Some of the books in the "Who Was" series include "Who Was Marie Curie," "Who Was Helen Keller," "Who Was Jane Goodall" and "Who Was Amelia Earheart." A few other books include "Who Was Mark Twain" and "Who Was Albert Einstein."
The "Who Was" series tells the stories of the lives of many historical figures, some living and some dead, including Stan Lee and Abraham Lincoln. Jane O'Connor created the series, and Penguin Young Readers released it in 2002. As of July 2015, there are over 100 "Who Was" titles written by various authors. In addition to biographical information focused on the person named in the title, the books contain illustrations and sidebars about peers and historical events that enhance details included in the books. They are easy to read in a single sitting and hold a child's interest while remaining informative.
Written specifically for middle school students, the books in the series are over 100 pages, making them ideal to use for book reports. The series covers some complicated materials, such as drug use, legal matters and sexual orientation, but it does so carefully with the demographic in mind. It is also a series that features many strong female figures and historical figures who made significant accomplishments.