Hello to all! 

Writing triggers my spirit, allowing me to delve deeply into the minds and hearts of children. 

I like to think my books caress a child’s soul… so children can empathize with the deaf child in Emma’s House of Sound. They will become sympathetic to the blind boy in Dakota Help Me See the Light.

And kids will identify with Santa, whose toys disappear in Oooh! Santa’s Toys Disappear in St. Augustine!

I write with my heart to inspire children’s little souls.


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, and Dakota Help Me See the Light.

My Books





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


MJ broke her wrist in several places and won’t be writing for a while! 

The book “Dakota Help Me See the Light“ was selected for MJHayes to speak to 400 children at the Emma Love Hardee School, Amelia Island Authors in the School Literacy Book Festival.


Santa’s Visits St. Augustine and Oooh! Santa’s Toys Disappear in St.Augustine will be in the archives at the Historic Society. Jeff Davitt will be presenting this to Charles Tingley and Chief Librarian Bob Nawrocki. 

MJ. Donated Dakota Help Me See the Light to the Florida School for the Deaf & Blind.   

Blind students read it in 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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MJ Hayes
Children's Author
3490 Caroline Blvd

Green Cove Springs,                               
Florida 31043