The Very Hungry Caterpillar 45th Anniversary Giveaway

2014 is the 45th Anniversary of Eric Carle’s beloved book,
The Very Hungry Caterpillar!
Why do I love the book?
As a teacher, I love the book because kids love the book. It is one of the books that no matter how many times your students have heard it, they become silent as you begin to read.  They are filled with excitement and anticipation as they await the magical transformation at the end.
And to celebrate, one lucky reader will win:

Two limited edition anniversary totes &
Two copies of The Very Hungry Caterpillar board book 
(1 to keep, 1 to share)! 

I just love Eric Carle, who doesn’t??
Click {here} for more details about the anniversary and some great activities, links, and more for your classroom! 

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). 


  1. This is also a favorite of mine to share in the spring, even though they hear it in Kindergarten….and probably at home. Who doesnt love a good Eric Carle read aloud??!

  2. I have been reading this book to my students for 28 years now. Each and every class has fallen in love with The Very Hungry Caterpillar. It will always be a classic!
    Connie Anderson

  3. I love this book because I remember having it read to me when I was in school and I would always be so excited to hear it & now I love reading it to the kids and seeing their excitement.

  4. I love this books for many reasons:
    -I love Eric Carle
    -I remember being read this a child
    -I used it in one of my first lesson plans in college
    -My kinders learn to read it
    -It is great for retelling and for felt stories or puppets
    and probably some reasons I can't think of off the top of my head.

  5. I fell in love with The Very Hungry Caterpiller when I got a new kindergartener in my special needs classroom. He was verbal and very high functioning autism. He could recite the book without looking at all. He is now 29 and can still do the same thing.

  6. I love this book because there are so many activities that you could do with it! I just went to the Eric Carle Museum in Connecticut- if you have never been before and you are ever out that way, I definitely recommend it!

  7. I love this book because we start every year with it when we study butterfly lifecycles. The kids absolutely love the stunning art in the book and we all enjoy re-enacting the book using a sock caterpillar and felt pieces. So cute!

  8. Love, love, love anything Eric Carle has written. We use his books in my classroom so often! They are classics! We love watching his video, Picture Writer – he teaches how he makes his illustrations.

  9. I love this book! I read this every year! It is so easy for the kids to retell and act out. The illustrations are wonderful. The kids love creating illustrations just like Eric Carle does.

  10. I love The Very Hungry Caterpillar because of its bright, vivid colors… the simplicity of text… the connection to the magic of nature. My first graders and I always love Eric's books and fully enjoy our author study on him.

  11. I totally agree! Kid love him; I think his enthusiasm and joy in his work really shines through in his books and they feel he is a kindred spirit:)

  12. As a speech therapist, I love Eric Carle books because I am able to target almost any language and/or articulation goal from one single book; add in felt board, craft, or worksheet and I've got an infinite number of activities to help my kiddos succeed!

  13. I love the artwork…I saw a video on Eric Carle and how he does his illustrations, and I have done an art activity with the kiddos using that technique…love, love Eric Carle!

  14. I don't know when, why, or how I fell in love with this book… the story is just simply adorable, the illustrations are out of this world, AND I have it in the pop-up version so that just makes me love it even more!!
    -Elyse @ A is for Apples

  15. I would LOVE to win…Eric Carle is my all-time favorite author, and it's on my bucket list to go to the Eric Carle Museum! I have the book in several different versions, and would love to add this to my collection!

  16. I would love to win this as The Very Hungry Caterpillar was my very first literacy project to create and perform as a college education student. I still have that hardcover book. I love sharing Eric Carle with my kindergarten students now 26 years later!!

  17. I love the Very Hungry Caterpillar because it is the first Eric Carle book I read to my students and they fall in love with reading. They are eager to read it again and again and look forward to exploring more books written by this amazing author.

    1. Hi Jennifer,
      I've been teaching first grade for 23 years and I still love my first graders! The story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of the first stories I remembering sharing with my students!
      The illustrations by Eric Carle are magnificent and the text simply shows a child how a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly! It's truly a classic!

  18. I love using this book in the kindergarten classroom. Eric Carle's books (especially this book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" )are great to use and his illustrations are wonderful for children to enjoy. I always enjoy reading this book for remembering the days of the week!
    Thanks for the wonderful ideas!

  19. First of all, the illustrations are fantastic and the colors are so bright they just grab your attention. I love the book because there are ways to use it in all subject areas! It's a great review of days of the week and counting. Students can always relate to being hungry and/or eating too much, so the book is a great story starter. And it is (of course) an excellent way to start many different life science activities and discussions. Plus, you can't beat the look on young children's faces when they see the ending! Thanks for this chance to win!
    Amy 🙂

  20. I love this book because it was my favorite as a child and then it was my son's favorite. We both love the colors and the caterpillars amazing appetite

  21. Eric Carle's books are loved by kids of all ages. His beautiful illustrations and storyline capture a kids interest right away. The best part is that you can read them over and over again and never get tired! Happy 45th anniversary Hungry Caterpillar!!!

  22. I love reading this book to Kinders and then doing an art project with it. This story has so many content areas, too, that I also try to in corporate: Science (lifecycle of a butterfly); Art: warm and cool colors, rainbow + caterpillar painting project; Health (healthy foods vs. unhealthy); teaches days of the week, and so much more! I love this book!

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