Congratulations to Missouri Writers Guild Board Member

Billie Holladay Skelley

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce recipients of the 2021 AIAA Children’s Literature Award.  This prestigious award is presented for an outstanding, significant, and original contribution in aeronautics and astronautics.  Past award recipients of this awards may be found at:

It is our pleasure to announce that the book “Ruth Law: The Queen of the Air” authored by Billie Holladay Skelly has been selected to receive the 2021 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Children’s Literature Award.

Billie Holladay Skelley, a retired clinical nurse specialist, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her writing has appeared in various journals, magazines, and anthologies in print and online—ranging from the American Aviation Historical Society Journal and Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors to the American Journal of Nursing and Chicken Soup for the Soul.  An award-winning author, she has written eight books for children and teens. 

Congratulations on this well-deserved honor!


Laura McGill

AIAA Honors and Awards Committee Chair