We all know – and love – Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which is one of the bestselling and most read children’s books of all time. This colourful, rhythmic, interactive story is just one of Eric Carle’s wonderful creations – you can transform story time with 12 more Eric Carle books you’ll enjoy reading together.
Eric Carle books have such a distinctive style – colourful illustrations, cute animals, engaging text, often rhyming verse. They make the perfect books for young children and the accompanying message, on anything from the lunar cycle and the natural world to colours and number recognition means there’s something to learn too.
In The Very Hungry Caterpillar, young children can learn the days of the week and all about the life cycle of the caterpillar, following from the egg on a leaf to the emergence of a beautiful butterfly.
This beloved book is just one of the fantastic creations from Carle. You may not be familiar with some of the others but they are all timeless classics that deserve a space on the bookshelf. We’ve picked some of our favourites below, all of which make a great choice for bedtime or story time together!