How to Write Autobiography for Kids

Updated April 17, 2017

An autobiography is a story you write about your own life. Although autobiographies are similar to personal journals, autobiographies focus on how events and people have affected your life, while personal journals focus on what you are feeling in the now. Autobiographies can be as private or as public as you desire, either made for sharing with family and friends, or made as a personal reminder of your past.

Make a list of the most important events in your life. Some examples are getting a pet, starting school or going on a vacation. Birthday, holidays or other especially good or bad days are also great topics, as well as moving to a new house or city, winning -- or losing -- at a game or sport, making a friend, or any other event that you remember well and is meaningful to you.

Arrange the events in chronological order by creating a timeline. Start with the oldest events and work up to the most recent events. If you don't remember an exact date, do your best to estimate about when it occurred; you might be able to remember a month, a season or a year.

Begin by writing basic information about yourself, such as your date of birth, where you were born and who your parents are. Using your timeline, write about each event that you have listed as important to you. Consider how you felt about each event, how you feel now about it and how it has affected your life. You can also write about other people, and how they have affected your life. Even music, movies or books can have an impact on your life and can be included. Be sure the write about how the event affected you; don't just describe the event itself.

Conclude your autobiography by summarising your life as best you can, and then writing about what you would like to do, where you would like to be and what you imagine your life will be like in the future.

Add photographs, drawings or other personal touches to your autobiography. The additions should all be related to the things you write about in your autobiography.

Bind your autobiography in a report folder. Decorate the front and back of the report folder with paint, markers, construction paper, glitter. or anything you like. Don't forget to put your name somewhere on the cover, because the autobiography is all about you.

Allow the cover of your autobiography to dry. Share it with friends and family members, or keep it just for yourself and to remind yourself of the life you have lived.


Try writing an your autobiography in the form of a poem or play.


Do not use your autobiography to talk negatively about other people. Your autobiography is about you and should include your thoughts about your life, not about other people. Do not share your autobiography with other people if it contains things that you do not want them to know.

Things You'll Need

  • Notebook paper
  • Pen or pencil
  • Decorating materials
  • Report folder
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Cristel Wood is a writer specializing in food, photography, gardening and video games. She holds an Associate of Arts from South Puget Sound Community College and has worked for her local Parks & Recreation department, Mt. Baker ski area, Vista Village Retirement Community and has taught ESL in Peru.