I’m so excited to get to share Rise! From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou! Debuting this month, it’s a picture book biography, written in verse. Readers will be given a look into the life of Dr. Maya Angelou; a life that was “defined by transformation and perseverance.”
And as we prepare to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of her memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings this book couldn’t have come at a better time. It honors Dr. Angelou’s legacy and gives a new generation of readers an in depth look at the life of a woman who didn’t simply survive all the trials that she faced but went on to thrive. Not only did Dr. Angelou shine bright but she helped light the way for others, and although no longer living that light shines on through her written words.
Especially poignant is that this book doesn’t shy away from addressing racism and sexual abuse and it does so thoughtfully, paving the way for adults to engage in age and developmentally appropriate discussions based on the child(ren) they are sharing Dr. Angelou’s story with. Through Maya’s willingness to share her story, I imagine many people found healing and courage and today, still are. At the end readers will find several resources for those impacted by sexual violence. But I think it offers hope too through Maya’s story, the forward written by her grandson Colin Johnson, and a note from the author.
Beautifully illustrated and complete with a timeline of Dr. Maya Angelou’s life (she wasn’t only a writer, but a dancer, an activist and more), this book exudes courage. I hope it finds its way into the hands and hearts of countless readers of all ages.
They will always
May we all have the courage to keep rising.
Rise! From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou
Written by Bethany Hegedus + Illustrated by Tonya Engel
Thank you, Lee & Low Books for sharing this beautiful, inspiring + powerful book with us!