AUGUST 17, 2022

The 2022-2023 Who Was? History Bee

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A Brand New History Bee!

“The idea behind the History Bee was to bring the popularity and collectability of The Who HQ Series to life by giving the series’ biggest fans a chance to show just how much they’ve learned from the books. We wanted to create an engaging program that benefited everyone – both the teachers and librarians as well as the students!” – Francesco Sedita, Publisher of Penguin Workshop

The Who Was? History Bee is coming to your child’s school or library! Brought to you by Penguin Young Readers, the publishers of the #1 New York Times best-selling book series, The Who Was? History Bee was created to get children excited and engaged with history in a new way. Kids, along with their parents, librarians, and teachers, can’t get enough of the Who Was? books – they love reading about the inventors, artists, explorers, leaders, and other amazing people who helped change the world. The Bee will help grow that excitement and curiosity about history – a subject children need to know to prepare for the future.

The Who Was? History Bee is a trivia competition for kids in Grades 3-5. It’s going to be exciting, challenging, and epically fun! Best of all, it’s FREE for schools and libraries to sign up.

How does it work?  The Who Was? History Bee couldn't be brought to life without the help of our Bee administrators! That’s you! If you’re a paid employee of a school or library, you can sign up to be an official participating Bee school or library. There’s no cost, and we only ask that you have access to a computer with internet service as our Bee communications will come to you via email.

From there, you’ll start receiving emails from the Bee team. They’ll help you promote, organize, and run your school, classroom, or library’s The Who Was? History Bee from start to finish with the help of the new Who Was? History Bee Guidebook. If at any point you have a question, email them at! They’ll help you sort it out in a flash. Will one of your students become one of our four Regional Champions? We hope so!


There will be one Finalist/Champion per geographic region (West, Midwest, South, Northeast). Each champion will receive a $2,500 US savings bond, a Who Was? library set for themselves, and a Who Was? library set for their classroom or library. The four regional champions will also be celebrated in a Who Was? Roblox event experience on a future date in early May 2023 once winners have been announced.

What’s New

Our Regional Champion Teams! This year, students will compete within their classrooms and schools in order to win a spot as a Regional Champion! 

There will be four Regional Champions for the 2022-2023 season. That means, given where your school is based, you and your students will be representing one of the below Regional Champion icons for The Who Was? History Bee and will be on their team! Make sure you represent your colors and team names with pride! We’ll then have four Regional Champion student winners for each section of the country representing their team. Each winner, along with winning the aforementioned finalist prizes, will be celebrated in a special virtual Roblox event – details of which will be coming soon!

To register for the Bee and for full rules and 2022-2023 season information, including what’s new this year, visit:

Key Dates

  • August 1–December 23, 2022: Registration window for the 2022-2023 The Who Was? History Bee
  • August 1, 2022–January 31, 2023: Classroom Bees take place across the US
  • August 1, 2022–February 28, 2023: School Bees take place across the US
  • March 1–March 31, 2023: Proctored exams given to School Bee winners and uploaded onto The Who Was? History Bee website – Here
  • April 1–April 20, 2023: Bee Team deliberates and determines the four Regional Champions
  • Week of April 21, 2023: notify teachers and librarians of four Regional Champion winners
  • Early May 2023: The Who Was? History Bee Regional Champion Celebration – Live on Roblox!


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