Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Read for the Record

I am happy to announce that my book The Very Hungry Caterpillar is the official book in Jumpstart's Read for the Record campaign this year. The goal of this program is to set a Guinness World Record for the number of people reading the same book on the same day to children around the world and to shine the spotlight on the importance of early literacy. On October 8th, all around the world, more than one million people are expected to read The Very Hungry Caterpillar to children. I will be appearing on the Today Show in New York to help celebrate. Hopefully a record will be set, bigger than ever before!

Here is video you might like to watch about this wonderful program

Sign up at Jumpstart's web site to read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and be a part of this year's Read for the Record.


  1. What a wonderful program! I hope Guiness puts your book in their book of World Records! My two children love your books. I know lots of children will be reading The Very Hungry Caterpiller. Best wishes!

  2. Thank you for bringing this to my attention! I'm working on organizing my playgroup for an event as we speak. Or type, rather. :)

  3. Fabulous idea and great timing: I did my first storytime in a library today (http://theshoppingsherpa.blogspot.com/2009/09/you-mean-they-pay-me-to-do-this.html) so have just forwarded your post to our management to see if Canberra, Austalia can be part of this.

  4. Eric Carle,
    I love reading your blog, it's like reading updates on an old friend. I have great childhood memories of reading your books and of doing projects related to them with my amazing kindergarten teacher. Now that I'm an adult I get to share your wonderful books with my own children who absolutely love them. Their favorite is The Very Hungry Caterpillar and even though they are only two and three years old they can "read" it, maybe I can send a video of them reading it sometime. I've pledged to read on 10/08/09 and I hope to start an event.
    Best wishes,
    Cait Cannon

  5. You are one of my favorite children's authors--both from my own childhood and now for reading with my own children!

    As a parent, an educator, and a book lover, I really think your books are treasures.

    I am so excited to find out that you have a blog and I will be following it now!

    I created a video for Walmart's page about Read for the Record and also embedded the full video on one of my blogs:

    Candace for Jumpstart's Read for the Record

  6. I am interested in participating but the site did not make it very clear - do I need to create an account?

  7. wonderfullll!!! i love reading your blog, it inspires me lots :) have a wonderful weekend!

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  9. Hello! I just registered for Jumpstart and cannot wait to read the book with my daughter (we read it almost every day already!)and students and my school!

    My daughter is turning one in a few weeks and we are having a "Very Hungry Caterpillar" themed birthday party! We are so excited to bring the joy from your books to life at the birthday. It's too bad your party supplies aren't for sale already on your Museum of Picture Book Art website. I would have LOVED to incorportate them into the party.

    Thanks for all your hard work and wonderful stories and illustrations.

    Lindsay J.

  10. you and your work surely makes me smile!
    i am so thrilled to find your blog & can't wait to visit often.
    with three little growing caterpillars of my own, i would love to be a part of your special event!

  11. Mr. Carle~
    Thank you for adding so much beauty and joy to the world, my family and I cherish the memories of our Eric Carle reading times!

  12. We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar today at our Tiny Tots Group & with my childminding children- 42 children & 17 adults! Lets hope we can break the record with Jump Start.
    Good luck everyone!

  13. We are a class of fourth grade students in Texas who love your books and especially love the idea of using a hole-punch to represent the foods the caterpillar ate. Our librarian used the pop-up version of your book on our morning announcements through the television. Your pop-up book shows up great on a tv screen. Our class is in a debate about whether we like the cacoon or butterfly pop-up the best. Thank you for creating these wonderful, exciting books.

  14. We are a group of fourth grade students in Texas who listened to your book on our morning announcements. We loved how you made the pictures 3-D. We also like how you used a lot of different colors in your illustrations. We <3 how you showed that the caterpiller had eaten the food by using punched out holes. Our class is divided; half of us really liked the 3-D cacoon and half of us liked the 3-D butterfly. Thank you for creating this "new version" of our favorite book. We really appreciate your imagination.

  15. Eric:
    I am trying to contact you on behalf of an art teacher colleague of mine, who was hoping you might offer Skype (or the like) connections to elementary art classes. If you would, please contact me (even if the answer is no) using my contact information here: http://www.fcps.net/administration/staff-directory/j/jones-jeffrey

    Thanks so much!

  16. HOPES Head Start in Hoboken, NJ were part of the program 'Read for the Record' this past October 8, 2009. The teachers read your lovable book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" in their classrooms. Each teacher took pictures and organized their own activities to celebrate this big event. Thanks Eric Carle for bringing so much joy to so many!

  17. Dear dear Eric,
    I'm an elementary school teacher from Taiwan. My students and I participated the activity "Read for the Record" yesterday. We read your book "The very Hungry Caterpillar" in English class. Although at least half of students have heard or owned this book, they still quite enjoyed it. I told my students that you are a very talented writer and illustrator!!
    If possible, will I have a honor to invie you to write some words to my students?
    Best regards
    Betty Huang