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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Michael Hays  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

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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

Selected Titles At Your Library

Storm /
ISBN: 0689317042. OCLC Number:

Atheneum ;. New York :. ©1993.

A farmer and family watch as a thunderstorm sweeps into the valley, surrounds them, and then rushes off again.

Jonathan and his mommy /
ISBN: 0316798800. OCLC Number:

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As a mother and son explore their neighborhood, they try various ways of walking--from giant steps and reggae steps to criss cross steps and backwards steps.

Kevin and his dad /
ISBN: 0316798991. OCLC Number:

Little, Brown and Co.,. Boston :. ©1999.

Kevin feels excitement, pride, pleasure, and love as he spends an entire day working and playing with his father.

Pedro and the monkey /
ISBN: 0688137431. OCLC Number:

Morrow Junior Books,. New York :. ©1996.

A Filipino monkey secures the fortune of his rather dimwitted young owner in this variation of a traditional tale.

The hundredth name /
ISBN: 1563976943. OCLC Number:

Boyds Mill Pr,. . 2001.

Salah, a boy living in Egypt, wants to lift his camel's sadness, so he prays that the camel will learn Allah's hundredth name, which is unknown to man.

The gold cadillac .
ISBN: 0613068688. OCLC Number:

Penguin Group (USA),. New York :. 1998, c1987.

Lois and Wilma are proud of their father's brand-new gold Cadillac, and excited that the family will be driving it all the way from Ohio to Mississippi. But as they travel deeper into the rural South, there are no admiring glances for the shiny new car; only suspicion and anger for the black man behind the wheel.

The history of counting /
ISBN: 0688141188. OCLC Number:

Morrow Junior Books,. New York :. ©1999.

Describes the evolution of counting and the many ways to count and write numbers.

Abiyoyo :
ISBN: 0689846932. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. 2001.

American folk singer Pete Seeger retells a South African folktale about a boy and his father who, after being banished from town for making mischief, are welcomed back when they find a way to make the dreaded giant, Abiyoyo, disappear. Accompanying CD includes two versions of Pete Seeger performing the "storysong."

The boy who was generous with salt /
ISBN: 0761450998. OCLC Number:

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Having gone to sea as a cook on a nineteenth-century fishing schooner, Ned thinks that if he uses up all the salt on board he will get to return home in time for his ninth birthday.

Because you're lucky /
ISBN: 0316764256. OCLC Number:

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic,. Princeton, N.J. :. 2008.

When Kevin comes to live at his cousin Jonathan's house, both boys must make some big adjustments.

Abiyoyo returns /
ISBN: 068987054X. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. 2001.

Based on a South African tale, this story tells what happens when a giant who had been banished from a town by a magician thirty years earlier is called back to save the town from flooding.

Some friends to feed :
ISBN: 0399240179. OCLC Number:

G.P. Putnam's Sons,. New York :. ©2005.

A poor but clever traveler finds a way to get the townspeople to share their food with him in this retelling of a classic tale, set in Germany at the end of the Thirty Years War.

W is for Windy City :
ISBN: 1585364207. OCLC Number:

Sleeping Bear Press,. Ann Arbor, MI :. ©2010.

Presents objects, people, and places found in Chicago, from A to Z.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

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