40th Anniversary

The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s 40th Anniversary Celebration!

This year marks the 40th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which was published in 1969. On March 20th, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day,” schools, libraries and bookstores will be hosting events and activities to mark this special occasion. Additional celebrations and activities based on this much-loved book will be held throughout the year in schools and libraries and by readers and friends all around the world. Also in March, a special edition of the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pop-Up Book featuring Eric Carle’s illustrations in a 3-dimensional format, will be available for sale at your local bookstore.

New: Click here to view a short video of Eric Carle talking about his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Click here to view a short video of Eric Carle reading his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Very Hungry Caterpillar Reading Day

March 20, 2010
Tuscaloosa, AL
UA student-athletes will be reading the Very Hungry Caterpillar and several other Carle books at 11am. Goodie bags will be provided to the first 60 to arrive and all books are 25% off to those in attendance for the reading. We will also make our own butterflies and other crafts!
Elizabeth Ganey
Off Campus Bookstore
504 14th St.

For German readers

The Very Hungry Caterpillar's 40th Anniversary in Germany
For information about The Very Hungry Caterpillar's 40th Anniversary events and programs in Germany please visit http://www.gerstenberg-verlag.de/kiga

Celebrate in 2009 at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Celebrating the Birthdays of Eric Carle and The Very Hungry Caterpillar
For more information about exhibits and events, please visit http://www.carlemuseum.org/vhc40
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road Amherst MA 01060


December 5, 2009
Discovery Bay, California
The 6th Annual Discovery Bay Parade-of-Lights theme is "A Storybook Holiday!"
Attended by more than 5,000 visitors annually, this incredible parade will feature The Discovery Bay Elementary School Float featuring a fully lighted and in-motion Very Hungry Caterpillar float!
Amanda Dove
Discovery Bay Elementary
2465 Discovery Bay Blvd. #200, Discovery Bay, CA 94505

Kinders and First Graders celebrate Eric Carle's Very Hungry Caterpillar 40th Year

December 4, 2009
Students will be read to or read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and create watercolors about the story.
An ongoing project will begin in January in each classroom that connects visual art, science and literature.
Marie Pera-Artist Educator, retired elementary teacher
Yokayo Elementary Kindergarten and First Grades, public school
790 S. Dora Street

Crazy About Carle

November 14, 2009
Deerfield Public Library
Come celebrate Eric Carle’s 80th birthday and the 40th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar! Make collages, play games, listen to stories, and eat fun snacks!

Kary Henry
Deerfield Public Library
920 Waukegan Road, Deerfield, IL 60015

Very Hungry Caterpillar

November 12, 2009
Windsor Regional Library, 9291 Old Redwood Hwy, Bldg 100, Windsor CA 95492
Come meet the Very Hungry Caterpillar in person! Celebrate the 40th birthday of the Caterpillar with stories and crafts! All ages welcome! 3:30pm
Laura Wright
Windsor Regional Library
9291 Old Redwood Hwy, Bldg 100, Windsor, CA 95492

Finger painted butterflies Display

November 10, 2009
Glanmire library, Glanmire, Co. Cork Ireland
A display in our local library of very colourful fingerpainted butterflies by 27 preschool children at our Irish Language Preschool- Title - An féileacánas gailge (The butterfly)
Bernadette Blackton
Naíonra Ghleann Maghair
Sallybrook, Glanmire, Co. Cork

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Scarecrow on the HBG Scarecrow Trail

October 24, 2009
Huntsville Botanical Gardens
Every fall the Huntsville Botanical Gardens (http://www.hsvbg.org) hosts a "Scarecrow Trail." This year the Montessori School of Huntsville (http://www.montessorihuntsville.org) chose to celebrate Eric Carle and children everywhere with their The Very Hungry Caterpillar "scarecrow." Students from the school's young toddler class through the 4th grade wove fabrics, painted, cut, pasted, sewed and generally put their hearts into this fun creation. The Scarecrow Trail is open 7-days a week from August 29 through October 31, 2009.
Montessori School of Huntsville
15975 Chaney Thompson Rd., Huntsville, AL 35803

Very Hungry Caterpillar Spring Picnic

October 9, 2009
Darrell Jackson Gardens, Summer Hill
Join us for a Spring Picnic to celebrate the Very Hungry Caterpillar’s 40th Anniversary. Bring your own picnic lunch to share and enjoy the stories, songs and games.
Alexander Mills
Ashfield Library
260 Liverpool Road, Ashfield NSW 2131

School-wide tribute to Eric Carle

October 9, 2009
The Arts Specialist at J.R Smith is hosting a school wide tribute to Eric Carle. 900 students will use their art skills to decorate the school and pay tribute to one our favorite illustrators and authors. The art specialist is integrating the art projects with the core subject matter from each grade level. Kindergarteners are painting giant Alphabets in Eric Carle style. 1st graders are reading "THE TINY SEED" and painting giant flowers and bugs. 2nd graders are reading the plethora of delightful Eric Carle "BUG" books and painting bugs in Eric Carle's collage style. The 3rd graders are reading "PAPA, PLEASE GET ME THE MOON FOR ME" and "THE MIXED UP CHAMELEON" and painting chameleons in collage style. The 4th graders are reading "BABY BEAR, BABY BEAR" and painting Utah animals in Eric Carle's wonderful collage style. We will have the entire school decorated by Oct. 9th, 2009. THANK-YOU ERIC CARLE!!!
JoAnn Memmott
J.R Smith Elementary
234 E. 500 N. Heber, Utah 84032-1305

Bedtime stories/Jumpstart read for the record

October 8, 2009
Evening parent event surrounding reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar, doing arts and crafts, including a caterpillar mural. Family literacy bags with copy of book given out to each family to take home and enjoy with their students.
Carrie Olivar
Lincoln Elementary School
801 West Hill Ave

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Celebration at Astoria Community Library

October 8, 2009
Astoria Community Library
The Very Hungry Caterpillar will come alive at our story time for Toddlers, Thursday at 10:30am. A craft will follow the story.
Sofia Zambrano
Astoria Community Library
14-01 Astoria Blvd., Astoria, NY 11102

The Very Hungry Caterpillar 40th Anniversary

October 8, 2009
Yuba County Library Marysville, Ca
In one part of our library we will be reading the story of, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" in English and Spanish throughout the day, which will include a craft. In another part of the library we will be playing a video of the story for the the kids.
Lili Ramirez
Yuba County Library
303 Second St

Read for the Record: A Very Hungry Caterpillar Picnic

October 8, 2009
Tates Creek Branch Library
Bring your lunch, and help us “Read for the Record." Stories, activities, and fun. Ages 2 and up. (Reservations requested)

Katie Camp
Tates Creek Branch Library
3628 Walden Drive; Lexington, KY

Walmart/ Jumpstart

October 8, 2009
Walmart #434 / Cotaco Elementary - Huntsville, AL
Wal-Mart is joining with the Jumpstart program to help children realize that reading is fun! We will be going to Cotaco Elementary on Friday, October 8,2009 to read The Very Hungry Caterpillar to several classes. Each of the teachers that are involved will receive a $50 Wal-mart gift card, and the students will all receive a goody bag filled with school supplies and a few other surprises. This classic book is giving my store a wonderful opportunity to help out and give back to our growing community.
Mahaley Martin
Wal-Mart 0434
Huntsville, AL
Office Associate
Mahaley Martin

LaCygne Library Reads for the Challenge

October 8, 2009
Swan Room @ 4 PM
We are joining the "Read for the Record" program and at 4 PM we will be reading the book, doing various craft activities and having refreshments. Come join us.
Janet Reynolds
Library District #2 of Linn County
209 N Broadway

