Who Is Michael Phelps? (Who Was?)

by Micah Hecht (Author) Manuel Gutierrez (Illustrator)

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

Find out how a mischievous boy became a phenomenal swimmer and the greatest Olympian of all time in this inspiring addition to the #1 New York Times bestselling Who Was? series!

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Michael Phelps began swimming at age seven at the urging of his mom. As a young boy, Michael was brimming with energy--more energy than most other kids his age--and Mrs. Phelps thought this sport could help keep him calm and focused. As Michael grew older, his skills improved, and he transformed into one of the greatest swimmers in the world, winning twenty-eight Olympic medals. Outside of the pool, Michael became an advocate for mental and physical health for adults and children. He even founded an organization that teaches water safety and promotes healthy living.

Young readers can learn more about Michael Phelps's thriving legacy in this illustrated middle-grade biography.

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Micah Hecht
Micah Hecht (they/them) is a swimmer who works in children's book publishing. They fervently follow swimming news online, and this is their first Who HQ book.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Penguin Workshop
Publication date
March 20, 2024
Who Was?
BISAC categories
JNF007100 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Sports & Recreation
JNF054110 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Sports & Recreation | Olympics
JNF053230 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Social Topics | Depression & Mental Illness
Library of Congress categories
United States
Olympic athletes
Phelps, Michael

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