- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 1, 2003


Two Canadians won a $10,000 award yesterday for their book on aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright at a ceremony at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, presided over by Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney.

Author Peter Busby of Vancouver, British Columbia, and illustrator David Craig of Toronto were each presented with a $5,000 check by Mrs. Cheney for being the first winners of the James Madison Book Award, established in April.

The annual award, which is funded by Mrs. Cheney from the proceeds of her book, “America: A Patriotic Primer,” is given to the book that best presents American history for children ages 5 through 14.

The 32-page winning book, “First to Fly: How Wilbur & Orville Wright Invented the Airplane,” is published by Crown Books. The Wright brothers’ inaugural plane flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C., occurred in December 1903.

“This committee was impressed with the way that this book both informed and inspired,” said Celeste Colgan, chairman of the committee that selected the winning book from hundreds of entries. “Children will want to read it, and when they do, they will have a better understanding of an American technological achievement that revolutionized the world.”

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