About the author : Eric Carle (1929 - )

      It could be just a crawling caterpillar or a slow moving turtle, a boisterous monkey or a gigantic elephant, every animal takes a vibrant color in Eric Carle's fascinating collages. Among many authors and illustrators, who are loved by children, Eric Carle is special, to be fancied by babies and toddlers.

Career :

      Starting his career as a graphic designer and art director of an advertising agency, Eric Carle's world is always attached to arts, designs and illustrations. It was in 1967, he joined hands with Bill Martin Jr., and made his first ever children's book 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?'. The success of this book marked the beginning of a successful author and illustrator.

       Through out his career, he authored many books and illustrated some books along with authors like Richard Buckley, Bill Martin Jr. and others.

Works :

     No essay on Eric Carle would be complete, without the mention of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar", the most acclaimed work of the author. It was translated into over 30 languages and still continues to awe every generation.

      In total, Eric Carle has authored and illustrated more than fifty books, the most famous among them being, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar", "The Grouchy Ladybug", "Papa, Please Get The Moon For Me", "The Very Busy Spider" etc.

Techniques :

       The uniqueness of Eric Carle's sketches starts from his innovative mind, conducted to the medium through his collage techniques, using hand painted papers. He uses a variety of materials including brushes, sponges to get various textures in his illustrations. 
       Apart from the illustration, the lights in the 'The Very Lonely Firefly' and the chirping sounds in the 'The Very Quiet Cricket' add life to his already wonderful books.

Awards :

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Award - 2003
  • Regina Medal - 1999
  • Honorary degrees from various deemed universities.
  • Japan Picture Book Award - 2000

    Also, many of his books have won various awards, including International Children's Book Fair First Prize for '1,2,3 to the Zoo' (1970), American Institute of Graphic Arts Award for 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' (1970) and various other awards.

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    1. Thanks for the comment. Mine too. I read Eric Carle's books to my elder son, when he was just six months old baby. Still today, Eric Carle continues to be my kids' favorite author.


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