Joe Hayes

Joe Hayes is the premier storyteller of New Mexico and the Southwest. He is an award-winning author of nearly 30 books for young readers, many in both English and Spanish. His books have received the Arizona YoungReaders Award, two Land of Enchantment Children’s Book Awards, and the Texas Bluebonnet Award. His first book, The Day It Snowed Tortillas, has been in print for 35 years and has become a regional classic. His most recent title, Grandpa’s Hal-a-loo-yah Hambone, was chosen by the editors of School Library Journal as one of the best picture books published in 2016. Joe was designated a New Mexico Eminent Scholar by the New Mexico Commission on Higher Learning and received the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Joe’s storytelling sessions at the Wheelwright Museum are a Santa Fe summer tradition. A whole generation of Santa Fe children grew up listening to Joe’s stories and are now bringing their own sons and daughters to Museum Hill to hear his tales.

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