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Eric Carle – Biography

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into more than 50 languages and sold over 33 million copies. Since the Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 110 million copies of his books have sold around the world.

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. But his dream was always to return to America, the land of his happiest childhood memories. So, in 1952, with a fine portfolio in hand and forty dollars in his pocket, he arrived in New York. Soon he found a job as a graphic designer in the promotion department of The New York Times. Later, he was the art director of an advertising agency for many years.

One day, respected educator and author, Bill Martin Jr, called to ask Carle to illustrate a story he had written. Martin’s eye had been caught by a striking picture of a red lobster that Carle had created for an advertisement. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was the result of their collaboration. It is still a favorite with children everywhere. This was the beginning of Eric Carle’s true career. Soon Carle was writing his own stories, too. His first wholly original book was 1,2,3 to the Zoo, followed soon afterward by the celebrated classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Eric Carle’s art is distinctive and instantly recognizable. His art work is created in collage technique, using hand-painted papers, which he cuts and layers to form bright and cheerful images. Many of his books have an added dimension—die-cut pages, twinkling lights as in The Very Lonely Firefly, even the lifelike sound of a cricket’s song as in The Very Quiet Cricket – giving them a playful quality: a toy that can be read, a book that can be touched. Children also enjoy working in collage and many send him pictures they have made themselves, inspired by his illustrations. He receives hundreds of letters each week from his young admirers.

The secret of Eric Carle’s books’ appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of and respect for children, who sense in him instinctively someone who shares their most cherished thoughts and emotions.

The themes of his stories are usually drawn from his extensive knowledge and love of nature—an interest shared by most small children. Besides being beautiful and entertaining, his books always offer the child the opportunity to learn something about the world around them. It is his concern for children, for their feelings and their inquisitiveness, for their creativity and their intellectual growth that, in addition to his beautiful artwork, makes the reading of his books such a stimulating and lasting experience.

Carle says: “With many of my books I attempt to bridge the gap between the home and school. To me home represents, or should represent; warmth, security, toys, holding hands, being held. School is a strange and new place for a child. Will it be a happy place? There are new people, a teacher, classmates—will they be friendly?

I believe the passage from home to school is the second biggest trauma of childhood; the first is, of course, being born. Indeed, in both cases we leave a place of warmth and protection for one that is unknown. The unknown often brings fear with it. In my books I try to counteract this fear, to replace it with a positive message. I believe that children are naturally creative and eager to learn. I want to show them that learning is really both fascinating and fun.”

Eric Carle has two grown-up children, a son and a daughter. With his wife Barbara, he divides his time between the Florida Keys and the hills of North Carolina.

Click here for a list of Awards Eric Carle has won for his work

(If you are interested in more complete biography of Eric, please refer to the autobiography section of The Art of Eric Carle published by Philomel Books.)

Mid February 2014 email update

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Welcome to our mid month children’s book email update. Read on for news of World Book Day, the 25th anniversary of a classic children’s book, a virtual bookshelf full of brilliant books being published in March AND the chance to win a £50 book voucher…

Not off the Press – Pre-Publication Exclusives

It’s a bumper month for pre-pub exclusives this month and loads have already been reviewed by our Kids Reader Review Panel. We have an exclusive extract for every title so why not whet the appetite and check out which titles we think will be hot next month, before anyone really knows about them.


Share your favourite children’s book character… to win a £50 book voucher!

Growing up we all had a favourite book character. These colourful characters and creatures helped catalyse our love of reading, so this month we want to know who your favourite character is and why.

To have a chance of winning a £50 Lovereading4Kids voucher, simply ‘Like’ our Facebook Page and comment on our wall telling us who your favourite character was and why. All the entries will be popped into a virtual hat, on 1 March 2014, and a winner will be chosen at random by 5 March. Good Luck.

Also, for a bit of a laugh, we undertook some research recently, CLICK HERE to see what would happen if the children’s book villains in some favourite books were tried in court and, it was picked up by The Times newspaper too.

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Another ‘Beautiful Day’ – World Book Day! March 2014

It’s come round again! The biggest book show on earth. World

Book day is 6 Marchand there is so much going on to get your kids excited about books. There’s dressing up and quizzes and £1 WBD vouchers your children will get through school.

