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Copy of Autobiography and Memoir Children's Literature

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Autobiography and Memoir in Children's Literature
Every Autobiography or Memoir Needs:

The Why and How
Notable Books and Authors
In conclusion, autobiographies and memoirs are both genres of books that are a necessary part of the growth and development of young readers. These books can inspire young readers by giving them true stories about real people whom the students can relate to. These books are a great resource in classrooms and are a great way to broaden the views of young readers. They are also a great way to show students that their own stories matter just as much as the authors' stories. Autobiographies and memoirs can be wonderfully inspirational to aspiring readers and learners and should be incorporated into the classroom as much as possible.
Autobiographies are a sub-genre of biographies. They are non-fiction books written about a particular person's life. Unlike biographies, the author is writing about his or her own life.
Anne Frank
The Diary of a Young Girl
This book is the actual translated diary of Anne Frank, a Jewish Dutch girl who hid in an attic with her family during the Holocaust.
Tomie dePaola
26 Fairmount Avenue Series
Memoirs are a type of autobiography that focus on one particular stage or time period in the author's life.
“Unlike autobiography, which moves in a dutiful line from birth to fame, memoir narrows the lens, focusing on a time in the writer’s life that was unusually vivid, such as childhood or adolescence, or that was framed by war or travel or public service or some
other special circumstance”
—William Zinsser
Works Cited
Gary Paulsen. Scholastic, Inc. September 25, 2013. From http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/bookwizard/books-by/gary-paulsen
Infosoup. Autobiographies for kids. Infosoup. September 25, 2013. http://info.infosoup.org/lists/AutobiographyForKids.asp?d=1
Preston, R.C. (1946). Children's autobiography. In The Elementary Review, vol. 23, no. 7. (306-307). September 25,2013. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/41382952?seq=2
Tunnell, M.O., Jacobs, J.S., Young, T.A., Bryan, G. (1996) Children's Literature, Briefly. Boston, MA: Pearson Education.
Zinsser, W. (1998). Two possible definitions for memoir. Read write think. September 25, 2013, from http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson998/Definition.pdf.
the author to be writing about
his or her self
the author to write in the
the story to tell a
personal account
of something that happened in the author's own life.
the story to tell the author's

This genre can come in many different formats including, but not limited to: Graphic novel, poetry, diary or journal, chapter book, picture book.
Autobiographies and memoirs can be enjoyed by children of all ages and backgrounds.
Many popular Children's Literature authors who write in various genres actually have autobiographies or memoirs.
This series covers a ten year period in the early life of famed author and illustrator Tomie dePaola. It begins when he moves to a new home in the 1930s, and ends with the beginning of the war in the 40s.
Gary Paulsen
Guts: The True Stories Behind Hatchet and the Brian Books and My Life in Dog Years
In this autobiography, each chapter focuses on a different dog that has been in Paulsen's life and how each has influenced him.
This book tells Paulsen's true stories that inspired the events in Hatchet and other books with protagonist Brian Robeson.
Autobiographies and memoirs need to be a part of every young reader's assortment of books because they are filled with so much real information.
They are true, inspiring stories that give students a look at what is actually out there in the world.
A variety of students can relate to many of the situations the authors have had to face in their lives.
These are a great way to see how real people have lived in different countries, time periods, and during a variety of historical events.
It can make a famous celebrities or historical figures seem more real, personable, and intimate.

The autobiography and memoir genre is not always seen as a very widely-used way of writing for children, but it is a great resource for teachers.
Teachers can incorporate this genre into the curriculum by having students read an autobiography or memoir book. Then, students could practice and better understand the genre by writing their own autobiography or memoir. By writing their own autobiographical story, they will be able to put their learning and understanding of the genre into practice.
This can be a great way to empower students and it can be a way to let students realize their stories are important as well.
Featured Books
The Diary of a Girl by Anne Frank
26 Fairmount Avenue
Here We All Are
On My Way
What A Year
Things Will Never Be The Same
I'm Still Scared
For The Duration
All by Tomie dePaula
Guts: The True Stories Behind Hatchet and the Brian Books
My Life In Dog Year
Both by Gary Paulsen
By Kerry Spence ED307 Professor Esteves
End of The Story
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