Books for Units of Study in Writer's Workshop


Memoir ~ A story about me but it has a reflective element to it. It's a looking back at a snapshot of ones life that has had an impact on ones life now. Often contain one or more personal narrative. Can be structured as a list or story.

Big Mama's House by Donald Crews
Shortcuts by Donald Crews
There Are No Mirrors in my Nana's House by Ysaye M. Barnwell
My Mama Had a Dancing Heart by Libba Moore Gray
In My Mama's Kitchen by Jerdine Nolan (vignettes)
Childtimes by Elosie Greenfield
The Leaving Morning by Angela Johnson
We Had a Picnic This Sunday Past by Jacqueline Woodson
Chicken Sunday by Patricia Palacco
Hairs by Sandra Cisneros
Going Home by Eve Bunting
Just Us Women by Jeannette Franklin Cainses
The Two of Them by Aliki
When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant (listbook)
Once There Were Giants by Martin Waddell
Hickory Chair by Lisa Rowe
Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs by Tommie dePaola
Up North at the Cabin -Marsha Chall
The Summer My Father was Ten -Pat Brisson
When I was Little -Jamie Lee Curtis
When I was Nine -James Stevenson
Grandpa's Garden -Shea Darian
The Copper Tin Cup -Carole Lexa Schaefer
From Kaie Wood Ray's memoir list in her book Study Driven
Calling the Doves/El canto de las palomas by Juan Felipe Herrera
Christmas in the Country by Cynthia Rylant
Saturdays and Teacakes by Lester Laminack
The Trip Back Home by Janet Wong
Two Mrs Gibsons by Toyomi Igus

Memoir Vignettes

I Thought My Father Was God and Other True Tales fro NPR's National Story Telling Project, Paul Austere, editor
Linda Brown, You Are Not Alone: The Brown v. Board of Education Decision, Joyce Carol Thomas, editor
The Milestones Project: Celebrating Childhood Around the World, Richard and Michele Steckel, editors
Guys Write for Guys Read, Jon Scieszka, editor
The Circuit: Stories from a Life of a Migrant Child by Francisco Jiménez
Marshfield Dreams by Ralph Fletcher
My Father's Summers ­ A Daughter's Memoir by Kathii Appelt
Somehow Form a Family: Stories That Are Mostly True by Tony Early
A Summer Life by Gary Soto

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