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November is National Memoir Writing Month

Many people know that November is NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, but did you know that it is also National Memoir Writing Month? To celebrate, I’ve gathered a few of my favorite memoirs written for elementary/middle grade students. (A note on the difference between memoir and autobiography: a memoir captures a specific period of life in the author’s life, while an autobiography covers the extent of the author’s life lived up to the present.)   (image taken from Jacqueline Woodson) Brown Girl Dreaming (2015 Newbery Honor recipient and 2014 National Book Award medalist) is the captivating, frank, and moving portrayal (in verse) of Jacqueline Woodson’s childhood in both South Carolina and New York during the Jim Crow era. (image taken from Holiday House) I’m not much of a re-reader, but during the holiday season, I usually reread a handful of my favorite Christmas/Hanukkah/winter titles. The Christmas Coat joined that select…