My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27 KJV

Hello to all! 

Writing triggers my spirit, allowing me to delve deeply into the hearts of children. My newest book, “Cameo A Little Lost Lamb’s Lesson”, motivated me to dedicate this book to my uncle “Chuck Livingston” 

Bravo! “A mark of distinction.”

MJ Hayes is the recipient of three Silver 2nd place Medallion from the National Mom’s Choice Award. The books selected were Emma’s House of Sound, Emma’s Freaky Sneaker’s, Dakota Help Me See the Light, Power of Words, and Hidden Treasure.

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As the parent of a child with special needs, I love how Emma confronts those who tease her. She is brave. I also love the creativity the teacher uses to show the other students Emma’s world. Every child should have such a great teacher. The study guide at the end adds a wonderful element for those who may have difficulty explaining the topic. 

Debbie Vilardi


Dakota Help Me See the Light“ was the selected book at the Amelia Island Book Festival for MJ Hayes to speak to 3rd & 4th grade  children at the Amelia Island Authors in the School Literacy Book Festival, 2o21.


Santa’s Visits St. Augustine and Oooh! Santa’s Toys Disappear in St. Augustine have been inducted into the Historic Society. MJ had the honor of presenting these books to Sr. Librarian Charles Tingley and Chief Librarian Bob Nawrocki.

MJ donated Dakota Help me See the Light, Santa’s Toys, and Santa Visits, to the Florida School for the Deaf & Blind.

MJ meets with Elisha Zuaro, Reading Specialist who agreed to put these three books into braille

Elisha Zuaro, Reading Specialist.

Santa’s Toys Disappear and Santa Visits St. Augustine are in the archives at the St. Augustine Historical Society.

Pictured with MJ Hayes are Chief Librarian Bob Nawrocki & Sr. Librarian Charles Tingley


MJ Hayes is an award winning author who has a passion for inclusion. She writes books from the perspective of children who are blind and deaf, and also encourages children to eat well through her book 'Thumbs Up'.  

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