Eric Carle is an internationally bestselling and award-winningauthor/illustrator of books for very young children. He was born in NewYork, but spent his early life in Germany. He returned to the States inhis early twenties and worked as a graphic designer for the New YorkTimes. He went on to be the art director of an advertising agencybefore he began writing and illustrating children's books. Eric livesin Massachusetts with his wife Barbara. The Carles opened The EricCarle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts in 2002.