Eric Carle, Author of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar,’ Dies Aged 91

by Keeli Parkey

One of the authors of a beloved children’s book has passed away at the age of 91. That author is Eric Carle. He reportedly passed away on May 23, 2021, according to The Washington Post. He was in Northampton, Massachusetts, at the time of his death.

Members of his family reportedly confirmed his death. However, his cause of death has not been released as of Wednesday (May 26, 2021).

In addition to being an author, Eric Carle was also an illustrator. One of his most famous children’s books was titled “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” It’s a brightly illustrated and inviting text that has been read by thousands of children since its publication in 1969.

In addition to being a colorful read, Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” was also a teaching book. It incorporated counting into the narrative. This allowed his young readers to work on their counting skills while they experienced the fictional tale.

According to the article, Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” became incredibly popular in the years after its publication. In fact, it was so popular that it topped popular children’s books such as “The Cat in the Hat” and “Goodnight, Moon.”

News of Beloved Author, Illustrator’s Death Shared Via Twitter

The author and illustrator’s official Twitter account announced his death with a tweet posted on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

“From the Eric Carle Team: It is with heavy hearts that we share that Eric Carle, author & illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and many other beloved classics, passed away on 23rd at the age of 91. Thank you for sharing your talent with generations of young readers,” the twee said.

Eric Carle’s illustration work was known for being done in a collage style. He used layers of tissue paper that he hand-painted to create his illustrations. Carle was also known for the themes that also appeared in his work. These included excitement we all feel when experiencing new things in our world. He set that theme in the context of feeling that happiness even when his own life had been dark.

Eric Carle Grew Up in Germany During World War II

Carle was born in the United States to parents who were German immigrants. However, his mother was homesick and his family went back to Germany prior to the start of World War II. So, he grew up in the chaos of that tragic time.

Turns out, the bleakness of those years influenced his later artwork. He filled that later artwork with color. You can see that clearly when you pick up a copy of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”

However, that very popular children’s book was not the only impressive book Eric Carle created during this career. There were many others.

According to his website, some of his other popular titles includes “Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?” “1, 2, 3, to the Zoo,” “Pancakes, Pancakes!” and “The Tiny Seed.”