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Eric Carle

  • 4 stars across 145 books
    Eric Carle Biography
    Eric Carle is the acclaimed and beloved illustrator of many children’s picture books, most notably the The Very Hungry Caterpillar which has been translated into 62 languages and has sold more than 46 million copies. Since it was first published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated over 70 books and written most of them too, selling 145 million copies of his books worldwide.
    Eric Carle Facts
    Born in New York in 1929, Eric moved to Germany when he was six years old and grew up there, graduating from a prestigious art school in Stuttgart. He returned to New York in 1952 and landed his first job as a graphic designer at The New York Times. He later became Art Director of an advertising agency for many years. It was here that one of his illustrations caught the eye of author Bill Martin Jr who asked him to collaborate on what became his first book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

    Eric’s illustrations have an instantly recognisable style with the themes of his stories often drawing on his love of nature. As well as entertaining small children, his books also educate them about the world around them.

    Our favourite Eric Carle Book Characters
    Caterpillar - from The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Firefly - from Firefly, Light Up The Sky
    Brown Bear - from Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

    Our favourite Eric Carle Book Quotes
    “One Sunday morning the warm sun came up and - pop! - out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar.” (The Very Hungry Caterpillar)
    29th September 1994

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    A much-loved classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar has won over millions of readers with its vivid and colourful collage ... More

    (248 reviews)
    25th October 2007

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

    Exuberantly coloured artwork and favourite animals make this rhythmic story the perfect introduction to looking and lear... More

    (36 reviews)
    2nd June 2011

    The Very Busy Spider

    A classic picture book from Eric Carle - The Very Busy Spider. Early one morning a little spider begins to spin... More

    (12 reviews)
    28th August 1997

    The Tiny Seed

    A classic picture book by Eric Carle - The Tiny Seed. When the tiny seed is blown away from its parent plant, i... More

    (9 reviews)
    4th May 2006

    Mister Seahorse

    A stunning new picture book from Eric Carle about Mister Seahorse and other 'male mothers', with special acetate pages t... More

    (7 reviews)
    17th January 2005

    Slowly, Slowly, Slowly, Said the Sloth

    The sloth moves very slowly and takes life very gently; all the other animals in the rainforest want to know why he is s... More

    (6 reviews)
    5th August 2010

    The Bad-tempered Ladybird

    A paperback edition of this classic picture book by Eric Carle: The Bad-Tempered Ladybird. The bad-tempered lad... More

    (6 reviews)
    2nd July 2007

    Maisy Goes to the Library

    Maisy the mouse, every toddler's best friend, spends a crazy day at the library! When Maisy goes to the library... More

    (5 reviews)
    17th March 1988

    The Mixed-up Chameleon

    The Mixed-Up Chameleon is a captivating picture book from Eric Carle, author-illustrator of The Very Hungry Cate... More

    (4 reviews)
    1st March 2013

    Eric Carle - Around the Farm

    With sound buttons to press and lively animals on every page, Around the Farm makes learning new words fun!Sound button... More

    (4 reviews)
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