Mantra: Got a Minute? 

More than two hundred years ago when William Wordsworth wrote “the world is too much with us,” little did he know how much the world would be with us today. What would he think of our overscheduled, over-stressed, over-worked world that leaves us with little time to relax and unwind, little time to close our eyes, catch our breath, and dream?

 

No wonder there is a renewed interest in the ancient practice of yoga and meditation. We seek those rare moments of solace now as much or more than they did thousands of years ago. Yet our busy days are so often too jam-packed for us to find the precious time to relax. We barely have time for a few fleeting seconds to dream of slipping slowly away into a calm oasis of cool breezes and warm sunshine.

 

Even during our most hectic, busiest days, surely we can find a minute for ourselves to relax and recharge with a positive thought. It only takes a minute to close our eyes, take a breath, and whisper a few words to soothe the soul and reenergize the spirit. Surely each of us has a comforting place we can go in our mind’s eye to unwind for a minute. Here’s a poem to serve as a mantra to help take you to that place where peace and harmony may lift your heart and restore your soul with hope and promise for a calmer, kinder world.

 

Be Still in the World 

Be still in the world wherever you are,

listen to life’s lullaby;

the heartbeat, the breathing,

the giving, receiving,

the sun and the moon and the star.

They all shine true through the essence of you,

a beacon of boundless light;

the father, the mother,

the sister, the brother,

all are within you tonight.

Let the flow of the seas, the lilt of the breeze,

the rush and the calm of all time

carry your dreams

along rivers and streams

and let you be still where you are.

©Charles Ghigna

 

For more about yoga and meditation check out Yoga: Find Your Zen Today and Every Day.

 

Charles Ghigna – Father Goose® lives in a treehouse in the middle of  Alabama. He is the author of more than 100 award-winning books from  Random House, Disney, Hyperion, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Time Inc., 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 from The New Yorker and Harper’s to Cricket and Highlights. He served as poet-in residence and chair of creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, and as a nationally syndicated feature writer for Tribune Media Services. He has spoken at schools, colleges, 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. For more information, please visit his website at FatherGoose.com.

The Magic of Motivation

What wakes us up with new hope every morning? What fills our dreams at night? What helps keep us going toward those dreams and goals each day? It’s that little pep-talk voice inside our heads that says, “You can do it!”

 

Sometimes that little voice becomes a fading whisper. Sometimes duties of the day get in the way and drown out that little voice. That’s when we need a little motivation, a little inspiration to keep going.

 

One of the ways to recapture that self pep-talk is to have a handy saying or poem in mind. Repeating those little affirmations out loud can be the little spark we need to keep our inspirational engine running.

 

The Art of Start

Don’t search for inspiration when

You have a task to do;

Just start your work and you will see

That it will soon find you.

 

Dreams Allowed


Don’t be afraid to dream aloud

The things you want to do;

Just saying what is in your heart

Will help your dreams come true.

 

Good Measure

Success is often measured best

Not by how high or far,

But what you had to sacrifice

To get to where you are.

 

Headway

Do not let fear confine your life

Inside a shell of doubt;

A turtle never moves until

His head is sticking out.

 

Heavy Mettle


Adversity is what it takes

To see our goals ascend;

In order for the kite to rise,

It flies against the wind.

 

Test Pattern

Each time our troubles test our will

We wonder of their use

Until we learn to keep them from

Becoming an excuse.

 

Think Tank

It doesn’t take an army

To think what can be done;

One person with just one idea

Is more than ten with none.

 

The High Road


The path to inspiration starts

Upon the trails we’ve known;

Each stumbling block is not a rock,

But just a stepping stone.

 

Success Full

Never doubt what you can do

No matter what the chore;

Success comes when we care enough

To do a little more.

In Sight

Close your eyes and look inside,

A mirror shines within;

To find where you are going,

First see where you have been.

 

True Grit


The move from failure to success

Takes more than simply grit;

It starts when you first realize

You know you’ll never quit.

 

Like these? How about a whole book of them?

