You’ve probably read the famous books “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” and probably know the author who wrote these books. His art is distinctive, recognizable at the first sight of the illustrations.

Eric Carle was the author and illustrator of many children’s books, including these famous ones. With his first books published in 1967 and 1969, Carle’s books are well known around the world—more than 50 million copies of his first book were printed! After “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” was published, his career began as an illustrator.

Carle won the Regina Medal in 1959 and the Children’s Literature Legacy Award in 2003. He founded the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts in 2003. He illustrated over 70 books which sold over 170 million copies internationally. Many of these books are best sellers, most of them written by Carle, as well.

Unfortunately, on May 23, Carle passed away at the age of 91. Despite his recent passing there is no doubt that his books will live on in the memories of many children.

“Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit” is at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix through Sept. 6.

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