JumpStart's Read For the Record

October 8, 2009
Landmark Elementary School
We will read "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" in the media center to all K&1st Grade students. Grades 2 & 3 will do a "reader's theatre" version of the book. Days of the week, nutrition,grammar, and public speaking skills will be introduced and/or reinforced using this text. Parents are invited to take part in this celebration to build and maintain important literacy and social skills that are so needed by all children. It is our hope that some will discover and others "rediscover" the delicious thrill of books! Follow-up coloring and craft activities will be done in the classrooms through out the year.
Linda Alford
Landmark Elementary School
4130 Westgate Parkway - Dothan, Al 36303

Shades Mountain Elementary's 2nd Annual Read for the Record

October 8, 2009
Shades Mountain Elementary School, Hoover, AL
Shades Mountain Elementary is celebrating this event with our families, community leaders, and district administration. The program will include the mayor of Hoover reading the official proclamation, Reader's Theater of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Kindergarten students singing a tribute to the Very Hungry Caterpillar. The school has its own Very Hungry Caterpillar crawling throughout the school eating the students' favorite books.
Deanna Straub
Shades Mountain Elementary
2250 Sumpter Street, Hoover, AL

Eric Carle Collages

October 8, 2009
Renaissance Academy Parent Night
Our Middle School students studied the life and work of Eric Carle and followed his collage method to create their own works. As this artist is beloved to all our students and has touched their childhood with his art and books, they delighted in creating their own Eric Carle visual statements :-) Thank you Mr. Carle with sharing your world with us.

Marsha Trottier
Renaissance Academy
3435 North 1120 East, Lehi, Utah 84043

Happy Birthday, Caterpillar!

October 8, 2009
Apple Glen Elementary
All students met together during their activity classes by grade level. We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar together. Students would read "but he was still hungry" as a group.
After reading the book and discussing how caterpillar had been teaching kids to count, to remember the days of the week, and to learn about the life phases of a butterfly, we participated in a birthday party for caterpillar. We had party games like Pin the Tail on the Monkey, Bulls-Eye, Tin Can Alley, Bow and Apple, Face Painting, and Bobbing Apples. For refreshments, students ate apple slices and gummy "caterpillars". A great time was had by all who participated. We had moms, dads, teachers, students, and other volunteers in the school, who made this a great birthday celebration for us all.
Wendy Hannah
Apple Glen Elementary
1801 NE Brave Lane, Bentonville, AR 72712

Trace Eric Carle's life

October 7, 2009
Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Our school is in the Stuttgart, Germany area. We are a DoDDS American military school.
Eric was born in the states, and came to this area as a child and was educated here. Have children at all ages see what they can find out about the author; Have them in different ways express what they found out. Write a book, story or short paragraph, draw pictures, make a time line to mention a few.
Have an all school celebration on October 8th to remember this anniversary. At our school the local USO is providing a copy of the book to every single child.
Do class "read to self" activities, or have guest readers. Invite the community and local newspaper to attend.
John Spriggs
John Spriggs
Patch ES
CMR 480 Box 1145 APO AE 09128

The Hungry Caterpillar Celebration at the Logan County District Library

October 7, 2009
The Logan County District Library
We'll be reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar during our Tales for Tots sessions 9:30 and 11:00 AM, as well as during our Wee Workouts session at 10:00 AM (where we'll pretend to be the Caterpillar as we enjoy the story together).
Ariel Harris
The Logan County District Library
220 North Main Street, Bellefontaine, OH 43311

26th Annual Leap Sandcastle Contest

October 3, 2009
Ocean Beach, San Francisco, CA
Leap…imagination in learning was established in response to severe budget cuts in Arts programs in California schools. These cuts began in 1978 and continue to effect arts education in our schools today. Leap serves over 6,500 youth (primarily elementary school age) in over 25 schools in the Bay Area (San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda and Marin counties). Leap provides educational programs focused on the arts of story telling, music, dance, theatre, creative writing, visual arts and an architecture program focused on our built environment.
The Leap Sandcastle Contest happens annually and is a fundraiser supported by architects, engineers, and contractors. This year's theme, Children's Classic Books has inspired our team (Team Caterpillar - Centric Construction, Johanna Street, Architect, Kim Sykes, Architect and Jefferson Elementary School) to build a giant caterpillar sandsculpture surrounded by fruits and cakes for the contest. The beach is open to the public for viewing the contest creations. Congratulations on 40 years of the Very Hungry Caterpillar!
Kim Sykes (Team Caterpillar) and Julie (Leap Executive Director) admin@leap4kids.org
24 Bay Area Schools
kim@kmsarch.com and admin@leap4kids.org

Waco Cultural arts Fest

September 19, 2009
Indian Spring Park, Waco Texas
Waco Cultural Arts Fest September 19-20 Indian Spring Park, Waco
Celebrate The Very Hungry Caterpillar. "Arts for All" early childhood initiative at Waco Cultural Arts Fest help us create our Very Hungry Caterpillar. The Art Department at McLennan Community College are creating a giant caterpillar form. He needs a new coat of many colors using paint paper and glue. This is a special arts project for pre-schoolers. Art and music touch the heart, fire the imagination and draw people together.
The Waco Cultural Arts Fest is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation created to promote multicultural events for Waco and surrounding Central Texas communities celebrating diversity and fostering greater understanding of cultural differences through the arts. Come support the arts!
Doreen Ravenscroft
Waco Cultural Arts Fest
4209 West Waco Drive

Waco Cultural Arts Fest

September 19, 2009
Indian Spring Park, Waco
Waco Cultural Arts Fest is a 501( c )3 organization and annually presents a FREE two day arts festival for Waco and Central Texas in the fall. This year the festival will be September 19-20 at Indian Spring Park, in downtown Waco.
Because of a special collaboration with are early childhood development groups we are expanding our arts activities for our youngest guests. As part of our 'Arts for All" program one of our activities will celebrate The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
We plan to give away approximately 2000 Very Hungry Caterpillar story books and create our own Very Hungry Caterpillar. A giant caterpillar sculpture made by the Art Department at McLennan Comunity College. However, our caterpillar will need a new "coat". We will be asking the children to add scraps of paper and splodges of paint to make his new "coat'. Eventually we hope to take our Very Hungary Caterpillar around to early childhood groups so that the caterpillar can be apart of a Very Hungry for Reading program.
Wiggle, Waggle, Snuggle (Movement & Literacy)
Language naturally flows from the experience of music and movement. The three go hand in hand in the developing child who is stockpiling vocabulary at an enormous speed in the first three years of life. Children who are ready to, who are exposed to a variety of literacy opportunities and who are encouraged to “act out” the stories they hear receive invaluable benefits that will build on language skills both spoken and written. Puppets, costumes, and other props enhance the theme of the books and stories that children love to read.
Activities: 1) Each child will receive a VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR book and there will be storytelling
2) Costumes and dramatic play props for movement and acting
3) Soft spaces for reading
Caterpillar Walk (Decision Making and Construction)
Our caterpillar needs a new coat, lots of “Stuff” to choose from to create a colorful new coat for our large caterpillar sculpture.

Doreen Ravenscroft
4209 West Waco Drive, Waco Texas 76710

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Comes Alive

September 1, 2009
Emerald State School Queensland Australia
On Tuesday the 1st September 2009 3A along with Miss Marlene will bring The Very Hungry Caterpillar to life. This will involve a puppet performance and retelling of the story by the students of 3A at Emerald State School as written by the magnificent Eric Carle.
Marlene Newman
Emerald State School
Emerald Queensland Australia

Very Hungry Caterpillar Art Project

August 24, 2009
Children coming to the library will be able to decorate a caterpillar segment (with marker, crayon, or paint) to be put on the wall of our stairwell, making a hugely long caterpillar. This will take place over 2 weeks and we will celebrate at the end with a caterpillar party.
Jane Oliver-Purton
Delafield Public Library
500 Genesee St. Delafield, WI 53018

the good day

August 14, 2009
cannock church
we will host a special event thank you
bob marley
sunday school
cannock church

The Very Hungry Caterpillar art & performance workshop

July 30, 2009
Rhinebeck, NY
Thursday July 30th
Downstairs @ the Starr Library
68 West Market St, Rhinebeck
For 4-6 year olds
Bring a bag lunch
Wear old clothes...we may get messy!!
-Reading of the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar
-Design and paint characters and objects from the book to use as props for
afternoon performance
-Explore the art of Eric Carle
-Prepare for performance
-Perform a show of The Very Hungry Caterpillar for family and friends!
***Pre-registration required***
Call Starr Library to register (845-876-4030)
or call Liz for more info (845-516-4330)
Liz Morfea
Starr Library
68 West Market St, Rhinebeck, NY 12572

The Very Hungry Caterpillar visits Borders Glasgow

July 25, 2009
Borders Books, 98 Buchanan Street, Glasgow, Scotland
Come along to children's storytime where we will be reading from The Very Hungry Caterpillar and drawing pictures. The Very Hungry Caterpillar will also be there so don't forget to bring your camera to get your photo taken next to him and get your special VHC goodies!

