Eric Carle is the author and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, his books are much loved throughout the world by children and adults alike. Carle’s illustrations are ones that can inspire children in their art while the words are simple enough for any age. His books are very readable and can be used as readers as there’s repetition to help a child learn to read.
He was brought up in Germany during WWII and had seen many horrors but none of that comes through into his books, they give us pleasure and lighthearted images. It’s wonderful to see books like this springing from such an emotionally charged childhood.