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Maya Angelou Finds Her Voice

Illustrated by Noa Denmon

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About The Book

Inspired by a true story from Maya Angelou’s childhood, this expertly researched and luminously illustrated picture book explores how a beloved mentor helped young Maya rediscover the poetry of self-expression and the power of her voice.

Maya Angelou loves words. She whispers, “caterpillar green,” just to paint the color in her mind. Her tongue played with “pandemonium” to enjoy its rhythm. She sings the Negro national anthem and recites the poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar. Words whirl and stories spin in Maya’s head and off her lips, helping her escape her troubled, segregated world and soothe her soul.

Then, suddenly, eight-year-old Maya stops talking. She believes her words hurt somebody and now only deems them safe to share with her brother. Her family does what they can even as they get worried and frustrated, but it isn’t until years later that someone opens Maya back up.

Mrs. Bertha Flowers, one of the most important citizens of Stamps, Arkansas, invites Maya to her home and talks to her about language and communication and reads to her from Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities. Maya is transported by the power and singularity of Mrs. Flower’s voice…and finally moved to inspire the world with her own.

About The Authors

Connie Roop is an award-winning author and educator who has written over one hundred children’s books including biographies, novels, humor, picture books, and science books. Seven of her books are Reading Rainbow books, including Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie. In 2013, the Wisconsin Library Association recognized Connie and her husband, Peter, as Notable Wisconsin Authors for their body of work. The Roops live in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Peter Roop is an award-winning author and educator who has written over one hundred children’s books including biographies, novels, humor, picture books, and science books. Seven of his books are Reading Rainbow books, including the Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie. In 2013, the Wisconsin Library Association recognized Peter and his wife, Connie, as Notable Wisconsin Authors for their body of work, and Peter has been named a Wisconsin State Teacher of the Year. The Roops live in Appleton, Wisconsin.

About The Illustrator

Noa Denmon is a Pittsburgh-based artist and illustrator who has worked with clients such as The New York Times and The Washington Post. She is interested in movement and patterns, and she is heavily influenced by the industrial landscape of Pittsburgh and how it contributes to her identity. Much of her artwork is decades-based; she was heavily inspired by Diana Ross, Cher, and David Bowie. Today, she works to bring these bright colors and patterns into stories uplifting the underrepresented; she hopes to create work that displays humanity and all its differences.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Aladdin (January 7, 2025)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481449281
  • Ages: 4 - 8

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