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Children Team Up to Read ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’

 by Danielle Maestretti


Tags: Great Writing, Read for the Record, children's books, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle, Chronicle Books, Danielle Maestretti,

The Very Hungry CaterpillarOn Thursday, excited children in classrooms around the world came together to read Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, hoping to set a new world record for the largest simultaneous reading experience. The kids were participating in this year’s Read for the Record event, which set the record in 2008 when 700,000 children teamed up to read the classic Don Freeman book Corduroy (the final count for this year isn't in yet).

The folks at Chronicle Books (who know a thing or two about children’s lit) joined the fun by visiting Bay Area elementary schools, where they read from oversized versions of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and took in some of that youthful enthusiasm for reading. Here’s an adorable video from their visit to San Francisco’s Bret Harte Elementary School:   

Source: Chronicle Books blog