, the renowned American designer, illustrator, and children
author, has died at the age of 91.
Carle's family announced his death
Sunday in a tribute on his website, writing: "In the light of the moon, holding on to a good star, a painter of rainbows is now traveling across the night sky."
Carle was the author of beloved children's classics such as "The Very Hungry Caterpillar
," "Brown Bear
, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" and "The Very Busy Spider." Throughout his career, he created more than 70 books for children, enthralling generations of young readers with his colorful and educational stories.
The vivid book about a caterpillar's metamorphosis, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," was published in 1969 and has sold over 50 million copies in at least 62 languages.
Carle and his late wife Barbara founded the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts
, in 2002. The museum collects, displays, and celebrates picture books from around the world.