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Eric Carle (1929–2021)

Author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

465+ Works 126,223 Members 3,648 Reviews 62 Favorited

About the Author

Eric Carle is an award-winning, children's picture book author and illustrator whose most recognized work is The Very Hungry Caterpillar Board Book. Carle was born to German parents in 1929 in Syracuse, New York. The family returned to Germany in 1935, moving to a suburb of Stuttgart. Carle show more disliked high school, quitting at the age of 16 before graduation. He was admitted as the youngest student to the Akademie der bildenden Kunste, an art school. After finishing at the Akademie, he worked as a poster designer for the U.S. Information Center in Germany until 1952, when he moved back to New York City. He was a graphic designer at the New York Times and later worked as an art director at L.W. Frohlich & Co. In 1963, Bill Martin, Jr. saw a poster of a red lobster that Carle had designed and asked him to illustrate Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, thus launching his freelance career. Among his many children's books are Dream Snow, Hello, Red Fox, The Very Clumsy Click Beetle, and Pancakes, Pancakes! His title The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse made Publisher's Weekly Best Seller List for 2011. His title Brown Bear Brown Bear What to You See? made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012. In 2015 he made The New Zealand Best Seller List with Love from the Very Hungry Caterpillar. Eric Carle, beloved children's book author and illustrator, died on May 23, 2021. He was 91. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Eric Carle lit son livre « La chenille qui fait des trous » à la télévision, en 2009, à New York

Series

Works by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1969) 23,327 copies, 1,067 reviews
The Grouchy Ladybug (1977) 7,815 copies, 226 reviews
The Tiny Seed (1987) 6,490 copies, 172 reviews
The Very Busy Spider (1984) 6,192 copies, 135 reviews
A House for Hermit Crab (1987) 5,711 copies, 94 reviews
From Head to Toe (1997) 5,025 copies, 122 reviews
The Mixed-Up Chameleon (1975) 4,056 copies, 102 reviews
Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? (2000) 3,880 copies, 141 reviews
Pancakes, Pancakes! (1970) 3,662 copies, 77 reviews
Rooster's Off to See the World (1971) 3,198 copies, 51 reviews
The Very Quiet Cricket (1990) 2,976 copies, 80 reviews
Today Is Monday (1993) 2,935 copies, 57 reviews
Little Cloud (1996) 2,847 copies, 65 reviews
Have You Seen My Cat? (1973) 2,820 copies, 60 reviews
Do You Want to Be My Friend? (1976) 2,491 copies, 52 reviews
The Very Lonely Firefly (1995) 2,397 copies, 49 reviews
Mister Seahorse (2004) 2,342 copies, 92 reviews
Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? (2007) — Illustrator — 2,335 copies, 38 reviews
Eric Carle's Animals Animals (1989) — Illustrator — 2,272 copies, 28 reviews
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me (1991) 2,106 copies, 70 reviews
Slowly, Slowly, Slowly, Said the Sloth (2002) 2,019 copies, 70 reviews
1, 2, 3 to the Zoo: A Counting Book (1968) 1,794 copies, 47 reviews
10 Little Rubber Ducks (2005) 1,699 copies, 59 reviews
Walter the Baker (1972) 1,552 copies, 23 reviews
The Secret Birthday Message (1972) 1,542 copies, 35 reviews
Draw Me A Star (1992) 1,372 copies, 35 reviews
Hello, Red Fox (1998) 1,118 copies, 30 reviews
Dream Snow (2000) 1,090 copies, 21 reviews
The Very Clumsy Click Beetle (1999) 996 copies, 23 reviews
My Apron: A Story from My Childhood (1994) 808 copies, 13 reviews
My Very First Book of Colors (2000) 772 copies, 9 reviews
The Rabbit and the Turtle (2008) 750 copies, 25 reviews
The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse (2011) 746 copies, 38 reviews
Eric Carle's Dragons, Dragons (1991) — Illustrator — 729 copies, 19 reviews
I See a Song (1973) 703 copies, 27 reviews
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pop-Up Book (1969) 639 copies, 66 reviews
My Very First Book of Shapes (1985) 633 copies, 10 reviews
Eric Carle's ABC (The World of Eric Carle) (2003) 530 copies, 23 reviews
Eric Carle's Treasury of Classic Stories for Children (1988) — Author — 495 copies, 5 reviews
The Honeybee & the Robber (1981) 472 copies, 11 reviews
My Very First Book of Numbers (1985) 468 copies, 8 reviews
Where Are You Going? To See My Friend! (2001) 437 copies, 24 reviews
My Very First Book of Words (1985) 341 copies
The Very Hungry Caterpillar: board book & CD (2007) 337 copies, 13 reviews
Eric Carle Around The Farm My First Look And Find (2012) — Illustrator — 325 copies, 3 reviews
Friends (2013) 305 copies, 15 reviews
What's Your Favorite Animal? (2014) 251 copies, 9 reviews
The Art of Eric Carle (1996) 192 copies, 6 reviews
Tom Thumb: Grimms' Tales (2011) 168 copies, 15 reviews
The Nonsense Show (2015) 163 copies, 13 reviews
Watch Out! A Giant! (1982) 161 copies, 14 reviews
Let's Paint a Rainbow (1982) 156 copies, 6 reviews
What's Your Favorite Color? (2017) 136 copies, 4 reviews
Sleep Tight with the Very Hungry Caterpillar (2018) 126 copies, 3 reviews
Flora and Tiger (1995) 122 copies, 5 reviews
What's for Lunch?: A Play-And-Read Book (1982) 115 copies, 14 reviews
Catch The Ball (Play-And-Read Book) (1982) 112 copies, 6 reviews
My Very First Book of Animal Sounds (2007) 106 copies, 2 reviews
The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Christmas 123 (2014) 101 copies, 1 review
All Around Us (1986) 89 copies, 2 reviews
My Very First Book of Motion (2007) 74 copies, 2 reviews
Stories for All Seasons (1998) 72 copies, 1 review
My Very First Library (2006) 71 copies, 1 review
My Very First Book of Food (2007) 68 copies, 2 reviews
All about Arthur (an absolutely absurd ape) (1974) 60 copies, 10 reviews
Christmas Cheer for The Grouchy Ladybug (2019) 55 copies, 1 review
Where is the Very Hungry Caterpillar? (2017) 48 copies, 1 review
You Are Ready!: The World Is Waiting (2020) 43 copies, 1 review
Eric Carle Animal Flash Cards (2006) 33 copies, 1 review
Above Us, in the Sky (1986) 24 copies, 1 review
My Own Very Quiet Cricket Coloring Book (2005) 22 copies, 1 review
With Us, on the Earth and Sea (1986) 20 copies, 1 review
Land and Sea (2013) 17 copies
Eric Carle Decorative Prints (2009) 17 copies, 1 review
Loud and Quiet (2013) 13 copies
Eric Loves Animals: (Just Like You!) (2023) 13 copies, 1 review
The Fun and Care of a Puppy (1974) 12 copies
A House for Hermit Crab [film] (2015) — Author — 12 copies
Het grote Eric Carle luisterboek (2006) 7 copies, 1 review
Up and Down 7 copies
Sing-Along Songs (2012) 5 copies
The Eric Carle Library (1998) 5 copies
My Very First Book of Sounds (1986) 5 copies, 1 review
Under the Sea 4 copies
The World Of Eric Carle (2002) 4 copies
Dies und Das (1987) 4 copies, 1 review
WORLD OF ERIC CARLE (2011) 4 copies
Small Wonders 3 copies
Cat & Dog 3 copies
Bird Calls 3 copies
In the Backyard 2 copies
Animal sounds 2 copies
The Eric Carle Art Kit (1993) 2 copies
Grouchy Ladybug Doll (1996) 2 copies
COLOR MY WORLD - DEL (1900) 2 copies
Animals and Their Babies (1974) 2 copies
El grillo muy silencioso (2024) 2 copies
Colors 1 copy
On the Farm 1 copy
Voittamaton lepperttu (1977) 1 copy
numbers 1 copy
¿Has visto a mi gata? (2011) 1 copy
Urodzinowy sekret (2020) 1 copy
Χιονίζει_ (2016) 1 copy
Day to Night 1 copy
Carle BB Boxset x4 (2015) 1 copy
Questions, Questions 1 copy, 1 review
FIRE TRUCK (2010) 1 copy
When I'm BIG 1 copy
Mon papa (2018) 1 copy

