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‘Eric Loves Animals (Just Like You!)’: A New Collection From Eric Carle for Kids and Adults to Love

Add these new and classic children’s book collections to your library today

Author Kari Hanson

Published on: February 10, 2023

Cover of "Eric Loves Animals (Just Like You!)"
"Eric Loves Animals (Just Like You!) ", Cover images by Eric Carle

Brown bear, brown bear what do you see? I see a new book waiting for me!

The late, great Eric Carle’s iconic books have graced the shelves of libraries, children’s bedrooms, preschools and day cares for 60 years. His dozens of titles are beloved by children and parents alike, thanks to their simple storytelling and incredible, instantly recognizable illustration style.

On Feb. 14, 2023, the most complete collection of Carle’s animal illustrations to date will be available in a new book, “Eric Loves Animals (Just Like You!).” This collection is part art book, part children’s book, and will be craved by readers ages 1 to 100.

"Image of a chameleon by Eric Carle"
Credit: Eric Carle

From A to Z, this new retrospective contains all of the animals you know and love from Carle’s books, along with new, never-before-seen illustrations to discover and enjoy. From ants to whales, barracudas to fireflies, if your child likes a creature, it is probably in this book.

Quotes from Carle are sprinkled throughout the book, along with many hand sketches and short explanations and insights into his unmistakable collage style. Whether the images are black and white or bursting with color (this books includes both), they are always filled with personality and charm.

When you are making art, there’s no wrong way, no wrong color, or rule you might break. — Eric Carle

More collections to love

After you pick up “Eric Loves Animals (Just Like You!), consider adding these other collections by classic children’s authors to your shelves. They will be sure to keep your child’s imagination occupied for hours:

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Richard Scarry’s Best Storybook Ever

This collection features 82 stories for children, some dating back to 1966. From classic Mother Goose rhymes to original stories and pages that help children learn about shapes and colors, this book has something of lasting literacy value for every young reader. The illustrations of beautifully hand-drawn animals have a calming effect as you flip through the pages. Each story is quite short, making this the perfect bedtime companion.

"Cover of Frog and Toad: The Complete Collection"

Frog and Toad: The Complete Collection” 

Follow the adventures of your favorite amphibious companions. Whether they are cleaning up their yard, waiting for the mail or climbing a mountain, Frog and Toad are always there for each other. Children love these straightforward stories of true-green friendship and unconditional love, and they are likely to make you smile, too.

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HarperCollins Treasury of Picture Book Classics: A Child’s First Collection

If you have some expectant/new parents in your life, this collection would make a great gift to start their must-have children’s book collection. It features 12 children’s classics, including “Good Night Moon,” “Harold and the Purple Crayon,” “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” “Caps for Sale” and more. It doesn’t get more iconic than that.

"Cover of Disney Classic Storybook Collection"

Disney Classic Storybook Collection

Do you have a Disney fan at your house? Then pick up this collection of stories featuring the Disney characters your kiddo knows and loves. This is a great way to revisit a Disney hit without a screen.

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Just a Litter Critter Collection

This collection includes seven “Little Critter” classic tales. Watch Little Critter navigate growing up, big feelings and responsibility in these timeless tales.

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An Elephant & Piggy Biggie!” (five volumes)

Mo Willems played a part in saving the sanity of countless families with his dailyLunch Doodleslivestream video series during those initial hectic months of the COVID-19 pandemic. But even before he became a part of our daily remote learning survival strategy, my kids absolutely loved Elephant and Piggy (and I bet yours do, too!). These “biggies” each contain five “Elephant & Piggy” stories. The simple language and funny illustrations will keep a wide range of readers engaged. But be forewarned: If you pull this out at bedtime you will likely find yourself reading all five — these stories are just too good to read only one.

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Keats’s Neighborhood: An Ezra Jack Keats Treasury

This beautiful collection brings together nine of Keats’s best-loved children’s stories, including the 1963 Caldecott Medal honoree “The Snowy Day.” This collection also includes artwork from an unfinished picture book as well as a biography of Keats’s life. You need to add this to your children’s book collection today.

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Beatrix Potter: The Complete Tales

There is more to Beatrix Potter than “Peter Rabbit”! This collection contains all of the stories about your favorite mischievous little rabbit, but also some lesser-known stories, such as “The Tailor of Gloucester” and “The Tale of Tom Kitten.” Take a step back in time as you enjoy these classics tales and beautiful illustrations.

"Cover of Thomas and Friends Story Time Collection"

Thomas & Friends Story Time Collection

Thirteen “Thomas & Friends” adventures await your family inside of this enormous collection. Join Thomas and his friends on their adventures around the Island of Sodor. Your little engineers will beg for just one more story in this excellent collection!

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