I am delighted to be included in the upcoming First Editions, Second Thoughts auction organized by PEN America, an organization of writers and artists in support of free expression for all authors and artists. The auction is taking place in New York City on December 2nd and includes first editions that have been annotated by their authors. I was honored to be invited to participate and to have annotated a first edition of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of the more than 70 picture books that I have written and/or illustrated. I was born in the U.S. and was raised in Germany. My background is in graphic design but since the late 1960's when I illustrated Bill Martin Jr's Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? I have been creating books for children. My illustrations are collages made with my own hand-painted tissue papers, a technique many children have replicated and enjoyed in their classrooms and at home. With my late wife Barbara, I am also the cofounder of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA.