• 32 Pages
  • 8.5" x 11"
  • 9780807580356
  • January 2012

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  • March 2015

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  • A solid introduction to a lesser-known sports heroine.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • The engrossing narrative makes this book a can’t-miss account of believing in seemingly impossible dreams and pursuing one’s passion. Gracefully pictured in Velasquez’s oil paintings, Coachman flies high in every way imaginable.

    - Booklist

  • Velasquez’s majestic, thickly painted oils portray Coachman (b. 1923) with a quiet serenity and assurance, as Malaspina, writing in verse, conveys the magnitude of her accomplishments with agility and lyricism.

    - Publishers Weekly

  • Alice, as depicted in Eric Velasquez’s dynamic paintings, seems always to be airborne‚ĶMalaspina employs a spirited prose style to tell the story of Alice’s extraordinary career.

    - BookPage

  • An inspiring introduction to an obscure athlete.

    - School Library Journal

  • Told in free verse, this story of determination will inspire readers to reach for the sky as they try to make their own dreams come true. Oil paintings beautifully depict each part of Alice’s journey, with a double-page spread devoted to her gold-winning jump.

    - Library Media Connection

Awards & Accolades

  • CCBC Choices 2013
  • 2014-2015 Children's Crown Award
  • 2013-2014 Macy's Multicultural Collection of Children's Literature
  • 2015 Louisiana Readers' Choice Master List
  • A 2013 CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
  • 2013 Amelia Bloomer list
  • 2013 IRA-CBC Children's Choices
  • Best Children's Books of the Year 2013, Bank Street College


Touch The Sky: Alice Coachman, Olympic High Jumper.

Common Core

RI.3.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 RI.4.1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10

Activities & Resources


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.50
  • ATOS Level: 3.60