Michael Hays

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General Information

Name: Michael Hays

Pen Name: None

Genres: Fiction

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

Website: michaelhays.com/index.html

Email: mh@michaelhays.com

Illinois Connection

Michael Hays has been a life long resident of Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Michael is an illustrator of children's fiction books. Hays lives and works in Chicago. He was a founding member of the Graphic Artists Guild Chicago Chapter. Since 1989, he has taught children's book illustration and figure drawing at Columbia College.

Published Works

  • Storm, Atheneum Books, 1993 - written by W. Nikola-Lisa
  • Jonathan and His Mommy, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 1994 - written by Irene Smalls
  • Kevin and His Dad, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 1994 - written by Irene Smalls
  • Pedro and the Monkey, HarperCollins. 1996 - written by Robert D. San Souci
  • The Hundredth Name, Boyds Mills Press, 1997 - written by Shulamith Levey Oppenheim
  • The Gold Cadillac, Turtleback, 1998 - written by Mildred D. Taylor
  • The History of Counting, HarperCollins, 1999 - written by Denise Schmandt-Besserat
  • Abiyoyo, Simon & Schuster, 2001 - written by Pete Seeger
  • The Boy Who Was Generous With Salt, Marshall Cavendish Children's Books, 2002 - written by Corinne Demas
  • Because You're Lucky, Little, Brown Young Readers, 2003 - written by Irene Smalls
  • Abiyoyo Returns, Alladin, 2004 - written by Pete Seeger
  • Some Friends to Feed: The Story of Stone Soup, Putnam Juvenile, 2005 - written by Pete Seeger and Paul Dubois Jacobs
  • W Is for Windy City: A Chicago City Alphabet, Sleeping Bear Press, 2010 - written by Steven Layne and Debbie Layne also illustrated by Judy Macdonald

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library


ISBN: 0689317042
Release Date: 1993-02

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Jonathan and His Mommy

ISBN: 0316798800
Release Date: 1994-09-01

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Pedro and the Monkey

ISBN: 0688137431
Release Date: 1996-08-14

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The Hundredth Name

ISBN: 1563976943
Release Date: 1997-09-01

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The Gold Cadillac (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

ISBN: 0613068688
Release Date: 1998-02-01

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Abiyoyo Book and CD

ISBN: 0689846932
Release Date: 2001-10-01

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The Boy Who Was Generous with Salt

ISBN: 0761450998
Release Date: 2002-03-01

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Because You're Lucky

ISBN: 0316764256
Release Date: 2003-09-10

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Abiyoyo Returns

ISBN: 068987054X
Release Date: 2004-11-01

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Some Friends to Feed: The Story of Stone Soup

ISBN: 0399240179
Release Date: 2005-09-08

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W is for Windy City: A Chicago City Alphabet

ISBN: 1585364207
Release Date: 2010-04-08

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Literary Awards

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Hays visits elementary schools to present a slide talk and storytelling performance explaining the illustration process.

External Links

Michael Hays on WorldCat

Michael Hays on Amazon


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