Charles Ghigna

Charles Ghigna – Father Goose – lives in a treehouse in the middle of Alabama. He is the author of more than 100 books from Random House, Simon & Schuster, Time Inc., Disney, Hyperion, Scholastic, Abrams, Boyds Mills Press, Charlesbridge, Capstone, Orca and other publishers, and more than 5000 poems, many of which appear in textbooks and anthologies, and in newspapers and magazines including The New Yorker, Harper’s, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, as well as in Highlights, Cricket and numerous other magazines for children. He served as poet-in-residence and chair of creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, instructor of creative writing at Samford University, poetry editor of English Journal for the National Council of Teachers of English, and as a nationally syndicated poetry feature writer for Tribune Media Services. He speaks at schools, conferences, libraries, and literary events throughout the U.S. and overseas, and has read his poems at The Library of Congress, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the American Library in Paris, the American School in Paris, and the International Schools of South America.

Selected Reviews of Charles Ghigna’s Books

Cuddle Bunny
Charles Ghigna
Illustrated by Jacqueline East
Cuddle is a very sweet young bunny with much still to learn, especially about herself, and with quite the imagination. She experiences some image issues, complaining that her teeth and her ears are too big. But when she sees pictures of other family members who have long or short ears or even bigger teeth, Cuddle realizes that everyone is different. She loves being a storyteller to her audience of stuffed animals and capture their excitement as she conjures up a riveting story about four friends (not unlike her guests) getting lost in the forest. Only she knows how the story ends. During a trip to the beach, Cuddle wonders how and from where a bottle gets washed up on shore. What’s inside the bottle is the real mystery, one she wants to solve. Her imagination takes her anywhere as she transforms herself into Captain Cuddle aboard a pirate ship set sail in the back yard. When her father returns home from work, she enlists him as First Mate and is surprised when her father presents her with a special gift, perfect for any pirate. In this four-chapter book, Ghigna (also known as Father Goose) has created a memorable character in Cuddle Bunny, who is as charming as his other characters in the “Tiny Tales” series. Ghigna includes a Glossary, Discussion Questions, and Writing Prompts sections in the back of the book, perfect for the upper end of targeted readers. Together with the soft and innocent style of East’s watercolor illustrations, these characters and stories will become quick favorites of children and parents, to return again and again to the adventures that await them in “Tiny Tales.” Reviewer: Linda Sweitzer (Children’s Literature).

Raindrops Fall All Around
Charles Ghigna
Illustrated by Laura Watson
Raindrops fall from the sky and land on everything. Join a little kitten and puppy as they explore their world and enjoy the adventure of raindrops. They encounter all sorts of animals as they romp and play in the rain. Puppy and kitten will learn all about rain as they run through the city and countryside. Bright, colorful illustrations fill each page. Large font, rhyming lyrical words, and simple vocabulary make this a fun read for young children. At the end of the book, reader will find interesting and fun facts about rain. The publisher has included additional resources online. The website has projects, games, and more that children can access to learn more about the subject. Parents will enjoy the rhythmic reading style and that children are learning while having fun. This book will make a great addition to any classroom and could be used for science or story time. Part of the “Springtime Weather Wonders” series. Reviewer: Tima Murrell (Children’s Literature).

One Hundred Shoes
Charles Ghigna
Illustrated by Bob Staake
A spirited centipede tries on many different types of shoes, sandals and boots in this adorable book, which communicates an age-appropriate math concept for early readers. The rhyming text and captivating illustrations will have young readers hooked as they ponder the dilemmas of every centipede: where to buy shoes, what kind to buy, where to store them and how to tell left and right shoes apart. Children learn that the centipede has 100 feet. Because shoes come in pairs, a centipede will need 50 pairs. However, a discerning centipede may choose to buy sets of shoes, such as five sets of 20 or 10 sets of 10. Children are sure to be amused when they see this centipede reclining on the beach with sandals, decked out in a cowboy hat and boots, striding with loafers and a pin striped suit, etc. What a fun way to “Step into Reading,” as this publisher’s series is called. Reviewer: Jeanne K. Pettenati (Children’s Literature).

Program Details

The Poems & Pranks of Father Goose:

A high-energy poetry performance that includes inter-active choral readings with the students, lively recitations, readings and story-telling that demonstrate where to get ideas and how to get started, as well as question and answer sessions for students and teachers.

Each presentation is 45-50 minutes and includes lively recitations and commentaries by the author. Programs are for students, teachers, and librarians in grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8.

Fees: $1,750 per day (2 presentations and autographing session) plus travel expenses. An evening program for the entire community can be added to the day’s agenda for $600.

Additional Information

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