 

A few years ago when I needed a little pep-talk to keep me on my path to writing poems and books for children, I began creating little motivation rhymes that grew into an entire book titled SCORE! 50 Poems to Motivate & Inspire. That little award-winning book was soon adopted by school systems as part of their Character Development programs with principals reading a poem-a-day from it during their morning announcements. Coaches and teachers began making posters from the book and hanging them in their classrooms and locker rooms.

 

As you read the poems above, I hope you find one or two that help renew your wishes, goals, and dreams.

 

You may even become inspired and motivated to write a few of your own!

 

Charles Ghigna – Father Goose® lives in a treehouse in the middle of Alabama. He is the author of more than 100 award-winning books from Random House, Disney, Hyperion, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Time Inc., 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 from The New Yorker and Harper’s to Cricket and Highlights. He served as poet-in-residence and chair of creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, and as a nationally syndicated feature writer for Tribune Media Services. He has spoken at schools, colleges, 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. For more information, please visit his website at FatherGoose.com.

All poems ©Charles Ghigna

The Eyes of the Poet: Seeing Like an Artist

What joy simple pleasures bring! One of our greatest gifts is the ability to simply take time to appreciate and enjoy the world around us. Fine-tuning our ability to notice detail is an important skill of the artist and the writer. It is an important skill for everyone to enjoy!

 

Every time you see something new, take a moment to really get to know the object with your eyes. Practice this technique on new things that you see. Take time to rediscover old, familiar objects and places. Look outside and find something new. Take time to let your vision appreciate your discoveries. Look at the detail. Let your mind tell you what your eyes have found.

 

Try this technique on people. Try it on a loved one. Look at them.  Really look at them as though you are seeing them for the first time. Look closely. Find something new about them that you never saw before. Appreciate them with your eyes.

 

Look at nature. Study the sky, the trees, birds, and animals. Open your eyes wide and take in the entire landscape. Slowly zoom in on one particular object. Notice its detail. Let it paint its picture into your mind’s eye.

 

Art by Susan Swan

 

Give your eyes permission to be young and curious again. Look for things to behold, for things to bring into your new world of observation. Look up at the sky. Forget the cumulus, cirrus, and stratus. Search for the long-tailed dragons and sailing ships. Let the child in you wake up with fresh eyes each morning.

 

Try these six steps:

 

  • LOOK. The first step of observation is to simply open your eyes and look.
  • SEE. Now pause and focus on the object, person, or scene.
  • NOTICE. Select one, specific area to study.
  • PONDER. Allow your mind’s eye to enter into your vision.
  • STUDY. Explore the minor detail of your subject.
  • BEHOLD. Allow your mind, your emotions and all your senses to begin making free associations, literal and abstract, with the various aspects of your subject until the delicate essence of your subject is no longer simply a part of your observation, but a part of you.

Look for color, size, shape, and texture. Try to feel the object with your eyes. Choose new vantage points from which to observe the familiar. Look for similarities and differences. Look for parallels and contradictions. Look from the inside out.

 

Play what-if games with your observations. What if it were larger or smaller? What if it were a different color, size, or shape? What if it were found someplace else? What else could it be other than what it first appears?

 

And finally, remember what the poet Paul Valery once wrote: “To see is to forget the name of the thing that one sees.”

 

Forget and behold.

 

Choice Art

The answer to the artist

Comes quicker than a blink

Though initial inspiration

Is not what you might think.

 

The Muse is full of magic,

Though her vision’s sometimes dim;

The artist does not choose the work,

It is the work that chooses him.

 

 

Inner View

Look inside the scape called sea

Until the ocean owns your eyes;

Search beneath the surface shine

Until its depth dispels its lies.

 

Climb your stare upon each wave

Until you see all shades of green;

Swim your vision past itself

Until your sight becomes the scene.

 

 

charles-ghigna

Charles Ghigna – Father Goose® lives in a treehouse in the middle of Alabama. He is the author of more than 100 award-winning books from Random House, Disney, Hyperion, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Time Inc., 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 from The New Yorker and Harper’s to Cricket and Highlights. He served as poet-in-residence and chair of creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, and as a nationally syndicated feature writer for Tribune Media Services. He has spoken at schools, colleges, 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. For more information, please visit his website at FatherGoose.com.

