31 People Who Changed the World

Elizabeth MacLeod Ontario

Elizabeth MacLeod was managing editor of OWL magazine from 1986 until 1989. She now writes children’s information books, including Why Do Horses Have Manes?, What Did Dinosaurs Eat? and Monster Fliers. Her new book, with Frieda Wishinsky, is A History of Just About Everything. Read more

Frieda Wishinsky Ontario

Frieda Wishinsky is a multi-talented children’s author who writes for all grade levels—picture books, chapter books, novels and non-fiction. Her first picture book, Oonga Boonga, was voted a Pick of the List by the American Booksellers Association. Her new book, with Elizabeth MacLeod, is A History of Just About Everything. Wishinsky lives in Toronto with her husband. Read more

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Waterfront Theatre
$17 / $8.50 for school groups

Ever wonder if Christopher Columbus would rather have stayed home? Or what Buddha’s childhood was like? Elizabeth MacLeod and Frieda Wishinsky, authors of A History of Just About Everything, know that it’s people that make history and they’ve looked at the lives of some of the most incredible explorers, musicians, scientists, writers and world leaders throughout time. If you’ve ever thought about the “how” and “who” of history rather than the “what,” you’ll love spending a morning with these two creative, entertaining, award-winning authors who are curious about who’s made the world the way it is. Come with your questions!

Suitable for grades 4–7

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People Who Changed the World


Elizabeth MacLeod and Frieda Wishinsky, A History of Just About Everything

Curriculum Connections:

  • History
  • Social Studies
  • Science


  • Have the students in the class write an essay on who is their hero in the book and why. Put the papers into a pile and read them aloud (either with or without naming the student). Then discuss with the class how that hero has positively affected the world.
  • Write a list of character traits on the board (like bravery, intelligence, etc). Go through each character trait one at a time. Discuss with the group whether or not these traits would make a person a hero. Then have the group write down which of those traits they see in their friends and in themselves.
  • Have the class write a short essay about one of the people featured in Macleod and Wishinsky’s book. Have them draw a picture to go along with their essay.
  • Go through your local newspaper looking for a story about an inspirational individual. Read the article you find aloud to the class and discuss why that story was printed in the newspaper. Things to consider: which section is the story located (front page, local section, arts), does the story concern a worldly, national, or local matter, and how often does the topic appear in the newspaper (daily, weekly, monthly).


The IMA Hero™ Collection.