List of books about kites

This is a bibliography of works on the subject of kites (tethered aircraft). [1][2][3][4][5] The bibliography contains works on the history of, flying of, construction of, scientific use of and fiction about kites.


General kiting

  • A Kite Journey Through India by Tal Streeter
  • 2008 Mini Kite-A-Day Box Calendar by Jeff Cole, Wayne Hosking
  • Asian Kites: Asian Arts & Crafts for Creative Kids by Wayne Hosking (2005)
  • The Art of the Japanese Kite (1974) by Tal Streeter
  • Art That Flies (1991) Dayton Art Institute
  • Best Ever Paper Kites (2003) by Norman Schmidt
  • Better Kites by Marten Bondestam (2000). Self-published
  • Big Book of Kites (1988) by Jim Rowlands
  • Building Free and Recycled Kites by Glenn Davison
  • Catch the Wind: All about Kites (1989) by Gail Gibbons
  • Chinese Kites by Wang Hongxun (1989 for 1st edition)
  • Come Fight a Kite by Dinesh Bahadur (1978)
  • The Complete Book of Kites and Kite Flying by Will Yolen
  • The Complete Beginner's Guide to Making and Flying Kites (1977) by Edward Dolan
  • The Complete World of Kites by Bill Thomas
  • The Creative Book of Kites by Sarah Kent (1997)
  • The Flexifoil Book of Power Kiting (2004) by Jeremy Boyce
  • Flying Kites at Night with Lights by Glenn Davison (2017)
  • How to Fly a Kite (2005) by Glenn Davison
  • How to make and fly stunt kites by Jeremy Boyce
  • Flight Patterns (1984, revised 1997) Leland Toy
  • Flying Kites in Fun, Art, and War by James Wagenvoord. Macmillan, 1968
  • Fun with kites : how to make eighteen beautiful kites by John and Kate Dyson (1976)
  • The Great Kite Book (1997) by Norman Schmidt
  • Indoor Kite Flying (2015) by Glenn Davison
  • Japanese Kite Prints by John Stevenson (2004)
  • The Kite by Masaaki Modegi
  • Kite Physics by Glenn Davison (2017)
  • The Kite Workshop Handbook (2015) by Glenn Davison
  • Kite Innovations - Beginner Kiting Buyers Guide by Ben Frankstone (Jan 11, 2011)
  • Kite Making and Flying by Harold Ridgeway
  • Kites (1992) by Barrie Caldecott
  • Kites by Jan Stanfield (1974)
  • Kites: Twelve Easy-To Make High Fliers by Norma Dixon (1996)
  • Kites by Wayne Hosking
  • Kites in the Classroom by Glenn Davison
  • The Kite Making Handbook (2004) compiled by Rossella Guerra, Giuseppe Ferlenga
  • Kites: The Science and the Wonder (1983) by T. Ito and K. Hirotsugu
  • KITES: an Historical Survey by Clive Hart. Frederick A. Praeger, 1967
  • Kites : a practical handbook for the modern kite flyer (1997) by Ron Moulton & Pat Lloyd
  • The Kite Book : all the know-how you need to fly a kite (2007) by Rosanne Cobb
  • Kites: Flying Skills and Techniques, from Basic Toys to Sport Kites (2007) by Rosanne Cobb
  • Kites for Everyone: How to Make And Fly Them by Margret Greger
  • Kites: Paper Wings Over Japan by Scott Skinner et al. (1997)
  • Kitesurfing : the complete guide (2002) by Ian Currer
  • Kites to make and fly by Jim Rowlands (1989)
  • Kite to Touch the Sky by Wayne Hosking (1993).
  • Kite Trains Making Eiji Ohasi,1981.
  • Kiteworks: Exploration in Kite Building and Flying by Maxwell Eden. Sterling Publications, 1989.
  • Kiteworld by Keith Roberts. Arbor House, 1986.
  • Magnificent Books of Kites by Maxwell Eden
  • Kiting to Record Altitudes by Richard P. Synergy (Mar 1, 1994)
  • Lenna, Lenna Leijani by Marten Bondestam
  • Les Cerfs Volants by Joseph Lecornu, 1902
  • Making of Japanese Kites: Tradition, Beauty and Creation by Masaaki Modegi
  • Making & Flying Kites (1988) by Wolfgang Schimmelpfennig
  • Making & Flying Stunt Kites & One-liners (1995) by Wolfgang Schimmelpfennig
  • Miniature Kite Plans by Glenn Davison, 2015
  • More Kites for Everyone by Margaret Greger
  • More Sky (1973) by Otto Piene
  • The -No Secrets- Handbook of Single Line Kite Trains by Al Hargus, 1990, 12 pages.
  • One-Hour Kites (1989) by Jim Rowlands
  • Origami: Tako & Kites by Mikio Toki
  • Parakites : a treatise on the making and flying of tailless kites for scientific purposes and for recreation (1896) by Gilbert Totten Woglom
  • Papir Sarkany (1988) by Istvan Bodocky. Hungarian language. Translated: "Paper Kites." Budapest, Hungary: Muszaki Konyvkiado, 1988,softcover, 89 pages.
  • The Philosopher's Kite / Essays & Stories (2002) Tal Streeter
  • Rokkaku Kites by Glenn Davison (2018)
  • Super Kites III by Neil Thorburn. Rare. Self-published.
  • The Penguin Book of Kites by David Pelham
  • The Ultimate Kite Book : complete guide to choosing, making and flying kites of all kinds (1992) by Paul and Helene Morgan
  • Wings of Resistance, The Giant Kites of Guatemala by Christopher Ornelas, 2012.
  • World on a String: The Story of Kites by Jane Yolen. William Collins and World Publishing, 1968

