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Eric Carle Costumes and Books

Updated on February 22, 2015
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Yvonne, a retired teacher/librarian, has written many multi-skilled thematic units and book recommendations for elementary school children.

Be the Hungry Caterpillar for Halloween or Mardi Gras

In my search for costumes for babies and toddlers, I was so pleased to find a line of costumes from the World of Eric Carle. Every child in the U.S. (probably the world) is familiar with and enjoys reading his book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Now, as the book celebrates its 40th anniversary, children and adults can dress up as Carle's famous Caterpillar and Butterfly. The Very Hungry Caterpillar line of costumes was launched in 2010 and will be a favorite for many Halloweens and Mardi Gras. This costume is also great for book character dress up days and read alouds.

Very Hungry Caterpillar Bunting Photo courtesy of Costumes4less.

World of Eric Carle

Very Hungry Caterpillar Book
Very Hungry Caterpillar Book

I began my love affair with the work of Eric Carle many years ago when I was a first grade teacher. All of his books are filled with bright colored illustrations and are written in simple, but accurate language that even very young children can understand. As a teacher, I based whole thematic units on his books. As a school librarian, I used them and the associated teaching materials in theme boxes on insects.

Oh how I wish that the costumes would have been available, because I would surely have dressed up as the Very Hungry Caterpillar for our annual Book Character Dress Up Day that was held each October.

Very Hungry Video

Child Size Caterpillar

Eric Carle Caterpillar
Eric Carle Caterpillar

The book can come to life in this licensed costume. How cute can you get?


Eric Carle's Costume Line

Let me share the costumes and accessories with you. The ones for infants and toddlers are just too cute. I could see a family dressed as different stages of the life cycle of the butterfly. The baby in the caterpillar bunting, the toddler as a caterpillar, too. Then older sister as the butterfly. The whole line is attractive and educational, too.

I'm hoping that the Hungry Caterpillar costumes are just the first in the series patterned after characters in his books, but we'll have to wait and see.

Giant Swallowtail

A giant swallowtail butterfly drinks nectar from tropical vervain flowers.
A giant swallowtail butterfly drinks nectar from tropical vervain flowers. | Source

Licensed Butterfly Bunting

Eric Carle Butterfly Bunting
Eric Carle Butterfly Bunting

Your little bundle of joy can show off as a beautiful butterfly in this licensed butterfly bunting outfit.


40th Anniversary Video

The inspiring recollections of Eric Carle as he celebrates the Caterpillar's 40th Anniversary.

With many of my books I attempt to bridge the gap between the home and school. To me home represents, or should represent; warmth, security, toys, holding hands, being held. School is a strange and new place for a child. Will it be a happy place? There are new people, a teacher, classmates—will they be friendly?

— Eric Carle

2-in-1 Bunting Bag

Eric Carle 2 in 1 Stroller and Infant Carrier Bag, Bunting Bag, Polyester, Hungry Caterpillar, Green, Red, Brown and Purple
Eric Carle 2 in 1 Stroller and Infant Carrier Bag, Bunting Bag, Polyester, Hungry Caterpillar, Green, Red, Brown and Purple

Even very young babies can dress up as a caterpillar. Your little one will be snug as a bug in the stroller and infant carrier bunting bag.


I believe the passage from home to school is the second biggest trauma of childhood; the first is, of course, being born. Indeed, in both cases we leave a place of warmth and protection for one that is unknown. The unknown often brings fear with it. In my books I try to counteract this fear, to replace it with a positive message. I believe that children are naturally creative and eager to learn. I want to show them that learning is really both fascinating and fun.”

— Eric Carle

Giant Swallowtail Caterpillar

Giant Swallowtail Caterpillar
Giant Swallowtail Caterpillar

Favorite Eric Carle Poll

Which is your favorite Eric Carle character?

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In addition to the costumes there are hundreds of caterpillar themed objects an educational materials (covering language arts, science and math disciplines) available such as puzzles, games and activities.

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly Laying Eggs

A Gulf fritillary butterfly laying her egg on passion flower vine.
A Gulf fritillary butterfly laying her egg on passion flower vine. | Source

© 2010 Yvonne L. B.

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      LottieMae 5 years ago

      SO adorable for ANY time of the year!

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      RocklawnArts 5 years ago

      Loved his books as a kid!

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Clever costume idea. Thanks for the fun lens!

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      WhiteOak50 6 years ago

      Very cute!

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      Robin S 6 years ago from USA

      Really really cute costumes!

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      SacredCynWear 6 years ago

      My daughter loves Eric Carle. These costumes are so adorable, I didn't even think to look for something like this!

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Librarians will like this. They could get a Very Hungry Caterpillar costume for storytimes.

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      bdkz 6 years ago

      Congratulations! You've been SquidBoo Blasted. Happy Halloween!