Where Do Poems Come From?

I’m asked that question a lot. Where do poems come from? Where do you get your ideas? It’s like one of those questions we hear from our children, “Where do babies come from?” A wise parent will offer an explanation based upon what they think is appropriate for the age and level of understanding of their child. If the child is still a toddler, we often offer up a warm smile and say something loving and vague about love and heaven and a twinkle in the eye. When the child is a little older, we might begin with a little introduction to the basics of reproduction. In either case, we sometimes feel as though we’ve fallen short of sharing the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about the wonderfully intricate details of creation.

 

Answering the question of “Where do poems come from” is a lot like that. I’m often tempted to answer with a tongue-in-cheek smile, “Oh, I have a little black book with a list of all the ideas in it. When I need new ideas and inspiration all I have to do is open that magical little book, pick out an idea, and start writing.”

 

After my school assembly programs, I like to allow time for students and teachers to ask questions. Recently a student asked that question, “Where do you get your ideas?” Without thinking, I said, “Everywhere!” I went on to explain how I’m often inspired by “little things, quiet moments, by nature, children, pets, animals, family, friends, and from the real and imagined visions I see along my daily walks.” I’m not sure that was enough, but that’s all I had for her in that fleeting moment.

 

Later, during a little after school workshop with teachers, one of them mentioned how much she liked my answer. Another teacher who is also a writer asked me to elaborate. I was caught off guard for a second, then I thought perhaps the best answer would be to simply share an example of how I got an idea and how I developed it into a poem. I picked one of my most memorable moments of inspiration. It was a poem that was born right after my son was born.

 

When my son was born, my wife and I purchased one of those wonderful gadgets that allows parents to listen in on their sleeping babies. I remember waking up in the middle of the night and listening to my son’s babbling coming in over our new nursery monitor. I listened for a while, then drifted back off to sleep. In the morning over coffee, I thought about that sweet midnight serenade and how it sounded as though my son was speaking in two different voices, like characters in a dream play. The possibility of his having already discovered the joy of storytelling occurred to me. At what age does imagination begin? Are we ever able to fully comprehend our own inherent powers of creation?

 

My son’s babbles sparked those questions — and this poem.

 

For My Son Who Talks In His Sleep

For My Son Who Talks In His Sleep

 

The babble of babies rises again in your room

and I wonder what new friends

you are making tonight.

 

Not yet two, you have learned the joy of dreaming,

the endless gift, my son, of making

the make-believe come true.

 

Before you were born

a fortune teller told your mother

we would have an author for a son.

 

And I want you to know

how much I love hearing

this story you are telling tonight.

 

Exquisite lamb,

you lie awake in dreams

conversing with the other angels.

 

Your waking world

will never count you in

as just another sheep.

Creation is yours for the making.

 

Poems come from everywhere. All we have to do look — and listen. —Charles Ghigna

Charles Ghigna - Father Goose®Charles Ghigna – Father Goose® lives in a treehouse in the middle of Alabama. He served as poet-in-residence and chair of creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, and as a nationally syndicated feature writer for Tribune Media Services. He is the author of more than 100 award-winning books for children and adults from Random House, Disney, Hyperion, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Time Inc., Abrams, Charlesbridge, Capstone, Orca and other publishers. His poems appear in hundreds of magazines from The New Yorker and Harper’s to Cricket and Highlights. For more information, please visit his website at FatherGoose.com

For the Love of Sport: The 10 Commandments of Coaching

Children love to play! They are often happiest when they are moving. From the time they take their first steps, their love of walking, running, jumping, and dancing begins — and grows! As their love of movement grows, they soon discover the joy of group sports, of throwing, catching and kicking balls, and playing together on teams: soccer, basketball, baseball, football, volley ball, hockey, and lacrosse.

 

As parents, we want to foster that love of play and sports. One of the best ways is to allow them to see and feel the joy we experience when we are participating in sports and to share that enthusiasm with them. Our children look to us as not only their first teachers, but as their first coaches, as well.

