Best Selling Books by Joe Hayes

Joe Hayes is the author of La Llorona (1987), My Pet Rattlesnake (2014), Ghost Fever (2014), The Coyote Under the Table (2011), The Lovesick Skunk (2010) and other 61 books.

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La Llorona

release date: Jan 01, 1987
La Llorona
The best known folk story of Hispanic America tells of a beautiful young woman who thinks she must marry the most handsome man in the world.

My Pet Rattlesnake

release date: Jun 02, 2014
My Pet Rattlesnake
Rattlesnakes and storyteller Joe Hayes must have a thing for each other. Joe’s teamed up again with Antonio Castro to tell us how one day he saved a rattlesnake’s life. Sure enough, that made the rattlesnake so happy he followed Joe home. The snake became Joe’s pet. Just like a dog. Oh, wow, Joe’s tall tales get taller every year!

Ghost Fever

release date: Jan 01, 2014
Ghost Fever
In his classic bilingual style, Joe tells the story of a haunted house in a poor little town in Arizona. Nobody will rent that house because they know a ghost lives there. So the landlord tries to rents it out for free. Still nobody will rent it. That is, until Elena’s father rents it. He doesn’t believe in ghosts. Lucky for Elena that her grandmother knows all about the ways of ghosts. Elena, with the help of her grandmother, resolves the mystery of “ghost fever”—and learns a lesson about life. Joe Hayes, who lives in Santa Fe, is an award-winning storyteller renowned especially for his stories in Spanish and English.

The Coyote Under the Table

release date: Jan 01, 2011
The Coyote Under the Table
A collection of ten classic tales from Northern New Mexico retold in Spanish and English.

The Lovesick Skunk

release date: Jan 01, 2010
The Lovesick Skunk
A boy who likes to wear his favorite clothes constantly, no matter what, leaves his smelly, black-and-white sneakers outside his tent during a campout and witnesses their effect on a passing skunk.

The Gum-Chewing Rattler

release date: Jan 01, 2014
The Gum-Chewing Rattler
Respected raconteur Joe Hayes is built for tall tales—he’s got the world’s longest legs! And Joe—who travels all over the United States telling stories to kids—says that The Gum-Chewing Rattler is the perfect tall tale for kids because it combines so many familiar experiences—chewing lots of bubblegum, getting in trouble in school, driving your mom crazy—with the wild, impossible claim that a certain rattlesnake chewed gum and blew a bubble with it. Couple that with kids’ natural fascination with poisonous snakes, and The Gum-Chewing Rattler turns out to be one of Joe’s most requested stories. Joe’s been telling this wild story for years, since before 1980, when he took those long legs of his out on the road. But now, that old gum-chewer is here for the first time in a picture book with full-color illustrations by Antonio Castro L. Here’s how Joe’s story goes: When Joe was a boy, he chewed lots of bubblegum, his mom got so mad because the gum in his shirt pocket made a terrible mess in the wash! But this wad of bubblegum just happened to save Joe from a rattlesnake’s fangs! Really!! Don’t worry—his mother didn’t believe the story either.

The Coyote Under the Table/El coyote debajo de la mesa

release date: Dec 27, 2011
The Coyote Under the Table/El coyote debajo de la mesa
Another classic collection of stories from the rich tradition of northern New Mexico, told by master storyteller Joe Hayes.

