How to Sign The Very Hungry Caterpillar

A little bit of everything is in Eric Carles’ classic children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

The popular Signing Story Time book is visually captivating and teaching at the same time.

The lessons are demonstrated in such a way that our little ones don’t even realize they’ve picked up the idea of making healthy eating choices. There’s also the counting of the various fruits and learning the days of the week.

I’ve found that if your child loves reading a particular book, then it makes a great book to sign with them. Here I will share with you how to sign The Very Hungry Caterpillar so you can take reading this book to a new dimension.


Many families in my classes subscribe to my YouTube channel so they can feel good about what they are letting their child watch on their tablet or smart phone. If your little one asks you to read this book again and again and again, I encourage you to learn the signs and then when your child begins to mimic you, that’s when you can take turns reading the book.

Signing along is great practice for reading. Studies show children who sign become strong readers. Strong readers tend to be avid learners. When your child loves learning they do better in school and more opportunities are made available to them. And it’s fun!

Published on: August 01, 2013
About the Author
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Joann Woolley is a Master Level Instructor in the Signing Time Academy. ASL is her first language (her mother is deaf) and her first sign was MILK. Both her fluency in ASL and understanding of ASL culture provide an insight to the language that opens the eyes of her students.

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