Who Is? (Who Was?) Series

Looking for a quick injection of diversity on your bookshelf?  Check out the Who Is? (Who Was/What Was?) series!

Penguin’s Who Was? and What Was? series of nonfiction books offers kid-friendly accounts of important historical events and famous figures.

These are illustrated chapter books that would be appropriate for ages 8-12 in both solo reading and read-aloud settings.

To extend the learning experience, Penguin has published an Educator’s Resource with questions and activities.  Please click below for further information:


While there are many wonderful titles in this series, the following books feature people of color and/or discuss the historical events that frame(d) their experiences.

Malala Yousafzai

Genghis Khan
Mother Teresa
Bruce Lee

Jesse Owens
Prez Obama

Harriet Tubman
Muhammad Ali
Roberto Clemente

Frida Kahlo
Michelle Obama
Sitting Bull

Frederick Douglass
Louis Armstrong
Who Was Jackie Robinson

Who was Rosa Parks
Underground RR

Maria Tallchief

Great Wall of China
King Tut
Hurricane Katrina

Coming Soon…

George Washington Carver
Maya Angelou
Sojourner Truth

Michael Jackson

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