THE “Who Was/Is….” series of paperbacks has over 250 titles to choose from. It began 20 years ago with just four titles.

Each book provides a great start for kids who want to learn about some of the iconic names in history, politics, science, and sports. I chose Harriet Tubman to feature today in honor of Black History Month.

At just over 100 pages the story unfolds as to how Harriet Tubman began her life as a slave before fleeing to the North. She returned many times to help her family and others make the trip to freedom. Eventually Harriet would become a Union Army spy and her bravery published in two books. She lived to be 92 years old and is remembered with a large plaque in front of the Auburn, NY courthouse.

The text is interspersed with illustrations along with short essays about other events and people of the era. Here you will learn more about Slave Auctions, Plantation Crops, Vigilance Committees, and Quakers to name a few. The story ends with a helpful timeline of Harriet Tubman”s life and a bibliography.

You can check out other titles in the best selling series here.

Highly recommended for curious middle grade readers.

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  1. Carol Baldwin says:

    A great idea for a series! Thanks.

  2. carolbaldwin says:

    And also (of course) to highlight Harriet Tubman’s life and work.

  3. What a progressive woman who fought against all odds to lead slaves to freedom. I love her courageous story! This series sounds perfect for the intended audience. Thanks for introducing me to the Who Was/Is series.

  4. Harriet Tubman is such a great figure in history. This sounds like a wonderful book and a wonderful series. I will have to check some of these books out. Thanks for telling me about them.

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