Mother Goose Day

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When my daughter was born, I re-discovered my love for children’s literature. While collecting books for my baby girl, I started to gravitate towards poetry collections in particular. I love having these books, and we generally read poems every night before bed after we have read some other stories. I love that we can read them again and again, and even memorize them. They just never get old.

Of course, any discussion of children’s poetry or literature will eventually lead to Mother Goose nursery rhymes. They are classic.  We have enjoyed Mother Goose since my daughter was very young; they are among the first rhymes I read to her. They bring back memories from my own childhood, which is something I love about children’s literature in general. Being able to share old classics with my child has been an amazing experience.

Mother Goose has been around since the 17th century! No one knows who the original writer of these famous rhymes was; my guess is there were many writers. Many of the rhymes taught children a simple lesson and often their meanings aren’t what they seem! Many of these nursery rhymes also have little finger plays that go along with them which is fun for the younger kids.

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As I mentioned, we have collected many poetry books over the years. Most of them have some Mother Goose rhymes in them, but we have two books devoted exclusively to her. My favorite is the Gyo Fujikawa version. I absolutely love the illustrations in this book and it contains pretty much every rhyme you have ever heard of, and some you probably haven’t! I often give this book to friends who have recently had a baby.

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Mother Goose Day is celebrated May 1. You can bet we will be celebrating with some familiar rhymes!

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Do you have a favorite Mother Goose poem?  We would love to hear.

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Eileen has been married to her husband, Eric, an Air Force officer, since 1998. A pharmacist by trade, she worked that gig for ten years until her promotion to full time stay-at-home mom in 2009. Eileen and Eric have one daughter, Little E, who is a feisty little girl obsessed with Octonauts. As a military family, they move every 3-4 years, most recently from Southern Virginia to Arizona. They have lived in the Phoenix area since July 2012 and love the southwest! Hopefully they have found their “forever” home. Eileen’s passions and hobbies include photography, reading, travel, cooking, doing creative projects with her daughter, hiking and working out. She can often be found sipping a latte at Starbucks, looking for the next great read at Barnes and Noble, or browsing Ulta for the latest beauty find.

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  1. My FAVORITE book as a child was my Gyo Fujikawa Mother Goose!!! Seriously. Hours and hours reading and looking at the amazing illustrations. Dreaming and using my imagination. Followed up by my Disney big golden books that had some super awesome illustrations as well (by Mary Blair, etc). I still have them all. Even purchased my son the new version when he was little because mine was very loved/used 😉

    • Stacey, we have several of her books. Love them! I may have a slight addiction to buying children’s books. It’s a problem 😉

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