Clare Hemsworth
Borders Books, 98 Buchanan Street, Glasgow, Scotland

Stories & Puppets "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"

July 23, 2009
A workshop with story and child performed puppet show and making puppets based on "The Very Hungry Caterpillar."
Mary Hamlin
Aurora Valentinetti Puppet Museum
257 Fourth Street, Bremerton, WA 98337

Celebrating -The Very Hungry Caterpillar

July 14, 2009
Calhoun Gordon County Library
The guests will listen to the story of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" being read in
Spanish and English. The art project will be to create mural of the butterfly with different colors of paint. Each child will be asked to participate in this activity. This mural will be on display in the library community room.
Janice Burrell
Calhoun Gordon County Library
100 N. Park Ave., Calhoun, GA

Scarecrow Festival Loddon Norfolk

July 12, 2009
Loddon village near Norwich
This has been an annual event for the past few years.This year the theme is 'Scarecrows at work rest and play'. Loddon Library decided to enter 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' and have constructed a caterpillar, butterfly and all that he ate as a display in the front garden of the library, situated in the centre of the village. We will also have a display of books in the library with information on the book,several copies and a story sack.
Jan Constable
Loddon Library
31,Church plain,Loddon,NorwichNR14 6EX

The Wing Ding Parade

June 20, 2009
The Beardsley Zoo , Bridgeport, CT
This is a children's parade which is one part of the Barnum Festival. Children can decorate a bike or wagon or can be a part of a larger group. Our Day Care Group will create "A Very Hungry Caterpillar" for the parade as a celebration of his 40th "birthday".
Teddy Bear Family Day Care Fairfield , CT

The Very Hungry Caterpillar 40th Anniversary

June 20, 2009
Centre for the Child, Central Library, Birmingham UK
Celebrate with us on Saturday 20th June
2-2.45pm Creepy Crawly Stories with special guest reader The Lady Mayoress of Birmingham, Mrs Wilkes
3-4.30pm Caterpillar crafts
Why not come dressed as your favourite bug!
Amanda Cox
Centre for the Child
Central Library, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3HQ

Celebrating 40th Birthday of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

June 18, 2009
This is one of many events during our summer reading program. A guest reader will read the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The children will be asked to created a mural of the caterpillar with tissue paper of different colors. The entire will be displayed in our library for all to see.
Janice Burrell
Calhoun Gordon County Library
100 North Park Avenue, Calhoun, Georgia 30701

Preschool Performance of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

June 18, 2009
Cohocton Elementary Gymnasium
Preschool students will be on stage performing the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar for their End-of-the-Year Ceremony.
Danielle Brunner
Cohocton Elementary
30 Park Ave. Cohocton, NY 14826

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Very Hungry Caterpillar!

June 7, 2009
Boerner Botanical Gardens
We will host a Very Hungry Caterpillar party with children's activities such as creating a caterpillar mural, decorating cupcakes, making clothespin-butterflies, planting butterfly plants and a special storytime featuring the Very Hungry Caterpillar. $6.00 per child- proceeds benefit the Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens Children's Horticultural Programs.
Jennifer Schmitz
9400 Boerner Dr.

Story telling

May 28, 2009
Longfields Children Centre
Story telling and fun activities for under 5's please phone to book place 01992 901610
Paula Clark
Flamstead End School
Longfield Lane, Cheshunt, Herts

Success By Six Seaside Music Fest

May 16, 2009
On the Boardwalk, Seaside Heights, New Jersey
We are a part of The LIVE UNITED Village where we will be distributing, thanks to a grant from TD Bank and Verizon Wireless, 800 "The Very Hungry Caterpillar", in both English and Spanish,as part of the Head Start literacy bag, to pre-school children, along with a kindergarten readiness calendar for kids and parents to do together! We will have caterpillar into butterfly learning displays, puppet shows, gift bags and more! We will have a birthday cake for The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Eric Carle - at the Jersey Shore!
Allacen Jennings/John Salemi
United Way of Ocean County NJ
650 Washington St, Toms River, NJ

Eric Carle Storytime

May 12, 2009
Swampscott Public Library
A story time program celebrating Eric Carle's birthday and the Hungry Caterpillar's anniversary. We will read from some of Mr. Carle's books and make a caterpillar craft.
Beth Coughlin, Children's Librarian
Swampscott Public Library
61 Burrill St., Swampscott, MA 01907

The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Stories 40th Anniversary Tour

April 25, 2009
USA & Quebec
The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia will tour its black light puppetry productions based on Eric Carle's books throughout North America in April - June 2009.
For a schedule of performances please visit the Official Eric Carle web site at:
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
P.O. Box 2697, Windsor, NOVA SCOTIA, B0N 2T0, CANADA

Giant Very Hungry Caterpillar!

April 12, 2009
Staffordshire Libraries
Little bit late, but thought you might like to see the giant hungry caterpillar we made in our library workshops over Easter. Each person did a segment, and the result stands at over 7ft long!
The Big Art People
South Staffordshire Libraries
South Staffordshire

A Very Hungry Storytime

March 23, 2009
Southwest Branch Library, Tucson, AZ
Come help us celebrate the 40th anniversary of Eric Carle's book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, with:
- An interactive reading of the book
- A caterpillar craft
- Caterpillar goodies to give away
- Snacks for our very hungry toddlers!
During Southwest Library's regular toddlertime, on Monday, March 23 at 11:30am. Please call for information: 594-5270.
Dede Demers
Pima County Public Library, Southwest Branch
6855 S. Mark Rd. Tucson AZ 85757

The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Birthday at Borders Books

March 21, 2009
Borders Books, Fort Kinnaird, Newcraighall Road, Edinburgh, Scotland
At 2 o'clock we start with a party feast featuring all of the lovely food from Eric's fabulous story while listening to the story. Then we'll make butterflies to hang from the sun and moon and caterpillars to stick on our giant leaf. Finally decorate a cake to take home. All our events are free and open to all children.
Catriona Anderson
Childrens Specialist, Borders Books
Fort Kinnaird, Edinburgh


March 21, 2009
BORDERS BOOKS at The Shops at Atlas Park, Glendale, Queens, NY
Please join us on Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 2 p.m. to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We will host a storytime of Eric Carle's delightful books followed by some fun crafts and activities. This is a free event. For further information and directions please call 718-416-1003.
Coreen Mann, General Manager
Borders Books & Music
80-16 Cooper Avenue, Glendale, NY 11385

Celebrate The Very Hungary Caterpillar's Big 40!

