Eric Carle turns 87 years old today. We've heard that Brown Bear will throw him a party. The Very Hungry Caterpillar will be there, of course, since there will be cake.
It's estimated that The Very Hungry Caterpillar has sold 30 million copies since it's publication in 1969. In 2012, it was voted the 2nd most popular children's picture book, just behind Where the Wild Things Are.
Eric Carle still receives fan mail every day, much of which is from children who made him collages of their own in his now-famous style. Mr. Carle, here's hoping you get a lot of fan mail today. You make the world a brighter place.