The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Ways to enjoy this classic at ANY age

Junior celebrates the Very Hungry Caterpillar with this guide to the many editions of our favourite children’s book

How to enjoy The Very Hungry Caterpillar at any age

You, our readers, selected The Very Hungry Caterpillar as your favourite children’s book, and no wonder! According to a recent survey, it is the most read children’s book in Britain and every minute, somewhere in the world buys an Eric Carle book. According to a recent studyThe Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of the top 50 books that every child should read by age 16.

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This beautifully illustrated book celebrates it 50th anniversary this year and has sold more than 30 million copies and counting. Its universal appeal is perhaps due to the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, said author Eric Carle, in an interview with Junior. The story is not limited to a certain age, either. ‘I have to admit,’ Eric Carle said, ‘it continues to entertain me all these years later!’

In fact, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is suitable for all ages…

The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Pop-Up Playmat

The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Pop-Up Playmat is perfect for tummy time with babies from birth to age two. This foldout book features bright, fun collage artwork with touch-and-feel textures in each of its three sections, which are set in the garden, in the sky, and under the sea. Great for babies ages 0 to 24 months.

Great for babies ages 0 to 24 months.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Finger Puppet Book

Babies and toddlers from three months will love The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Finger Puppet Book. This interactive format allows them to play the part of the caterpillar as it munches and crunches all kinds of foods before becoming a beautiful butterfly. Children can also practice counting and identifying colours in this particular edition. Perfect for babies and toddlers from three months.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Finger Puppet Book

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Touch and Feel Playbook

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Touch and Feel Playbook is designed for older babies and toddlers. This edition includes interactive play and tactile elements on every spread, and is perfect for helping your children explore first concepts. Designed for older babies and toddlers.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Touch and Feel Playbook

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

You can’t go far wrong with the original… The Very Hungry Caterpillar is available in board book and paperback. These classic editions also have interactive features such as cutout holes. The story was written with children aged two to seven in mind, although parents are sure to enjoy it, too. Created for children ages two to seven, but suitable for all ages!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Doodle Book

Children ages four and up can flex their creative muscles with The Very Hungry Caterpillar Doodle Book. In this edition, children can stick, scribble, draw, create, paint and colour-in the brilliantly drawn illustrations. Buy this version for hours of fun! Fun for children ages four and up.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Doodle Book

LOVE from The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The newest edition of Eric Carle’s most famous book is LOVE from The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This version is great for adults as well as children – don’t ever say it’s ‘just for children!’ LOVE from The Very Hungry Caterpillar celebrates love and all the ways to tell that special someone how much you care. LOVE from The Very Hungry Caterpillar is brilliant for absolutely all ages.

LOVE from The Very Hungry Caterpillar