March 21, 2009
We'll read several of Mr. Carle's books and of course the The Very Hungry Caterpillar! We will do a craft that includes caterpillars and butterflies, have a very special snack..hmmm a caterpillar cake?
Margaret & Cathy
Woods Hole Public Library
581 Woods Hole Rd Woods Hole 02543

Stone Soup for the 21st Century-A Community Resource Event

March 21, 2009
AITE - 411 High Ridge Road, Stamford, CT 06905
A workshop for parents/grandparents/caregivers with preschool age children.
The objective is to promote literacy and math by reading the book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" Upon entrance to the workshop children will be encourage to take a circle with a letter or number to place on a big leaf continuing the sequence of the numbers 1-10 and the alphabet. Then the children will listen to the story and participate by placing felt cut outs of each food the caterpillar ate, underneath the day of the week and next to the number of the food. They will decorate a caterpillar book mark, and a caterpillar head band to take home.A jar with caterpillars for estimating how many caterpillars are in the jar,...
Luz Tsiralidis
CLC School Readiness Program
195 Hillandale Ave. Stamford, Ct. 06902

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Kids Event

March 21, 2009
Departamento de Niños
En commemoración al 40 aniversario del famoso libro del autor Eric Carle, "La Oruga Muy Hambrienta", se estarán llevando a cabo una serie de eventos relacionados con el mismo. Lectura del libro "La Oruga Muy Hambrienta" y actividades para niños entre las edades de 0-9 años y otras sorpresas más. Ven a disfrutar con nosotros en esta especial Hora del Cuento en Borders de Plaza las Americas. Te esperamos.
Hora: 2:00 pm
Plaza las Americas

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Week

March 20, 2009
Story Time Clubhouse--Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield
We will be sharing Eric Carle Books at all of our Story Time events during the week of March 16-20, 2009 and especially reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Tuesday, Story Stars and Friday's, Spot4Tots theme is about garden which will work fantastically with this book. A simple caterpillar craft is planned for Tuesday at 10 a.m.
Monday (10 a.m.), Tuesday, TNT--Toddlers Need Tuesdays, (9:30 a.m.) Tuesday, BabyBUG Book Time, (11 a.m.) event is about green things. The Very Hungry Caterpillar will be shared with the kids at these Story Time events too.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar also will be shared with kids in Four Oaks, NC at their public library Story Hour on Wednesday, March 18th at 10 a.m.
Elaine Forman
Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield
305 East Market Street, Smithfield, NC 27577

Happy Birthday Eric Carle

March 20, 2009
Priestley Forsyth Memorial Library, 100 King Street, Northumberland PA 17857
We plan to provide an all day long birthday party event for one of our favorite books at the library.
Collage crafts, Fruit Kabobs, and information about Eric Carle will be available for children of all ages.
Kim King
Priestley Forsyth Memorial Library
100 King St., Northumberland PA 17857

"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" 40th Anniversary Party

March 20, 2009
Stanford Bookstore
Please join us as we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar." Friday, March 20, 2009. 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon. All Eric Carle books 20% off for the day (in-store only). Also, create your own caterpillar and butterfly to take home. Birthday cake & juice will be served. Visit stanfordbookstore.com for more details.
Michele Carson
Stanford Bookstore (on Stanford University's campus)
519 Lasuen Mall, Stanford, CA 94305

Stories & Crafts

March 20, 2009
Glencoe Public Library, Glencoe Illinois
Happy Birthday to The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Listen to Eric Carle stories and make collages in the style of author Eric Carle.
Mellissa Henderson
Glencoe Public Library
320 Park Avenue, Glencoe, IL

The Very Hungry Caterpillar in Kalihi

March 20, 2009
Kalihi-Palama Public Library
Join Auntie Brenda for morning read aloud time featuring books written and illustrated by Eric Carle.
Brenda Freitas-Obregon, Children's Librarian
Kalihi-Palama Public Library
1325 Kalihi Street

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Hour Celebration

March 19, 2009
Barrington Books
Barrintgton Books will host "A Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Hour Celebration" with the unveiling of the all-new pop-up edition of the book, as well as readings, crafts, games and more. March 19th, 10:30 - 11:30a.m.
Anika Denise
Barrington Books
184 County Road, Barrington, RI 02806

Fun with Eric Carle

March 19, 2009
We're celebrating with a birthday party for The Very Hungry Caterpillar! We'll start our program by singing Happy Birthday to The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Then after viewing the short video on this site,the preschool children will make their own collage caterpillars using tissue paper and cocoon/butterflies using paper plates. Each child will have a different color butterfly name tag that will correspond to the colors of the animals in Brown Bear, Brown Bear and they will get to hold up the animal stick puppet that matches the color of their name tag while we act out the story. For an activity break we'll get some exercise seeing if we can do all the actions in From Head to Toe. We'll finish with refreshments - green-frosted cupcakes that make the segments in the caterpillar's body and a red paper plate will be his head - and juice. Color enlargements of the food from the book will surround him. Each child will go home with a Very Hungry Caterpillar tattoo which came in the packet from Penguin.
Mary Ferris
Wood Library
134 N. Main Street, Canandaigua, NY

Favorite Author Week: Eric Carle

March 16, 2009
Lehi Literacy Center
This is our first-ever author event. We will be hosting our Favorite Author Week, featuring Eric Carle's books. We serve 600+ students with one-on-one tutoring. Eric's books will be set out for the children to read from morning to evening; Monday through Thursday. The entire community will participate: Rotary Club, Mayor and Council, NBA-D League Utah Flash, Fire and Police departments and Grandparents. Our spotlight book will be The Very Hungry Caterpillar in celebration of the 40th Anniversary! All of us "old-timers" remember 1969 well. We will serve all of the refreshments mentioned in the book....and no one will go away hungry. Everyone will receive a butterfly sticker and books will be given to lucky winners of our Eric Carle door-prize.
Nancy Weitzel
Lehi Literacy Center
120 N Center St, Lehi, UT 84043

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Art Contest

March 5, 2009
Mail In Entry
We are hosting an Art Contest in celebration of the 40th anniversary. This contest will last throughout the month of March. Entries will be accepted March 19th through April 5th. The contest ends on April 6th. Winners will be chosen and posted on our website. Children ages 12 and under may participate. Three winners will be chosen separated into three categories by age (3-5 / 6-9 / 10-12). Please specify the age of the student entering. Our hope is everyone will be encouraged to use the method Eric Carle has used in his books. The tissue paper and paint is a very creative and fun method for the children to use. We encourage everyone to check the video on www.eric-carle.com where he demonstrates this method. Please visit us at www.yourjems.com for all the details.
Happy 40th Anniversary to The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Happy Birthday Mr. Carle!
Ben Bridges
Early Childhood JEMS - Supplier of Learning Materials to Preschools and Daycares in Tennessee

Sure Start Storymakers

February 27, 2009
Buxton Public Library, Buxton, Derbyshire
We will retell the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar using props...all 0-5s and their parents and carers are welcome to attend this event! 10.30-11.45am.
Susie Muncaster
Harpur Hill Sure Start Centre

Visit with Eric Carle's Very Hungry Caterpillar & Story Time

February 21, 2009
Apple Blossom Books, 513 N Main St, Oshkosh, WI 54901, USA
Come to celebrate the 40th anniversary of everyone's most beloved children's picture book character, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar". We'll be reading aloud a selection of Eric Carle stories followed by a visit with the Caterpillar himself and cupcakes too. The event is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required. Kick off all the fun with this early celebration of the book's 40th anniversary!
Apple Blossom Books LLC
513 N Main Street, Oshkosh, WI 54901 USA

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Celebration

February 20, 2009
Winneconne Public Library, Winneconne Wisconsin
We'll read the story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, make a butterfly craft, have a character visit from the caterpillar and sing happy birthday to him!
Holly Selwitschka
Winneconne Public Library
31 S. 2nd St. Winneconne, WI

Private Events

Past Events

Celebrating the writings of Eric Carle

March 19, 2010
Jacksonville, Florida
Celebrating the writings of Eric Carle will consist of kindergarten, first and second grade students displaying a variety of art projects showcasing their favorite Eric Carle book. The kindergarten class will present a skit from the book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar".
This is a private event.

Mrs. Grogan's Class Celebration for Eric Carle

February 10, 2010
Our Classroom
On Wed. Feb. 10th we will be celebration our Eric Carle unit. We have worked so hard on creating a book just like our mentor Eric Carle. Please come join us and read our books, we'd love to share them with you.

This is a private event.

The Very Hungry Student

February 1, 2010
The students in my classroom will be reading "The Very Hungry Caterpillar". Then we will use an idea web to recreate a new version of the story called "The Very Hungry Student".
The children will sponge paint several different colors on paper. They will cut the paper to create themselves as a mosaic type of figure. Then they will use their art work and idea web to create their own story.
Thanks to Eric Carle for being an inspiration to children and teachers!
This is a private event.

Family Literacy- "Hungry for Books"

November 20, 2009
Shanghai American School-Pudong, Shanghai, China
We will be hosting our 2nd annual family literacy event with the kick-off for our reading incentive program in honor of the 40th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Students will beginning reading and filling our caterpillar body parts to be put up...When we reach the cafeteria, we will celebrate with gummy worms for treat!
This is a private event.

Izzy Lawrence and TheVery Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party

November 14, 2009
Barnstaple, Devon, UK
Izzy wanted to share her 4th Birthday party with her favourite book character. She is having an ugly bug ball.
This is a private event.

Family Art Night - A Celebration of the Art of Eric Carle

November 5, 2009
4219 N. Walnut, Turlock, CA 95382
Our 3rd annual Family Art Night will focus on the art of author and illustrator Eric Carle. Families will participate in art and science activities designed to honor the artistic style of Eric Carle. Some of Eric Carle's books will be presented as read alouds. There will be face painting for children.
This is a private event.

Prep Orientation Library Session

October 29, 2009
Heathmont East Primary School
We are a Primary School of around 330 students located in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne. Local Pre-School students who will be attending the school next year are coming for an orientation session where we will celebrate Eric Carle by reading The Bad Tempered Ladybird and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We will then be doing some craft activities relating to the books.
This is a private event.


October 28, 2009
We watched the video and practiced the handwriting activity

This is a private event.

The Hungry Caterpillar's Birthday Dinner Family NIght

October 13, 2009
Hillsdale, MI
Our preschool and Kindergarten building had a family night event and about 300 attended. We had two activities for parents and children which involved reading the story, retelling the sequences in the story, songs, memory game, and modeling of strategies that parents could use at home with their child. We also offered dinner of sloppy Joe's, etc. and birthday cake. The children left with a copy of the book. Very successful and fun!
This is a private event.

Happiness is The Very Hungry Caterpillar

October 9, 2009
Our Lady of Victory School--Kindergarten KL
During the week of Oct 5-9th the kindergarten children will listen to a different Eric Carle story everyday.
In small groups at the Art Center they will enjoy the painting technique of Eric Carle and create their own Very Hungry Caterpillar. Their projects will be displayed in our hallway and parents will be invited to enjoy their children's artwork. Treats from the story, such as watermelon, apples, cupcakes, etc...will be served.
This is a private event.

Central Elementary School's Read for the Record

October 9, 2009
Mrs. Jones 1st Grade Class
Mrs. Jones' first grade class will spend the entire day reflecting on the accomplishments of the wonderful, Eric Carle. We will start by watching the video of Eric Carle reading to us as we read along and then take the time to make our own "caterpillar". At the end of the reflection we will take part in eating "Hungry Caterpillar" cupcakes. 26 partisipants to help with the Read for the Record.
This is a private event.

the very hungry caterpiller

October 9, 2009
crestline school, Barstow california
Our school read The Very Hungry Caterpillar
This is a private event.

Read for the Record

October 8, 2009
Egypt Elementary
In celebration of the Read for the Record book selection, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, my English Learners and I will be taking part in lessons for the next 3 weeks, leading up to Oct 8. Students will create caterpillars using clay, complete graphic organisers (KWL, webs) prior to researching info about caterpillars; research info about caterpillars and butterflies; read and reread the story The Hungry Caterpillar; and complete sequencing cards for retelling. Since my students are learning English, the story will be read many times over the next 3 weeks. On October 8, my students and I will read the story before enjoying cupcakes in the shape of The Very Hungry Caterpillar!
This is a private event.

"Leyendo La oruga muy hambrienta"

October 8, 2009
Chiqui Amgen Juncos PR
We are reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar because a familiar event at the center. All the families are invited to this event. And also we are going to have a live storytelling moment.
This is a private event.

Story Book Stew

October 8, 2009
family home
Story Book Stew has three parts.
1. We read a great story.
2. We have a craft project. This time we will cut apart colored tissue paper and try to make the caterpillar.
3. We prepare a recipe. We will be making caramel apples.
This is a private event.

Read for the Record

October 8, 2009
Each teacher will read The Very Hungry Caterpillar with their class that day in school (some classes will be buddy reading with another grade). Also, during p.e., art, music, and library that day, all of the activities will have a Hungry Caterpillar theme. We will watch the video clip from Eric Carle, but also watch a brief portion of the video Eric Carle Picture Writer.
This is a private event.

Read for the Record @ Northwest Regional Library

October 8, 2009
Northwest Regional Library
Read for the Record @ Northwest Regional Library
You are invited to Read for the Record! Police Officer Lynch will read you Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This all-ages storytime will be held Thursday, October 8 from 4-5 in the City of Surprise room. See you there!

This is a private event.

Classroom Readings of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

October 8, 2009
169 Colony Street Meriden Ct 06451
Classroom will be reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar book and follow up with class activities such as flannel stories and art projects.
This is a private event.

Brookside Middle School Book Buddies

October 8, 2009
area elementary/preschools
Approximately 150 middle school students will be visiting area elementary/preschools to read The Very Hungry Caterpillar to younger students. We visit the schools monthly and read to the younger students to improve our own reading skills while encouraging the younger students to develop a love of reading through a Learn and Serve Grant awarded to Mrs. Pelosi, Reading Teacher.
This is a private event.

Read for the Record

October 8, 2009
Wilson School
We will be reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar big book to our preschool, kindergartens and 1st grade classes. This will be 150 students! Our PTO purchased the book for our preschoolers. The kindergarteners and 1st graders will color a minibooklet. Our lunchroom is providing fruits and vegetables for the children to sample, with a gummiworm on top! Our 8th grade Peers for Life class decorated our theater for the event. Parents have been invited to attend also.
This is a private event.

Birthday Party for the Very Hungry Caterpillar

October 8, 2009
Glenbrook Education Center Tykes PreK
We will be having a birthday party for the hungry caterpillar in our preschool classroom. We will hear the story, sing happy birthday to the caterpillar, and then make a fruit salad for snack with all of the fruits the caterpillar
ate. We will also be making puppets to go along with the story.
This is a private event.

Hungry Caterpillar Day

October 8, 2009
We have planned a day of reading and studying about caterpillars with the six toddlers that we care for. We have invited the parents and grandparents to participate with us. We will be reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar, discussing all about caterpillars, coloring and drawing caterpillar headbands, exploring outside for caterpillars and their neighbors (bugs & lizards). A video of caterpillars and butterflies will follow. Later in the day we will make a family get together with my nieces and nephews and share the program with five other children.
My mother and I are attending a cohort on Early Childhood Development and we planned to read the book and share it with our college class in the evening.
This is a private event.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar's 40th Birthday

October 8, 2009
Clarksville Elementary
Every classroom in our school is reading the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar today.
This is a private event.

Very Hungry Caterpillar counting

October 8, 2009
We read the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and worked on our counting. We read the book with the music therapist today, in story time and again at the end of the day. We plan to keep using it over the next couple of weeks for counting, colors, matching and more. The kids had so much fun!
This is a private event.


October 8, 2009
We read the story together and then did a sequencing activity.
This is a private event.

Celebrating The Very Hungry Caterpillar with Jumpstart's Read for the Record

October 8, 2009
Hoboken, New Jersey
The teachers at HOPES Head Start, which houses 3 and 4-year-olds, read Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar to their group of students. On Thursday, October 8, 2009 we read to a total of 214 children! Afterward, each teacher conducted an activity with their group. It was a very exciting day!
This is a private event.

