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Non Fiction 10 for 10
Much of the writing and thinking we do is around writing "small moments" or "slices of life". Whatever you call it, having good mentor text for different kinds of families and people can be so important. When kids read that differences can be interesting to learn about, they often feel more free to write about who they really are.


  1. Big Red Lollipop and A Year Without Mom are two I've not seen, I will have to check them out. You can never have too many memoirs on hand. I love Knucklehead!

  2. I love Crow Call & the Allen Say books. You're right, Kimberley, these would be good as mentors for student slicing. I don't know the Thoreau book, will look for it. He is a favorite whose writing I read often.

  3. We end our school year with memoir, and the kids love it! A favorite of mine is What You Know First, which I included back in my first 10 for 10. Today I am featuring Picture Book Biographies of Diverse Artists.

  4. What a great twist on the nonfiction picture book list, Kimberly. I adore your list. Some of these are my favorite memoirs, while others are new to me. Lovely suggestions.

  5. Drawing From Memory was such a special book - and A Year Without Mom sounds heartbreaking, so I must find a copy.

  6. Knucklehead was a great read aloud for my class. They are currently passing around A Year without Mom. Thanks for always keeping me updated on great books for my students.

  7. A great list Kimberley! I haven't yet read A Year Without Mom but really want to.

  8. I really love Jonathan Bean's memoirs, Building Our House and This Is My Home, This Is My School; as well as the wonderful memoir Blizzard, by John Rocco.


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