Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Who Was? Series

Over the weekend I mentioned on Facebook that I was creating book suggestion boards on Pinterest that are divided up into categories. So far I have:

I'm debating breaking the general fiction category down even further (mystery, romance, sci-fi, etc.), but that's a nerdy moment for another day.

Barbara (also on Facebook) mentioned that her grandson loves the Who Was? Series, and I don't doubt it! It's one of the first series I was going to pin, and it's why I created a Children's Nonfiction board. The kids at school adore this series. I received some money from the school thanks to a fundraiser, and the first thing I did was earmark some of that money to buy the newest books in the series. The books detail in easy to understand language the lives of famous people in history. Originally, the series focused on history makers of the past (Who Was?). Now, though, there are books that focus on history makers in our present (Who Is?).

Nico did his biography report on Who was Albert Einstein?, which is a popular one. He had no trouble reading it and to this day remembers key facts about Albert Einstein. Also popular are the biographies of classical composers and authors. Presidents are popular with the 3rd graders since that is the year they do a president's report. Oddly enough, the sports heroes don't get much action. 

If you're looking for a great series of books for kids in the 2nd - 3rd grade, this is one to consider. I know the publisher says up to 5th grade, but I would say that's for a 5th grader who is struggling with reading. This series would be far too easy for a child in middle school. Seriously--don't buy these books "just because" for anyone past the 3rd grade if they are proficient readers. 

I had President's Day off from school. Can you tell? Two posts in a row! :)


  1. My 3rd grader picked President Obama as his biography subject this year, so we got the "Who is Barack Obama?" for him to use. (They were required to read one book on their subject that was more than 75 pages long) He breezed through the book (with lots of "Hey Mom, did you know..."). My first introduction to the series, but it looks great. Glad to get a stamp of approval from someone truly in the know, too. :-)

  2. Yay! I'm glad your son liked the book. :)

  3. Oh, thank you! When I was little, I loved the Value Tales books . . . mostly because they were about real people. So when I saw these books, I wondered if they were good. Now that I know, I'll pack a few for my nephew when I head to Sweden this summer. :)

  4. If you need more books, the brown bookshelf always has a great list of books written by/featuring people of color. I always discover new books to add to my pinterests from them!


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