Veteran Children’s author Eric Carle passes away

Eric Carle, beloved children’s author and illustrator has passed away at the age of 91. He was the writer of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and numerous other works.

About author Eric Carle

Eric Carle was born to immigrant parents from the country of Germany in the year 1929 in Syracuse, New York. At the age of 6, they moved back to Germany where his father was drafted in the Nazi army. At the mere age of 15, Eric Carle along with other boys of his age were enlisted in the German army to dig trenches. Later in 1952 he moved back to New York and later was drafted in the US army during the Korean War. After being discharged he rejoined The New York times.

He is famous for being an illustrator, designer and an author of books for children. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a famous picture book written by him. This book has also been translated into 66 languages, with 50 million copies sold. The name of the book which is known to have kick started his career as an illustrator is Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?

Awards won by Eric Carle

  • Japan Picture Book Award.
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. (currently it is known as Children’s Literature Legacy Award)
  • Society of Illustrators Regina Medal and the Lifetime Achievement Award.


Along with his wife, Eric Carle has founded the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a museum that is devoted to children’s book art.

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