In June 1969, Eric Carle published The Very Hungry Caterpillar to resounding acclaim. Since then, it’s sold 50 million copies and become one of the most iconic children’s books of all time. Yet its beginnings were surprisingly different: The Very Hungry Caterpillar was originally titled A Week With Willi the Worm, and it was about, well, a worm. It was Carle’s children’s book editor, Ann Beneduce, who read the draft and suggested a caterpillar, instead — to which Carle said, “Butterfly!” The rest is history.
Carle’s was far from an isolated case. Behind every great author is a great editor who helps make their book the best version of itself that it can be.