National Mother Goose Day | May 1
(Last Updated On: April 28, 2023)


National Mother Goose Day on May 1 honors the imaginary author of a collection of fairy tales and nursery rhymes we loved as children. Most of us remember Mother Goose as an elderly countrywoman in a tall hat and shawl, but she is sometimes seen as a goose wearing a bonnet.


Charles Perrault is said to be the initiator of the fairy tale genre after publishing his fairy tale collection in 1695. His publication marks the first authenticated starting-point for the Mother Goose stories. An English version of Perrault’s collection appeared in 1729: Robert Samber’s Histories or Tales of Past Times, Told by Mother Goose. These fairy tales introduced Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, Cinderella, and others. Mother Goose’s Melody, a book of poems for children, was first published in 1781 and has been enjoyed by billions since.

Was Mother Goose Real?

The true identity of Mother Goose is a great debate among historians. Some people believe Mother Goose dates back to before the 10th century during the reign of King Robert II. Legend says his wife often told exaggerated tales to keep the interest of children.

In American culture, Mother Goose was a woman who lived in Boston some time during the late 17th century. Elizabeth Foster Goose, or maybe Mary Goose, was the wife of Isaac Goose. After becoming a widow, she moved in with her oldest daughter. She spent most of her time with her grandchildren often singing catchy jingles to them. Her singing became so popular, neighborhood children would stop to hear her. Urban legend says her publisher son-in-law decided to print the rhymes, and the rest is.


  1. Revisit those wonderful childhood stories of with your children or grandchildren.
  2. Volunteer to read at your local library.
  3. Download our Mother Goose coloring page and relax while coloring.
  4. If you grandkids live away from you, record yourself reciting Mother Goose nursery rhymes and send the video to them.
  5. Share your favorite Mother Goose story on social media using #NationalMotherGooseDay.


In 1987, Gloria T. Delamar in tandem with the publication of her book, Mother Goose; From Nursery to Literature founded Mother Goose Day. 

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