 

As coaches for our children and for our community’s children, it is important for us to keep in mind that children are first attracted to the games they play because of the fun of it. That’s the key to every game, every practice — keep it fun. The more children enjoy a sport, the more they want to play it. The more they play it, the better they get. The better they get, the more fun it is!

 

We all want their games and sports to be safe and fair and fun, a place where fellowship, sportsmanship, good health, and self-confidence grow. In that kind of atmosphere, no matter the final score, everyone is a winner.

 

Here are a few tips for those of us lucky enough to serve children as parent-coaches:

 

  1. Treat each child as your own.
  2. Cheer for all players on all teams.
  3. Play every player every game.
  4. Allow players to play different positions.
  5. Praise good plays and sportsmanship.
  6. Offer tips for improvement in a positive, cheerful manner.
  7. Show respect for each player, umpire, parent, and fellow coach.
  8. Set a good example on and off the field.
  9. Keep it fun. Coach to teach, not just to win.
  10. Remember your own love of the game.  Share it.

And here’s poem about playing from my book “Score! 50 Poems to Motivate and Inspire”.

 

The Spirit of Play By Charles GhignaThe Spirit of Play

By Charles Ghigna

 

The final score is more than how

We win or lose with pride;

It’s how we play the game of life

With laughter on our side.

 

 

Charles Ghigna – Father Goose® lives in a tree house in the middle of Alabama. He is the author of more than 100 award-winning books for children and adults from Random House, Capstone, Orca, Disney, Hyperion, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Abrams, Charlesbridge and other publishers. His poems appear in hundreds of magazines from The New Yorker and Harper’s to Cricket and Highlights. He is a former poetry editor of the English Journal and nationally syndicated feature writer for Tribune Media Services.

The Love of Reading: ADVICE FOR YOUNG PARENTS

“If children know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they’re four years old,
they’re usually among the best readers by the time they’re eight.”
—Mem Fox

 

One of the greatest gifts you can share with your babies and toddlers is your love of learning. That love often begins with the love of books shared during those quiet, precious moments reading to your child. When you open a book, you open the door to a lifelong love of learning.

 

Writing is also an integral part of a child’s early learning process. Showing your child how much fun it is to turn their spoken words into written words is a joy shared by the child and the parent. Reading and writing help children:

 

  1. Realize that the written word is as natural as the spoken word.
  2. Identify their thoughts and put them into more logical sequences.
  3. Think about things in new and imaginative ways.
  4. Discover themselves and the world around them.
  5. “See” their world more clearly and closely.
  6. Peak their interest and curiosity.
  7. Appreciate the written word not only of their own making, but of the writings of others in books and magazines.
  8. Build self-confidence in expressing themselves.

Children who learn to express themselves in clear and meaningful ways are more likely to interact with their peers and adults. It all begins with the joy of reading!

 

A great place to start sharing your love of reading with your babies and toddlers is with the award-winning magazines from Cricket Media: Babybug, Ladybug, Spider, and Cricket!

 

“My Quiet Time” by Charles Ghigna from LADYBUG, Jan. 2016

“My Quiet Time” by    Charles Ghigna from LADYBUG, Jan. 2016

Charles Ghigna – Father Goose® lives in a tree house in the middle of Alabama.
He is the author of more than 100 award-winning books from Random House, Disney,
Hyperion, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Abrams, Charlesbridge, Orca and Capstone.
His poems appear in magazines from The New Yorker and Harper’s to Cricket and Highlights.
For more information, please visit: FatherGoose.com

Inspiration: A Different Road Home

Want to write a poem, a story, a memoir? Need a jump start on some new inspiration? Try surrounding yourself with something new. Change is good. The Muse loves change. Turn off the computer and TV. Put away the iPhone. Go out to eat. Go to a live play or concert. Attend a sporting event. Hang out at a new coffee shop. Meet new people. Take a different road home. Listen to some new music. Find alternate station. Check out a book from the library. Look through old photo albums. Light some candles. Take a warm bath. Soak in your thoughts. Write randomly. Bathe in your own stream of consciousness.
 