La oruga muy hambrienta en el aula universitaria

October 7, 2009
University of Puerto Rico - Bayamon
The university's students in the educational programa analyze creative strategie at the preschool level. They will be integrate reading the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Future teachers will read other books by Eric Carle, submit artistic representations, drama and music to celebrate the birthday of the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This activity will take place in the Library of the UPRB; specifically in Child Literature Room - Isabel Freire de Matos
This is a private event.

Book reading in multiple languages

October 7, 2009
Lycee Francais Alexandre Dumas de Moscou
We've watched Eric Carle's reading on the Internet and then read it in French. Sadly, we didn't have yet the Russian version which is just being published.
This is a private event.

Bookweek Backyard Safari

September 22, 2009
The theme for Book Week in Australia this year is Book Safari. The Year 2 class have been studying minibeasts as part of the Backyard Safari unit in science. I am combining the two with a Backyard Safari Bookweek theme. The Year 3 class will sing 'Circles' by Harry Chapin, and the Year 2's will re enact 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle. We have airconditioning ducting that will be the caterpillars from which the butterflies will emerge. Hope it works, but intention is there. It will happen!
Pat Burke
Librarian and part time year 2 teacher.
This is a private event.

Bulletin Board

August 31, 2009
Union Bower Center for Learning (High School)
I teach Ready, Set, Teach to Juniors and Seniors. This an education course for students that are interested in becoming a teacher one day. They go to several of the elementary schools and work with the students and teachers in their classrooms. The students put together a giant hungry caterpillar made out of butcher paper on the outside wall coming into my classroom. I tried to cut and paste the picture of it in this document, but it wouldn't let me. If there is a place that I can send a picture let me know. We love The Very Hungary Caterpillar and was glad to celebrate his 40th anniversary.
This is a private event.

40th Birthday Party and Concert

August 26, 2009
The Junior School Library, together with their Class Library Captains, are hosting a 40th birthday party for The Very Hungry Caterpillar, for the students in the Early Learning Centre. This is a part of our Book Week Celebrations. The ELC students are also performing a concert of the story next week. :)
This is a private event.

Kindergarten Author Study

August 24, 2009
Avon Elementary School
Kindergarten teachers at Avon Elementary in Avon Park Florida have chosen this year's focus author study to be Eric Carle in honor of The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s 40th anniversary. We will incorporate Eric Carle's books into our curriculum throughout the entire school year. Literature, math, science and social studies. Our art teacher is going to have the children do different projects throughout the year based on Eric Carle stories we are reading and present a school wide family art show showcasing the children's art inspired by Eric Carle. For a small town, very low income school, this will be such a very special year for students, parents and teachers alike all thanks to Mr. Eric Carle!
This is a private event.

Nevaeh's birthday /adoption party

August 1, 2009
Nevaeh is a foster child that came into my care at seven weeks of age. I received her directly from the NIC unit. She will be adopted by me on July 15, 2009. Her third birthday is July 20, 2009. We will celebrate her adoption and birthday on August 1st. Theme is The Very Hungry Caterpillar, her favorite predictable storybook. Thank you for the best storybook ever!
Stephanie Moore
Speech/Language Pathologist
Baltimore Coiunty Public Schools
This is a private event.

Very Hungry Caterpillar Baptism

July 19, 2009
Bracknell, Berkshire, UK
Abigail was baptised on July 19th and we chose the VHC as a theme. My dad (a retired minister) led the service which included him reading the story to us all and talking about how Abigail will grow and in time become a "beautiful butterfly! We all had a lovely day, and celebrated with caterpillar cake!
This is a private event.

July Summer Fun Camp

July 13, 2009
Shallowford Presbyterian Preschool
This week's Summer Fun Camp will focus on Eric Carle and "The Very Hungry Caterpillar". We will celebrate and explore his books through storytelling, author studies, movement and PE, music and art. We will also get to know a few other Eric Carle books such as "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?"

This is a private event.

Eric Carle Theme and party

July 3, 2009
Ingle Farm Primary
We are studying Eric carle and his stories.
My reception class have done lots of activities around The Hungry Caterpillar. We all love the story so much. My class has been doing some collages. They have made "Eric Carle suns" They look fantastic! We are finishing off our unit with a Hungry caterpillar party and a caterpillar cake
This is a private event.

An ICT project based on the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

June 15, 2009
St Catherine's RC Primary School
The infant department in school are using various types of ICT to create work based around the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We will be filming some drama, rewriting the story and illustrating it on the computers and usign some control software to guide our 'beebot' (dressed as a caterpillar) to different foods.
This is a private event.

Eric Carle's Story Hour

June 9, 2009
Okinawa, Japan
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar we are holding a Story Hour dedicated to Eric Carle. Parents with children 18 months - 3 years are invited to this interactive event where the stories will come alive on a felt board. After reading the stories, we will have art and craft time in which the little ones can make their very own caterpillars and butterflies using ink and their own fingerprints.
This is a private event.

Village Little Preschool Class of 2009 presents: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

June 5, 2009
Cupertino, Ca
This year for our graduation my Pre-k class will be acting out the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
This is a private event.

Happy Birthday Party to The Very Hungry Caterpillar

June 5, 2009
Students enrolled in the Gurley Community Learning Center Summer Enrichment Program at Madison County Elementary School will celebrate the 40th birthday of the Very Hungry Caterpillar on Friday, June 5, 2009. Students will do the following: 1) Paint construction paper and cut the paper to illustrate a picture from the book; 2) Perform a puppet show; 3) Make a caterpillar cake; 4) Make birthday cards; and 5)Dance the Caterpillar.
This is a private event.

Fruit and Veg Babies

June 3, 2009
Birchwood Children's Centre
We are learning about fruit and veg. The party will include 0 - 5s making butterflies, having fun to music, crawling, pretending to fly. Fruit printing and eating some of the foods included in the story, as well as making collages and listening to the story.
This is a private event.

Planting a Butterfly Garden at our school

May 19, 2009
106 South Highview
Our school will be planting a butterfly garden and dedicating it to Eric Carle and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Family fun activities will be going on.
This is a private event.

Eric Carle Day

May 18, 2009
Little Ducklings Room 4
We are celebrating with Eric Carle Day. The children can bring in their favorite Eric Carle Books, dress like their favorite Eric Carle character and make creative insects from lots of different materials.
This is a private event.

Big Pasture Kindergarten and Early Childhood present The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

May 11, 2009
Big Pasture Elementary
Our Early Childhood and Kindergarten Class will be presenting the Very Hungry Caterpillar with music prior to our kindergarten graduation. Our students will be making costumes and creating scenery using Eric Carle's torn paper art method. We are very excited to bring this wonderful book to life. This is a private event.
This is a private event.

Showing of Quilt illustrated by the students

May 1, 2009
Head Start Trenton B
We are having our students illustrate "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" on blocks of fabric, which will be sewn together to complete a 'lovely' story quilt. Ms. Connnie and I love to sew and are so excited about our celebration of that 'very hungry' caterpillar, and the man who wrote and illustrated the book!

This is a private event.

Any Time! Any Place! Any Book!

May 1, 2009
Joe Harrison Carter Elementary School
Any Time! Any Place! Any Book! is an effort in our primary grades to celebrate the 40th anniversary of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and honor Author Eric Carle. Classes will participate in a variety of activities during April with the culminating activities occurring on Friday, May 1. Throughout the month students are competing in reading contests with our Accelerated Reading Program, designing murals, special pieces of art, acting out favorite books, recreating scenes from the books, and competing in a trivia contest. Our school entry has been decorated with a student created Very Hungry Caterpillar. You must see it to appreciate it. Other activities are continually being developed.
This is a private event.

Communities of One Fair

April 28, 2009
Saranac Elemetary School
This event will bring together people of the community to celebrate many things. The main ideas is bringing families together along with community businesses and other facilities to encourage family communication and togetherness (beyond the evening's event). It is a night where we will have numerous activities for people of all ages to sign up for involving reading, cooking, health, etc. One of the events that I will be hosting is centered around Eric Carle's 40th year for "The Very Hungry Caterpillar". I will be doing an activity or two with the group when I have them, but would like to send home a fair amount of activities for the group to do at home with family and friends.
This is a private event.

