Book of the Month – June 2020

My Book of the Month for June 2020 is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. We received this as a gift for Pip when she was born. I’m surprised I didn’t already own a copy, but I had read it many times in the classroom. Now I get to enjoy reading it regularly with my daughter.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar book by Eric Carle

This is a very popular book and I’m sure you’ve heard of it, it’s been around for a while and was first published back in 1969. The reason why I love it so much is that you can link it to so many areas of learning. Teachers often plan entire topics around this book.

Enjoy learning the days of the week with your children, as the story sees the little caterpillar eat more and more as the week goes on, until it becomes a very big caterpillar with a tummy ache! Pip and I count the number of foods that he eats each day too, so it’s great for getting some number practise in. They will also learn about life cycles as they see the caterpillar start life as a tiny egg, then transform into a beautiful butterfly at the end. You could also talk about different food groups and healthy eating, as the caterpillar eats a range of different foods throughout the book, from apples to chocolate cake.

A caterpillar made from a paper chain
A paper chain caterpillar is a simple craft activity that kids will enjoy

If you enjoy getting crafty with your children, there are endless caterpillar arts and crafts activities you could try. That’s another thing I love about this book – a chance to get creative – The Rainy Day Mum, We Are Teachers and Craft Play Learn have all shared a range of great arts and crafts ideas linked to The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a fantastic book and if you don’t already have it I’d definitely recommend adding it to your collection. It’s one of those books you’ll happily read time and time again. It’s also the perfect gift for any young child, should you have a birthday or special occasion coming up.

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