Joan Walsh Anglund

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Joan Walsh Anglund (born 3 January 1926) is an American poet and children's book author. As of 2014, she had sold over 45 million books worldwide.[1][2]

In 2015 a United States Postal Service stamp was issued commemorating the American author and poet Maya Angelou with the Joan Walsh Anglund quote "A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song" though the stamp apparently attributes the quote to Angelou.[3] The quote is from Anglund's book of poems A Cup of Sun (1967).[3] President Obama also wrongly attributed the sentence to Angelou during the presentation of the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal.[4]


  1. ^ Truman, Cheryl (September 13, 2014). "Joan Walsh Anglund, a writer with simple themes and a worldwide following, to visit Lexington". Lexington Herald-Leader.
  2. ^ O'Neal, Lonnae (April 6, 2015). "Book author Joan Walsh Anglund says of Angelou stamp: 'That's my quote'". The Washington Post.
  3. ^ a b O'Neal, Lonnae (April 6, 2015). "Maya Angelou's new stamp uses a quote that may not be entirely hers". The Washington Post.
  4. ^ Kevin McSpadden (2015-04-09). "Maya Angelou Stamp With a Quote From Another Poet Won't be Reissued". Retrieved 2015-04-17.

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