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Mother Goose Day

May 1st is Mother Goose Day! The holiday was first celebrated in 1987, and aims to remind us of the nursery rhymes that we heard during childhood.

Mother Goose is the imaginary author of fairy tales and nursery rhymes. The stories that are associated with her promote pre-school reading because young children respond well to music and rhyme. To celebrate, make a list of your favorite rhymes, cook up some curds and whey or “pease porridge” (which is a thick pea soup), and check out one of the many editions of Mother Goose to see beautiful illustrations of the rhymes!

Did You Know?

  • Some people believe that the original Mother Goose was Mary Goose, whom lived in Boston in the 1660s. Mary Goose raised a total of 16 children, and it was said that kids from the entire neighborhood would join her family as she shared songs and stories with them.
  • There is a Mother Goose figure (based on Mary Goose) at San Fransisco’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum.
  • Mother Goose’s signature hat and shawl are modeled after peasant costumes worn in Wales in the early 20th century.
  • Besides being the supposed author of many stories and songs, Mother Goose also is the subject of one rhyme. Click this link to read it!

Check These Out!

Twinkle, Twinkle
An illustrated collection of traditional nursery rhymes.
Mother Goose Unplucked
Becker, Helaine
Familiar fairy tales are wacked over as readers meet Rapper Rapunzel, a mouthy teen banished to her room by fed-up parents; the Big Bad Wolf, now wanted for identity theft; advice columnist Fairy Godmother; and assorted witches, fairies, gnomes, princes, stepsisters, trolls, and others now free to tell the other side of the story. Includes exposés, crafts, cartoons, recipes, riddles, writing projects, brainteasers, and other amusing activities.
Teddy Bears' Mother Goose
Mother Goose rhymes that feature teddy bears either in the text or the illustrations.
Dan Yaccarino's Mother Goose
Yaccarino, Dan
A collection of well-known Mother Goose rhymes illustrated by the renowned illustrator of children's books Dan Yaccarino.