The Very Hungry Caterpillar 45th Annivesary #Giveaway #veryhungrycaterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

When I was a little girl my parents used to read to me every night before I went to bed. It’s a tradition I carry on with Mason and Kyla because I truly believe that it helped to instill a love of reading in me and I want that for my children. I read them all sorts of books: New releases, books based on their favorite TV characters and the classics. I must say that the classics are some of my favorites there is nothing like reading your children a book your parents used to read to you when you were little.

One of those books is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This is one of my favorite books for so many reasons, the illustrations and colors are beautiful and of course it teaches you about butterflies which every kid loves.


But my favorite part of the book is the dedication.

I know. That’s strange right?

But here’s the reason Eric Carle dedicates the book to his sister Christa.

for my sister Christa

When I was little girl no one had my name and I never saw it when out and about. Those mugs and cups with your name on it? I never had one of those! But this amazingly beautiful book had my name right in the very beginning and best of all it was spelled with a CH. It felt like it was dedicated to me. And for that I loved it. 20 years later, I still love it.

I know I’m not alone in my love for The Very Hungry Caterpillar which is why 45 years later it’s still a must read!

Since its publication in 1969, 36 million copies of the book have sold worldwide and it has been published in 55 languages. That year the book was also named one of the best children’s books of the year by The New York Times, and it has since become a beloved, must-own classic. Today, every 30 seconds, somewhere in the world, a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is sold.

 2014 marks the 45th anniversary of Eric Carle’s pre-school classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The anniversary will be officially celebrated on the annual “Very Hungry Caterpillar Day” which takes place every year on the first day of spring (March 20th).


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Eric Carle ( is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. He has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, and more than 100 million copies of his books have sold around the world. In 2002, Eric and his wife Barbara opened The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art ( in Amherst, MA, a 40,000 square foot space dedicated to inspiring a love of art among children by introducing them to picture book art by renowned artists from around the world.


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  1. Julie Sylvester Gribbell says

    As a teacher Eric Carle is always my go to author. As a parent he is also my go to author

  2. Tiffany Lowry Schmidt says

    Yes, I loved the colors and story as a child. I have my copy up on a high bookshelf more as decoration and memory and my children have their own copy, to hopefully carry with them one day!

  3. sarah C says

    I remember a teacher reading it to me when I was younger. I haven’t read it to my kids yet. Im hoping to win a copy.

  4. Julie Ghrist says

    We love the very hungry caterpillar! Always read it to my kids and I loved reading it when I was a kid too! I loved to put my fingers in the holes 🙂

  5. terry maigi says

    I loved this book growing up! I have read it to my little girl 🙂 I would love to win a copy for her!

  6. Nancy Jankowski Collins says

    At home and at preschool, anything Eric Carle is a huge hit. The Very Hungary Caterpillar is a personal favorite!

  7. Jamie Brigham says

    I did read it as a child and it was my favorite story. My older 2 children had this read to them but my youngest (almost 4) has not had this read to him yet.

  8. says

    Both The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Eric Carle have had a huge impact on my life. I can remember as a child, sitting in my school library and having the librarian read it to us as the book of the week. I waited until the next monday and asked if I could take the book out. I loved it. I loved all the colors, the artwork, everything. When the book was due back, I returned it and asked if I could take it out again. My librarian wanted to give other kids a chance so after a few days, I had asked again. The other kids had forgotten about the book by this point so I took it out again and continued that for a few weeks. After that, my librarian told me about all the other books that Eric Carle wrote. I took out Eric Carle books the rest of the year. I remember this vividly because of all the beautiful colors. His illustrations stand out. Now I am 28 and have two children of my own, ages 3 and 5. I’ve bought them an Eric Carle book every year but don’t yet have this one. We started out with his numbers and letters books and now that they’re getting older, wer’re moving to the books I used to read as a child. My kids love the books for the same reason I did as a child, his illustrations and use of color. I think every child should know who Eric Carle is. He is an amazing author. I would love to give my kids The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I think they would love everything about it including the little holes in all the foods the caterpillar eats. Thank you for such a wonderful giveaway!

  9. Jenn McClearn says

    I do not remember it as a child, but I did read it to my pre school class before I had own children . I now read it to my children and they love it 🙂

  10. Jennifer (robbins) A. says

    I read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” as a child (especially at school); & hope to read it to my children! : )

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