Perfect Picture Book Friday! The Very Hungry Caterpillar 45th Anniversary!

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I think the 45th anniversary of this book is a good occasion to remember what a great picture book it is!

Hey I get to do an AWESOME give-away too!!! Read to the bottom! 🙂



TheVeryHungryCaterpillarThe Very Hungry Caterpillar

by Eric Carle

13 Pages – ages 1+

Published by Philomel (Penguin Group) on March 23, 1994

Theme/Topic- Nature/Caterpillars

Genre- Realistic Fiction

Opening and Synopsis-

“In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf.”

Watch out – when that egg hatches there’s going to be a VERY hungry caterpillar! 🙂

Why I liked this book-

Who doesn’t love this book?!? I will never get tired of reading about the caterpillar eating and eating his way through the book. 🙂

Mr Carle’s artwork is incredible too.

Here’s what the publisher has to say about The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s 45th Anniversary –

“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.”

WOAH! A book every 30 seconds!

Activities and Resources-

Loni Edwards nominated The Very Hungry Caterpillar as a PPBF book a few years ago. Check her post out HERE.

Let’s celebrate the day with Eric Carle!


“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.”

You can hop on over to the official party page HERE and join in the fun. There are a ton of activities and games and a video greeting from Mr. Carle himself!

You can also join in the fun and enter some great give-aways at the World of Eric Carle Facebook Page HERE.

Speaking of give-aways – check this out!

One super lucky blog reader of mine will get to win a Hungry Caterpillar prize pack! The pack includes two 45th anniversary totes and two board books and cd! You get two of everything so you can keep one for yourself and share one with a friend!

ToteandBookPrizeToteI know what you are saying – “Erik tell us how we can enter!” Okay, here it is – just comment! 😀 I will put everyone’s name in a hat and Josie will pick one out next Thursday and I will announce the winner next Friday. The prize pack will ship directly from the company doing the give-away. I am sorry to say that the contest is only open to US mailing addresses only.

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

Categories: Age 1-5

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69 replies

  1. Yes! Wouldn’t we all love to have such success with our children’s books!

  2. The 45th Anniversary! That’s so cool! This was my favorite book to share when I used to teach kindergarten.

  3. Every thirty seconds wow! I love Eric’s illustrations they look so modern now never mind 45 years ago. I am super impressed at your business-savvy getting hold of those totes. You rock!

  4. This is SUCH a beloved classic! Happy Birthday Very Hungry Caterpillar!

  5. Love this book! It is always a hit at Story Time. Great review – thanks for a bunch of facts i didn’t know!!

  6. This is my favorite gift book for new parents! Everyone loves The Hungry Caterpillar.

  7. This book will always be a classic. Can’t believe it’s 45 years old now. Eric Carle is a master storyteller. I have some little girls who would LOVE those gifts.

  8. Great choice, Erik! I’m actually going to the Eric Carle museum on Monday. I love it there – it’s like a picture book refuge.

  9. This is such a classic! It is one that we read almost daily!

  10. Someday soon, I plan to eat a caterpillar. I will be The Very Hungry Doggie!

    Love and licks,

  11. Yeah, like, I wanna win too! Did you know Carle’s original proposal for this book was for a worm?

  12. Wow! Another giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity, Erik. We love Eric Carle books at our house. We have Brown Bear, Polar Bear, the Lamb and the Butterfly, Kangaroo…but I was horrified to realize we don’t own The Hungry Caterpillar. *Gasp* That will have to be rectified. I also own the art of Eric Carle’s and a video I used to show to my classes when we did collage. His website is so awesome and fun too.

  13. It’s hard to believe that this lil’ caterpillar munched its way into our lives 45 years ago. Such a classic! Great post SuperKid Erik! Keeping my paws crossed in hopes of winning!

  14. Wow! 45 years! That’s older than me, I think. When I was a wee pup, like the Godzilla pup is now, I am told that I ate my way through a Hungry Caterpillar book – just like the Caterpillar! i don’t remember that at all. Good choice for PPBF. If there was ever a Perfect Picture Book for real – this is it!!

  15. 45 years? Really? I did not think the book was older than me! This is a favorite in our home. I’m sure Neighbor Girl has it memorized from the countless readings of it in her younger years. We love Eric Carle and would love those tote bags! Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. Thanks for letting us know, Eric. I’m happy to share the news and celebrate The Very Hungry Caterpillar along with you all. 45 is a great number! The Tiny Seed is another of my favorite Eric Carle books.

  17. I love this book. That sounds really cool that he has a museum, too! Maybe I’ll have to check it out some time 🙂

  18. The classic story time book. I’m reading it again next week.

  19. Love the book and am crossing my fingers to win the giveaway. I hardly ever win anything!!!

  20. Thanks for letting us know this birthday, Erik. This HAD to be added to PPBF!

    • I couldn’t believe the book is 45 years old! Loni Edwards did add it to the PPBF list back in 2012 (I have a link to it in my post) but since Ms. Hill said we could re-nominate some books, I figured that because of the anniversary, I should mention it again. 🙂

  21. This was the ultimate favorite at our house…for all three kids!!

  22. Ooh yes, I know this one. Seen and read it a few times… Hmm didn’t realise it wasn’t on the PPBF list. Good for you!

    • It seems like everyone has read this one! 🙂 Loni Edwards did add it to the PPBF list back in 2012 (I have a link to it in my post) but since Ms. Hill said we could re-nominate some books, I figured that because of the 45th anniversary, I should mention it again. Plus I have to cool give away!

  23. Such a classic book by a favorite author. I have enjoyed reading this book, over the years, to my boys, grandkids and hundreds of students. Great review, Erik. Thank you for sharing the love or reading and writing.

  24. This looks really fun!
    Great review!
    I can’t believe this book is 45 years old!

  25. Yes, who doesn’t love this book!

  26. I love the Very Hungry Caterpillar – and I think he lives in my garden!

  27. I love this book! I love Eric Carle’s style. 🙂 How lucky to have a chance to win such an amazing prize pack. WOW! Thanks so much for the chance. I would be thrilled to win.

  28. One of my favorite children’s books! I loved that I could share it with my daughter.

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  29. I just found your blog, Erik (from Africa to America blog). I love your perspective! Keep the reviews coming! 🙂

  30. My three boys and I love this story! The illustrations and holes in the book are so engaging to them.

  31. The giveaway looks gorgeous! Eric Carle is plain brilliant, and so prolific too. I doubt if I’ve read even half of his works. I should really study them more thoroughly. He has indeed introduced the concept of graphic design and the minimalist layout to picturebooks, raising the bar altogether. 🙂


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