Dance, Nana, Dance / Baila, Nana, Baila

release date: Dec 15, 2020
Dance, Nana, Dance / Baila, Nana, Baila
A bilingual middle grade collection of playful folktales from Afro-Cuban tradition in side-by-side English and Spanish text, featuring ingenious human, animal and magical protagonists. Did you know that fire first came from an old sorceress? Cuban folklore teaches us about how she selfishly kept it for herself, until two clever twin boys who “could play their drums as if they had magic in their hands” tricked the hechicera into sharing it with the world. Whether or not you grew up hearing the story of Obbara the Orisha, who gained his special power by appreciating even the humblest gift, or of the three resourceful baby herons who used their song Tin ganga o, tin ganga o, yo mama ganga reré to find their parents— this folktales collection will charm you with its humor, magic, and wisdom. In this Aesop Prize-winning book, reformatted for middle grade readers, folklorist and storyteller Joe Hayes shares stories he learned after years visiting Cuba and listening to local storytellers. He first visited Holguín, Cuba, the sister city of his hometown, Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 2001. He fell in love with the island and began to look for opportunities to meet and listen to Cuban storytellers, and to share the stories he knew from the American Southwest. He returned year after year, establishing a rich cultural exchange between U.S. and Cuban storytellers. Out of that collaboration came this fun collection of thirteen Cuban folktales. Joe gives context to the collection with an introduction and an all-important Note to Storytellers. In the Note, Joe goes over some of background of each of the tales included—what culture these stories originate from, some of the cultural meanings of elements in the stories, previous collections these stories have been included in, or other relevant storytelling and anthropological information. This collection is a wonderful resource for anyone trying to learn about the unique blend of Spanish, African and Caribbean influences on Cuban culture; for intermediate students of Spanish or English; storytellers looking to expand their repertoire; or anyone who enjoys a good folktale. Have fun reading and re-telling these stories yourself! “A captivating collection of thirteen folktales with influences from the Caribbean, Spain and Africa; Hayes has captured the essence and diversity of Cuba. Creation myths, legends and Pataki comprise this fascinating folktale anthology.”—REFORMA Joe Hayes’ bilingual Spanish-English tellings have earned him a celebrated place among America’s storytellers. He began sharing his stories in print in 1982. In 2005, Joe received the Talking Leaves Literary Award from the National Story telling Network, an award given to members of the story telling community who have made considerable and influential contributions to the literature of story telling. His books have received the Arizona Young Readers Award, two Land of Enchantment Children’s Book Awards, four IPPY Awards, a Southwest Book Award, a Skipping Stone Honor, an Aesop Prize, and an Aesop Accolade Award. They have been on the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List twice, and his book Ghost Fever was the first bilingual book to win the Bluebonnet Award. Mauricio Trenard Sayago was born in Santiago de Cuba in 1963. He was raised by his family and society to believe in the power of art to educate and transform the individual and society. This environment strongly influenced him. His goal is to use his work to simplify, exaggerate or change how we see our current realitites so that we can make the world a better place. Mauricio came to the United States in 2000 and lives in Brooklyn, making his living as an artist and using painting not only to create new images, but also to explore himself in his new cultural context.

The Wise Little Burro

release date: Jan 01, 1991

Grandfather Horned Toad

release date: Jan 28, 1997
Grandfather Horned Toad
A little girl named Nanabah heeds her grandmother's advice and calls upon the horned toad and the ants to help her when she runs into trouble on the mesa.

The Day It Snowed Tortillas / El d’a que nev— tortilla

release date: Oct 01, 2003
The Day It Snowed Tortillas / El d’a que nev— tortilla
A collection of classic tales from New Mexico, including "Pedro and Diablo," "La Hormiguita," "La Llorona," and "Juan Camisâon," in both Spanish and English.

La Llorona / The Weeping Woman

release date: Jan 01, 1998
La Llorona / The Weeping Woman
Joe Hayes' bilingual classic now in a new paperback edition!

Here Comes the Storyteller

release date: Jan 01, 1996
Here Comes the Storyteller
Presents favorite Southwestern folktales of storyteller Joe Hayes, photographs of Hayes performing, and storytelling tips.

Cuchara para cada bocado

release date: Jan 01, 2005
Cuchara para cada bocado
Joe Hayes's classic tale about the dangers of a rich man's pride -- winner of two state awards -- is now available in a bilingual edition. El cuento clásico de Joe Hayes sobre los peligros del orgullo de un hombre rico, ganador de dos premios estatales, ahora está disponible en una edición bilingüe. In this lovely New Mexico folktale, a rich man tries to prove his wealth to his poor neighbors by using a new spoon for every bite. In the process, he's served a pretty dish of comeuppance. En este encantador folklore de Nuevo México, un hombre rico trata de demostrar su riqueza a sus vecinos pobres usando una cuchara nueva para cada bocado. En el proceso, ha servido un bonito plato de merecido.

A Spoon for Every Bite

release date: Jan 01, 1996
A Spoon for Every Bite
A bilingual edition of Joe Hayes' classic tale about the dangers of a rich man's pride.

