Abiyoyo Story Arts

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Pete Seeger
and Abiyoyo!

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Celebrate Pete's life with the power of a storysong.

Pete Seeger wrote and performed the storysong Abiyoyo. Pete told children, "Make up your own story about a kid who's not afraid of a scary giant!"

Abiyoyo Story Arts shares the stories and songs of folksinger Pete Seeger working with illustrator Michael Hays, how they created the picture book Abiyoyo and how this story helped Pete face up to giants in real life.

Pete Seeger's storysong Abiyoyo is a children's picture book published by Simon and Schuster (with audio CD recorded by Pete Seeger). It's also available in an Aladdin mass market full size paperback edition, Aladdin Stories To Go mini edition, Scholsatic school edition (with audio cassette recorded by James Earl Jones), Teaching Strategies Spanish language edition for the school market.

Pete Seeger

Introducing storyteller Pete Seeger to Abiyoyo fans. Sing together, work together to make a better world. Abiyoyo comes to America in a song book from South Africa. Pete Seeger performs songs and tells stories. The story of how you overcome a scary giant.

Abiyoyo Artist
Michael Hays

Children's book illustrator Michael Hays introduces himself to Abiyoyo fans, shares work with Pete on their Abiyoyo picture book. More picture books by Pete Seeger and Michael Hays and lots more of Michael’s illustrated picture books.

Your Own Giant Story

Kids draw and paint Abiyoyo. Kids act out the story of Abiyoyo. Kids ask questions about the scary giant. Kids make up their own stories. Older kids begin to ask bigger questions about Abiyoyo. Share your story ideas.

Abiyoyo Story Arts

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Abiyoyo illustrator Michael Hays brings his Abiyoyo Story Arts program to school classrooms and libraries. Ask for more info!


"I'm a digital artist, interactive designer and children's illustrator. I teach BFA Illustration and Design students at Columbia College Chicago. Together we can present a K-12 book illustration workshop or young author event at your neighborhood school!" –M.H.