The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the American Academy of Pediatrics have joined with the best-selling children’s book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, to help families learn about healthy eating habits at home. More than 17,500 pediatrician offices will receive free copies of special edition The Very Hungry Caterpillar books, growth charts and parent handouts to encourage doctors and parents to have meaningful conversations about the importance of healthy eating.
Parents: Be sure to visit the nutrition area of HealthyChildren.org for more information on nutrition and your child's health. Also, visit Penguin Young Readers Group for activity sheets, videos, and more information about The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Visit the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to learn how you can make healthy changes at home, in your child’s school and in your community.
Healthcare Professionals: Looking for more materials? Download additional printable growth charts and parent handouts to distribute in your offices.
Read the press release about the campaign here.
About the Alliance for a Healthier Generation
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation works to address one of the nation’s leading public health threats – childhood obesity. The goal of the Alliance is to reduce the nationwide prevalence of childhood obesity by 2015, and to empower kids to make healthy lifestyle choices. Founded in 2005 by the American Heart Association and William J. Clinton Foundation, the Alliance works to positively affect the places that can make a difference to a child’s health: homes, schools, doctor’s offices and communities. To learn more about the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, visit www.HealthierGeneration.org
About the American Academy of Pediatrics
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is an organization of 66,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.
HealthyChildren.org is the official web site for parents from the AAP. Whether you're looking for general information related to child health or for more specific guidance on parenting issues, you've come to the right place. Here, you'll find information regarding the American Academy of Pediatrics many programs and activities, our policies and guidelines, our publications and other child health resources, as well as much, much more. Best of all, you can rest assured that the information comes from the nation's leading child health experts and that we have scientific research supporting our recommendations.
About the Pearson Foundation
Pearson, the international education and information company, is Sponsor and Founding Partner of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record. The Pearson Foundation extends Pearson's commitment to education by partnering with leading nonprofit, civic, and business organizations to provide financial, organizational, and publishing assistance across the globe. The Foundation aims to make a difference by sponsoring innovative educational programs and extending its educational expertise to help in classrooms and in local communities. For more information, visit www.pearsonfoundation.org.
About We Give Books
We Give Books is a digital reading initiative from Penguin and the Pearson Foundation that helps children become lifelong readers and givers. Together, Penguin and the Pearson Foundation support literacy by working around the world through programs including Booktime and Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, engaging thousands of communities and touching millions of lives. For more information about We Give Books, visit www.wegivebooks.org.
Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into 50 languages and sold over 30 million copies. Since the Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 100 million copies of his books have sold around the world. March 20th has been designated as “The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day.” On this first day of spring, teachers, librarians, booksellers, and fans of the book around the country are encouraged to read and celebrate the metamorphosis of this eager, insatiable caterpillar, whose mystical transformation has entertained and enchanted generation after generation of young readers.
Penguin Young Readers Group is one of the leading children's book publishers in the United States. The company owns a wide range of imprints and trademarks including Dial Books, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Philomel, Puffin, Speak, Firebird, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Viking, Razorbill, and Frederick Warne. These imprints are home to such award-winning, New York Times- bestselling authors as Laurie Halse Anderson, Jay Asher, Judy Blume, Jan Brett, Eric Carle, Roald Dahl, Tomie dePaola, Sarah Dessen, John Green, Eric Hill, Anthony Horowitz, Brian Jacques, Mike Lupica, Richelle Mead, Richard Peck, Patricia Polacco, and dozens of other popular authors. Penguin Young Readers Group is also the proud publisher of perennial brand franchises such as The Little Engine That Could, the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series, Peter Rabbit, Spot, the Classic Winnie the Pooh, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Strega Nona, Madeline, Mad Libs, Alex Rider, the Rangers Apprentice, Skippyjon Jones, Flower Fairies, and Pippi Longstocking, among many others. Penguin Young Readers Group is a division of Penguin Group (USA), the U.S. member of the internationally renowned Penguin Group, one of the largest English-language trade book publishers in the world. The Penguin Group is owned by Pearson plc, the international media group.
Art © Eric Carle