Now you’re ready to write. Start with an image, a mood, a feeling. Let it tell you where it wants to go.
 

Writing is talking on paper. Let your words speak in a whisper. Let them lull you on to deeper thoughts. Think of someone special. Pretend you are telling them a secret. You are.
 

Now go have some fun. Writing is not a chore. It’s magic. Let it happen. It’s process of awareness and discovery, discovering something you didn’t know you knew until you wrote it. If it surprises you, it will surprise someone else. If there are no surprises, hit delete and move on to your next burst of inspiration. You have lots of ideas inside waiting to come out. Let them.
 
Inspiration

Inspiration
 
It is every thing
you think it is.
It is the end
of the tunnel
and the light
up ahead.
It is the sound
of the wind
and the silence
of the night.
It is the sun
and the moon
and the memory.
It is the eye
and the hand
and the mouth.
It is the present
and the future
and the past.
It is here.
It is there.
It is gone.
 
* * *

 
Charles Ghigna – Father Goose® lives in a tree house in the middle of Alabama.
He is the author of more than 5,000 poems and 100 award-winning books from Random House,
Disney, Hyperion, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Abrams, Charlesbridge, Orca
and Capstone. His poems appear in magazines from The New Yorker and Harper’s to Cricket and Highlights.
 

For more information, please visit: FatherGoose.com

10 Things I’ve Learned as a Children’s Poet

  1. Children have the best imaginations.
  2. Children look at the world from the inside out.
  3. Children love lyrical language.
  4. Daydreaming is a highly underrated art form.
  5. When you write for children, don’t write for children. Write from the child in you.
  6. It is better to show, than tell.
  7. Style is not how you write. It is how you do not write like anyone else.
  8. Enter the writing process with a childlike sense of wonder. Let it surprise you.
  9. Finding poetry in the world and sharing it with others makes us feel alive.
  10. Staring out the window and making things up is a fun way to make a living.

 

Charles Ghigna’s fantastic poem “Moon” appears in the October issue of Spider. For more poems like this be sure to subscribe to any of the magazines in the Cricket Media family and check out our website at shop.cricketmedia.com for some special poetry-themed product bundles. (And shhh, don’t tell anyone where you heard this, but use discount code FF2015 until December 15th to get the friends and family discount on all our magazines, as well as 60% off in our online store. Hey, we’re all friends here, right?)
 

American poet and author Charles Ghigna has written more than 100 books from Random House, Disney, Hyperion, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Abrams, Charlesbridge, Capstone, Orca and other publishers and has published dozens of poems in Cricket, Spider, and Ladybug magazines over the past decade. Be sure to check out his website.

What’s So Grand about Grandchildren?

It is no wonder we call them grand children and they call us grand parents. From the moment they arrive, they transform us into the grandest we have ever been. They give us new names, and we are never the same. They fill our hearts with love and laughter and other wondrous gifts of grandeur.
 
The first time my grand daughter, Charlotte Rose, called me “Gooooose,” short for Grandpa Goose, a derivative of my pseudonym Father Goose, I knew I had been anointed. Oh the smiles and giggles and make-believe silly stories we share. One would think we had surely followed Alice down the rabbit hole.
 
That spark of story-telling inspiration comes each time I allow my silly self to let go of reality and enter into imaginative play with her. Those carefree creative times often ignite a trail of tall tales full of an endless array of colorful characters. One of those new characters is Lucy Goose, the main character who now proudly appears with her sidekick, Duckling, in our new Tiny Tales, a series of four sixty-four page early chapter books, all inspired by my very grand daughter.
 
Charlotte Rose and I like to play in my tree house when she comes for a visit. That’s when the magic happens. She climbs up onto my old desk and sits there playing with my parade of little geese miniatures. They lead her to an assortment of my other collectibles: old kaleidoscopes, magnifying glasses, marbles, slinkys and toys from other times.
 
