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Charles Ghigna (1946-) Biography

Personal, Career, Awards, Honors, SidelightsAddresses, Writings

(Father Goose, a pseudonym)

Agent—c/o Author Mail, Random House Children's Books, 1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019.


Good Dogs, Bad Dogs, illustrated by David Catrow, Hyperion (New York, NY), 1992.

Good Cats, Bad Cats, illustrated by David Catrow, Hyperion (New York, NY), 1992.

The Day I Spent the Night in the Shelby County Jail, Best of Times (New York, NY), 1994.

Tickle Day: Poems from Father Goose, illustrated by Cyd Moore, Hyperion (New York, NY), 1994.

Riddle Rhymes, illustrated by Julia Gorton, Hyperion (New York, NY), 1995.

Animal Trunk: Silly Poems to Read Aloud, illustrated by Gabriel, Harry N. Abrams (New York, NY), 1999.

Mice Are Nice, illustrated by Jon Goodell, Random House (New York, NY), 1999.

See the Yak Yak, illustrated by Brian Lies, Random House (New York, NY), 1999.

(With wife, Debra Ghigna) Christmas Is Coming, illustrated by Mary O'Keefe Young, Talewinds (Water-town, MA), 2000.

The Alphabet Parade, illustrated by Patti Woods, River City Publishing (Montgomery, AL), 2002.

Halloween Night: Twenty-One Spooktacular Poems, illustrated by Adam McCauley, Running Press Kids (Philadelphia, PA), 2003.

One Hundred Shoes: A Math Reader, illustrated by Bob Staake, Random House (New York, NY), 2003.

My Country: Children Talk about America, Crane Hill Publishers (Birmingham, AL), 2003.

A Fury of Motion: Poems for Boys, Boyds Mills Press (Honesdale, PA), 2003.

Animal Tracks: Wild Poems to Read Aloud, illustrated by John Speirs, Harry N. Abrams (New York, NY), 2004.

If You Were My Valentine, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2004.

Dylan the Smokey Dragon, Maris, West & Baker (Jackson, MS), 2004.

Oh My, Pumpkin Pie!, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2005.


Plastic Tears, Dorrance (Philadelphia, PA), 1973.

Stables: The Story of Christmas (chapbook), Creekwood Press (Birmingham, AL), 1976.

Cockroach (one-act play), Contemporary Drama Service (New York, NY), 1977.

Divers and Other Poems, Creekwood Press (Birmingham, AL), 1978.

Circus Poems, Creekwood Press (Birmingham, AL), 1979.

Father Songs, Creekwood Press (Birmingham, AL), 1989.

Returning to Earth, Livingston University Press (Livingston, AL), 1989.

Wings of Fire, illustrated by Patricia See Hooten, Druid (Birmingham, AL), 1992.

The Best of "Snickers," Best of Times (New York, NY), 1994.

Speaking in Tongues: New and Selected Poems, 1974-1994, Livingston University Press (Livingston, AL), 1994.

Plastic Soup: Dream Poems, Black Belt (Montgomery, AL), 1999.

Love Poems, Crane Hill Publishers (Birmingham, AL), 1999.

Haiku: The Travelers of Eternity, River City Publishers (Montgomery, AL), 2001.

Works represented in anthologies, including Confront, Construct, Complete, Hayden Book Co. (Rochelle, NJ), 1979; Contemporary Literature in Birmingham, Thunder City Press (Birmingham, AL), 1983; Anthology of Magazine Verse, Monitor Book Co. (Beverly Hills, CA), 1985; Italian-American Poets, Fordham University (Bronx, NY), 1985; This Sporting Life, Milkweed Editions (Minneapolis, MN), 1987; American Sports Poems, Orchard Books (New York, NY), 1988; Light Year, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, Bits Press (Cleveland, OH), 1989; North of Wakulla: Poets of Florida State, Anhinga Press (Tallahassee, FL), 1989; Alabama Poets: A Contemporary Anthology, Livingston University Press (Livingston, AL), 1990; Creative Writer's Handbook, Prentice Hall (Englewood Cliffs, NJ), 1990; Mixed Voices: Poems about Music, Milkweed Editions (Minneapolis, MN), 1991; A New Geography of Poets, University of Arkansas Press (Fayetteville, AR), 1992; (With X. J. Kennedy and Richard Kostelanetz) Sticks, Sticks Press, 1992; Poetry Works!: The First Verse Idea Book, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1992; If We'd Wanted Quiet, Meadowbrook Press (Deephaven, MN), 1994; The Funny Side of Parenthood, Meadowbrook Press (Deephaven, MN), 1994; Familiarity Breeds Children, Meadowbrook Press (Deephaven, MN), 1994; The Runner's Literary Companion, Breakaway Books (Halcottsville, NY), 1994; For Better or Worse, Meadowbrook Press (Deephaven, MN), 1995; Fighting Words, Black Belt Press, 1995; Age Happens, Meadowbook Press (Deephaven, MN), 1996; Holidays and Seasonal Celebrations, Teaching & Learning Co. (New York, NY), 1996; Enjoy!: Invitations to Literacy, Houghton Mifflin (Boston, MA), 1996; My Buddy, Houghton Mifflin (Boston, MA), 1996; Leading Kids to Books through Puppets, American Library Association (Chicago, IL), 1997; Work and Other Occupational Hazards, Meadowbrook Press (Deephaven, MN), 1998; Advent Cookbook, Advent Episcopal School, 1997; McDonald's Cookbook, Ronald McDonald House (New York, NY), 1998; Lighten Up!, Meadowbook Press (Deephaven, MN), 1998; Creative Writer's Handbook, 3rd edition, Prentice Hall (Englewood Cliffs, NJ), 1999; A Twentieth Century Treasury of Poetry for Children, Alfred A. Knopf (New York, NY), 1999; Leading Kids to Books through Crafts, American Library Association (Chicago, IL), 1999; Laugh Twice and Call Me in the Morning, Meadowbrook Press (Deephaven, MN), 1999; Knock at a Star: A Child's Introduction to Poetry, Alfred A. Knopf (New York, NY), 1999; Harcourt Brace Reading Program, Harcourt Brace (New York, NY), 2000; Urban Nature, Milkweed Editions (Minneapolis, MN), 2000; Hidden Surprises, Grade 3, Harcourt Brace (New York, NY), 2000; Becoming One with the Lights, National Council of Teachers of English (Urbana, IL), 2001; Books Day by Day: Anniversaries and Anecdotes, Heinemann (New York, NY), 2001; Our Bundle of Joy, Meadowbrook (Deephaven, MN), 2001; Eat Their Words: Southern Writers and Recipes, Fairhope Literary Council, 2001; Rolling in the Aisles: Kids Pick the Funniest Poems, Meadowbrook Press (Deephaven, MN), 2002; Language Arts Program, Grade 1, Harcourt Brace (New York, NY), 2002; Stories from the Blue Moon Café II, MacAdam/Cage (San Francisco, CA), 2003; and Read a Rhyme, Write a Rhyme, Alfred A. Knopf (New York, NY), 2005.

Contributor of hundreds of adult and children's poems to magazines and newspapers, including Harper's, McCall's, Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal, Kansas Quarterly, Texas Quarterly, Christian Science Monitor, Highlights for Children, Cricket, Ranger Rick, Jack and Jill, Children's Digest, Hopscotch, Children's Playmate, Crayola Kids, Guideposts for Kids, Humpty Dumpty, Ladybug, Lollipops, New York Times, Pockets, Poem Train, Pre-K Today, Turtle, and Child Life. Some of Ghigna's poems have been translated into Italian, German, French, and Russian.

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