Eric Carle

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Children's Author
Date of Birth June 25, 1929
Place of Birth Syracuse, New York
Age 91 years old
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Eric Carle is an American designer, illustrator, and writer of children's books. He is most noted for The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a picture book that has been translated into more than 66 languages and sold more than 50 million copies, equivalent to 1.8 copies sold every minute since it was published in 1969. His career as an illustrator and children's book author took off after he collaborated on Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? He has illustrated more than 70 books, most of which he also wrote, and more than 145 million copies of his books have been sold around the world. In 2003, the American Library Association awarded Carle the biennial Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, a prize for writers or illustrators of children's books published in the U.S. who have made lasting contributions to the field. Carle was also a U.S. nominee for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2010.

Born: June 25, 1929, Syracuse, New York, U.S.
Occupation: Author/Illustrator
Alma mater: State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Genre: Children's picture books
Notable works: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Grouchy Ladybug, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Notable awards: Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, 2003
Years active: 1963–present
Children: 2
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About Eric Carle

Children's author and illustrator who created the best-selling picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Also the author of The Grouchy Ladybug and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, he was the 2003 recipient of the prestigious Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for Children's Literature.

Before Fame

When he was fifteen years old and living in Germany with his family during World War II, he was forced to dig trenches for the German Army. After returning to the United States, he worked as a graphic designer for The New York Times.


His children's picture books contain collage-like art, layers of material, and added special effects. His work The Very Quiet Cricket, for example, contains a built-in cricket's chirp, and the pages of The Very Lonely Firefly light up in twinkling, firefly fashion.

Family Life

He was born in Syracuse, New York to German immigrant parents. He later settled in Massachusetts with his second wife, Barbara Morrison, and his two children.


He joined Dr. Seuss as a Lauara Ingalls Wilder Medal winner.

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Latest information about Eric Carle updated on December 01, 2020.

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