Associated Works

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (1967) — Illustrator — 14,954 copies, 707 reviews
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? (1991) — Illustrator — 5,939 copies, 122 reviews
A Color of His Own (1975) — Illustrator — 5,299 copies, 169 reviews
Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? (2003) — Illustrator — 3,353 copies, 60 reviews
The Foolish Tortoise (1985) — Illustrator — 2,098 copies, 16 reviews
The Greedy Python (1985) — Illustrator — 1,892 copies, 16 reviews
The Lamb and the Butterfly (1988) — Illustrator — 1,440 copies, 13 reviews
Thank You, Brother Bear (1985) — Illustrator — 778 copies, 4 reviews
The Mountain That Loved a Bird (1985) — Illustrator — 677 copies, 10 reviews
Why Noah Chose the Dove (1973) — Illustrator — 642 copies, 8 reviews
The Hole in the Dike (A Blue Ribbon Book) (1656) — Illustrator — 393 copies, 7 reviews
Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out (2008) — Contributor — 358 copies, 8 reviews
The Bill Martin Jr Big Book of Poetry (2008) — Foreword — 312 copies, 16 reviews
All in a Day (1986) — Illustrator — 221 copies, 6 reviews
Star of Stars (1960) — Cover artist, some editions — 103 copies
Tikvah: Children's Book Creators Reflect on Human Rights (2001) — Contributor — 62 copies, 1 review
The Greedy Python / The Foolish Tortoise (1985) — Illustrator — 46 copies
Seven Stories by Hans Christian Andersen (1978) — Illustrator — 31 copies, 1 review
Aesop's Fables for Modern Readers (1955) — Illustrator — 30 copies, 1 review
For Our Children: A Book to Benefit the Pediatric AIDS Foundation (1991) — Illustrator — 29 copies, 1 review
Nature Thoughts a Selection (1965) — Illustrator — 17 copies
Flower thoughts; a selection (1967) — Illustrator — 11 copies

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"La pequeña oruga glotona " de Eric Carle es un clásico de la literatura infantil. La historia sigue a una pequeña oruga que, tras eclosionar de un huevo, atraviesa un festín de alimentos antes de convertirse en una hermosa mariposa. Con ilustraciones vibrantes y un texto sencillo, el libro enseña a los niños sobre los días de la semana, el conteo y el ciclo de vida de una mariposa. Es una obra encantadora y educativa que ha cautivado a generaciones de lectores jóvenes.
 
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Jack wants a pancake for breakfast, but first he must gather all the ingredients. He mills the grain, milks the cow, churns the butter, builds the fire, etc. Finally, his mother makes the pancake. Now, Jack knows exactly what to do.
 
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Works
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Members
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Popularity
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Rating
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Reviews
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ISBNs
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Languages
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Favorited
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