Young People (8 - 13 years)

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Who Is Michelle Obama? Cover Image
By Megan Stine, Who Hq, John O'Brien (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780448478630
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Published: Grosset & Dunlap - August 15th, 2013

Born into a close knit family in Chicago, Michelle Robinson was a star student who graduated from Princeton and Harvard Law. Then in 1992, she married another promising young lawyer and the rest, as they say, is history.


Who Is Barack Obama? Cover Image
By Roberta Edwards, Who Hq, John O'Brien (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780448453309
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Published: Grosset & Dunlap - December 24th, 2009

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.


Who Was Louis Armstrong? Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780448433684
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Published: Penguin Workshop - January 1st, 2005

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.


Who Was Rosa Parks? Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780448454429
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Published: Penguin Workshop - December 23rd, 2010

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 black-and-white illustrations throughout.


Who Was Jackie Robinson? Cover Image
By Gail Herman, Who Hq, John O'Brien (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780448455570
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Published: Grosset & Dunlap - December 23rd, 2010

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.


Who Was George Washington Carver? Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780448483122
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Published: Penguin Workshop - December 29th, 2015

Born in 1860s Missouri, nobody expected George Washingtoni Carver to succeed. Slaves were not allowed to be educated. After the Civil War, Carver enrolled in classes and proved to be a star student. He became the first black student at Iowa State Agricultural College and later its first black professor.


Who Was Jesse Owens? Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780448483078
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Published: Penguin Workshop - August 11th, 2015

At the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics, track and field star Jesse Owens ran himself straight into international glory by winning four gold medals. But the life of Jesse Owens is much more than a sports story. Born in rural Alabama under the oppressive Jim Crow laws, Owens's family suffered many hardships.


Who Was Nelson Mandela? Cover Image
By Pam Pollack, Who Hq, Stephen Marchesi (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780448479330
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Published: Grosset & Dunlap - January 9th, 2014

As a child he dreamt of changing South Africa; as a man he changed the world. Nelson Mandela spent his life battling apartheid and championing a peaceful revolution. He spent twenty-seven years in prison and emerged as the inspiring leader of the new South Africa. He became the country's first black president and went on to live his dream of change.


Who Was Harriet Tubman? Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780448428895
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Published: Penguin Workshop - December 30th, 2002

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.


Who Was Frederick Douglass? Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780448479118
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Published: Penguin Workshop - December 26th, 2014

Born into slavery in Maryland in 1818, Frederick Douglass was determined to gain freedom--and once he realized that knowledge was power, he secretly learned to read and write to give himself an advantage. After escaping to the North in 1838, as a free man he gave powerful speeches about his experience as a slave.


Who Was Maya Angelou? Cover Image
By Ellen Labrecque, Who Hq, Dede Putra (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780448488530
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Published: Penguin Workshop - January 12th, 2016

Born in Missouri in 1928, Maya Angelou had a difficult childhood. Jim Crow laws segregated blacks and whites in the South. Her family life was unstable at times. But much like her poem, "Still I Rise," Angelou was able to lift herself out of her situation and flourish. She moved to California and became the first black--and first female--streetcar operator before following her interest in dance.


Who Was Muhammad Ali? Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780448479552
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Published: Penguin Workshop - July 24th, 2014

Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. won the world heavyweight championship at the age of 22, the same year he joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali. He would go on to become the first and only three-time (in succession) World Heavyweight Champion.


Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? Cover Image
By Bonnie Bader, Who Hq, Elizabeth Wolf (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780448447230
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Published: Penguin Workshop - December 27th, 2007

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.


Who Was Sojourner Truth? Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780448486789
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Published: Penguin Workshop - December 29th, 2015

Almost 100 years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat, Sojourner Truth was mistreated by a streetcar conductor. She took him to court--and won Before she was Sojourner Truth, she was known simply as Belle. Born a slave in New York sometime around 1797, she was later sold and separated from her family. Even after she escaped from slavery, she knew her work was not yet done.


Who Was King Tut? Cover Image
By Roberta Edwards, Who Hq, True Kelley (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780448443607
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Published: Grosset & Dunlap - March 2nd, 2006

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 . . . ?