Children’s book author and illustrator, Eric Carle, turns 80 this year! And his book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, turns 40! Not only does this classic text stir nostalgia of my own childhood, it stirs my excitement around author studies–the up-close study with children about writer’s and illustrator’s craft.
If you live in the New England area, I highly recommend you visit the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts. Currently, they have three AMAZING exhibits:
- 80/40: Celebrating the Birthdays of Eric Carle and The Very Hungry Caterpillar
- The World of Pooh: Illustrations by E. H. Shepard
- Drawings from the Heart: Tomie dePaola Turns 75
If you can’t visit in person, here’s a short video of Eric Carle talking about his classic book!