From award-winning creators Renée Watson and Bryan Collier comes a stunningly crafted picture book chronicling the life of poet and activist Maya Angelou.
Maya’s momma was right.
Maya was a preacher, a teacher.
A Black girl whose voice
chased away darkness, ushered in light.
This unforgettable picture book introduces young readers to the life and work of Maya Angelou, whose words have uplifted and inspired generations of readers. The author of the celebrated autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya was the first Black person and first woman to recite a poem at a presidential inauguration, and her influence echoes through culture and history.
Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award winner Renée Watson uses Angelou’s beloved medium of poetry to lyrically chronicle her rich life in a deeply moving narrative. Vivid and striking collage art by Caldecott Honor recipient and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner Bryan Collier completes this unforgettable portrait of one of the most important American artists in history.
Renée Watson is a New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor winning–, and Coretta Scott King Award–winning author. She lives in Portland, OR, and Harlem.
Bryan Collier has won four Caldecott Honors, six Coretta Scott King Awards, three Coretta Scott King Honors, and the Ezra Jack Keats Award.
"Told in a series of vignettes as verse, with Collier’s remarkably textured backdrops shifting as Angelou adapts, changes and matures, “Maya’s Song” is testament to how the worst of life can be the bedrock of beauty and flourishing: 'word-seeds' from 'a whole garden of words, words growing inside.'"
-New York Times Book Review
"Eloquent free verse poems recall pivotal events in the life of Maya Angelou. Layered illustrations reinforce the weight of words—and their absence. This exquisite tribute to one of America’s most influential poets arrives just in time for young people to celebrate Angelou’s appearance on the quarter." -Booklist (starred review)
"A loving tribute in free verse to a writer who found her home, and herself, in her words." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Collier’s richly textured assemblage of collage and watercolor employs light, pattern, and subtle imagery that add depth to every image... This is a thoughtfully rendered biography of a dazzling figure." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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