Hello to all! 

My books are an emotional ladder for children to learn the challenges in life.

My background as a teacher taught me how to understand the potential of children and capture their imagination.  

Writing triggers my spirit to delve deeply into the mind and heart of a child.  I like to think that my books caress a child’s soul…so that children can empathize with the deaf child in Emma’s House of Sound,  the blind boy in Dakota Help Me See the Light, and identify with Santa whose toys disappear in Oooh! Santa’s Toys Disappear in St. Augustine.

My books are fun! are fun!  Through them children learn the prerequisites of life.  I write with my heart to inspire children’s little souls.


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


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'. 

MJ Hayes
Children's Author
809 Copperhead Circle,
St. Augustine, Florida. 32092