Eric Carle (born June 25, 1929) 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 (now called the Children’s Literature Legacy Award), 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.

Books in order of publication:

Selected Works

  • 1965, Aesop’s Fables for Modern Readers (Peter Pauper Press) (illustrator)
  • 1965, Nature Thoughts: A Selection (Peter Pauper Press) (illustrator)
  • 1966, On Friendship: A Selection (Peter Pauper Press) (illustrator)
  • 1967, Flower Thoughts: A Selection (Peter Pauper Press) (illustrator)
  • 1967, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (illustrator)
  • 1968, 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo
  • 1969, The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • 1970, Pancakes, Pancakes!
  • 1970, The Tiny Seed
  • 1970, Tales of the Nincompoop (illustrator)
  • 1970, The Boastful Fisherman (illustrator)
  • 1971, Feathered Ones and Furry (illustrator)
  • 1971, The Scarecrow Clock (illustrator)
  • 1971, Do You Want to Be My Friend?
  • 1972, Rooster’s Off to See the World
  • 1972, The Very Long Tail
  • 1972, The Secret Birthday Message
  • 1972, Walter the Baker
  • 1973, Do Bears Have Mothers Too? (illustrator)
  • 1973, Have You Seen My Cat?
  • 1973, I See a Song
  • 1974, Split-page book collection:
    • My Very First Book of Numbers
    • My Very First Book of Colors
    • My Very First Book of Shapes
    • My Very First Book of Words
  • 1974, Why Noah Chose the Dove (illustrator)
  • 1974, All About Arthur
  • 1975, The Hole in the Dike (illustrator)
  • 1975, The Mixed-Up Chameleon
  • 1976, Eric Carle’s Storybook, Seven Tales by the Brothers Grimm
  • 1977, The Grouchy Ladybug
  • 1978, Watch Out! A Giant!
  • 1978, Seven Stories by Hans Christian Andersen (sequel to Seven Tales by the Brothers Grimm)
  • 1980, Twelve Tales from Aesop
  • 1981, The Honeybee and the Robber
  • 1982, Otter Nonsense (illustrator)
  • 1982, Catch the Ball!
  • 1982, What’s for Lunch
  • 1983, Chip Has Many Brothers (illustrator)
  • 1984, The Very Busy Spider
  • 1985, The Foolish Tortoise (illustrator)
  • 1985, The Greedy Python (illustrator, companion to The Foolish Tortoise)
  • 1985, The Mountain that Loved a Bird (illustrator)
  • 1986, All Around Us
  • 1986, Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me
  • 1986, Group of small-format books:
    • My Very First Book of Sounds
    • My Very First Book of Food
    • My Very First Book of Tools
    • My Very First Book of Touch
    • My Very First Book of Motion
    • My Very First Book of Growth
    • My Very First Book of Homes
    • My Very First Book of Heads
  • 1986,All in a Day (Mitsumasa Anno editor)
  • 1987, A House for Hermit Crab
  • 1988, The Lamb and the Butterfly (illustrator)
  • 1988, Eric Carle’s Treasury of Classic Stories for Children
  • 1989, Animals Animals (illustrator)
  • 1990, The Very Quiet Cricket
  • 1991, Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? (illustrator)
  • 1991, Dragons Dragons (illustrator)
  • 1992, Draw Me a Star
  • 1993, Today Is Monday (illustrator)
  • 1994, My Apron
  • 1995, The Very Lonely Firefly
  • 1996, Little Cloud
  • 1997, From Head to Toe
  • 1997, Flora and Tiger: 19 very short stories from my life
  • 1998, Hello, Red Fox
  • 1998, You Can Make a Collage: A Very Simple How-to Book
  • 1999, The Very Clumsy Click Beetle
  • 2000, Does A Kangaroo Have A Mother, Too?
  • 2000, Dream Snow
  • 2002, “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth
  • 2003, Where Are You Going? To See My Friend! (with Kazuo Iwamura)
  • 2003, Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? (illustrator)
  • 2004, Mister Seahorse
  • 2005, 10 Little Rubber Ducks
  • 2006, My Very First Book of Numbers
  • 2007, Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? (illustrator)
  • 2007, Eric Carle’s ABC
  • 2008, The Rabbit and the Turtle
  • 2009, Google logo design (illustrator)
  • 2009, The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Buggy Book
  • 2009, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Pop-Up Edition (40th Anniversary Tribute Book)
  • 2010, Up in the Sky
  • 2011, The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse
  • 2011, Tom Thumb
  • 2011, A Very Colorful Day
  • 2012, Shapes to See, Shapes to Draw!
  • 2013, Friends
  • 2013, Animal Babies
  • 2013, All Around Us
  • 2014, What’s Your Favorite Animal?
  • 2015, The Nonsense Show
  • 2015, How Things Grow
  • 2015, Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • 2015, The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Christmas 1 2 3
  • 2016, The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s ABC
  • 2016, I Love Mum with the Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • 2017, My First PEEK-A-BOO Animals
  • 2017, Merry Christmas from the Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • 2017, What’s Your Favorite Color?
  • 2018, What’s Your Favorite Bug?
  • 2019, What’s Your Favorite Food?
  • 2020, Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? / Oso bebé, oso bebé, ¿qué ves ahí? (Bilingual board book – English / Spanish)
  • 2020, Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? / Oso polar, oso polar, ¿qué es ese ruido? (Bilingual board book – English / Spanish)