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What Was...? Series
Authors: Jim O'Connor, Kathleen Krull, Joan Holub, Patricia Brennan Demuth, Pam Pollack, Meg Belviso, Yona Zeldis McDonough, Janet B. Pascal, Judith St. George, Gail Herman, Robin Koontz, Dina Anastasio, Michael Harris, Dorothy Hoobler, Thomas Hoobler, Megan Stine, Nico Medina, Bonnie Bader, Stephanie Sabol
Illustrators: John Mantha, James Bennett, Lauren Mortimer, Tim Tomkinson, David Groff, Kevin McVeigh, John Hinderliter, Fred Harper, Scott Anderson, Tim Foley, David Grayson Kenyon, Dede Putra, Gregory Copeland, Stephen Marchesi, Jerry Hoare, Ted Hammond
Number of Books in Series: 34 so far
Age Group: 8 - 12 years

Reading Level: AR Levels 4.6-6.3
GLE 4.0-6.2
F&P/GRL P
DRA 38
Lexile® measure 620L-940L
Companion/Related Series: Who Was...?, Where Is...?

Each book in this series offers a detailed account of an important historical event.

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What Was...? Book List:



The books in this series are unrelated (different characters and setting) and can be read in any order.

Publication Order

Jump to Books: 11-20  21-30  31-34  

Book 1: What Was the Battle of Gettysburg?
Ages 8-12. February 7, 2013.
AR: 5.8 (1 Point, Quiz #157220);  GLE: 5.8
Lexile measure: 810L

Book 2: What Was the Boston Tea Party?
Ages 8-12. February 7, 2013.
AR: 5.9 (1 Point, Quiz #157221);  GLE: 6.2
Lexile measure: 900L

Book 3: What Was the Gold Rush?
Ages 8-12. February 7, 2013.
AR: 4.6 (1 Point, Quiz #157222)
Lexile measure: 680L

Book 4: What Was the March on Washington?
Ages 8-12. February 7, 2013.
AR: 6.1 (1 Point, Quiz #157223);  GLE: 4
F&P/GRL: P;  DRA: 38
Lexile measure: 900L

Book 5: What Was Pearl Harbor?
Ages 8-12. June 27, 2013.
AR: 5.4 (1 Point, Quiz #160144)
Lexile measure: 800L

Book 6: What Was the First Thanksgiving?
Ages 8-12. August 15, 2013.
AR: 5 (1 Point, Quiz #163167);  GLE: 4.3
F&P/GRL: P;  DRA: 38
Lexile measure: 690L

Book 7: What Was the Alamo?
Ages 8-12. October 3, 2013.
AR: 5.4 (1 Point, Quiz #162448)
Lexile measure: 800L

Book 8: What Was the Underground Railroad?
Ages 8-12. December 26, 2013.
AR: 5 (1 Point, Quiz #165682);  GLE: 4.4
Lexile measure: 710L

Book 9: What Was Ellis Island?
Ages 8-12. March 13, 2014.
AR: 5.6 (1 Point, Quiz #165680)
Lexile measure: 800L

Book 10: What Was Pompeii?
Ages 8-12. March 13, 2014.
AR: 6.3 (1 Point, Quiz #165681)
Lexile measure: 940L
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Book 11: What Is the Statue of Liberty?
Ages 8-12. May 29, 2014.
AR: 6 (1 Point, Quiz #166592)
Lexile measure: 880L

Book 12: What Is the Panama Canal?
Ages 8-12. June 26, 2014.
AR: 5.9 (1 Point, Quiz #168840)

Book 13: What Was the Lewis and Clark Expedition?
Ages 8-12. October 16, 2014.
AR: 5.8 (1 Point, Quiz #171135)
Lexile measure: 860L

Book 14: What Was the Hindenburg?
Ages 8-12. December 26, 2014.
AR: 5.4 (1 Point, Quiz #172006)
Lexile measure: 770L

Book 15: What Was D-Day?
Ages 8-12. April 14, 2015.
Lexile measure: 840L

Book 16: What Is the World Series?
Ages 8-12. June 23, 2015.
Lexile measure: 680L

Book 17: What Was Hurricane Katrina?
Ages 8-12. August 11, 2015.
Lexile measure: 880L

Book 18: What Were the Salem Witch Trials?
Ages 8-12. August 11, 2015.
Lexile measure: 760L

Book 19: What Is the Super Bowl?
Ages 8-12. October 27, 2015.
Lexile measure: 620L

Book 20: What Was the Great Depression?
Ages 8-12. December 22, 2015.
AR: 5.5 (1.0 Point, Quiz #180223)
Lexile measure: 790L
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Book 21: What Was Woodstock?
Ages 8-12. January 12, 2016.
Lexile measure: 750L

Book 22: What Are the Summer Olympics?
Ages 8-12. March 22, 2016.
Lexile measure: 750L

Book 23: What Is the Declaration of Independence?
Ages 8-12. May 10, 2016.
Lexile measure: 880L

Book 24: What Were the Twin Towers?
Ages 8-12. May 10, 2016.
Lexile measure: 890L

Book 25: What Was the Great Chicago Fire?
Ages 8-12. October 25, 2016.
Lexile measure: 720L

Book 26: What Was the San Francisco Earthquake?
Ages 8-12. October 25, 2016.
Lexile measure: 720L

Book 27: What Was the Age of the Dinosaurs?
Ages 8-12. February 28, 2017.
Lexile measure: 820L

Book 28: What Was the Wild West?
Ages 8-12. April 25, 2017.
Lexile measure: 820L

Book 29: What Was the Holocaust?
Ages 8-12. June 27, 2017.

Book 30: What Is Rock and Roll?
Ages 8-12. August 22, 2017.
Lexile measure: 940L
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Book 31: What Are the Ten Commandments?
Ages 8-12. October 10, 2017.

Book 32: What Was the Ice Age?
Ages 8-12. October 10, 2017.
Lexile measure: 840L

Book 33: What Is the World Cup?
Ages 8-12. March 6, 2018.

Book 34: What Was the Titanic?
Ages 8-12. March 6, 2018.

Book Sets: Sets of Up to 34 Books


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Author Website for Joan Holub
Author Website for Yona Zeldis McDonough
Author Website for Judith St. George
Author Website for Gail Herman
Author Website for Robin Koontz
Author Website for Dina Anastasio
Author Website for Dorothy Hoobler
Author Website for Thomas Hoobler
Author Website for Megan Stine




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