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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Very Hungry Caterpillar Giveaway

Today is the anniversary of Eric Carle's bestselling picture book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar! Hooray! To celebrate 41 years of a classic book that has reached and delighted so many children all over the world, today we are giving away a very special gift to one lucky reader. The winner of this giveaway will receive a hardcover copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, autographed by Eric Carle and a copy of the new, award-winning DVD about Eric Carle and his work, Eric Carle: Picture Writer: The Art of the Picture Book. To enter, leave a comment below before 12:00 pm EST Wednesday, March 21st. We'll randomly pick one winner from the comments on Wednesday. Good luck! UPDATE: Submissions for the giveaway are now closed. Congratulations to the winner of this giveaway, Brook Gideon!  What lovely comments! It's so nice to read how The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle's books have impacted so many of you and your families. And especially nice to hear how many of you have been able to visit us here at The Eric Carle Museum! Here's to many more years of bringing the joy of Eric Carle books into your lives! Happy Birthday to you, Very Hungry Caterpillar and Happy Spring!


Kari Mercer
Wednesday, March 3, 2012 - 7:23 am
My family loves this book! Congrats, Mr Carle!
Kelly Agnew-Barajas
Wednesday, March 3, 2012 - 9:22 am
My son loves La Oruga Muy Hambiente (The Very Hungry Caterpillar in Spanish.) I know he would enjoy the English version just as much!
Katie Wagner-Hoisington
Wednesday, March 3, 2012 - 3:25 pm
Happy Birthday To the Very Hungry Caterpillar. This was one of my favorite books when I was a girl and now it is at the top of my three year old son's must read list. It is also the first book he learned "to read" by himself!
Sera Rivers
Wednesday, March 3, 2012 - 10:52 am
Happy Birthday to the Hungry Caterpillar! My son is 15 and he still smiles every time he reads this book to his little cousins. :)
Brenda Gough
Tuesday, March 3, 2012 - 12:19 pm
I love picture books and that is one of the reasons I chose a career working with preschool children! Eric Carle is one of my favourite authors and The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of my favourite books! Happy Birthday to The Very Happy Caterpillar!! You look great for 41!
Ellen Petersson
Tuesday, March 3, 2012 - 12:37 pm
So wonderful! Happy 41st Anniversary! LOVE this book! Happy 1st day of Spring!
Wednesday, March 3, 2012 - 1:56 am
Love this book!! And would love to share this with my two boys! Thanks!
rosalie banner
Wednesday, March 3, 2012 - 2:23 am
I love the Very Hungry Caterpillar, and I love the studio at the Eric Carle Museum!
Cindy McGregor
Wednesday, March 3, 2012 - 1:25 am
I am pretty much obsessed with Eric Carle and all of his books, but my favorite book by far is The Hungry Caterpillar. I made sure it was the first book I read to my son! And his 1st birthday was of course...hungry caterpillar themed!! We used the book as a guest book and everyone signed on a different means so much to us and to have a copy with Eric Carle's signature would Mean the world to us!!! We are in CA but hope to visit the museum sometime soon!!! Thank You Eric Carle!!
Holly C
Wednesday, March 3, 2012 - 12:42 am
Congratulations! What a GREAT book that has certainly passed the test of time. I would love to be able to visit the museum one day~
Kayleigh larkins
Tuesday, March 3, 2012 - 11:39 pm
Awesome giveaway!
matthew jennings
Tuesday, March 3, 2012 - 11:39 pm
i can't thank you enough for how much joy you have given my daughter!! (21 months old) we let her pick out her own books from her collection and yours are ALWAYS what she wants. in fact, \caterpillar\ was one of her first words : ) thank you again so much for such a simple, yet magical way to bond with my child(ren, soon i hope)
Susan Ester
Tuesday, March 3, 2012 - 11:38 pm
Happy birthday Caterpillar and thank you for a wonderful book Mr. Carle! My family traveled from Stewartstown, PA to visit your museum last June. My children have a Kindergarten teacher for a mom, so they even get educational vacations! LOL I would love the autographed book and the DVD.
Shawn Banner
Tuesday, March 3, 2012 - 8:44 pm
I loved these books as a kid, as a parent, and as a teacher---and my kids have grown up with Eric Carle too---perfect bed time stories for so many years--so many favorites! (Papa get the Moon for me is floating through my brain right now.) Thanks so much for brightening and beautifying so many lives!
Denise Martel Bovie
Tuesday, March 3, 2012 - 9:10 pm
Congratulations! :D
Tuesday, March 3, 2012 - 9:15 pm
We love The Hungry Caterpillar. I have my edition from gasp 41 yrs ago. We have all aged well together.
Katie Dela
Tuesday, March 3, 2012 - 9:16 pm
My Son would love this! He was The Very Hungry Caterpillar for Halloween which we had a blast making for him and we had a Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party for him. We even made him his very own hungry caterpillar book with him as each page of the book. See pics here
Jennifer Walters
Tuesday, March 3, 2012 - 9:16 pm
My favorite book!
Granny Franny
Tuesday, March 3, 2012 - 9:41 pm
I read your books to my kids. Now I read them to their kids, my grandkids. How lucky I am!
katie moose
Tuesday, March 3, 2012 - 9:58 pm
My elementary school guidance counselor knows Mr. Carle. I have such fond memories of her sharing the story with us at school while we created our own Eric Carle inspired artwork in art class. What a wonderful story that still delights children today!
Kit Umscheid
Tuesday, March 3, 2012 - 2:01 pm
Happy Anniversary Mr. Carle! I hope to one day be able to visit your museum. For now, I'll just keep my fingers crossed to win this book and DVD!
Inge Curtis
Tuesday, March 3, 2012 - 2:12 pm
Happy Anniversary, we have a new granddaughter, Emilia, she is 7 months old and we have started her library. This would be a wonderful addition.
Tuesday, March 3, 2012 - 2:34 pm
what a great giveaway! It's been a while since I won anything so maybe I''' get lucky this time! My fingers are crossed!
Sarah rose
Tuesday, March 3, 2012 - 2:58 pm
Happy birthday Eric Carle! Your books are so timeless. I love sharing them with the preschoolers in my classroom.
Eric - Happy Birthday Author
Tuesday, March 3, 2012 - 3:05 pm
The Very Hungry Caterpillar was a favorite of mine when I was a child and now I love reading it to my little ones! This amazing book will be influencing children in the generations to come! Thank you!


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