Storytelling with the Hungry Caterpillar

April 20, 2009
Stifford Clays Infant School
We are going to learn the whole of the Very Hungry Caterpillar as a storytelling exercise and then we are studying Mr. Carles style of writing using lots of his other books. Hopefully we will then have the children write their own stories, but similar to his style.
If we have any good ones we might pass them on!!!
Cathy Hasler
Year 2 Teacher
(6 and 7 year olds)
This is a private event.

Cawdor Play Space

April 14, 2009
Moses Gate, Bolton
The Cawdor Play Space project was funded by Bolton at Home, the arms length management organisation responsible for managing Bolton Council's housing stock.
The project was initiated following consultation with residents, who were concerned that their young children had nowhere safe to play. Residents wanted a play space that would help to deter local youths from gathering in the area, encourage parents to allow children to play with others in a safe outdoor play environment, and bring some colour to what was a bland and grey neighbourhood.
Bolton at Home's Housing Percent for Art service commissioned Brighton-based artist Kay Aplin, who worked with children from the Moses Gate area of Bolton to create designs inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar story.
The officially opening ceremony will take place on Tuesday 14th April 2009.
This is a private event.

Hungry Caterpillar opens the Book Fair

April 13, 2009
The Hungry Caterpillar will be eating his way through the first week of my school book fair. He will be nibbling through selected books read aloud by various readers to the classes via SKYPE. They in turn will share something about their state or country as he takes a child's view of books adored from other global cultures.
This is a private event.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Celebrated in Art by Southaven Area Kindergartens

April 12, 2009
M. R. Davis Public Library
I am asking all seven of the elementary schools in my library's area to let their kindergarten teachers read "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" on the same day.
All the children will be invited to draw their favorite picture of the caterpillar. We have been in our new library building for a year this month and we have lots of windows. I plan to display the children's views of the
caterpillar. We want to celebrate Eric Carle's book, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by having an art exhibit during National Library Week (Apr.12-18). Everyone is invited to view the children's interpretation of their favorite part of this book. I know that us older folks will have warm memories of Eric Carle's book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" as we view this exhibit.

This is a private event.

The very hungry caterpillar day

March 31, 2009
This is a private event.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Giant Pop-up Book

March 27, 2009
Mapleview Intermediate School, Kimberly, WI
A small group of students are creating a music video featuring an original interpretation of the VHC and featuring a giant pop-up book (6 feet tall and 12 feet wide). We will be presenting this work in a Destination Imagination competition.
This is a private event.

2nd Grade at Hidden Oak Celebrate's the 40th Anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

March 24, 2009
Hidden Oak Elementary
We will have a 40th Birthday party for the 2nd graders at Hidden Oak Elementary.
Eric Carle books will be read and displayed. A simple are actvity will be done, such as papermache caterpillars.
This is a private event.

Spring celebration!!

March 23, 2009
The children will be spending the week taking part in lots of activities related to spring and of course "The Very Hungry Caterpillar". This will include making paper flowers, collage pictures, nature rambles looking for caterpillars and art and craft.
This is a private event.

The Hungry Caterpillar's 40th birthday

March 23, 2009
Penrith Anglican College Sydney Australia
Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 library classes have spent this term reading Eric Carle's books. The Art Department has helped the children make their own art work using Eric Carle's style. The children's work is on display in the library. This week we are listening to Eric Carle's reading of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. We have a small cake and candles, and will be singing Happy Birthday, Hungry Caterpillar! Thank you, Eric Carle, for your stories and art.
This is a private event.

Happy birthday Hungry Caterpillar

March 23, 2009
Paine Intermediate School
After watching the Scholastic Book Fair Video with Mr. Carle talking about the Hungry Caterpillar, we decided to write birthday wishes to the caterpillar. Each student in school was given a circle to write to the caterpillar about its birthday, what it taught them, or how they liked Mr. Carle's art. These circles were connected to make a giant caterpillar in our halls. Over 1000 students participated. Every student received a safety pop to celebrate the birthday. This was a school wide project to promote reading and writing in the classroom. When this was finished our art teacher used Mr. Carle's painting technique in lessons.
This is a private event.

kingston st mary mum's and tots

March 22, 2009
We are a mum and tots group who are going to have a party because of the hungry caterpillar's 40th birthday. We are going to read the book using a story bag and make caterpillars out of coloured paper. My son is also asking his school which is in the same building to do the same as this is his (best book)and very close to his 5 birthday on the 23.03. xx
This is a private event.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by: Eric Carle

March 20, 2009
The Little Place Neighborhood Kids Preschool
Our VPK-5 class will be preforming this most magical story.
We will be adding our own bit of Magic in song and dance.
Mr. Carle you are most welcome to attend if you are in our area!
Fondly, The Pre-K Class, Ms. Lynne & Ms. Carmen!
Show begins at 9:00 AM.
This is a private event.

Feeding Our Very Hungry Caterpillar

March 20, 2009
Class B2
The teacher will read the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' during circle time. Students will identify and label fruits/food items. Students will also understand a variety of descriptive terms (e.g., big/little), time concepts (e.g., day/night)and words that describe physical state (e.g., tired, hungry).
Follow-up Activity:
Tossing game- feeding a caterpillar by throwing fruits/food items into its mouth.
This is a private event.

We are SO hungry, what should we eat?

March 20, 2009
Class B2-PM Class
The teacher will read the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' during circle time. Students will identify and label fruits/food items. Students will also understand a variety of descriptive terms (e.g., big/little), time concepts (e.g., day/night)and words that describe physical state (e.g., tired, hungry).
Follow-up Activity:
Fruit Salad- Students will participate in the making of a fruit salad. They will identify/label fruits and follow sequences of events (e.g.,first we peel the oranges then we cut the oranges. Last we put the oranges in the bowl).When the fruit salad is ready, they will all eat up!!
*Students will be dressed in green T-shirts and wearing antennas (which they will make out of pipe cleaners).
This is a private event.

The Very Hungry Kindergarten Caterpillar

March 20, 2009
Global Communications Academy
Our Kindergarten students will be dressing up as the head, body and end of the caterpillar, and parade around our school grounds as it follows other Kindergarten students dressed as the foods he devoured!!
This is a private event.

Fifth Grade/Kindergarten Hungry Caterpillar Celebration

March 20, 2009
Hartshorn Elementary School, Short Hills, NJ
Mrs. Orsini's fifth grade students at Hartshorn School will celebrate The Very Hungry Caterpillar's 40th birthday with our kindergarten buddies from Mrs. Miller's class. We will read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, along with some other Eric Carle favorites, to our buddies. We will also play some Eric Carle inspired games and work with the kindergarten students on some collage artwork.
This is a private event.

Pinedale's “The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day” Celebration

March 20, 2009
Pinedale Elementary School, Duval County Public Schools
Please join us on the nationally designated
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day”
for reading and hands on fun filled activities including: painting, dancing, exploring new foods and making homemade ice cream, as we celebrate the 40th publishing anniversary of Eric Carle’s 3rd book,
The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

This is a private event.

Dwight School Celebrates The Very Hungry Caterpillar

March 20, 2009
Dwight School
Throughout the week, library classes in grades PK - 2 will make "caterpillar hats,” read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and discuss Eric Carle and his books. On Friday at our school wide assembly, students will view the picture writer video, read The Very Hungry Caterpillar together and receive lollipops... just like the hungry caterpillar!
This is a private event.

40th Birthday

March 20, 2009
Our playground
We are having a 40th birthday with our 40 kindergarten children at North Newtown Public School - we have an afternoon of fun and exciting events planned !! and look forward to sharing pics with you !
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar 40th Birthday

March 20, 2009
Bernard Constant Community School
We will be celebrating The Very Hungry Caterpillar's 40th Birthday. We will be having the story "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and we will sing Happy Birthday and have cupcakes and juice and coloring The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Open to the Grade 2's and visitors.
This is a private event.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Week!