We have a feeling the £1 books on offer this year will entice even the most reluctant reader to try another book from that author so we’ve picked a selection of our favourites from each £1

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We’re Not Scared!! – Bear Hunt hits 25

Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury’s classic: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is 25! Thousands of us have ‘swished’ and ‘woo-hooed’, ‘stumbled and tripped’, ‘squelched’ and ‘squerched’ and hidden from

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As part of the anniversary celebrations Walker Books has teamed up with the RNIB for a Read for the RNIB Day in July 14 when there will be a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ record attempt for the world’s largest reading lesson. Want to be involved then go to And we’re featuring a beautiful new edition picture book and a board book. “What a beautiful Day!”

Storm in a Teen-cup?

A cookbook for teens, written by a teen, Sam Stern’s first book in 2005 was a huge success (it’s great for adults too, you know… and good ideas for what to cook FOR your teens). It has now been updated and Cooking Up a Storm: The Teen Survival Cookbook is jammed with great ideas from snacks to slap-up meals all easily explained with his infectious enthusiasm. Why not get your teens enthused by giving them this and perhaps they’ll cook next weekend’s Sunday lunch! – We can vouch for the chocolate brownies – definitely the best in the land.

And that, book fans, is February from what has been a rather bedraggling January (only the weather that is) at Lovereading4kids. We hope you’ll find the time to be tempted by our mid-month temptations of great titles and fun ideas to keep your kids reading particularly over the Half Term break.

P.S. Don’t miss the chance to win a £450 luxury weekend break in Wiltshire we are featuring on

February email Update

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Welcome to February where we have books for all ages and abilities, for the pony mad to the space enthusiast, from bear-hunters and picture book lovers to history buffs and budding cooks. There’s lots to get involved in so read on for more …

Fantastic February Fiction (and more …) Books of the Month

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Reader Reviews of Books not even published!

Get ahead of your peers and start reading books that are published next month. That’s because here at Lovereading4kids we have exclusive extracts on each of them plus for many, our Kids and Teen Reader Review Panel members have been hard at work reading and reviewing them. Just go to the Pre-Publication category, look out for the Glasses Icon and take your pick. Or go to our newly launched category featuring books that have been read and reviewed by children in addition to being selected and reviewed by our editorial experts.

Deb-uary! – February’s Debuts of the Month

There’s nothing better than discovering a great new author. We’ve got a forest of first-timers in February. Come and find your next favourite.

And 14+ readers shouldn’t miss our stunning Mega Debut Tape by Steven Camden which was a real favourite with our Reader Review panel ‘An outstanding book that has so many genres and stories twisted into one blinding story it is amazing…definitely a 5 star.’


Make Space for Reading … Read about Space

Two highly informative, accessible and above-all fun books have caught our eye this month – a must for anyone interested in what’s beyond our planet. We think they’re out of this world.

See Inside the Universe (7+) – Space, the Universe and everything. The big questions answered in a great fun lift-the-flap book.

Look Inside Space (5+) by Rob Lloyd Jones – winner of The Royal Society’s Young People’s Book Prize 2013 – a fantastically interactive book for younger children revealing amazing facts about space.

Doing it Boy the Book – Great Books For Boys

A quick reminder about our bookshelf dedicated to books that boys will love. There’s stuff to get them muddy, stuff to get them chuckling, stuff they’ll be interested to know and all sort of … well, stuff! There are titles for all ages and don’t worry, we have great books for girls too! Here are two favourites this month with more on the shelf below.

Monkey and Me (9+) by David Gilman – an incredible tale of a mysterious friendship and Blood and Sand by Dan Scott (11+) – A great and vivid series filled with dust and heat, battle, loyalty, rivalry and courage.


It’s time you heard about Oksa Pollock

News of a thrilling new supernatural adventure series fusing Harry Potter, I am Number Four and Buffy the Vampire Slayer with an inspirational teen heroine Oksa Pollock. With global sales of half a million copies it has become a publishing phenomenon.

Read an extract today and we’re sure the reader will be hooked.

Picture This! A delightful new book from Jane Hissey

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