Books by Michael Hays

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"This will be a marginal purchase for all but the largest of libraries. (includes CD) (Folktale. 4-8)"
Not as satisfying in word or illustration as the classic French Stone Soup by Marcia Brown or the Swedish Nail Soup by Margot and Harve Zemach, the lyrics included distinguish this retelling from others. Read full book review >
ABIYOYO RETURNS by Pete Seeger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"The song, based on a Xhosa lullaby, still has that hard-to-resist sing-along potential, and the themes of waging peace, collective action, and the benefits of sound ecological practices are presented in ways that children will both appreciate and enjoy. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The seemingly ageless Seeger brings back his renowned giant for another go in a tuneful tale that, like the art, is a bit sketchy, but chockful of worthy messages. Read full book review >
BECAUSE YOU'RE LUCKY by Irene Smalls
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Hays's illustrations are colorful but static, adding to the atmosphere of bibliotherapy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Jonathan's family must learn to adjust when orphaned cousin Kevin comes to live with them. Read full book review >
THE HUNDREDTH NAME by Shulamith Oppenheim
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A moving, original tale. (Picture book. 7-9)"
With measured prose Oppenheim (I Love You, Bunny Rabbit, p. 230, etc.) gives this brief story a reverent tone; a strong sense of place established in the text and pictures makes it vivid. Read full book review >
K IS FOR KISS GOODNIGHT by Jill Sardegna
ABC BOOKS
Released: May 1, 1994

"A lovely way to unwind at the end of a busy day. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Featuring three children of different ethnicities, 26 soporific vignettes, from ``A—all ready for bed'' to ``Zzzz.'' ``D—dreams forming,'' ``E—eyelids growing heavy,'' ``J—just one more story,'' ``T—tucked in tight,'' ``V—voices from the other room.'' The well-ordered sequence of cozy, familiar things leads ineluctably to sleep. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO LOVED MORNING by Shannon K. Jacobs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Given the book's length and the subtlety of its ideas, best suited for children older than the usual picture-book crowd. (Picture book. 7-11)"
In an original story inspired by Native-American culture, a boy discovers that he can wake the dawn with his flutesongs. Read full book review >
STORM by W. Nikola-Lisa
by W. Nikola-Lisa, illustrated by Michael Hays
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1993

"Both the sun and a red barn move in surprising ways here; still, an effective contribution to the genre. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An evocative mood-piece, re-creating the sensory impressions of a summer storm in rolling heartland America. Read full book review >
JONATHAN AND HIS MOMMY by Irene Smalls-Hector
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A rhythmic, repetitive text with some rhymes and sun-washed illustrations—a happy summer book. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A playful story about a small African-American and his mother taking a long walk through their city neighborhood and making a game of using different steps—giant steps, baby steps, bunny hops, ballet twirls, backward steps. Read full book review >
THREE WISHES by Lucille Clifton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Hays's glowing realistic paintings of Lena and her friend Victor are set against gentle, more generalized backgrounds: a fine new setting for an appealing story from a favorite author. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A reworking of the folk tale, originally part of the TV program ``Free to Be...You and Me'' and also published as a picture book in 1976, in an attractive third incarnation. Read full book review >