March 20, 2009
Umbral Montessori
The children here at Umbral are very enthusiastic about this celebration. We read the book both in English and Spanish and they really seem to enjoy it. This week, since we are celebrating, the kids will come dressed in colors that resemble the colors in the book such as green and red just like the caterpillar. We will also be making a caterpillar out of paper by cutting paper circles and putting them together in its shape. In addition we will be doing our own "caterpillar books" and Butterflies with fingerpaint!
This is a private event.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day

March 20, 2009
Round Hills Elementary School
Many of our students (kindergarten, first grade, second grade, primary life skills, and intermediate life skills) will be meeting for a fun "Very Hungry Caterpillar" afternoon tomorrow. Our teachers will be performing the story for everyone. We will be making a long chain caterpillar with each students' name on it to display in our school hallway. We will watch the video and enjoy "Very Hungry Caterpillar" cookies like you serve in the museum. Each class will be making crafts to go along with the story and keep books to take home as well! We are very excited!
This is a private event.

Happy Birthday Very Hungry Caterpillar

March 20, 2009
Culpeper, VA
During the week of March 16-20 portions of the Very Hungry Caterpillar will be read over the public address system during morning announcements by guest readers. Each student of the school, and there are almost 600, were given a body to decorate and we have created a unique caterpillar which is displayed in the hallway of the school. At the end of the week, a huge butterfly will be suspended from the foyer of the school.
This is a private event.

Eric Carle Author Study

March 20, 2009
Highlands Grove Elementary
The students have been reading Eric Carle books all week and have been doing different activities. Today we're going to read the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and then the students are going to recreate their own book using a new animal and the things that it ate each day. Thank you Eric Carle for all your wonderful books! My students have enjoyed reading them and listening to them this week!
This is a private event.

Just Like Eric Carle Book Publishing

March 20, 2009
Twenty-seven 4th graders studied how Eric Carle writes and does his art. They divided into 6 publishing companies. Each company wrote an original story and used tissue collage and pastels for the art. On March 20th we shared and gave our books to each of our 6 first grade classrooms. Book topics ranged from football to The Happy Dragon to skateboarding to an ABC book. The kids were surprised at how much work the books were. They had a hard time giving them away. The first graders were impressed and asked good questions. All the classes watched the Picture Writer video. We have photos of the creative process, the final product, and sharing celebrations.
This is a private event.

Happy 40th Birthday Very Hungry Caterpillar

March 19, 2009
Class 10
We will be having a birthday party for The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We will eat the different types of food he ate. He will also be joining us at the party. In order to prepare for the party we have read the book for the past 3 weeks, so that the students become familiar with the story. We have made our own The Very Hungry Caterpillar books as well. We will also be having a whole group read aloud, in which every student will have a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar book. We will read the book together out loud at the same time. We will be celebrating a day early because we will be having a conference on the 20th of March. The students from class 10 are extremely excited about The Very Hungry Caterpillar's 40th Birthday party.
This is a private event.

Eat Like the Very Hungry Caterpillar!

March 18, 2009
Children and parents will taste all the fruit that the caterpillar ate. We will make individual charts, rating our preferences and a classroom graph to show the preschool's favorites. This will be followed with Caterpillar Crawling and Butterfly Flying activities.
This is a private event.

Caterpillar week

March 15, 2009
A week of fun using the story as a basis to explore the life cycle of a butterfly
recreating caterpillars using the tissue method
face painting
bug hunting
information books created on caterpillars
shadow puppetry
and a tasty caterpillar feast shared with parents.
This is a private event.

¡Feliz Cumpleaños! Happy Birthday, Very Hungry Caterpillar!

March 13, 2009
I teach a Bilingual Kindergarten's classroom (English _Spanish). Four months ago, we read your famous story “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and we loved. No matter how many times we read it, my students always enjoyed! For that reason, I chose Mr. Eric Carle and his books like "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" to develop a week of lessons for an author study. So, when I visited your site I thought it would be a great idea to join to the 40th Anniversary Celebration. My kindergarten students and I are making drawings about the Hungry Caterpillar and we are going to hang them in our Wall Border, that is in the hall next to our classroom with a big poster, which has Mr. Carle’s picture drawing a “Hungry Caterpillar”. We will send you pictures of our classroom event!
Ms. Rita Tello
This is a private event.

Animals We Know in Collage Art Form

March 13, 2009
Ashley Elementary School Annex
My second graders have read stories and analyzed illustrations of Eric Carle's books. They read about different animals and wrote and published (typed) reports about what they learned about the animals. Students applied tempera paint to paper, leaving brush strokes, overlaying color, etc. in the style of Eric Carle's book illustrations. They then used the collections of paintings to cut and assemble illustrations for their animal report using a collage technique as influenced by the illustrations of Eric Carle's books. We displayed our animal reports with illustrations in the hallway ourside our classroom. We invited our students' families to come visit March 13 and view our work. The display is still available for visitors to see.
This is a private event.

The Hungry Caterpillar Week

March 5, 2009
Portico at Moss Bank Childrens Day Nursery
On world book day we are going to introduce the children to the fabulous story.
For the following week, we will use the story as a basis for many activities including art and craft, music and movement, displays and story time. As a link with parents, we are also going to link it with our home / school diary.
This is a private event.

Collages in the Style of Carle

March 1, 2009
Hermosa Vista, Falcon Hill, and Holmes Elementary Schools
In celebration of Arizona State Youth Art Month, my sixth grade students at 3 elementary schools used a process similar to Eric Carle's illustration creations and made torn paper collages from construction paper they painted themselves. Five of those students are now being exhibited at the Phoenix Art Museum's Wolfswinkel Education Center as part of an student exhibit put on by Arizona's Art Education Association.
What I love about such a project being presented to sixth graders is that they are so familiar with a story such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, that it still evokes the imagination and inspires students not only in art, but about the natural world around them. Its about the stages of growing up, and they are on the cusp of that as they ready to enter junior high school; A timeless classic by a beloved author.
This is a private event.

Celebrating Eric Carle

March 1, 2009
Kuyper Christian School - Class K/1 H
During the month of March 2009, my class Kinder/Year 1 have been celerbrating the art and writing of Eric Carle by reading his books and experimenting with tissue paper, paint and glue.
We created a sea mural of seahorses to decorate a door. We have borrowed, read and displayed a variety of Eric Carle's books from our school library and from home. On Thursday 26 March 2009, we enjoyed reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar together creating a flannelgraph of the story and making and illustrating our very own 'Hungry Caterpillar' books.
Some of our other favourite stories have been Hello Red Fox; Mr Seahorse and The Bad Tempered Ladybug.
This is a private event.

Kindergarten Book Club

February 20, 2009
St. Michael's Catholic School
We have started a book club for our kindergarten students and our first meeting will be on the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We have crafts, activities and book discussion centered on The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
This is a private event.

Japanese Preschool Mother's performance!

February 18, 2009
Tokyo, Japan
Every year, the children and the parents put together a performance at the preschool. It is quite elaborate by American standards!
This year, the Japanese parents will sing the Japanese song called "Aomushi wa onaka ga suite" (Hungry Caterpillar) and then the few foreign parents have created their own "comical" version of the story. It is about a FOREIGN caterpillar who eats through many Japanese foods. We will be trying to teach the children some English words for these foods.
Should be interesting...! I am off to practice it right now!
This is a private event.


February 14, 2009
our school will organize a festival of english communication. my children intend to roleplay this story
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Thematic Unit in my PPCD Unit All school yr.08-09

January 1, 2009
I have decorated my classroom with the very hungry caterpillar theme and all school yr our curriculum has been based on the book. The children have really enjoyed it and we have received several compliments from fellow peers.
This is a private event.