National Mother Goose Day ― Date, History, and Details

National Mother Goose Day

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History of National Mother Goose Day and How to Celebrate/ Observe It

National Mother Goose Day commemorates the birthday of Charles Perrault, the French author of the classic fairy tales “Cinderella,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and “Puss in Boots.” It is celebrated annually on January 16th.

Charles Perrault was born on January 12, 1628, in Paris, France. His father was a barrister and his mother came from a noble family. As a young man, Perrault studied law but he soon turned to writing. In 1658, he published a book of fairy tales called “Histoires ou contes du temps passé,” which included “Cinderella,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and “Puss in Boots.”

Perrault’s fairy tales were very popular and they have been translated into many languages. They have also been adapted into films and television programs. “Cinderella” was made into a Disney animated film in 1950 and “Sleeping Beauty” was made into a Disney animated film in 1959.

In honor of Charles Perrault’s birthday, people all over the world celebrate National Mother Goose Day. On this day, people read Perrault’s fairy tales and other Mother Goose rhymes. Many libraries and schools hold special events such as story hours and puppet shows.