Celebrating The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s 45th Anniversary {Giveaway}




For as long as I can remember, I always loved reading. More than playing with friends or my toys….for me, it was all about books! One of my favorite books when I was little was The Very Hungry Caterpillar and I’m so happy that my love for that book and Eric Carle has passed on to my three kids.


My son had his own copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar when he was younger but we somehow misplaced it. I’ll never forget the day he came home from library day a few months ago with The Very Hungry Caterpillar. He gets to keep his library book for a week and we must have read that copy dozens of times. Even my almost one year old twins were enthralled with the book – so much that I had to get them their very own copy of the board book so they wouldn’t destroy Hayden’s new copy we had to get!

Since that day, Hayden has brought home a different Eric Carle book from the school library each week. I love that when you ask him who his favorite author is, he says Eric Carle! And I love that The Very Hungry Caterpillar holds a special place in our household! There’s just something about this classic book that I know several generations from now, audiences will be “still hungry” for it. It could be the simple and fun story, the beautiful colors and illustrations….. I know that this is a book that makes you want to buy a copy and pass down to your children and grandchildren.

Can you believe that 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).

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.

Eric Carle

Eric Carle (www.eric-carle.com) 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 (www.carlemuseum.org) 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. I would LOVE to bring my kids there, so it’s definitely been added to our family bucket list!

Connect with Eric Carle and The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Keep up with Eric Carle and the latest information about the 45th anniversary so you can celebrate too!

- Visit the Official Site

- Follow @PenguinKids on Twitter

- Like The World of Eric Carle on Facebook

- Like Penguin Kids on Facebook

- Follow on Twitter with #veryhungrycaterpillar

Win It!

I’m so excited to be giving away a The Very Hungry Caterpillar 45th Anniversary Prize Pack to one lucky reader! The prize pack includes a limited edition anniversary tote, plush and a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar board book!


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Prizing courtesy of Penguin. Giveaway open to US mailing addresses only.

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Disclosure: I received the above prize pack but all thoughts and opinions are my own. We love Eric Carle and The Very Hungry Caterpillar!


  1. I love his books. The Grouchy Ladybug is a fav!

  2. Dawn Monroe says:

    The only one Im familiar with is the Hungry Caterpillar. I use to read it to my kids and would love to share it with my grandkids.

  3. The only one I have read is the hungry caterpillar (and its one of my favorites!).

  4. My favorite book of his is brown bear brown bear.

  5. Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see…

  6. Brown Bear, Brown Bear

  7. Cassandra Eastman says:

    Definitely the Very Hungry Caterpillar, but we always love Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you see?

  8. The very hungry caterpillar is a STAPLE in our house, I am always excited when my kids request that one for their bedtime story.

  9. Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See is our favorite!

  10. Daphne Christenson says:

    I love them all, but probably Brown Bear, Brown Bear.

  11. I love this book and the very busy spider!

  12. courtney b says:

    busy spider was a book we always read growing up…

  13. I like Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?

  14. I have always loved this book and pretty much everything that Eric Carle does!

  15. Hungry Caterpillar or Brown Bear, Brown Bear

  16. Amanda Hendricks-Selby says:

    Gotta love brown bear brown bear

  17. My favorite is Brown Bear, Brown Bear, especially in Spanish; it helped my daughter learn her colors in Spanish.

  18. The Grouchy Ladybug

  19. Definitely the Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar.

  20. Although the Very hungry Caterpillar is my favorite we also love Brown Bear brown Bear What Do You See

  21. Kimberly Schotz says:

    My favorite book is The Grouchy Ladybug

  22. Alvina Castro says:

    Im a brown bear fan! Love it to this day

  23. My kids love Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?. I like The Grouchy Ladybug.

  24. It’s definitely The Hungry Caterpillar for all my kids but my youngest loved Brown Bear,
    Brown Bear.
    Carol L

  25. Maria Malaveci says:

    The Very Busy Spider!

  26. My son and I love The Very Busy Spider. We also own The Very Hungry Caterpillar as well as, Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Love his books!!

  27. The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Always has been.

  28. The very lonely firefly

  29. Marty Musser says:

    I think I like Very Hungry Caterpillar the best ,but the little boy I nanny can’t get enough of Brown Bear Brown Bear.

  30. From Head to Toe!

  31. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar Is My Favorite.

  32. I have always likes Brown Bear Brown Bear

  33. Danielle Porter says:

    The hungry, hungry caterpillar is the only one of his that I’ve read! but it’s really good!

  34. My absolute favorite Eric Carl book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I also love Brown Bear, Brown Bear.

  35. The Tiny Seed :)

  36. Stephanie Colvin says:

    We love all his books, but my daughter’s current favorite is The Very Busy Spider because she likes to touch the web!

  37. christine reyes says:

    Hungry Caterpillar is my fave.

  38. I love Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

  39. kim burnett says:

    The very hungry caterpillar!

  40. sorry,,,never readone of his books.

  41. mckena roberts says:

    I love this book the most, but a close second is Brown Bear, Brown Bear!

  42. My fav. is actually this one, I remember reading it as a kid and loved it!

  43. I am a fan The Grouchy Ladybug

  44. the Hungry Caterpillar – it’s best!

  45. Pauline Milner says:

    Our Son loves Eric Carle’s ABC book. Thank you for another super giveaway opportunity. Please keep up the terrific blogging.

  46. My favorite is The Very Busy Spider

  47. Jennifer Almond says:

    We love Brown Bear, Brown Bear!

  48. Terry Maigi says:

    Our favorite is The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

  49. I like the 1 2 3 to the Zoo

  50. I like Brown Bear.

  51. Jamie Brigham says:

    I love the very hungry caterpillar of course!

  52. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is definitely my favorite!

  53. Linda Meyers-Gabbard says:

    I like the book ” From Head To Toe”

  54. My daughters will also enjoy The Very Busy Spider book. :)

  55. brown bear, brown bear

  56. I love the Grouchy Ladybug!

  57. Love The very hungry caterpillar!

  58. laurie nykaza says:

    We have not read any of them but would love to thanks

  59. Sadie B. says:

    We love the Grouchy Ladybug.

  60. Terra Heck says:

    My favorite is The Very Busy Spider. Thanks.

  61. Being an avid gardener, I’d have to say my favorite is: The Tiny Seed

  62. It’s extremely tough to say which one is my favorite. Eric Carle puts out amazing books so to choose one is very hard. My top 3 favorites from him as a child and adult have been The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Mister Seahorse, and The Mixed-Up Chameleon!

  63. gayle gildehaus says:

    We like the Hungry Caterpillar

  64. kelly willis says:

    i love the busy spider

  65. Nicole Sender says:

    My grandson loves The Very Hungry Caterpillar the best!

  66. Jessica Whitehouse says:

    I like “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?”

  67. Desiree DeYoung says:

    I would say The Hungry Catipillar being that it was so original and the first that I read. I even saw a video as to how he does his work!!!^_^

  68. Jenn McClearn says:

    I like “does a kangaroo have a mother too?”

  69. melissa williams says:

    we love brown bear, brown bear what do you see. My daughter loves reading it with me because she remembers how it goes and loves all the animals.

  70. Brown Bear, Brown Bear

  71. Erin Wilson says:

    I love the Very Busy Spider!

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