Why Picture Books Are Important by Charles Ghigna

by Dianne on November 21, 2011

I See Fall by Charles Ghigna

Why Picture Books Are Important
Picture books help children celebrate the joy and wonder of their world. Humorous picture books tickle the funny bone of their imaginations. The greatest reward for each of us who write and illustrate picture books is in knowing that our creative efforts might stir the minds and hearts of young readers with a vision and wonder of the world and themselves that may be new to them or reveal something already familiar in new and enlightening ways.

Picture books are a child’s first introduction to the joy of language and to the enchanted world of books. Their lilting rhythms and rhymes, their short, simple sentences and their clever repetition of key words and phrases start children’s eyes, minds and hearts dancing along the colorful pages and into a lifelong love of language and books.

It is the joyous power of picture books that turns young listeners into readers and readers into writers.

-Charles Ghigna (Father Goose)

Charles Ghigna

About Charles Ghigna
Charles Ghigna (Father Goose) is the author of more than 50 award-winning books from Random House, Disney, Hyperion, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Abrams and other publishers. His books have been featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” PBS and NPR. He is a poet, children’s author, speaker, and nationally syndicated light verse writer who promotes the love of poetry throughout the world. His poems (5,000 and counting) have appeared in hundreds of textbooks, anthologies, magazines from The New Yorker and Harper’s to Cricket and Highlights. His poems also appear in the national SAT and ACT tests. He has served as poetry editor of The English Journal for the National Council of Teachers of English and has presented poetry programs at the Library of Congress, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the American Library in Paris, the International Schools of South America and at hundreds of other schools, colleges, conferences, libraries, book fairs, and literary events throughout the world. For more information, visit the Father Goose Website.

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Virginia November 21, 2011 at 11:46 am

As a former teacher, I can tell you that children never outgrow their love of picture books. Neither have I!!!

Of course Chuck’s great books were high on my students’ and grandchildren’s list of favorites.


Diane Dill November 21, 2011 at 2:29 pm

I recently attended a writer’s conference where Charles Ghigna was the keynote speaker. His presentation was so enjoyable, and I bought some books, including one for my eight-month-old great-grandson (you can never start them too young!) for Christmas. Charles and his wife are both such warm, encouraging people. I highly recommend all of his books — they make great gifts for Christmas, birthdays, or “just because.” They are for all children, including the child within each one of us!


Patricia Taylor November 21, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Charles is such a wonderful writer! He has such a gift from God. I love all of his books and his delightful poems! Children and adults alike are taken into a world of wonder and happiness when they read them.


cathy buckhalt November 21, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Charles, thank you. This looks like a Christmas present for ME and my students. I so enjoying the poems and picture books with my middle school students.


Kerry Aradhya November 21, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Thanks, Charles–Father Goose!–for sharing your thoughts. I love your last line: “It is the joyous power of picture books that turns young listeners into readers and readers into writers.”


Charles Ghigna November 21, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Thank you for your joyful comments.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!


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