Cuddle up with The Very Hungry Caterpillar!


2014 marks the 45th anniversary of Eric Carle’s pre-school classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The anniversary will be officially celebrated on the annual “Very Hungry Caterpillar Day” which takes place every year on the first day of spring (March 20th).

Since its publication in 1969, 36 million copies of the book have sold worldwide and it has been published in 55 languages. That year the book was also named one of the best children’s books of the year by The New York Times, and it has since become a beloved, must-own classic. Today, every 30 seconds, somewhere in the world, a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is sold.  

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One of the reasons I love The Very Hungry Caterpillar is because it’s often one of the first and the most favorite books my girls have. Reading is a unique way to bond with your children and the added fun of a hungry caterpillar is such a delight.

Eric Carle ( is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. He has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, and more than 100 million copies of his books have sold around the world. In 2002, Eric and his wife Barbara opened The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art ( in Amherst, MA, a 40,000 square foot space dedicated to inspiring a love of art among children by introducing them to picture book art by renowned artists from around the world.

Visit the Official Site to find out more!



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  1. Janet W. says

    My favorite memories are reading this to my daughters when they were toddlers. Now I get to enjoy this book all over again with my grandsons!

  2. Terri S. says

    My favorite memory is watching the look of surprise on my daughter’s face when she turned the page to find that the caterpillar had become a beautiful butterfly. Now I want to see that priceless look on her little girl’s (my granddaugter’s) face. I love Eric Carle’s books! :-)

  3. Heather B says

    Sadly I do not have any real memories of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I would love the chance to create some with my youngest son!

  4. rebecca norton says

    I loved this as a kid. I still remember doing in in Kinder and then growing the silk worms after.

  5. Jennifer T. says

    It’s one of our favorites but we’ve never managed to add it to our kids’ collection of books. I love all the different colors and things the caterpillar eats.

  6. Sadie says

    My kids love the hungry caterpillar and would shout out the fruits he ate before we could flip the page.

  7. Peggy Rydzewski says

    I read this book to my grandson many times. Now I get the chance to read to my grand daughter,

  8. Laurie Emerson says

    My favorite memory is my mom reading this to me over and over again. It was my favorite book and he never tired of reading it. He even made a Very Hungry Caterpillar out of green felt and I would hold it while she read the book.