I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou's Autobiography #1

Maya Angelou

nonfiction memoir emotional inspiring reflective medium-paced

289 pages | first published 1969

Edition information


Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local "powhitetrash." At eight years old and back at her mo...
Browse similar books...


Book information

Content Warnings

Submitted by users as part of their reviews

Expand filter menu View summary

See all...

Community Reviews

Summary of 16507 reviews


emotional 81%
reflective 73%
inspiring 52%
sad 35%
challenging 32%
hopeful 27%
informative 23%
dark 22%
funny 10%
tense 7%
adventurous 6%
lighthearted 1%


medium 61%
slow 25%
fast 13%

Average rating


See all reviews...