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Eric Carle’s Birthday

June 18th 2021| Michael Mountford

Eric Carle’s Birthday

Eric Carle was an accomplished children’s author and illustrator. With his command of colour, in each book that he created, he managed to capture the hearts of children, parents and teachers all over the world for over 50 years.

Born in Syracuse, New York, in 1929, Eric Carle moved with his parents to Germany when he was six years old; he was educated there, and graduated from the prestigious art school, the Akademie der bildenden Künste, in Stuttgart. But his dream was always to return to America.

So, in 1952, with a fine portfolio in hand and forty dollars in his pocket, he arrived in New York. Soon he found a job as a graphic designer in the promotion department of The New York Times. Later, he was the art director of an advertising agency for many years.

One day, author Bill Martin Jr called to ask Eric Carle to illustrate a story he had written. Bill’s eye had been caught by a striking picture of a red lobster that Eric had created for an advertisementBrown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was the result of their collaboration.

Soon Eric was writing his own stories. His first wholly original book was 1,2,3 to the Zoo, followed soon afterwards by the celebrated classicThe Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Eric Carle Classroom Displays

If you’re looking for some inspiration to help make learning more fun and engaging for kids in their own time, why not try and a splash of creativity to a spare section of the classroom and make a dedicated display area where the children can pin up their favourite pieces of work all to do with the topic of Eric Carle.

Eric Carle reads The Very Hungry Caterpillar

See Eric Carle, the author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, reading this classic Puffin picture book out loud. An exclusive glimpse of this incredible book and author.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Animated Film

In the internationally acclaimed The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a tiny caterpillar eats and eats and eats his way through the week.

Eric Carle Discusses 50 Years of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

After watching some clips from this video, maybe have your children write down some questions that they would want to ask Eric Carle if they were able to interview him.

The Picture Writer

The secret of Eric Carle’s books’ appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of and respect for children, who sense in him instinctively someone who shares their most cherished thoughts and emotions. A movie, made in 2011, about Eric and his picture books, called “Eric Carle: Picture Writer” is a wonderful introduction to his life and work

Click Here to Watch the Trailer for “Eric Carle: Picture Writer”


We here at Teacher’s Pet have been hard at work to bring you some brand new and amazing resources all to do with celebrating Father’s Day. Click here to see all of our brand new Father’s Day Resources.

Below I have picked out a handful of resources in order to help you get started.

Eric Carle Author Pack
Very Hungry Caterpillar Life Cycle Cards
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Maths Tuff Tray Activity Pack
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Sequencing Cards

Have a great day!

We hope these ideas have given you some inspiration for how to help celebrate Eric Carle’s Birthday! 🙂

If you have any great teaching ideas for this topic, feel free to comment below (they might even get added into the topic calendar!).

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