Bicentennial children's book to premiere at Alabama Book Festival

Bicentennial children's book to premiere at Alabama Book Festival
The book follows a bear cub named Camellia who encounters many famous Alabamians like Helen Keller, Rosa Parks, and Jesse Owens in their respective time and place in history.
Ghinga has authored more than 100 books from Random House, Simon & Schuster, Time Inc., Disney, Scholastic, and Harper's. (Source: Alabama Bicentennial Commission)
Ghinga has authored more than 100 books from Random House, Simon & Schuster, Time Inc., Disney, Scholastic, and Harper's. (Source: Alabama Bicentennial Commission)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A children's book celebrating Alabama's bicentennial will premiere at the Alabama Book Festival Saturday.

The book, "Alabama My Home Sweet Home," was written by Charles "Father Goose" Ghinga, and illustrated by Michelle Hyde. Attendees at the Alabama Book Festival in Old Alabama Town in Montgomery will be the first to see the work.

The book follows a bear cub named Camellia who encounters many famous Alabamians like Helen Keller, Rosa Parks, and Jesse Owens in their respective time and place in history.

Ghinga and Hyde both live in Alabama. Ghinga has authored more than 100 books from Random House, Simon & Schuster, Time Inc., Disney, Scholastic, and Harper's. He also has stories published in Highlights and Cricket magazines. Ghinga also served as poet-in-residence and chair of creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Art, and he is a creative writing instructor at Samford University.

Hyde is a Philadelphia native who resides in Birmingham with her family. She graduated from the Ringling College of Art & Design, and her work has appeared in The Charlotte Observer and The Birmingham News, as well as other publications.

Ghinga, along with many best-selling authors, will have engagement opportunities throughout the day, including a book signing at the Alabama Bicentennial Tent. For more information about the Alabama Book Festival, click here.

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