Who Is Katie Ledecky? (Who Was?)

by James Buckley (Author) Laurie A Conley (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade
Series: Who Was?

Learn how a young girl who loved being in the water became one of the greatest Olympic swimmers of all time in this exciting addition to the Who HQ Now series featuring newsmakers and trending topics. Katie Ledecky began swimming competitively at age six after watching her mother and brother in the pool.

By age fifteen, she was setting records and winning gold medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics. And with each year, Katie improved her skills and her times in the water!

The Summer 2024 Olympics in Paris will be Katie's fourth, and the world will be watching. With over seven Olympic gold medals, nineteen World Championship gold medals, and twenty-two overall medals at the World Aquatics Championships to her name, Katie has become the most decorated female swimmer in the world. Her charming spirit and impressive athletic skills have made Katie a popular role model for young swimmers, and everyone is eager to see what she achieves in the future.

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James Buckley
James Buckley Jr. has written more than 50 books for kids, including Who Was Ernest Shackleton? and Who Was Roberto Clemente?

Manuel Gutierrez is an Argentinian illustrator with vast experience working internationally as a visual storyteller in the fields of comic books and advertising. Manuel was born in Neuquen, in the Argentinian Patagonia, and is a self-taught artist. He has worked for Marvel and DC Comics.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Penguin Workshop
Publication date
June 04, 2024
Who Was?
BISAC categories
JNF007120 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Women
JNF054150 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Sports & Recreation | Water Sports
JNF054110 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Sports & Recreation | Olympics
Library of Congress categories

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