Ever since Eric Carle was a small child, he loved to draw and he knew that when he grew up he would be an artist. A strong connection to the child inside continues to be a source of inspiration for his stories and pictures which have delighted generations of readers for more than 40 years.
The creator of the beloved and innovative classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar which has won the hearts of millions of children around the world, Eric Carle creates brightly painted tissue paper collage illustrations that are instantly recognizable. Eric Carle’s background in graphic design is reflected in his deceptively simple, bold style; creating illustrations that he continues to think of as “little posters.” His stories, many of which are about animals and insects, entertain, educate and captivate readers of all ages.
Eric Carle was born in Syracuse, New York in 1929 but moved to Germany with his immigrant parents when he was six years old. In Germany, he attended art school and studied design and at 22, returned to New York where he landed a job at The New York Times and later worked as an ar t director of an ad agency. In the mid-1960’s, Eric Carle found his true course in life when he began to create books for children.