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Little Guides to Great Lives: Maya Angelou

Danielle Jawando, illustrations by Noa Snir


This Maya Angelou children’s book is a perfect introduction to one of the world’s most famous writers.

Maya Angelou was an African-American author, poet, playwright and civil rights activist. She wrote seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and a long list of plays, films and television shows. Never taking ‘No’ for an answer, Maya used her voice and her art to overcome prejudice and difficulty and to become an inspiration to those around her and to future generations. 

Her story is a rich and remarkable one – a tale filled with strength, hardship and hope. Maya learned the importance of using her own voice to help others and change the world!

An excerpt from the book:
“Maya’s first autobiography was called I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. As Maya and so many other activists had spent a long time campaigning for the equal rights of African-Americans, freedom was a big theme in Maya’s book. For Maya, a free bird symbolised a free person. It was a way for Maya to talk about her longing for a better future for African- Americans – a future that was free from racism, segregation and hardship.
The book was published in 1969 and it was hugely popular. Maya felt that she was finally able to tell the story that had been bubbling away inside her for all those years.
In 1972, Maya gained more recognition for her work. She wrote a script for a film called Georgia, Georgia. This was the first film script ever written by a black woman and Maya even composed the soundtrack.

Little Guides to Great Lives: A Maya Angelou Children’s Book ships internationally with free shipping within the UK.

Danielle Jawando is a children’s author and screenwriter. Danielle’s short story Kyle’s City was broadcast by the BBC and her debut novel is out in 2020.

Noa Snir is an illustrator, a colour enthusiast and a printmaker. Born and raised in Jerusalem, she is currently living and working in Berlin. 

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