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Biographies are books written about a person’s life. Autobiographies are a special kind of biography, they are written by the person himself or herself. Nobody can tell the story better than the person who lived it!
Allen Say is an author of many books based on things that happened in his life. In Drawing From Memory, Mr. Say tells the story of how he became a maker of books. He tells it in very few words and with lots of photographs and drawings.
Believe it or not, Mr. Say moved out of his family’s house and into an apartment when he was 12 years old! At that time he became an apprentice to a master Japanese cartoonist and the two remained dedicated friends until Sensei Shinpei died at the age 87. Sensei Shinpei lived to see Mr. Say become a Caldecott Medal winner for his illustrations. He referred to Mr. Say as, “the treasure of my life.”
Listed below are several more autobiographies. Many of them are by your favorite authors like Gary Paulsen and Roald Dahl and Jacqueline Woodson. It makes sense that an author would write their own biography!
Bill Peet was born in Grandview, Indiana. He grew up in Indianapolis. His autobiography is an all-time favorite. It is full of his drawings because Bill was an artist. He wrote and illustrated many picture books and was also an animator for Walt Disney. He worked on many classic Disney movies like Dumbo, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians and many more. He had many creative adventures with Walt Disney himself, who was his boss. If you look carefully in his book you can pick out some Indianapolis landmarks.
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