot air balloon. When it gets too close to the George Washington carving at Mt. Rushmore, he helps save a stranded worker. His reward is another fun ride in a helicopter. What would be your choice of a ride in the sky?

Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride - (ISBN: 978-0689826429)

by Marjorie Priceman

Did you know the primary passengers in the first hot air balloon ride were a rooster, a duck, and a sheep? They were the stars in the 1783 ride in the Montgolfier brothers’ balloon. Their amazement at where they are is topped only by the stupendous views they have at where they are going. What is truth, and what is fiction in this book, in your opinion?

Leaf Man - (ISBN: 978-0152053048)

by Lois Ehlert

A leaf man, accidentally composed of drifting fall leaves, travels through the air as the wind blows in this beautifully illustrated picture book. What other shapes do the leaves form themselves into in this wonderful fall story?

The Balloon Tree - (ISBN: 978-1616084547)

by Phoebe Gilman

Princess Leora’s signal to her father in times of distress is supposed to be the release of the castle balloons, but her mad uncle is trying to usurp the throne in the king’s absence. After he pops all the balloons, Leora has to use her wits to save the kingdom! How does she manage to create a new trouble indicator signal?

We Like Kites - (ISBN: 978-0679892311)

Brother and Sister Bear find a perfect warm day to join their friends and fly their colorful kite. Enjoy the rhymes that slide off the pages in this delightful book. Which kite design do you prefer?

Fall Leaves Fall - (ISBN: 978-0590100809)

by Zoe Hall

Hot Air Henry - (ISBN: 978-0688040680)

by Mary Calhoun

Like a Windy Day - (ISBN: 978-0152064037)

by Frank Asch

Little Yellow Leaf - (ISBN: 978-0061452239)

by Carin Berger

The Ewoks’ Hang-Gliding Adventure - (ISBN: 978-0394863559)

by Judy Herbstman

The Wind Blew - (ISBN: 978-0689717444)

by Pat Hutchins

Activities for this Theme

Color Popeye the Sailor Man online in a parachute.


See the nearly silent classic movie, The Red Balloon, for an insider’s view of a balloon rescue.


Try one of these easy, fun ideas for making a kite.