Eric Carle was an American children’s book author, designer, and illustrator. His 1969 picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been translated into over 66 languages and sold over 50 million copies worldwide.
|Full Name||Eric Carle|
|Birth Date||June 25, 1929|
|Birth Place||Syracuse, New York, USA|
|Profession||Author / Designer / Illustrator|
|Died||May 23, 2021|
|Life & Career|
Eric Carle is a designer, illustrator, and novelist who is best known for penning classic children’s books such as Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and The Grouchy Ladybug. Eric’s professional career began in 1966.
Eric Carle is Erich and Johanna Carle’s son. He returned to Stuttgart, Germany, with his family when he was 6 years old, where he spent part of his childhood. He received his schooling there and graduated from Stuttgart’s State Academy of Fine Arts. His father was a member of the German army during World Battle II, and he relocated Eric to a tiny village to keep him out of the war, but he was nevertheless conscripted to build trenches.
He moved to New York City in 1952 with only $40 in his pocket and began working as a graphic designer for The New York Times. He joined the US Army during the Korean War, but oddly worked as a mail clerk in Germany. He worked the same job after being discharged until he was hired as an art director by an advertising firm that suited him better.
Eric’s illustrious career began in the 1960s, when he was discovered by author Bill Martin Jr, who invited him to collaborate on the children’s picture book, Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See, which was released in 1967 and went on to become a best-seller. Since then, his career, as well as his net worth and popularity, has only risen.
He began writing and illustrating his own stories the next year, and his first picture book, 123 To The Zoo, was released the following year, followed by his second picture book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, in 1969, which launched his whole career.
The book was translated into more than 50 languages and garnered him honors such as the American Institute of Graphic Arts Award in 1970, the Nakamori Reader’s Prize in Japan in 1975, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award in 2003, among others.
Eric has authored and illustrated over 70 books, including The Grouchy Ladybug, The Very Lonely Firefly, The Very Clumsy Click Beetle, and The Rabbit And The Turtle, all of which have contributed significantly to his personal worth. Most recently, in 2015, he drew The Nonsense Show.
Eric has received several awards and honorary degrees, including those from Appalachian State University in 2013 and Williams College in 2016. The Society of Illustrators also presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
|Personal Life & Relationships|
Eric Carle was married to Barbara Morrison from 1973 to 2015, and they have two children together. He had two children from his previous marriage, and she was his second wife. In 2002, he and Barbara founded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Northampton, Massachusetts, but he currently splits his time between Florida and North Carolina.
Amherst’s Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is a 44,000-square-foot museum dedicated to the art of children’s books that was created by Carle and his second wife in conjunction with Hampshire College. Over 500,000 people have visited the museum since it opened its doors in 2002, including more than 30,000 schoolchildren, according to the institution’s website.
Carle passed away from organ insufficiency on May 23, 2021, at the age of 91, at his Northampton, Massachusetts, summer studio. On May 26, 2021, his family released an official notification on their website.
The rumors indicate that Carle is expected to bring in a total of $80 million in revenue this year. It’s possible that he worked hard and earned enough money to support a decent lifestyle for himself.
The main source of his income was his profession as he authored many children books which ultimately added to his net worth.