Who Was/Is…? Books In Publication Order
- Who Was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart? (2002)
- Who Was Ben Franklin? (2002)
- Who Was Annie Oakley? (2002)
- Who Was Ben Franklin? (2002)
- Who Was Albert Einstein? (2002)
- Who Was Sacagawea? (2002)
- Who Was Harry Houdini? (2002)
- Who Was Maria Tallchief? (2002)
- Who Was Harriet Tubman? (2002)
- Who Was Amelia Earhart? (2002)
- Who Was Thomas Jefferson? (2003)
- Who Was Helen Keller? (2003)
- Who Was Eleanor Roosevelt? (2004)
- Who Was Mark Twain? (2004)
- Who Was Ferdinand Magellan? (2004)
- Who Was Ronald Reagan? (2004)
- Who Was Louis Armstrong? (2004)
- Who Was John F. Kennedy? (2004)
- Who Was Charles Darwin? (2005)
- Who Was Leonardo da Vinci? (2005)
- Who Was Thomas Alva Edison? (2005)
- Who Were the Beatles? (2006)
- Who Was King Tut? (2006)
- Who Was Daniel Boone? (2006)
- Who Was William Shakespeare? (2006)
- Who Was Anne Frank? (2007)
- Who Was Elvis Presley? (2007)
- Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? (2007)
- Who Was Abraham Lincoln? (2008)
- Who Was Neil Armstrong? (2008)
- Who Was Queen Elizabeth? (2008)
- Who Is Barack Obama? (2009)
- Who Was George Washington? (2009)
- Who Was Pablo Picasso? (2009)
- Who Was Walt Disney? (2009)
- Who Was Claude Monet? (2009)
- Who Was Franklin Roosevelt? (2009)
- Who Was Jackie Robinson? (2010)
- Who Was Rosa Parks? (2010)
- Who Was Dr. Seuss? (2011)
- Who Was Paul Revere? (2011)
- Who Was Steve Jobs? (2012)
- Who Is J.K. Rowling? (2012)
- Who Was Roald Dahl? (2012)
- Who Is Jane Goodall? (2012)
- Who Was Maurice Sendak? (2012)
- Who Is Bill Gates? (2013)
- Who Was Sally Ride? (2013)
- Who Was Christopher Columbus? (2013)
- Who Is Bob Dylan? (2013)
- Who Is Michelle Obama? (2013)
- Who Was Alexander Graham Bell? (2013)
- Who Was Davy Crockett? (2013)
- Who Was Laura Ingalls Wilder? (2013)
- Who Was Nelson Mandela? (2013)
- Who Was Frida Kahlo? (2013)
- Who Was Ernest Shackleton? (2013)
- Who Is Steven Spielberg? (2013)
- Who Was Milton Hershey? (2013)
- Who Was Louis Braille? (2014)
- Who Was Abigail Adams? (2014)
- Who Is Dolly Parton? (2014)
- Who Was Theodore Roosevelt? (2014)
- Who Was Bruce Lee? (2014)
- Who Is George Lucas? (2014)
- Who Was Ulysses S. Grant? (2014)
- Who Was Robert E. Lee? (2014)
- Who Was Clara Barton? (2014)
- Who Was Queen Victoria? (2014)
- Who Is Muhammad Ali? (2014)
- Who Was Marie Curie? (2014)
- Who Was Henry Ford? (2014)
- Who Was Roberto Clemente? (2014)
- Who Was Isaac Newton? (2014)
- Who Was Susan B. Anthony? (2014)
- Who Was Rachel Carson? (2014)
- Who Was Julius Caesar? (2014)
- Who Was Gandhi? (2014)
- Who Is Stan Lee? (2014)
- Who Was Alfred Hitchcock? (2014)
- Who Was Charles Dickens? (2014)
- Who Was Genghis Khan? (2014)
- Who Was Sitting Bull? (2014)
- Who Was Betsy Ross? (2014)
- Who Was Andy Warhol? (2014)
- Who Is Gloria Steinem? (2014)
- Who Was Frederick Douglass? (2014)
- Who Was Jesus? (2015)
- Who Was Galileo? (2015)
- Who Is Wayne Gretzky? (2015)
- Who Was Robert Ripley? (2015)
- Who Was Jacques Cousteau? (2015)
- Who Was Harriet Beecher Stowe? (2015)
- Who Was Winston Churchill? (2015)
- Who Was Mother Teresa? (2015)
- Who Was Steve Irwin? (2015)
- Who Was Woodrow Wilson? (2015)
- Who Was Beatrix Potter? (2015)
- Who Was J.R.R. Tolkien? (2015)
- Who Is Richard Branson? (2015)
- Who Was Edgar Allan Poe? (2015)
- Who Were the Brothers Grimm? (2015)
- Who Was Jesse Owens? (2015)
- Who Is Malala Yousafzai? (2015)
- Who Is Derek Jeter? (2015)
- Who Is Jeff Kinney? (2015)
- Who Was Julia Child? (2015)
- Who Was Marie Antoinette? (2015)
- Who Was Seabiscuit? (2015)
- Who Was Blackbeard? (2015)
- Who Was George Washington Carver? (2015)
- Who Was Frank Lloyd Wright? (2015)
- Who Was Sojourner Truth? (2015)
- Who Was Maya Angelou? (2016)
- Who Was Lucille Ball? (2016)
- Who Was Joan of Arc? (2016)
- Who Is Elton John? (2016)
- Who Was Jules Verne? (2016)
- Who Was Milton Bradley? (2016)
- Who Is Bruce Springsteen? (2016)
- Who Were The Three Stooges? (2016)
- Who Is Stevie Wonder? (2016)
- Who Was Charlie Chaplin? (2016)
- Who Was Jacqueline Kennedy? (2016)
- Who Is Sonia Sotomayor? (2017)
- Who Was Cesar Chavez? (2017)
- Who Are the Rolling Stones? (2017)
- Who Was Princess Diana? (2017)
- Who Was Bob Marley? (2017)
- Who Was Pete Seeger? (2017)
- Who Was Andrew Jackson? (2017)
- Who Are Venus and Serena Williams? (2017)
- Who Is Pope Francis? (2017)
- Who Was Alexander Hamilton? (2017)
- Who Was Fidel Castro? (2017)
- Who Was Lewis Carroll? (2017)
- Who Was Coretta Scott King? (2017)
- Who Was Chuck Jones? (2017)
- Who Was Jane Austen? (2017)
- Who Was Booker T. Washington? (2018)
- Who Was Henry VIII? (2018)
- Who Was Aretha Franklin? (2018)
- Who Is the Dalai Lama? (2018)
- Who Was Leif Erikson? (2018)
- Who Is Pele? (2018)
- Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen? (2018)
- Who Was Selena? (2018)
- Who Is Judy Blume? (2018)
- Who Is Bono? (2018)
- Who Was Nikola Tesla? (2018)
- Who Was H. J. Heinz? (2019)
Who Was/Is…? Book Covers
Who Was/Is…? Books Overview
Born in Austria in 1756, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed his first piece of music, a minuet, when he was just five years old! Soon after, he was performing for kings and emperors. Although he died at the young age of thirty five, Mozart left a legacy of more than 600 works. This fascinating biography charts the musician’s extraordinary career and personal life while painting a vivid cultural history of eighteenth century Europe. Black and white illustrations on every spread explore such topics as the history of opera and the evolution of musical instruments. There is also a timeline and a bibliography.
Illustrated by Carrie Robbins.
Cover illustration by Nancy Harrison.
You want girl power? Meet Annie Oakley! Born in 1860, she became one of the best loved and most famous women of her generation. She amazed audiences all over the world with her sharpshooting, horse riding, action packed performances. In an age when most women stayed home, she traveled the world and forged a new image for American women.
Ben Franklin was the scientist who, with the help of a kite, discovered that lightning is electricity. He was also a statesman, an inventor, a printer, and an author a man of such amazingly varied talents that some people claimed he had magical powers! Full of all the details kids will want to know, the true story of Benjamin Franklin is by turns sad and funny, but always honest and awe inspiring.
Everyone has heard of Albert Einstein but what exactly did he do? How much do kids really know about Albert Einstein besides the funny hair and genius label? For instance, do they know that he was expelled from school as a kid? Finally, here’s the story of Albert Einstein’s life, told in a fun, engaging way that clearly explores the world he lived in and changed.
Sacagawea was only sixteen when she made one of the most remarkable journeys in American history, traveling 4500 miles by foot, canoe, and horse all while carrying a baby on her back! Without her, the Lewis and Clark expedition might have failed. Through this engaging book, kids will understand the reasons that today, 200 years later, she is still remembered and immortalized on a new golden dollar coin.
Every kid has heard of Harry Houdini, the famous magician who could escape from handcuffs, jail cells, and locked trunks. But do they know that the ever ambitious and adventurous Houdini was also a famous movie star and the first pilot to fly a plane in Australia? This well told biography is full of the details of Houdini’s life that kids will really want to know about and illustrated throughout with beautiful black and white line drawings.
Illustrated by John O’Brien.
Cover Illustration by Nancy Harrison.
Born in 1925, Maria Tallchief spent part of her childhood on an Osage reservation in Oklahoma. With the support of her family and world renowned choreographer George Balanchine, she rose to the top of her art form to become America’s first prima ballerina. Black and white illustrations provide visual sidebars to the history of ballet while taking readers through the life of this amazing dancer. Illustrated by Val Paul Taylor.
Born a slave in Maryland, Harriet Tubman knew first hand what it meant to be someone’s property; she was whipped by owners and almost killed by an overseer. It was from other field hands that she first heard about the Underground Railroad which she travelled by herself north to Philadelphia. Throughout her long life she died at the age of ninety two and long after the Civil War brought an end to slavery, this amazing woman was proof of what just one person can do.
Amelia Earhart was a woman of many ‘firsts.’ In 1932, she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. In 1935, she also became the first woman to fly across the Pacific. From her early years to her mysterious 1937 disappearance while attempting a flight around the world, readers will find Amelia Earhart’s life a fascinating story.
Did you know that John Adams had to coax Thomas Jefferson into writing the Declaration of Independence? It’s true. The shy Virginia statesman refused at first, but then went on to author one of our nation’s most important and inspiring documents. The third U.S. president, Jefferson was also an architect, inventor, musician, farmer, and what is certainly the most troubling aspect of his life a slave owner. Finally, here’s a biography for kids that unveils the many facets of this founding father’s remarkable and complicated life. Illustrated by John O’Brien.
At age two, Helen Keller became deaf and blind. She lived in a world of silence and darkness and she spent the rest of her life struggling to break through it. But with the help of teacher Annie Sullivan, Helen learned to read, write, and do many amazing things. This inspiring illustrated biography is perfect for young middle grade readers. Black and white line drawings throughout, sidebars on related topics such as Louis Braille, a timeline, and a bibliography enhance readers’ understanding of the subject.
Illustrated by John O’Brien.
For a long time, the main role of First Ladies was to act as hostesses of the White House…
until Eleanor Roosevelt. Born in 1884, Eleanor was not satisfied to just be a glorified hostess for her husband, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Eleanor had a voice, and she used it to speak up against poverty and racism. She had experience and knowledge of many issues, and fought for laws to help the less fortunate. She had passion, energy, and a way of speaking that made people listen, and she used these gifts to campaign for her husband and get him elected president four times! A fascinating historical figure in her own right, Eleanor Roosevelt changed the role of First Lady forever.
A humorist, narrator, and social observer, Mark Twain is unsurpassed in American literature. Best known as the author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, not unlike his protagonist, Huck, has a restless spirit. He found adventure prospecting for silver in Nevada, navigating steamboats down the Mississippi, and making people laugh around the world. But Twain also had a serious streak and decried racism and injustice. His fascinating life is captured candidly in this enjoyable biography.
When Portuguese sailor Ferdinand Magellan set sail from Spain in 1519, he believed he could get to the Spice Islands by sailing west through or around the New World. He was right, but what he didn’t know was that the treacherous voyage would take him three years and cost him his life. Black and white line drawings illustrate Magellan’s life and voyage, with sidebars and a time line that enhance readers’ understanding of the period.
