Let’s go fly a kite up to the highest height and send it soaring… Pardon me while I sing a favorite song from the movie Mary Poppins. It’s March, and since March is known to be windy, it is a great time to fly kites.

Kite Facts

  • All kites are made with a simple, lightweight wooden frame and covered with paper or cloth with a long line (think string or fishing line).
  • Kites are named after a bird called a Kite, which is similar to a hawk.
  • Kites were flown around 3000 years ago in China or Asia.
  • Kite flying is now a part of Asian festivals.
  • There are various types of kites, the most basic type being the diamond-shaped kite with a tail that you see in most books. Check out this website for more information about different kinds of kites.

Kite Flying Rules

  • 1
    Fly on a day with a good breeze.
  • 2
    Make sure to stay away from power lines, as kites and kite strings are good conductors of electricity.
  • 3
    Never use wire for the string part of your kite; use string or fishing line.
  • 4
    Save kite flying for days with good weather, no storms or rain.
  • 5
    Most of all, have fun!

Check out these kite books from our library catalog

Based on actual events, tells the story of Homan Walsh, who dreamed of flying his kite across the wide Niagara River.

Shibumi and the Kitemaker by Mercer Mayer

After seeing the disparity between the conditions of her father’s palace and the city beyond its walls, the Emperor’s daughter has the royal kitemaker build a huge kite to take her away from it all.

Chinese Kite Festival  by Rich Lo

Animal names and their significance in Chinese culture is explained in simple bilingual text for young readers.

Kite Flying by Grace Lin

A girl describes how her family makes and flies a kite.