BookaDay: Literary Selfies

A literary selfie is an amusing, relevant term to describe an autobiography to students. I believe, reading about the lives of extraordinary people through autobiographies and personal memoirs is a great way to learn about their stories; not only to receive information, but to inspire and challenge readers as well. There is an abundance of incredible books that can be used in a literary selfie unit; after careful consideration, I have chosen the following books:

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai (Young Readers Edition). An autobiography of an inspiring story that begins when she was only 10 years old. Malala’s region was taken over by the Taliban; one of their many rules refrained girls from attending school. Malala disagreed with these rules and stood up for her and her peers, fighting for their education. One horrific day, Taliban fighters shot her as she traveled home from school. No one thought she would survive the accident, fortunately she did. Now she is a symbol of peace and become the youngest person to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize. The Lexile Score for this book is 830L and Readability Grade 5.

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. An autobiography of a young girl who received a blank diary on her 13th birthday, just weeks before her and her family would take hiding into an attic of an Amsterdam warehouse. Her impressively detailed, personal entries chronicle 25 months of claustrophobic, irritable intimacy with her parents, sister, a second family, and a dentist who had very little acceptance for Anne's high-spiritedness. Anne writes until the day they were found, she died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945, three months before her 16th birthday. Miep Gies found the diary after the Nazis arrested the Frank family in Amsterdam in 1944. The Lexile Score for this book is 1080L and Readability Grade 5.9.

Mud, Sweat, and Tears: The Autobiography. An autobiography, adapted for a younger audience of an adventure seeking young man from a remote island off a Britain’s coast. Known and admired by millions as the star of Man vs. Wild, Bear Grylls has survived where few would dare to go, Mount Everest. Now, for the first time, Bear tells the story of his action-packed life. The Lexile Score for this book is 930L and Readability Grade 6.3.

It's Kind of a Funny Story. A fictional autobiography, this is a genre that an author chooses to tell a real experience, or the full story of their life, as a fictional account. In this book, Vizzini writes about his experiences of school and being hospitalized for depression through the character, Craig. Craig works extremely hard at being a good student and is aware that it is important to attend the right schools in order to be accepted at the most prestigious colleges. He does what it takes to obtain entrance in a top New York city high school; it is here that life is no longer the same and he finds himself an “average joe”. This brings upon several difficult, crazy experiences and Craig begins to see his perfect future start coming apart. The Lexile Score for this book is 700L and Readability Grade 4.

I read these books as a part of my #BookaDay Reading Challenge, inspired by Donalyn Miller.My goal is to read at least one children's literature book everyday and share my thoughts here on my blog. Please feel free to subscribe or connect with me on social media to follow my journey through the books I read. Until next time ...

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