Rest in Peace, Eric Carle

May 27, 2021
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Yesterday, we were saddened to hear about the passing of beloved children’s author and illustrator Eric Carle. Perhaps best known as the creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Carle leaves behind an impressive list of accomplishments in the realm of children's books.

To say Carle was a literary icon would be an understatement: If you’ve ever been a child, had a child, or known a child, you are familiar with his work.

Eric Carle’s signature board books are marked by vibrant illustrations, lovable characters, and singsong prose. They are books that demand read-aloud repetition. Designated readers happily oblige requests of “again, please”—sometimes several times in a row—to the delight of their rapt audiences.

Join us in celebrating Eric Carle’s profound contributions to children's literature by exploring some of his most iconic books.

Thank you, Mr. Carle.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

A mainstay among classic board books, this one follows the journey of a small caterpillar with a voracious appetite. As he eats his way through each page in the book, the story offers lessons on counting, the days of the week, and the life cycle of a caterpillar. No matter how many times you read it, the caterpillar's transformation into a beautiful butterfly is always a delight.

The Very Busy Spider

A Read Together Edition of this Carle favorite is a great way to make reading an intentional family affair. In The Very Busy Spider, the title character spins her web on a fence post as animals from the nearby farm try to distract her. Sticking to the task at hand, the spider shows everyone how hard work pays off with beautiful results.

The Grouchy Ladybug

With Carle's trademark wit, wisdom, and colorful art, The Grouchy Ladybug demonstrates the importance of good manners and friendship. At the same time, the book covers crucial lessons on time, size, and shape. A perennial classic, this book should be a part of every child's library.

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