On one of her visits, Charlotte picked up my tiniest goose figurine and asked, “What’s her name?” I told her that one didn’t have a name. I asked if she would like to name it for me. Without hesitation, her eyes lit up and she said, “Lucy. Lucy Goose!” A new burst of make-believe filled the tree house that morning as little Lucy Goose led us on the first of our many story-telling adventures, adventures we later wrote down for others to read and enjoy, adventures that now appear in our very grand new series of Tiny Tales. And below you will find a poem of mine that appeared in Cricket magazine. I hope you enjoy it as much as Charlotte does.
 

 
Charles Ghigna – Father Goose® lives in a tree house in the middle of Alabama. He is the author of more than 100 award-winning books for children and adults from Random House, Capstone, Disney, Hyperion, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Abrams, Charlesbridge, Orca and other publishers. His poems appear in hundreds of magazines from The New Yorker and Harper’s to Cricket and Highlights.

The Poetry of Life

We are all poets. Each one of us sees the world in our own special way. Whenever we look up at the passing clouds and see long tail dragons and sailing ships we are poets. When we share our visions and dreams we are poets. We are poets whenever we tell the world who we are, what we think, and how we feel.

What is Poetry?

A whisper,
a shout,
thoughts turned
inside out.

A laugh,
a sigh,
an echo
passing by.

A rhythm,
a rhyme,
a moment
caught in time.

A moon,
a star,
a glimpse
of who you are.

 

Poetry is music, theater, dance, art, and literature. Poetry is winter, spring, summer, and fall. Poetry is laughter and tears, faith, and fears. Poetry is life!

 

So what do poets like to write about? I’ve written poems for children’s magazines such as Cricket, Spider, Ladybug, and Babybug on a variety of subjects from “Snowfall in the City” to “Roses After the Rain,” from sunny days of “Summertime” to “The Cold Gray Days of Winter.”

 

Poetry is everywhere! It’s in the smile of a friend and in the sound of the wind. It’s in the scent of the meadow and in the skyline of the city. It’s in the setting sun as she bows her bright orange dress away into the purple haze of evening.

 

 

Finding poetry in the world and sharing it with others makes us feel alive. It fills us with hope and wonder. It celebrates life. It shines light into the corners of the world and turns the overlooked and the common into sparkling gems of wonder and joy.

 

Poetry is everywhere! It’s in the smile of a friend and in the sound of the wind. It’s in the scent of the meadow and in the skyline of the city. It’s in the setting sun as she bows her bright orange dress away into the purple haze of evening.

 

So what else do poets like to write about? We like to write about everything! Sometimes we write poems that compare one thing to another. We call that metaphor. Sometimes our metaphors compare poetry to things!

 

A Poem is a Spider Web

A poem is a spider web
Spun with words of wonder,
Woven lace held in place
By whispers made of thunder.

* * *

A Poem is a Firefly

A poem is a firefly
Upon the summer wind.
Instead of shining where she goes,
She lights up where she’s been.

* * *

A Poem is a Painting

A poem is a painting,
A masterpiece you’ll find
Hanging on display inside
The gallery of your mind.

* * *

A Poem is a Busy Bee

A poem is a busy bee
Buzzing in your head.
His hive is full of hidden thoughts
Waiting to be said.

His honey comes from your ideas
That he makes into rhyme.
He flies around looking for
What goes on in your mind.

When it’s time to let him out
To make some poetry,
He gathers up your secret thoughts—
And then he sets them free!

 

So what is poetry? It’s life! It’s also the little path that leads us all the way to wonderland — and back.

 

A Poem is a Little Path

A poem is a little path
That leads you through the trees.
It takes you to the cliffs and shores,
To anywhere you please.

Follow it and trust your way
With mind and heart as one,
And when the journey’s over,
You’ll find you’ve just begun.

 

 

Charles Ghigna – Father Goose® lives in a treehouse in the middle of Alabama.
He is the author of more than 5,000 poems and 100 books from Random House,
Disney, Hyperion, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Abrams, Charlesbridge, Capstone and other publishers.
His poems appear in hundreds of magazines from The New Yorker and Harper’s to Cricket and Highlights.
For more ideas about poetry, please visit his website at FatherGoose.com

Art by Barry Gott