13 Lesser Known, but Brilliant Books by Eric Carle

Eric Carle Books

Eric Carle – Hear this name and the first thing that you think of is The Very Hungry Caterpillar! He is the man behind some of the world’s most wonderfully illustrated children’s picture books. His striking illustrations are collages made with hand-painted tissue papers, a technique many children enjoy replicating. Here is a list of 11 brilliant books for the very young, also written and illustrated by Eric Carle!

Brilliant books by Eric Carle

Do You Want to Be My Friend?

Do You Want to Be My Friend

This is a sweet story on the universal theme of friendship in very few words and lovely illustrations. A little mouse looks for a friend – and finally finds one just in time to save himself from a predator who has been hiding.

The Very Busy Spider

The Very Busy Spider

In this book, farm animals try to distract a busy little spider from spinning her web, but she persists and produces a thing of both beauty and usefulness. This book uses raised printing and adds the sense of touch to vision and hearing.

Have You Seen My Cat?

Have You Seen My Cat

In this story, a boy’s pet cat disappears and he sets out to find it. During this search, he meets many different kinds of cats before he finally finds his own cat!

The Secret Birthday Message

The Secret Birthday Message

This book is about a little boy who gets a message in code and starts off on an exciting treasure hunt through a dark cave, an underground tunnel, and other strange places until he finds a surprise.

A House for Hermit Crab

A House for Hermit Crab

This is an underwater fantasy based on the true habits of hermit crabs and the flora and fauna of their marine environment. The story introduces little readers to biology as well as tells a lovely story of Hermit Crab’s search for a house.

Pancakes, Pancakes!

Pancakes, Pancakes!

Jack wakes up with a rumble in his belly and decides he wants pancakes for breakfast. But first he must gather eggs from the chickens, wheat from the farmer, flour from the miller, milk from the cow, etc. His mother shows him how to cook and flip them, and hungry Jack knows what to do with them next.

Little Cloud

Little Cloud

Children love to discover imaginative shapes in the clouds. In this story, a little cloud turns itself into a series of wonderful figures – a sheep, an aeroplane, a hat, a clown – before rejoining the other clouds as they perform their real function: making rain.

Does A Kangaroo Have A Mother, Too?

Does A Kangaroo Have A Mother, Too

Eric Carle’s colorful collages of animal babies with their caring and affectionate mothers reassure little readers while they feast their eyes on the delightful illustrations.

“Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth

“Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth

This is a story of how the sloth lives. He is quiet and slow and lazy. It ends with the sloth telling why he is so.

Mister Seahorse

Mister Seahorse

In this book, Mister Seahorse and other fish fathers who care for their soon-to-be-hatched offspring, share their stories while the pages show the camouflaged fishes!

The Artist who Painted a Blue Horse

The artist who painted a blue horse

Every child has an artist inside them, and this sparkling picture book from Eric Carle will help let it out. The artist in this book paints the world like a child. There’s a red crocodile, an orange elephant, a purple fox and a polka-dotted donkey. Filled with some of the peppiest and colorful animals, this tribute to the creative life celebrates the power of art.

Friends

FRIENDS

A sweet tale about the power of friendship, this story talks about a little boy who makes up his mind to find his missing playmate. He braves currents, climbs mountains, and dashes through rain before, finally, reuniting with his friend.

The Nonsense Show

The Nonsense Show

In this book, nonsense and surrealism combine to spark creativity and imagination. What’s true? What’s impossible? What’s absolutely absurd? The Nonsense Show forms a trilogy of sorts, dedicated to introducing young readers to different styles of artwork without ever overlooking the need to, first and foremost, appeal to children and their love of play.


Have you read these ever-favorite, must-read books by Eric Carle? Which ones are your favorites?


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