Free-flight inhabited kiting: hang gliding, paragliding

  • The Art of Paragliding by Dennis Pagen
  • Birdflight As the Basis of Aviation: A Contribution Towards a System of Aviation by Otto Lilienthal
  • Flying Conditions: Micrometeorology for Pilots (1979) by Dennis Pagen
  • The Hang Glider's Bible (1977) by Michael A. Markowski
  • Hang Gliding Flying Skills (1977) by Dennis Pagen
  • Hang Gliding Training Manual: Learning Hang Gliding Skills for Beginner to Intermediate Pilots (1995) by Dennis Pagen
  • Manned Kiting: The Basic Handbook of Tow Launched Hang Gliding By Dan Poynter
  • Paraglider Ground Handling and the Art of Kiting () by Paul Hamilton
  • Paragliding Flight: Walking on Air (1990) by Dennis Pagen
  • Performance Flying: Hang Gliding Techniques for Intermediate and Advanced Pilots (1993) by Dennis Pagen

Sport power kiting: kite buggying, snow kiting, kite surfing, kiteboarding, snow kiting

  • KITEs Method by John Holzhall
  • Kitesurfing in the Waves: The Complete Guide by Kristin Boese and Christian Spreckels (Sep 23, 2009)
  • The Ultimate Book of Power Kiting and Kiteboarding by Jeremy Boyce (Dec 1, 2004)
  • The World Kite and Windsurfing Guide by Udo Hoelker (2010)

Energy Kite Systems / Airborne Wind Energy

  • Airborne Wind Energy Editors: Ahrens, Uwe; Diehl, Moritz; Schmehl, Roland, © 2013, Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd., 2013
  • Airborne Wind Energy: Advances in Technology Development and Research Roland Schmehl, Editor, © Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd., 2018

Kite Aerial Photography (KAP)

  • Hanging by a thread by Craig Wilson
  • Terschelling in vliegervlucht by Gerrit Bart Volgers


Picture Books

  • Angel's Kite by Alberto Blanco
  • Bear and Kite by Cliff Wright
  • Blue Makes a Kite by Sonali Fry
  • Crosby by Dennis Haseley, Jonathan Green (illustrator)
  • Curious George Flies a Kite by Margret Rey, Hans Augusto Rey[6]
  • The Dragon Kite by Kenneth Steven, Karin Littlewood (illustrator)
  • The Emperor and the Kite by Jane Yolen
  • Fly-Away Kite by Lee Davis
  • Grover, Grover, Come on Over by Katherine Ross
  • The Hair-raising Kite Flight by Hedley Griffin
  • Henry and the Dragon Kite by Bruce Hall
  • Huan Ching and the Golden Fish by Michael Reeser
  • Kipper's Kite by Mike Inkpen
  • Kirsty's Kite by Carol Stilz
  • The Kite by Luis Garay
  • The Kite by Mary Packard, Benrei Huang (illustrator)
  • The Kite and Caitlin by Roger McGough & John Prater
  • The Kite Book by Benjamin Sayre Cory Kilvert, 1909. It holds an image of free-flight kiting.
  • The Kite Festival by Leyla Torres
  • Kite Flying by Grace Lin
  • Laura's Secret by Klaus Baumgart
  • Let's Fly a Kite a MathStart book by Stuart J. Murphy, Brian Floca (illustrator)
  • Lucky Song by Vera Williams
  • The Magic Kite by Rosie Alison & Atholl McDonald (illustrator)
  • The Magic Kite by Bobette Stanbridge
  • Ming and The Magic Kite by Lois Noffsinger Spurrie and Rebecca Pearl (illustrator
  • The Sea-Breeze Hotel by Marcia Vaughan
  • The Tiny Kite of Eddie Wing by Maxine Trottier, Al Van Mil (illustrator)
  • We Like Kites by Stan Berenstain

Specialized kite book lists

Kites; The Art of Using Natural Materials. John Browning. Culicidae Press. 2015 ISBN 978-1-941892-05-3


  1. Miller, Charles M. (1909). "Bibliography Of Kites In Periodical Literature". The Construction And Flying Of Kites. The Manual Arts Press.
  2. Eden, Maxwell (1998). "Bibliography". The Magnificent Book of Kites-Explorations in Design, Construction, Enjoyment and Flight. New York: Sterling Publishing Company. ISBN 0-8069-4990-2.
  3. Miller, Charles M. (1914). "Bibliography" (PDF). Kitecraft and Kite Tournaments. Peoria, IL: Manual Arts Press. pp. 142–144.
  4. Yolen, Will H. (1976). "Bibliography". The complete book of kites and kite flying. New York: Simon and Schuster. pp. 243–244. ISBN 0-671-22191-4.
  5. Hart, Clive (1982). "Bibliography". Kites, an historical survey. P.P Appel. pp. 191–204. ISBN 0-911858-40-7.
  6. Rey, H. A. (2009-12-15). Curious George Flies a Kite. ISBN 0547342543.
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