Happy Birthday, Hungry Caterpillar

It may seem a little ironic given that my son has a feeding tube, but one of our favorite bedtime books is Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Something about all that gluttony is just plain entertaining, whether you are a big eater or not so much.

Penguin is celebrating the 40th anniversary of this picture-book classic with a slew of free stuff for teachers and librarians. In case you didn’t know, March 20 is “Very Hungry Caterpillar Day,” and you can download a poster and activity booklet with lots of ideas for marking the day. If you’d like a kit mailed to you (including temporary tattoos!), send an e-mail with your mailing address to schoolandlibrary@us.penguingroup.com. Also look for The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pop-up Book, available next month.

After I get my caterpillar tattoo properly affixed on the 20th, I plan on digging into “one piece of chocolate cake, one ice-cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake, and one slice of watermelon.” Care to join me?



About the Author:

Laura Tillotson was the editor of Book Links magazine from 2006 to 2011 and Booklist's Books for Youth editorial director from 2008 to 2011. Before joining Booklist she was an editor at Cricket and Spider magazines.

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