Grandpa's Ha-La-loo-ya Hambone!

release date: Jan 01, 2016
Grandpa's Ha-La-loo-ya Hambone!
Joe Hayes' mother knew how to stretch the family's budget nearly as well as Joe streeeeeetches the truth.

Grandpa's Hal-La-Loo-Ya Hambone!

release date: Nov 29, 2016
Grandpa's Hal-La-Loo-Ya Hambone!
Kids today grow up knowing all about recycling. But when Joe Hayes was a kid, recycling hadn't been invented. Money was so tight for Joe's family that they had to be inventive about using and reusing everything. They didn't call it recycling, they ca

Pajaro Verde / The Green Bird

release date: Dec 01, 2004
Pajaro Verde / The Green Bird
Although her mother and sisters make fun of her decision to marry a green bird, to Mirabel he is a prince and so when her family's jealousy endangers him, she sets out to save his life and their love.

Cuidado Con Las Mujeres Astutas

release date: Jan 15, 2019
Cuidado Con Las Mujeres Astutas
A new edition of a folktale class: now with 5 additional, brand-new stories!

Always Above Lava

release date: Apr 17, 2019
Always Above Lava
There is nothing like a Grand Canyon river trip, but is that enough? Out on the Left Coast, a rising tide of wealth generated by the 1999 Silicon Bubble is floating all boats, but swamping Harper Purcell, a groundwater geologist and Grand Canyon river guide. Pressures from boom times are crushing his personal California dream of combining Grand Canyon river trips, throwback whitewater and surf culture, and his own geology business. The power and glory of a Grand Canyon river trip with motley friends brings solace, but he returns to water wars, shrinking habitat for free agents, and an unexpected death of a friend. Harper and his river buddies must head back into Grand Canyon for a high water chase to rescue a scoundrel friend from himself. On the way, they find the key to saving a special place, and rescue their self-respect.

Blindspot

release date: Apr 01, 2005
Blindspot
Do we really know and understand our pets? Are we totally aware of their personalities and their habits, good and bad, even when we aren't around to observe them? Of course not! How could we? The neighbors tell us that our sweet little dog just trashed their yard with the garbage bag, or their cat is afraid to go outside. Well, what if a pet's main caretaker dies, and he/she is left to fend for him/herself? Blindspot is a blind Australian shepherd who loves his owner unconditionally, as expected. Unintentionally, she fails to realize all his needs when it comes to health and well-being, causing the dog to find his own meals, and he does, in animal and human flesh. Creating an overall panic and disruption in a small town in Texas, a Native American widow, Nelda Cannon, is totally unaware of her dog's eating habits. When she learns that he is suspected of murder, and it is her responsibility to be aware of what he does, she literally goes underground to protect him and herself. This story is not only focused on a misunderstood, hungry dog. It also raises some issues about the plight of the Native Americans, and their entitlements to land and privacy, the questions concerning the capture and elimination of endangered species if they are dangerous to mankind, and focuses on the loyalty of one family through hard and difficult times. A chain of strange circumstances follow for Nelda Cannon and the dog's benefit, leaving the reader totally amazed or perplexed in the ending of this story.

The Checker Playing Hound Dog

release date: Jan 01, 1986

La llorona (the weeping woman : an Hispanic Legend)

release date: Dec 01, 2004

An African Mother's Son

release date: Jan 01, 2005
An African Mother's Son
'An African Mother's Son' tells the author's story of his extended paternal family, his education and Ghanian life in general with it's blend of African tradition and European colonial influences. With vivid descriptions, we also hear of his search for his natural mother in Europe.

Two Scary Folktales in Spanish and English Told by Joe Hayes

release date: Jan 01, 2004

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Oh!

release date: May 01, 1987

Cuname Un Story

release date: Jan 01, 1998

How the Stars Got Into the Sky - Two Native American Pourquoi Tales

release date: Jan 01, 2014
How the Stars Got Into the Sky - Two Native American Pourquoi Tales
Have you ever wondered how the stars got into the sky? Native American cultures came up with their own answers to that very question. The Navajo people believed clever Coyote was responsible, while the people of the Cochití Pueblo told about the adventure

Watch Out for Clever Women!

release date: Jan 01, 1994
Watch Out for Clever Women!
Collection of Hispanic folktales written in English and Spanish.
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