Abiyoyo Story Arts

on Reading Rainbow

say "Hello!"
to a folk singer
and a giant

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"Abiyoyo is a book you can sing."

When Simon and Schuster picture book Abiyoyo, a storysong by Pete Seeger illustrated by Michael Hays, was published, PBS TV show Reading Rainbow featured Pete live on the studio set with LeVar Burton and he retold his storysong especially for this episode.

Simon and Schuster publishes a hardcover edition of Abiyoyo (with Pete Seeger audio CD). The Simon and Schuster Aladdin imprint publishes a mass market softcover edition of Abiyoyo and a Books On The Go mini-edition.

Scholastic publishes a school edition of Abiyoyo (with audio cassette recording by James Earl Jones) and published a Big Book edition for teachers. Scholastic has sold a million+ copies of Abiyoyo. Foreign editions of Abiyoyo included Swedish and Japanese language editions. We now have a Spanish language edition from Teaching Strategies.

PBS TV program Between the Lions featured a digitally animated version of Michael’s Abiyoyo art.

Simon and Schuster publishes our sequel, Abiyoyo Returns »

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

A fan page for librarians, teachers and students; editors and art directors of picture books and YA; collectors of children's book original art; art and design faculty, staff and admins; children’s book sellers; children's authors, parents and kid fans!

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.