For more than 30 years Haley’s award winning books have captured the hearts and minds of readers young and old.
Throughout that time she has presented workshops, story telling, art demonstrations and puppetry programs in schools and libraries throughout the USA, Canada, England and Australia.
In addition to the Caldecott medal Gail E. Haley was awarded for the African tale, A STORY, A STORY, she has the unique distinction of being the only person to have that honor as well as England’s Kate Greenaway medal which she received for THE POST OFFICE CAT. Her medieval tale, THE GREEN MAN was a Parent’s Choice recipient. She also received Japan’s Kodai Tosho award and the Kerlan award.
She served as Writer in Residence in the Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University. Her art is housed in numerous galleries throughout the U.S. She taught puppetry at Appalachian State, has several puppetry and costume books to her credit and has twice been featured in this capacity on the PBS program, The Woodwright’s Shop.
Boston Globe-Horn Book honor award for illustration, 1970, and Caldecott Medal, American Library Association, 1971, both for A Story, a Story; Czechoslovak Children’s Film Festival Award for best animated children’s film of the year, 1974; Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration, British Library Association, 1977, and Kadai Tosho award (Japan), both for The Post Office Cat; Parents’ Choice Award for illustration, 1980, for The Green Man; Children’s Book Council children’s choice selection, 1984, for Birdsong; Kerlan Award, University of Minnesota Kerlan Collection, 1989, for lifetime achievement and contribution to children’s literature; National Council for the Social Studies Notable Children’s Book award, 1986, for Jack and the Bean Tree.