Still Hungry, 45 Years of the Very Hungry Caterpillar #Giveaway


Jennifer D., 5 Minutes for Books editor and 5M4M contributor, here to share some nostalgia and offer a special giveaway. This is part of a sponsored campaign, and I received samples as well, but as always, my opinions are my own.

When my children were toddlers and preschoolers, board books were a staple in our home. I am still inexplicably drawn to them, and they are my go-to gifts for new babies and first birthdays (and 2nd and 3rd for that matter). The sturdiness and smaller size of board books means that they are totally safe for little hands. I always kept some in the car and in their cribs as well as in baskets around the house.

Very Hungry Caterpillar Collage

Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of the handful of books that has special memories for me. Since I am under 45, I remember the book from my own childhood and rushed to share it with my children. It’s one of the books that I buy for brand new moms, and I much prefer the board book version.

I love Eric Carle’s artistic style. I think the bright colors and the textures are so eye-catching, to children and adults. The text is generally repetitious, but in a great way — pleasing and familiar to children and not annoying to the adults reading and re-reading. But my absolutely most favorite part? The actual holes that the caterpillar chews through the things he eats. I can’t resist putting my fingers right on the perfect missing circle, nor could my children.


There are a handful of books that I remember sharing with my children and actively await sharing with my grandchildren. Eric Carle’s books are definitely in that category, so I’m so proud to help celebrate the 45th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

2014 marks the 45th anniversary of Eric Carle’s pre-school classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The anniversary will be officially celebrated on the annual “Very Hungry Caterpillar Day” which takes place every year on the first day of spring (March 20th).

Since its publication in 1969, 36 million copies of the book have sold worldwide and it has been published in 55 languages. That year the book was also named one of the best children’s books of the year by The New York Times, and it has since become a beloved, must-own classic. Today, every 30 seconds, somewhere in the world, a copy of this book is sold.

Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. He has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, and more than 100 million copies of his books have sold around the world. In 2002, Eric and his wife Barbara opened The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA, a 40,000 square foot space dedicated to inspiring a love of art among children by introducing them to picture book art by renowned artists from around the world.

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I am happy to be able to offer a very special 45th anniversary edition of the book which comes with a CD of the story read by Eric Carle himself! You will also receive a limited edition tote.

Very Hungry Caterpillar Tote

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  1. says

    I absolutely love Eric Carle and grew up with THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR as a regular on my nightstand. I love the illustrations most of all! Reading it always makes me hungry…

  2. says

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar is such a fantastic children’s book – it’s one of the most memorable for me. I can’t believe it’s been 45 years!

    I can only hope to have this kind of acclaim someday – I’ve recently created a new series of travel books for kids to teach them about different countries and cultures – check them out at if you’re interested. Thanks!

  3. says

    I had to look at his website to see if I’d read others. I don’t believe so, only The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I am soooooo impressed with the list of Eric Carle’s books and the number of foreign languages that have published The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I am now so interested in the Spanish versions. And if I chose simply by titles, I would go for the Tortoise one and the Noah story.

  4. Brenda says

    I’ve been collection Eric Carle books for my daughter since she was little, giving them to her at Christmas and on birthdays. She’s 21 now and I’m still on the lookout for new books or older ones I’ve missed. I don’t think I can choose a favorite, but The Art of Eric Carle is a great look at the artist and his wonderful art work!

  5. S.K. McDonald says

    I love all of his books! As it is hard to pick just one! Brown Bear, Brown Bear is a book my son loved and it helped him to notice what is around him and what he sees! I love the Hungry Caterpillar and all the fun activities we have done to go along with it! Being an artist I love all the colors in his books and so do my kids! It is so hard to pick just one book when they are all so wonderful and have taught us all so much!! :o)

  6. Melissa Weatherford says

    We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar every night when my son was a baby..he would join in at the end of each page with “still hungry” It was one of his absolute favorite books!

  7. Savannah says

    My favorite Eric Carle book is The Very Busy Spider, but I also love The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Thank you for the giveaway!

  8. susan smoaks says

    our favorite is The Very Hungry Caterpillar because we love it and it’s a classic. i am tony l smoaks on rafflecopter.

  9. Terri Moore says

    Next to the very hungry caterpillar my favorite Eric Carle book is Brown Bear, Brown bear what do you see? The kids love his books and I like the bright colors and rhymes.

  10. Tami H says

    Definitely Brown Bear! My preschoolers love this book so much. They can read it themselves now. We just made our own version of Brown Bear into a class book. They love looking at their own page.
    This is a wonderful prize pack!

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