Charles Ghigna’s Children’s Book Selected to Represent Alabama at the 2018 National Book Festival

“Alabama My Home Sweet Home!” by Charles Ghigna, aka Father Goose®, has been selected by the Alabama Center for the Book to represent the state in the 52 Great Reads at the 18th Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, DC on Sept. 1, 2018.

This creative story book was written to celebrate Alabama’s 200th birthday and takes children on a tour through Alabama discovering some of the state’s most famous figures, places and events.

Every year, a list of books representing the literary heritage of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands is distributed by the Library of Congress’s Center for the Book during the National Book Festival.

Children, young adults and adults visit each state’s booth located in the Parade of States area collecting stamps for their Great Reads Map and gathering additional information about the state.

Visitors to the Alabama booth this year will have an extra treat. Ghigna will be on hand throughout the day to greet guests and sign autographs.  His book, along with books from the other states, DC and the Virgin Islands, will be on sale in the book festival’s sales area.

Ghigna and illustrator Michelle Hazelwood Hyde both reside in Alabama.  Ghigna has written more than one hundred books for children and adults; while Hyde is a freelance illustrator of ten children’s books.

The Alabama Center for the Book participates each year at the annual book festival held in the Washington Convention Center.  One of the pre-eminent literary events in the United States, thousands of book fans gather to hear lectures by best-selling authors, panel discussions, attend book signings and enjoy other fun activities.


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