Eric Carle

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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

Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a perennial favourite with children and adults alike. Its imaginative illust... MoreThe Very Hungry Caterpillar

(315 reviews) Review
25th October 2007

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

OVER 175 MILLION ERIC CARLE BOOKS SOLD WORLDWIDEA much-loved classic, illustrated by the creator of The Very Hungry Cate... MoreBrown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

(43 reviews) Review
2nd June 2011

The Very Busy Spider

A classic picture book from Eric Carle, the creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.In this multi-sensory book, children ... MoreThe Very Busy Spider

(16 reviews) Review
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... MoreSlowly, Slowly, Slowly, Said the Sloth

(13 reviews) Review
28th August 1997

The Tiny Seed

OVER 175 MILLION ERIC CARLE BOOKS SOLD WORLDWIDEA much-loved classic from the creator of The Very Hungry CaterpillarThis... MoreThe Tiny Seed

(11 reviews) Review
4th May 2006

Mister Seahorse

A stunning new picture book from Eric Carle, the creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.This gorgeous tale follows Miste... MoreMister Seahorse

(8 reviews) Review
5th August 2010

The Bad-tempered Ladybird

OVER 175 MILLION ERIC CARLE BOOKS SOLD WORLDWIDEA much-loved classic from the creator of The Very Hungry CaterpillarThe ... MoreThe Bad-tempered Ladybird

(6 reviews) Review
3rd October 2019

The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Christmas Eve

Celebrate Christmas with the Very Hungry Caterpillar! In this brand new lift-the-flap story, set on a silent, snowy Chri... MoreThe Very Hungry Caterpillar's Christmas Eve

(6 reviews) Review
28th January 1999

From Head to Toe

A lively interactive introduction to basic body parts and movements from the creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Gor... MoreFrom Head to Toe

(4 reviews) Review
17th March 1988

The Mixed-up Chameleon

**From the creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar**A paperback edition of this much-loved classic. A captivating picture... MoreThe Mixed-up Chameleon

(4 reviews) Review
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