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Alabama My Home Sweet Home, a bicentennial book for young readers, premiered at the Alabama Book Festival on Saturday, April 21.

Attendees of the Alabama Book Festival were the first to see a brand-new work by Charles Ghigna, better known to some as Father Goose. Ghigna engaged the audience throughout the day beginning with a book reading and program in the North Tent followed by a book signing at the Alabama Bicentennial Commission's tent.

Alabama My Home Sweet Home features a bear cub named Camellia who accompanies readers as they encounter famous Alabamians like Helen Keller, Rosa Parks and Jesse Owens in their respective time and place in history.

“We are thrilled to have a bicentennial book especially for young readers,” said Jay Lamar, executive director of the Alabama Bicentennial Commission. “What better time than the celebration of the state’s 200th birthday to introduce them to important Alabama people and places.

“It even more special that Alabama My Home Sweet Home was written and illustrated by two people who call Alabama home,” Lamar adds. “Father Goose is, of course, a beloved Alabama children’s writer. Michelle Hyde’s cheerful illustrations clearly show how well she knows the state. They make a great team.”

Ghigna is the author of more than 100 books from Random House, Simon & Schuster, Time Inc., Disney, Scholastic, and Harper’s to Highlights and Cricket magazines. He served as poet- in-residence and chair of creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Art and is instructor of creative writing at Samford University. Ghigna has also appeared at the Library of Congress, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the American Library in Paris. Learn more at www.charlesghigna.com.

Illustrator Michelle Hyde, a Philadelphia native, resides in Birmingham with her family. A graduate of the Ringling College of Art & Design, Hyde’s work has appeared in The Charlotte Observer and The Birmingham News in addition to other publications.

To purchase a copy of Alabama My Home Sweet Home, visit the bicentennial shop.