We began the year reading books by author and illustrator, Eric Carle. We read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Mixed Up Chameleon, and The Very Busy Spider. The children were immediately hooked on his books. We used these stories as inspiration for telling our own stories in story workshop. Children began to imagine the legos as different foods the caterpillar was eating and the blocks as the legs of a spider. The children requested repeated readings of these familiar books. We got more books by Eric Carle from the library. We built our images as storytellers, drawing inspiration from his stories. We began to develop our images as painters by learning about how Eric Carle paints his characters and scenery. The children explored sculpting as they created their own characters for storytelling, using tissue paper and water color (just like Eric Carle!) to finish their sculptures. We worked on building our identities as readers through reading his books. The children had read and heard his books so many times, they felt confident as readers independently reading his books. We explored being authors and illustrators ourselves, drawing inspiration from Eric Carle’s stories as the children made their own books. As we move on in our work, all of the children view themselves as readers, writers, painters and storytellers… just like Eric Carle.