Books for Children
from Tickle Day: Poems from Father Goose (Disney)
Thanks for stopping by! My name is Charles Ghigna. Most kids call me Father Goose. I live in a treehouse in the middle of Alabama and I have the best job in the world. I write books for children! I started out as a teacher. At night after school I began writing poems and stories. Years later I traded in my teacher hat for my author hat when I signed a four-book contract with the Walt Disney Publishing Company. One of those books was a collection of my poems titled Tickle Day: Poems from Father Goose. After my first books were published, I discovered I could reach more kids with my writing than I could as a classroom teacher. I could take children on journeys with me! Books are little time machines. They can take you back into the past and forward into the future. Books are also little magic carpets! My magic carpet books have carried me around the world. They have taken me on visits to schools from Florida to Alaska and Canada, from New York to California and Texas, from South America to England and France. I now spend most of my time writing. Every morning I climb the stairs, turn on my computer, look out the window, and start making up poems and stories. Sometimes I go outside and take long hikes to refresh myself and to gather new ideas and inspiration. I like staying up late at night writing here in the treehouse when everyone else is asleep. Thanks for tiptoeing in. I'll leave on the light.
Charles Ghigna - Father Goose® is the author of more than 100 books from Disney, Random House, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Time Inc., Abrams, Boyds Mills, Charlesbridge, Capstone, Orca and other publishers. He has written more than 5000 poems for children and adults that appear in anthologies, textbooks, newspapers, and magazines ranging from The New Yorker, Harper’s, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal to Cricket and Highlights 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 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.
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