Maya (I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings) Maya is the central character in Maya Angelou's 1969 critically acclaimed autobiographical novel, "I know Why the Cage Bird Sings.” The book is a coming-of-age story of Maya, a young southern black girl in the segregated American South confronting loneliness, insecurity, sexism, racism and violence – and follows her through her personal traumas and triumphs from girlhood to the age of 16 when she finds herself pregnant. Clearly precocious, bright and perceptive, Maya’s early years are wrought with loneliness, powerlessness and self-doubt. She must overcome many horrible experiences, but her innate spirit ultimately triumphs into an independent, compassionate and wise young woman, securing a position as the first black conductor of a San Francisco streetcar. She serves as a role model to all readers (white and black alike) for her strength in confronting life with dignity and honor despite her many struggles. Truly an inspirational woman!
Maya - a song by Ferron
Maya - a song by The Incredible String Band
Maya Love - a song by George Harrison
Veils of Maya - a song by Cynic
Maya Angelou: Journey of the Heart (Jayne Pettit) - The best parts of this biography are those about Angelou's childhood and youth that draw on the classic I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1970), the first and greatest of her five autobiographies. Pettit makes that stirring story accessible to middle-grade readers, while retaining a strong sense of Angelou's personal voice. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Maya the Harp Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - Jack Frost and his goblins have stolen the Music Fairies' magic instruments. Music everywhere is out of tune! Now the goblins plan to play the instruments in a TV talent contest. If Rachel and Kirsty don't act fast, everyone could find out about Fairyland! There's a wedding in Wetherbury, but the day could be ruined if Rachel and Kirsty can't find Maya's magic harp. They'll have to pull some strings to get it back! Find the magic instrument in each book and help keep Fairyland in perfect harmony! Recommended ages 4-8.
Maya's Children: The Story of La Llorona (Rudolfo A. Anaya) - A celebrated Chicano writer offers his version of the Latin American legend of La Llorona, "the crying woman." In ancient Mexico, a daughter of the sun god is born to human parents. She is named Maya and is destined to live forever. That angers Senor Tiempo, the god of time, who jealously vows to find a way to ensure that Maya's immortality will not be passed on to her children. In an author's note, Anaya explains that he has tempered the violence of the original tale and made Maya a sympathetic character rather than one designed to frighten children. Instead, Senor Tiempo becomes "the bad guy," and a traditional tale becomes a lesson to "teach youngsters about mortality." Recommended for ages 4-8.
My Friend Maya Loves to Dance (Cheryl Willis Hudson) - A young narrator tells readers about her friend Maya, who absolutely loves to dance. In this rhyming picture book, Maya attends a lively dance class. She can’t get enough of dance: the costumes, the grand entrances, the pirouettes, the music, the final bow, and the magic of recitals. She even loves the hard work of practice. But why doesn’t her friend dance, too? recommended for ages 4-8.
Poetry for Young People: Maya Angelou (Dr. Edwin Graves Wilson, Editor) - Maya Angelou needs no introduction. She is a true American icon—and now she is the first living poet included in Sterling’s celebrated Poetry for Young People series. Recommended ages 9-12.
Famous People Named Maya - Maya Angelou (poet); Maya Rudolph (actress/comic)
Famous People who Named their Daughter Maya - Catherine Oxenberg (actress); Ethan Hawke (actor); Pablo Picasso (artist); Uma Thurman (actress)