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Joe Donahue and Eric Carle

Eric Carle's picture books were often about insects: spiders, ladybugs, crickets, and of course - that famous caterpillar, all as colorful and friendly as Carle himself. "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" came out in 1969 and became one of the bestselling children's books of all time. 

Carle passed away on Sunday at his summer studio in Northampton, Massachusetts. He was 91 years old. 

Over the course of his career, Carle sullustrated more than 70 books for kids. 

In 2002, Carle and his wife, Barbara, founded the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts - inspired by the picture book museums they'd toured on visit to Japan. 

Joe spoke with Eric Carle at the museum in 2011 on the occassion of the release of his book "The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse." We are that interview today, in memoriam.

Book covers for the books listed below on this page
provided - assorted publishers

    This week's Book Picks come from Nadja Tiktinsky of Northshire Books in Saratoga Spring, New York and Manchester Center, Vermont.

365 Days to Alaska by Cathy Carr
The Year I Flew Away by Marie Arnold
The Deepest Breath by Meg Greehan
Starfish by Lisa Fipps
Where We Used to Roam by Jenn Bishop
Bloom by Nicola Skinner
The Diamond in the Window by Jane Langton

Book cover for "Jungle Night"
Provided - Sandra Boynton

Take these three ingredients: Artist Sandra Boynton, Yo-Yo Ma & snoozing jungle animals! Stir, mix and you have utter magic.

These celebrated artists come together for Jungle Night, a soothing bedtime board book. (Okay, MOSTLY soothing.)

The book guides us through the jungle to hear the distinctive, gentle snore of each animal: each book has a downloadable Jungle Night recording offers a narration of the book, with each and every animal snore interpreted by the expressive, playful cello of Yo-Yo Ma.

Book cover for "The Magical Reality of Nadia"
Scholastic Inc.

  Comedian Bassem Youssef and author Catherine R. Daly have co-authored "The Magical Reality of Nadia," a a humorous and heartfelt story about prejudice, friendship, empathy, and courage.

Bassem Youssef, a.k.a. the Jon Stewart of the Arab World, was a heart surgeon in his home country of Egypt before becoming the host of "AlBernameg," the first political satire show in the Middle East. He has appeared on "The Daily Show," "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," and other late-night shows, and was also featured in TIME 100, Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Maggie Mailer and book cover for "In a Pickle"
Provided / Provided

Maggie Mailer is an American artist whose work explores the overlap between play and diplomacy, within the context of painting. Her work borrows freely from art history, and employs the genre of landscape painting as a stage set in which to observe parallels between the creative process and the impact of human activity on the actual landscape.

For her latest project, Maggie has illustrated Martinko's new book, "In A Pickle," a classic and modern tale about a clever young boy who fights school yard bullies with his mind instead of his fists.