Born in the United States, Eric Carle was taken as a
six-year-old child by his parents back to their native country,
Germany. Later, he studied at the Akademie der Bildenden
Kunste (Academy of Applied Arts) in Stuttgart, and returned to
New York in his early twenties as a graphic designer and artist.
His many picture books are now known and loved by children around
In 2002, Eric and his late wife, Barbara, opened The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, in Amherst, Massachusetts, where the works of distinguished picture book artists, nationally and internationally acclaimed, are exhibited in three spacious galleries.
Eric Carle passed away in 2021, at the age of 91.