“Who was…?” Reading Challenge for Kids

This February we are hosting a reading challenge for upper elementary and middle school students. The challenge is based on biographies about famous people, both current and from the past, that are part of the Who Was series. This award-winning series intended for children ages 8-12 offers fascinating stories and amazing facts about important people from history and popular culture.

To participate in the challenge, kids will read one of the books from the series and complete one of the activities listed below. At the end of the month, the two kids who read the most books and complete the activities will each be awarded a Winter Boredom Basket.

To submit completed activities, bring them to the front desk or email them to info@lakewoodlibrary.org.


  • Art: Sketch the person or a key moment from his or her life. Write a sentence or two about the illustration.
  • Amazing Facts: List 3 or 4 of the most amazing facts about the person. Next to each, tell why the fact is so amazing
  • Name Poem: Write the person’s name (first, last, both) vertically down the left side of a piece of paper. Use each letter to begin a line of the poem. On each line, write a word, phrase, or sentence about the person:
    • Example:
  • Diamante: This is a 7 line diamond-shaped poem. The person’s first and last name are the first and last lines of the poem. The middle two or three lines are phrases about the person’s life:
    • Example:

If your child is interested in participating in the challenge, you can check titles out at the library, arrange for curbside pickup , or make use of our new home delivery service. There are many books in the series available in the library system.

Here are the ones we have at Lakewood Memorial Library:

Who is Bob Dylan?
Who is Ruth Bader Ginsburg?
Who was Lucille Ball?
Who were the Beatles?
Who Was Julius Caesar?
Who Is Malala Yousafzai?
Who Was Alexander the Great?
Who Was Ben Franklin?
Who Was Cesar Chavez?
Who Was Winston Churchill?
Who Was Amelia Earhart?
Who Was Gandhi?
Who Was Joan of Arc?
Who Was Nelson Mandela?
Who Was Elvis Presley?
Who Was Sally Ride?
Who was Jackie Robinson?
Who Was Sitting Bull?
Who Was Harriet Tubman?
Who Was Laura Ingalls Wilder?
Who Was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart?