Go check out the list of literary "Shout-Outs" we found in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Pretty impressive, right? We can't say we're surprised—this is a coming-of-age story of an author and a poet, after all. Maya falls in love with Shakespeare at an age where many people haven't even learned to read. And from that moment, books never leave her side. Reality is just a little too real, and our girl uses literature to escape. As she grows older and begins to morph into author Maya, literature becomes a tool to understand the world and create her own identity.
Maya has a better relationship with authors and literary characters than with the people in her own life.
Without Mrs. Flowers, Maya never would have become a poet.