Eric Carle


Barbara J. Feldman

Best known for “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” Eric Carle (born June 25, 1929) is a children’s book author and illustrator. Learn about his collage techniques and view his colorful artwork at today’s website picks.

  • The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art: Art Activities5 stars

    "The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world." If you can't make it to Amherst, MA, you can enjoy the museum through its art activities, many of which are described in easy-to-share PDFs listed here. Other worthwhile clicks found under Resources include About Eric, and Book Lists.

  • National Gallery of Art: Collage Machine5 stars

    Although this interactive Collage Machine does not specifically mention Carle, it's a fun and easy online art activity. Be sure to play with the transparency slide to create a tissue paper look similar to Carle's. To get started, you can scroll through previous work (click on Auto) or start from scratch by clicking on any of the shapes in the icon menu. You can view more images by scrolling left and right, using the green forward and backward arrows.

  • NPR: The Art of Eric Carle5 stars

    This three minute video features Eric Carle narrating a slideshow displaying scenes from his art studio and artwork from his books. "My books, I treat each page as a poster. Most of it is front or side view without perspective." In it he explains his attraction to color, and answers a common question from kids: What's your favorite color?

  • The Official Eric Carle Web Site5 stars

    "Born in Syracuse, New York, in 1929, Eric Carle moved with his parents to Germany when he was six years old; he was educated there, and graduated from the prestigious art school, the Akademie der bildenden Künste, in Stuttgart." Visit his official website for a biography, a book list, games and coloring pages. My favorite clicks are the FAQ, and the Eric Carle Collage Making Instruction Sheet. You'll find them both on the FAQ/Newsletters/Downloads/Games page.

  • Scholastic: Eric Carle Author Study5 stars

    This one-page author study from Scholastic starts with a video trailer for "The Very Hungry Caterpillar." Next up is a short biography, followed by cross-curriculum Learning Activities that connect art, science and math with Carle's work. "Eric Carle prepares his own colored tissue papers to use for his illustrations. He is able to produce different textures by using various brushes to splash, spatter and fingerpaint acrylic paints onto thin tissue papers."

  • By June 18,2013

  • Honorable Mentions

    The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!



    The Eric Carle Mini Library: A Storybook Gift Set (The World of Eric Carle)
    The Eric Carle Mini Library: A Storybook Gift Set (The World of Eric Carle)
    by Eric Carle
    (Hardcover)
    - Usually ships in 24 hours
    Price: $7.22

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    by Eric Carle
    (Board book)
    - Usually ships in 24 hours
    Price: $4.42

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
    by Bill Martin Jr., Eric Carle
    (Board book)
    - Usually ships in 24 hours
    Price: $3.88