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)
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.