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Eric Carle is a well-known author and illustrator of many innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of millions of children all over the world and has been translated into more than 25 languages and sold over 12 million copies. Eric Carle has illustrated more than 70 books, many bestsellers, most of which he also wrote. Here is a list of 10 Must-Read books written and illustrated by him.
Eric Carle – the man behind some the world’s most wonderfully illustrated children’s picture books such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Very Lonely Firefly.
Must-read books written and illustrated by Eric Carle
This is the most popular book by Eric Carle and is an all-time favorite! It tells the story of a very hungry caterpillar as it grows from egg to cocoon to beautiful butterfly and in the process teaches the days of the week, counting, good nutrition and more.
A grouchy ladybug who is looking for a fight challenges everyone it meets regardless of their size or strength. How this arrogant bug learns a lesson and understands the importance of cheerfulness and good manners is a good lesson in social behavior.
In Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, a little girl finds out that the moon refuses to stay the same size for very long. Beautiful illustrations are enhanced by dramatic fold-out pages, this is a moving and imaginative tale of a father’s love for his daughter.
Poetic, simple text and lovely collage pictures dramatize the life cycle of all plants, as one tiny seed grows into an enormous sunflower, which then produces more seeds in its turn.
This book features an animal and a motion for the child to mimic on each page, with the question “Can you do it?” The reply in each case is “I can do it,” giving the child confidence to get moving.
In this story, a young cricket longs to make a sound by rubbing his wings together as many other crickets do. How he finally gets his wish turns this book into the first look at natural history for tiny tots.
A bored chameleon wishes it could be more like other animals, but is finally convinced it would rather just be itself. An. The pictures in this book are hilarious and stretch a child’s imagination!
Numbers and sets are introduced in this book through the Rooster and the colorful animals that join him on his journey to see the world.
The artist’s drawing of a star begins the creation of an entire universe around him as each successive pictured object requests that he draw more. This book is based on Eric Carle’s recollection of his grandmother’s way of drawing a star (has directions included too!) and is a seemingly simple story that provides insights into an artist’s world of creativity.
A lonely firefly makes many errors as he looks for the group where he will really “belong.” In his search for compatible companions, he meets many other night creatures, but none is quite right—until at the very end when the illustration of a swarm of friendly fireflies literally shines and twinkles a welcome in the night.
There are many more lesser known, but equally brilliant books by Eric Carle. Have you read them all?