From his childhood in rural Illinois to moviemaking days in Hollywood and on to a career in politics that took him all the way to the Oval Office, Ronald Reagan kept an abiding faith in America and in what our country stood for. The oldest president ever, he survived a near fatal assassination attempt and lived to be 93. Who Was Ronald Reagan?? covers his life and times in a balanced, entertaining way for children. More than 100 black and white illustrations fill out the portrait of our fortieth president.
If not for a stint in reform school, young Louis Armstrong might never have become a musician. It was a teacher at the Colored Waifs Home who gave him a cornet, promoted him to band leader, and saw talent in the tough kid from the even tougher New Orleans neighborhood called Storyville. But it was Louis Armstrong’s own passion and genius that pushed jazz into new and exciting realms with his amazing, improvisational trumpet playing. His seventy year life spanned a critical time in American music as well as black history.
The man who saved the lives of his PT 109 crewmen during WWII and became the 35th president fought and won his first battle at the age of two and a half, when he was stricken with scarlet fever. Although his presidency was cut short, our nation’s youngest elected leader left an indelible mark on the American consciousness and now is profiled in our Who Was…
? series. Included are 100 black and white illustrations as well as a timeline that guides readers through this eventful period in history.
As a young boy, Charles Darwin hated school and was often scolded for conducting ‘useless’ experiments. Yet his passion for the natural world was so strong that he suffered through terrible seasickness during his five year voyage aboard The Beagle. Darwin collected new creatures from the coasts of Africa, South America, and the Galapagos Islands, and expanded his groundbreaking ideas that would change people’s understanding of the natural world. About 100 illustrations and a clear, exciting text will make Darwin and his theory of evolution an exciting discovery for every young reader.
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Presents the life and accomplishments of the famous artist, scientist, engineer, and inventor.
One day in 1882, Thomas Edison flipped a switch that lit up lower Manhattan with incandescent light and changed the way people live ever after. The electric light bulb was only one of thousands of Edison’s inventions, which include the phonograph and the kinetoscope, an early precursor to the movie camera. As a boy, observing a robin catch a worm and then take flight, he fed a playmate a mixture of worms and water to see if she could fly! Here s an accessible, appealing biography with 100 black and white illustrations.
Almost everyone can sing along with the Beatles, but how many young readers know their whole story? Geoff Edgers, a Boston Globe reporter and hard core Beatles fan, brings the Fab Four to life in this Who Was…
? book. Readers will learn about their Liverpudlian childhoods, their first forays into rock music, what Beatlemania was like, and why they broke up. It’s all here in an easy to read narrative with plenty of black and white illustrations!
Ever since Howard Carter uncovered King Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922, the young pharaoh has become a symbol of the wealth and mystery of ancient Egypt. Now, a two and a half year long museum exhibit of Tut s treasures is touring major cities in the U.S., drawing record crowds. This Who Was…
? is complete with 100 black andwhite illustrations and explains the life and times of this ancient Egyptian ruler, covering the story of the tomb s discovery, as well as myths and so called mummy curses.
Called the ‘Great Pathfinder,’ Daniel Boone is most famous for opening up the West to settlers through Kentucky. A symbol of America’s pioneering spirit, Boone was a skilled outdoorsman and an avid reader, although he never attended school. Sydelle Kramer skillfully recounts Boone s many adventures, such as the day he rescued his own daughter from kidnappers.
The beloved plays of Shakespeare are still produced everywhere, yet the life of the world’s most famous playwright remains largely a mystery. Young Will left the town of Stratford to pursue theater in London, where his work eventually thrived and made him a famous and wealthy man. With black and white illustrations that include a diagram of the famous Globe theater, Celeste Davidson Mannis puts together the pieces of Shakespeare s life and work for young readers.
In her amazing diary, Anne Frank revealed the challenges and dreams common for any young girl. But Hitler brought her childhood to an end and forced her and her family into hiding. Who Was Anne Frank?? looks closely at Anne’s life before the secret annex, what life was like in hiding, and the legacy of her diary. Black and white illustrations including maps and diagrams provide historical and visual reference in an easy to read biography written in a way that is appropriate and accessible for younger readers.
