Autobiography, Biography, and Memoir

Young Adult Bibliography

Autobiography, Biography, and Memoir

ED 5502 Reading and Literature, Grades 5-12

Updated July 2014

prepared by Jane M. Gangi, PhD


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Autobiography, Biography, and Memoir

Adler, David A., Frederick Douglass: A Noble Life

Ahmedi, Farah, The Story of My Life: An Afghan Girl on the Other Side of the Sky

Anderson, William, Laura Ingalls Wilder:  A Biography

Angelou, Maya, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Armstrong, Jennifer, Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance

Asgedom, Mawi, Of Beetles and Angels

Asher, Sandy, ed., With All My Heart, With All My Mind: Thirteen Stories about Growing up Jewish Audubon, John James, Capturing Nature: The Writings and Art of John James Audubon

Baker, Russell, Growing Up

Bang, Molly, Nobody Particular: One Woman’s Fight to Save the Bays

Bauer, Marion Dane, A Writer’s Story: From Life to Fiction

Bausum, Ann, Dragon Bones and Dinosaur Eggs: A Photobiography of Roy Chapman Andrews

Blue, Rose, and Corinne J. Nadeen, Benjamin Banneker: Mathematician and Stargazer

Boston, Carole Weatherford, Becoming Billie Holiday

Boswell, James, Life of Johnson

Bernier-Grand, Carmen T., Poet and Politician of Puerto Rico: Don Luis Muñoz

Bretón, Marcos, Home Is Everything:  The Latino Baseball Story

Brown, Christy, My Left Foot

Bruchac, Joseph, Jim Thorpe; Bowman’s Store:  A Journey to Myself

Bulosan, Carlos, America Is in the Heart:  A Personal History

Callahan, John, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot:  The Autobiography of a Dangerous Man

Carroll, Rebecca, Sugar in the Raw: Voices of Young Black Girls in America

Carson, Ben, with Cecil Murphey and Nathan Aaseng, Ben Carson

Cleary, Beverly, A Girl from Yamhill; My Own Two Feet: A Memoir

Cobrun, Broughton, Triumph on Everest: A Photobiography of Sir Edmund Hilary

Cofer, Judith Ortiz, Silent Dancing:  A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood

Coleman, Evelyn, The Riches of Oseola McCarty

Collins, David R.,  Arthur Ashe: Against the Wind

Cooper, Cynthia, with Russ Pate, She Got Game: My Personal Odyssey

Cornell, Joseph, John Muir: My Life with Nature

Crutcher, Chris, King of the mild frontier: An ill-advised autobiography

Curie, Eve, Madame Curie

Dahl, Roald, Boy

Dillard, Annie, An American Childhood

Dorris, Michael, The Broken Cord

Douglass, Frederick, Learning to Read and Write

Duke, Patty, with Kenneth Turan, Call Me Anna:  The Autobiography of Patty Duke

Ferris, Jeri, Native American Doctor: The Story of Susan LaFlesche Picotte

Flaming, Allen, and Kate Scowen, compilers, My Crazy Life:  How I Survived My Family

Fleming, Candace, The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary

Frank, Anne, The Diary of Anne Frank

Freedman, Russell, The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane; Martha Graham: A Dancer’s Life; Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery; The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights; . Out of Darkness: The Story of Louis Braille

Gage, Nicholas, Eleni

Gallagher, Hugh Gregory, FDR’s Splendid Deception:  The Moving Story of Roosevelt’s Massive Disability—and the Intense Efforts to Conceal It from the Public

Gallo, Don, Speaking for Ourselves:  Autobiographical Sketches by Notable Authors of Books for Young          Adults; Speaking for Ourselves, Too:  More Autobiographical Sketches by Notable Authors of Books for Young Adults

Gantos, Jack, Hole in My Life

Gherman, Beverly, Ansel Adams:  America’s Photographer; Norman Rockwell: Storyteller with a Brush; Georgia O’Keefe: The “Wideness and Wonder” of Her World

Glover, Savion, and Bruce Weber, Savion: My Life in Tap

Goodall, Jane, My Life with the Chimpanzees

Grandin, Temple, Thinking in Pictures and Other Reports from My Life with Autism

Greenberg, Jan, and Sandra Jordan, Frank O. Gehry: Outside In; Vincent Van Gogh: Portrait of an Artist

Greenfield, Eloise, with Lessie Jones Little, Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir

Hager, Tom, Linus Pauling and the Chemistry of Life

Hammer, Signe, By her Own Hand:  Memoirs of a Suicide’s Daughter

Harrison, Barbara, and Daniel Terris,  A Ripple of Hope: The Life of Robert F. Kennedy; A Twilight Struggle: The Life of John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Haskins, Jim, Carter G. Woodson: The Man Who Put “Black” in American History; Thurgood Marshall: A Life for Justice; Spike Lee: By Any Means Necessary

Heiligman, Deborah, Charles and Emma Darwin

Hemphill, Stephanie, Your Own, Sylvia:  A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath

Herrera, Nicholas, as told to Elisa Amada, & John T. Denne, High Riders, Saints and Death Cars: A Life Saved by Art

