Posted on 05/27/2021 at 08:04 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

An author whose books were part of just about every living reader’s childhood has died.

Eric Carle, who wrote and illustrated such classics as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Grouchy Ladybug, and The Very Busy Spider, died Sunday at the age of ninety-one.

His family confirmed the death to the media on Wednesday night.

Among Carle’s over seventy books, his best-known was The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which is among the bestselling children’s books of all time, according to NPR.

His career started when his friend Bill Martin Jr. asked him to illustrate Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; a few years later, Carle released The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and the rest is history.

There are obituaries all over the web for Carle, including from our go-to sources NPR, the New York Times, and the Guardian.

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