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Joe Hayes Wins the Bluebonnet Award
Joe Hayes Wins the Bluebonnet Award February 6, 2007
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Ghost Fever/ Mal de Fantasma chosen by Texas children as the 2007 Texas Bluebonnet Award Winner

The Texas Library Association has announced that Joe Hayes has won the 2007 Bluebonnet Award. Joe joins a prestigious pantheon of writers who have also received the Bluebonnet. Former winners include Kate DiCamillo, Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary.

Joe won the Bluebonnet with Ghost Fever/Mal de Fantasma, a bilingual middle reader which is written the same way he likes to tell his stories—in two languages.

This is the first time that a bilingual book has won the Bluebonnet.

Texas school children vote each year to select the winner of the Texas Bluebonnet award. This year 170,000 children participated in the voting; 23,580 of those children selected Ghost Fever/Mal de Fantasma as their favorite book.

Cinco Puntos is incredibly proud of Joe Hayes, he writes books that are full of wisdom and fun to read, and in doing so he spreads the joys of language and culture to kids of all backgrounds.

Congratulations, Joe!

About Joe Hayes

Joe Hayes—one of America’s premier storytellers for over 25 years—is a nationally recognized teller of tales from the Hispanic, Native American and Anglo cultures. In 2005, Joe received the Talking Leaves Literary Award from the National Storytelling Network, an award given to members of the storytelling community who have made considerable, serious and influential contributions to the literature of storytelling. Published since 1982, his books have received the Arizona Young Readers Award, two Land of Enchantment Children’s Book Awards, four IPPY Awards, a Southwest Book Award and an Aesop Accolade Award.

Born in Pennsylvania, Joe moved as a child to a small town in southern Arizona, some fifty miles from the Mexican border. From Mexican-American friends and schoolmates he began to acquire a knowledge of Spanish and an appreciation for Hispanic culture. When Joe moved to New Mexico in 1976, he first taught high school English, but his interest in the rich folklore of the region was already growing. He gathered traditional stories of the Southwest, added a little of his own spice and hit the road, traveling all over to share his stories. He has captured the imagination of children in schools all over the United States.

For many years, Joe has been the resident storyteller at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe. Joe has taught storytelling to teachers at the University of New Mexico and been a guest lecturer at many colleges and universities, delivering the commencement address for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at U.C.L.A. He was designated a New Mexico Eminent Scholar by the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education, and in 1995 he received the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence.

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