Herriott, James, All Creatures Great and Small; All Things Bright and Beautiful

Hildebrandt, Ziporah, Marina Silva: Defending Rain Forest Communities in Brazil

hooks, bell, Bone Black:  Memories of Girlhood

Hoose, Philip, Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

Hurston, Zora Neale, Dust Tracks on a Road

Jamison, Kay Redfield, An Unquiet Mind

Jemsion, Mae, Finding Where the Wind Goes:  Moments from My Life

Jiménez, Francisco, Breaking Through; The Circuit:  Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child

Johnson, Dolores, Onward: A Photobiography of African-American Polar Explorer Matthew Henson

Kaysen, Susanna, Girl, Interrupted

Kehret, Peg, Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio

Keller, Helen, The Story of My Life

Kidder, Tracy, Mountains Beyond Mountains

King, Stephen, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Kingsley, Jason and Mitchell Levitz, Count Us In, Growing Up with Down Syndrome

Kingston, Maxine Hong, Woman Warrior:  Memoir of a Girlhood Among the Ghosts

Kittredge, Mary, Barbara McClintock

Kraft, Betsy Harvey, Mother Jones: One Woman’s Fight for Labor

Kuklin, Susan, Iqbal Masih and the Crusaders Against Child Slavery

Kuusisto, Stephen, Planet of the Blind

Lansing, Alfred, Endurance:  Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage

Lawlor, Laurie, Helen Keller: Rebellious Spirit

Lester, Julius.  Lovesong:  Becoming a Jew

Little, Jean, Stars Come out Within

Lovell, Mary S., The Sound of Wings:  The Life of Amelia Earhart

Lowry, Lois, Looking Back: A Book of Memories

MacLachlan, James, Galileo Galilei: First Physicist

Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Massey, Suzanne and Robert, Journey

Mathabane, Mark, Kaffir Boy

Matthews, Tom L., Always Inventing: A Photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell; Light Shining through the Mist: A Photobiography of Dian Fossey

McKissack, Patricia, and Frederick McKissack., A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter

Meltzer, Milton, Mary McLeod Bethune: Voice of Black Hope; Starting from Home: A Writer’s Beginnings

Mohr, Nicholasa, Growing Up Inside the Sanctuary of My Imagination

Momaday, N. Scott, The Names:  A Memoir

Moss, Allyn, Margaret Mead: Shaping a New World

Myers, Walter Dean, The Greatest: Muhammad Ali; Bad Boy: A Memoir

Nabokov, Vladimir, Speak, Memory

Nasar, Sylvia, A Beautiful Mind:  A Biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr., Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, 1994

Nelson, Marilyn, Carver, a Life in Poems

Nelson, S. D., Black Elk’s Vision: A Lakota Story

Nickens, Bessie, Walking the Log: Memories of a Southern Childhood

Niemark, Anne E., Diego Rivera: Artist of the People

Paulsen, Gary, Wood-Song

Parks, Gordon, A Choice of Weapons

Partridge, Elizabeth, John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth; Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange

Pringle, Laurence, Elephant Woman: Cynthia Moss Explores the World of Elephants; American Slave, American Hero: York of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Rivera, Edward, Family Installments:  Memories of Growing Up Hispanic

Rubin, Susan Goldman, Margaret Bourke–White: Her Pictures Were Her Life; Steven Spielberg

Salzman, Mark, Lost in Place: Growing Up Absurd in Suburbia

Santiago, Esmeralda, When I Was Puerto Rican

Schecter, Vicky Alvear, Cleopatra Rules: The Amazing Life of the Original Teen Queen

Schweitzer, Albert, Out of My Life and Thought

Severance, John B., Gandhi: Great Soul; Einstein: Visionary Scientist

Severeid, Eric, Not So Wild a Dream

St. John, Jetty, Native American Scientists: Fred Begay, Wilfred F. Detclaw, Frank C. Dukepoo, Clifton Poodry, Jerrel Yakel

Steele, Danielle, His Bright Light:  The Story of Nick Traina

Szabo, Corrine, Sky Pioneer: A Photobiography of Amelia Earhart

Taylor, Sarah Stewart and James Sturm, Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean

Traig, Jennifer, Devil in the Details:  Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood

Tudor, Tasha, and Richard Brown, The Private World of Tasha Tudor

Turner, Glennette Tilley, Lewis Howard Latimer

Walker, Alice, Langston Hughes: American Poet

Weidhorn, Manfred, Jackie Robinson

Weidt, Maryann, Oh, the Places He Went: A Story about Dr. Seuss

Welty, Eudora, One Writer’s Beginnings

Wiltshire, Stephen, Floating Cities

Winter, Jonah, Béisbol!:  Latino Baseball Pioneers and Legends

Wolff, Tobias, This Boy’s Life:  A Memoir

Woodson, Jacqueline, ed.., A Way Out of No Way:  Writing about Growing Up Black in America

Wright, Richard, Black Boy

Yep, Laurence, The Lost Garden

Zhang, Song Nan, A Little Tiger in the Chinese Night

Zhensun, Zheng, and Alice Low, A Young Painter: The Life and Paintings of Wang Yani— China’s Extraordinary Young Artist