Put on your blue suede shoes and get ready for the latest title in the Who Was ? series! The King could not have come from humbler origins: Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, during the Depression, he grew up with the blues music of the rural South, the gospel music of local churches, and the country western classics. But he forged a sound all his own and a look that was all his own, too. With curled lip, swiveling hips, and greased pompadour, Elvis changed popular music forever, ushering in the age of rock and roll. Geoff Edgers’s fascinating biography of this icon of American pop culture includes blackand white illustrations on nearly every spread.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was only 25 when he helped organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott and was soon organizing black people across the country in support of the right to vote, desegregation, and other basic civil rights. Maintaining nonviolent and peaceful tactics even when his life was threatened, King was also an advocate for the poor and spoke out against racial and economic injustice until his death from an assassin’s bullet in 1968. With clearly written text that explains this tumultuous time in history and 80 black and white illustrations, this Who Was ? celebrates the vision and the legacy of a remarkable man.
Born to a family of farmers, Lincoln stood out from an early age literally! He was six feet four inches tall. As sixteenth President of the United States, he guided the nation through the Civil War and saw the abolition of slavery. But Lincoln was tragically shot one night at Ford’s Theater the first President to be assassinated. Over 100 black and white illustrations and maps are included.
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon and, to an audience of over 450 million people, proclaimed his step a giant leap for mankind. This Eagle Scout built his own model planes as a little boy and then grew up to be a test pilot for experimental aircraft before becoming an astronaut. Over 100 black and white illustrations bring Armstrong’s story to life.
Our bestselling series is fit for a queen! The life of Queen Elizabeth I was dramatic and dangerous: cast out of her father’s court at the age of three and imprisoned at nineteen, Elizabeth was crowned queen in 1558, when she was only twenty five. A tough, intelligent woman who spoke five languages, Elizabeth ruled for over forty years and led England through one of its most prosperous periods in history. Over 80 illustrations bring Gloriana and her court to life.
As the world now knows, Barack Obama has made history as our first African American president. With black and white illustrations throughout, this biography is perfect for primary graders looking for a longer, fuller life story than is found in the author’s bestselling beginning reader Barack Obama: United States President.
In 1789, George Washington became the first president of the United States. He has been called the father of our country for leading America through its early years. Washington also served in two major wars during his lifetime: the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. With over 100 black and white illustrations, Washington’s fascinating story comes to life revealing the real man, not just the face on the dollar bill!
Over a long, turbulent life, Picasso continually discovered new ways of seeing the world and translating it into art. A restless genius, he went through a blue period, a rose period, and a Cubist phase. He made collages, sculptures out of everyday objects, and beautiful ceramic plates. True Kelley’s engaging biography is a wonderful introduction to modern art.
Walt Disney always loved to entertain people. Often it got him into trouble. Once he painted pictures with tar on the side of his family’s white house. His family was poor, and the happiest time of his childhood was spent living on a farm in Missouri. His affection for small town life is reflected in Disneyland Main Streets around the world. With black and white illustrations throughout, this biography reveals the man behind the magic. This book is not authorized, licensed or endorsed by the Walt Disney Company or any affiliate.
Claude Monet is considered one of the most influential artists of all time. He is a founder of the French Impressionist art movement, and today his paintings sell for millions of dollars. While Monet was alive, however, his work was often criticized and he struggled financially. With over one hundred black and white illustrations, this book unveils a true portrait of the artist!
Although polio left him wheelchair bound, Franklin Delano Roosevelt took office during the Great Depression and served as president during World War II. Elected four times, he spent thirteen years in the White House. How he led the country through tremendously difficult problems, much like the ones facing America today, makes for a timely and engrossing biography.
As a kid, Jackie Robinson loved sports. And why not? He was a natural at football, basketball, and, of course, baseball. But beyond athletic skill, it was his strength of character that secured his place in sports history. In 1947 Jackie joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking the long time color barrier in major league baseball. It was tough being first not only did ‘fans’ send hate mail but some of his own teammates refused to accept him. Here is an inspiring sports biography, with black and white illustrations throughout.
In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama. This seemingly small act triggered civil rights protests across America and earned Rosa Parks the title Mother of the Civil Rights Movement. This biography has blackand white illustrations throughout.