Eric Carle may be most famous for bringing "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" to life. The brightly colored story is one of the best-selling children's books of all time, with more than 55 million copies sold since its debut in 1969.
Carle produced more than 70 books during his storied career, eventually earning the prestigious Laura Ingalls Wilder Award (now called the Children's Literature Legacy Award) from the American Library Association in 2003.
Sadly, the artist and illustrator died this week at the age of 91. His son, Rolf, said the cause was kidney failure.
Carle wrote and illustrated some of our very favorite books. We have fond memories of reading "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" and "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" as children; now, we read them to kids of our own.
His legacy will live on in his art and on our shelves.
That's why we're rounding up some of our favorite Eric Carle books:
We love the sturdy board book format of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar." Little hands will love exploring the colorful illustrations and bite-sized holes on each page.
Who doesn't love this classic? Your toddler will learn animals and colors in this one, and the repetition will help them feel like they're "reading" along.
Hermit Crab sets off in search of a perfect new home. Along the way, he makes friends and learns about other sea creatures.
We love this sweet look at animals and their babies. Kids will enjoy the lyrical rhymes and touch-and-feel elements throughout.
This lovely book does it all: it teaches kids about the concepts of time, size, and shape, plus the importance of friendship and good manners.
The chameleon wants to be a little bit of everything. As your child follows along, she'll learn about animals, shapes, sizes, and colors. It's a sweet story that helps kids learn the importance of staying true to themselves.
Get your kids up and moving during reading time with this classic. The book invites readers to bend like giraffes and wiggle like alligators. Even the youngest reader will enjoy moving their bodies like the colorful animals on the page.
This book about a father seahorse protecting his unhatched eggs is always a hit. This edition features transparent pages to help young readers feel like they're in the ocean, too.
When a little girl decides she wants the moon, her father makes it happen. This dramatic story will leave kids dreaming about reaching for the stars.
This one always gets us. Celebrate the wonderful relationship between moms and their children with "I Love Mom." There's an edition for dads, too!