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There are many kite books with good instructions and plans. These are some, but not all. If you know of other books that you have found helpful, please E-mail me and we'll include them on this list.

KITES, AN HISTORICAL SURVEY
, Clive Hart. It usually is found in most libraries. ISBN 0-911858-38-5. It not only is good reading, it makes a lot of sense. The book was first copywritten in 1967 and again in 1982, catalog card # 81-1252.

KITES, Wayne Hosking, MALLARD Press, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10103 ISBN 0-7924-5826-5 Good picture / coffee table book. No plans. Great pictures of what is out there.

KITES, AUSSIE STYLE (The Trash Bag Kite Book), KITES TO TOUCH THE SKY Wayne Hosking, 5300 Stony Creek, Midland, MI 48640. $9.95 PLUS $2.00 shipping and handling. My first kite book. Great book for people wanting to learn all the basics of kite building with trashbags. Cheap kites, easy for kids. The plans in the book are easily transferable to making kites out of ripstop nylon.

KITES, The High Flying World of, Ray Paprocki, WILLOWISP Press, Inc., 401 E. Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085. ISBN 0-87406 431-7. Small, short, inexpensive book of kites. Great little picture book to show your friends what you do. No plans. ($2.95)

KITE FLIGHT, (Complete, easy-to-follow instructions for making 40 different kites.), Jack Botermans and Alice Weve, Henry Holt and Company, Inc., 521 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10175. ISBN 0-03-008518-7 For the intermediate to experienced builder. Plans are OK, but leave all the material / measurement / sewing details & choices to the reader. Frequently, key assembly details are left out, and the reader needs to supply their own.

KITES FOR EVERYONE, ( $14.50 ), Margaret Greger, 1425 Marshall, Richland, WA , 99352. - Margaret Greger's books are my personal favorites. All the basics. Great books. Beginner or expert, there are plans here you will want to try. COMPLETE instructions for plastic and cloth kites. Instructions for workshops and classrooms.

MORE KITES FOR EVERYONE, ( $11.50 ), Margaret Greger, 1425 Marshall, Richland, WA , 99352. - Margaret Greger's books are my personal favorites. All the basics. Great books. Beginner or expert, there are plans here you will want to try. COMPLETE instructions for plastic and cloth kites. Instructions for workshops and classrooms.

KITES, The Penguin Book of , David Pelham. Viking Penguin Inc., 40 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010. $9.95. Very detailed and great history of kiting. Many kite plans best understood by engineers.  Considered by many to be the kite maker's Bible. It has been out of print for a while, but a new edition has hit the streets in late 2001. Get yours before they are all gone again.

KITEWORKS (Explorations in Kite Building & Flying), Maxwell Eden, Sterling Publishing, 387 Park Avenue South, New York, N.Y. 10016 - ISBN 0-8069-6712-9. Very detailed book about building & flying. Advanced builders will enjoy the history of the Flexifoil. Some plans and instructions leave out details suggesting the author did not build them.

THE MAGNIFICENT BOOK OF KITES, by Maxwell Eden. Sterling Publishing, 387 Park Avenue South, New York, N.Y. 10016 - ISBN 0-8069-4990-2. Basically a 'second edition' of his 'Kiteworks' book with some additions. Good stuff that every kiter should know. Lots of great plans.

SOFT KITES AND WINDSOCKS, Jim Rowlands, St. Martins Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
ISBN 0-312-08966-X. $14.95. Good book of soft kites. People who have built kites out of this book tell me that the numbers of parts are frequently incorrect. Check for errata before cutting.

Stunt Kites to Make and Fly
and Stunt Kites Two, by Servaas van der Horst and Nop Velthuizen both are in English. The ISBN No's are 90-6868-052-8 and 90-6868-085-4 respectively. Um, well, ah. I got to see this book in person at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. They called a Flat Fell Seam a French Seam, They showed tying a Bowline with the bitter end on the wrong side of the knot. Then they called a Clove Hitch something I had never heard of. So I put the book down. No doubt it has some redeeming features, but I wasn't willing to wade thru all the errata to find them.

The Tao of Kiteflying,
Harm van Veen. Aeolus Press, Inc. P.O. Box 466, Randallstown, MD 21133. ISBN 0-937315-01-X. No plans, but an excellent treatment of why kites fly, and why they don't. A "must own" for every single line kite enthusiast.

ULTIMATE KITE BOOK, The - PAUL & ARLENE MORGAN,
SIMON & SCHUSTER,
ISBN 0-671-74443-7

Fighter Kites by Philippe Gallot is strongly recommended by Jack Rajczewski.
ISBN 0-312-03964-6 Now out of print but excellent and available though online out of print bookstores and amazon.com used book sellers.
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