Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Day in My Life

Dear Friends,

I thought you might enjoy a small view into my daily life in Florida. I have said it often and it remains true that I very much enjoy the quiet days at home in my garden,

playing solitaire,

spending time with Bobbie,

watching the crabs,

feeding stray cats,

and Iguanas who frequent our property.

I still spend time in my studio but am very happily doing little else.

Soon we will leave to spend the summer in North Carolina. I love it there too, but have enjoyed this time near the ocean immensely.

Eric Carle


  1. i recently learned about your blog from a friend and it is wonderful. i love your books, too.

  2. Hi Eric,

    I just came across your blog, and it is wonderful to get a peek in to your world. I've been a fan of yours since I was wee, and your books inspired me to work hard toward a career in the children's book field. Thanks for creating such beautiful and touching work!

    Best wishes,

  3. Hi Eric,
    Irecently completed a quilt with your Very Hungry Caterpillar material. I also purchased the Brown Bear fabric as soon as it was available. I found your blog through the museum website and it is on my list of blogs to watch. If you would like to see the quilt, it is on my blog Both of these quilts are destined for my daughter's kindergarten class where she teaches in Maplewood, New Jersey. I love your fabrics! Please continue to design more.

  4. I am a preschool teacher in Minneapolis, MN. This summer we are doing an author focus. I would love to have an 8x10 photo to show the children of who you are so they can see who creates the books we will be reading.
    Would you have something you could send me or something I could purchase. I LOVE your books! Today I read Little Cloud to the class as we are studying weather.
    Thank You!
    Kathy sommerville

  5. Thank you for sharing yourself with us.

  6. Hi Eric,

    Thank you for sharing about where you spend your time and what inspires you to work!

    I first found your blog through a Google search when I was looking for a place to link to you from in an article I wrote this morning reviewing the "Brown Bear & Friends" audiobook (2008). I enjoyed listening to your interview on the CD and learned a lot about your creative process and friendship with Bill Martin Jr.

    If you're at all interested in reading what I thought about Gwyneth Paltrow's performance and that of the Spanish voice over artist, Adriana Sananes, please follow this link:

    Best wishes,


  7. Dear Mr. Carle,
    "Thank you for writing these wonderful books. Thank you for writing the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We are learning about your books, and your art. We are making lots of art projects using collage, just like you! We will send you pictures of our Open House dedicated to YOU! You can email our teacher at
    The Piglet Class
    Blue Oaks School
    Roseville, California

  8. Thank you, so much, for sharing your life with us... your work is endearing, and beautiful!

  9. HUGE FAN! WE READ YOUR BOOKS. THANKS TO YOU MY SON AT TWO YEARS OF AGE knows lionfish and stonefish :)
    Wonderful books!

  10. Hello Mr. Carle, I am publishing my first childrens book this year called The Purple Fuzzballs. I am excited to become a published author, but could use some tips for marketing from a talented and wise man such as your self. Any ideas to help my book reach maximum exposure and sales. Please email me at
    Please take a few moments to pass on your wisdom to a beginner. Thank you Sir, God bless you. I love your books and a peak into your life.

  11. mr. carle, i searched for your blog after reading about you in newsweek. thanks so much for sharing your life with us -- i've loved your books my whole life, and it's so fun to be able to get a little peek into what you're up to now. please keep up the blogging!

  12. I just visited you today at the Festival of Books. The 2+ hour wait for an autograph was worth it. I have a signed copy from 22 years ago and now the 40th Anniversary pop up! November is Eric Carle month in my classroom. We write The Very Hungry Turkey and learn about commas, capital letters, days of the week, beautiful language, and so much more from reading your books. Thank you!

  13. You are such an inspiration and we love reading your blog. I read The Lonely Firefly to my 4 year old son tonight before he drifted off to sleep. Thanks for letting us create those wonderful memories through your books. They are some of our absolute favorites.

  14. Dear Mr. Carle,
    "I am learning about your books and how to do collage in Kindergarten--it is so much fun!" --Emma

    We love your book FROM HEAD TO TOE. We love doing the moves with the animals. We also LOVE the Very Hungry Caterpillar.

    Your Fans,
    Emma and Olivia
    Roseville, CA

  15. We really like your books. You are good at making books. We like the pictures, especially the Very Hungry Caterpillar. We like the designs and colors on your books.
    Thank you for sharing the pictures of your life with us!

    Mrs. Schneider's Kindergarten Class

  16. Dear Mr. Carle,
    I'm a lowly Library Assistant at Greenbrook Elementary School in Southaven, MS. I love your books as much as the children. We had a teacher pass away 6 years ago whose favorite books were yours. She even used an apron in her class for helpers. We miss her very much. Thank you for inspiring teachers and children.
    If you ever want to visit Mississippi, we would love to have you at our school.
    Carolyn Parr

  17. I hope we can all spend our days doing things that we love so much. You have brought joy to so many people, and you deserve all the joy in the world for yourself. Thank you. :)

  18. Dear Mr. Carle,

    I am from Venezuela.
    I have just discovered Eric Carle's World few months ago. I bought some toys designed for you for my baby boy, and reading the package I discovered your web site. I am impressed about your work.
    Tomorrow I am going to go to a library to look for your books and buy some.
    Maria Lopez.