Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Maya Angelou – a Poem and Art for Young Children


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Life doesn't frighten me

The celebrated poet, essayist,  filmmaker, civil rights activist – Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) – is one of the most recognized and influential literary voices of our time.  While she is very well-known for her more popular writings, such as: Phenomenal Woman, Letter to My Daughter, and I know why the caged bird sings…


Phenomenal Woman


She is lesser well-known for her children’s versus. There are few who represent and define fear with the elegance and grace of Dr. Angelou – who has overcome great hardships herself, including: childhood rape, poverty and addiction – to become a world-renowned and beloved author and poet.  Perhaps one of the greatest and most influential of her time.

In this beautifully written and artfully illustrated children’s book, Dr. Angelou’s strong words are paired with the lovely drawings of contemporary artist and grafittist,  Jean-Michael Basquait, A Haitian-American living in New York, who finally succumbed to a heroin addiction (d. 1988).

Life Doesn’t Frighten me artfully reminds children about the courage that lives in all of us.

Take a listen to the reading of the poem by Maya Angelou.


You can purchase Life Doesn’t Frighten me on Amazon here.

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  1. Maya will certainly be missed. Her poetry was so beautiful.
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  2. love that poem. Maya was such an amazingly talented artist…she will bemissed, but gave such power and inspiration
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  3. She was certainly an inspirational woman!
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  4. Listening to this poem was a lovely way to start my day. Thanks for sharing!
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  5. She visited my university, and I’ve been a fan ever since. We actually read this poem in our homeschool this week. We are really on the same page this week – first From Head to Toe then this one! 🙂 I’m going to let Bignificent listen to this recording tomorrow. She’ll love it! Thanks so much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday! Hope to see you again soon!
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