The Caterpillar is a magazine of poems, stories and art, created by grown-ups for children. It is the younger sibling of The Moth, an art & literature magazine for grown-ups. 

The Caterpillar is for kids between the ages of 7 and 11(ish), though grown-ups are bound to like it too. It appears four times a year ‒ in March, June, September and December ‒ and is jam-packed full of entertainment. 

John Hegley chose The Caterpillar as one of his 'top ten children's poetry books' in The Guardian and it's not even a book, or a poetry book for that matter! How about that for sneaky? Sharing the limelight with the likes of Carol Ann Duffy, Michael Rosen and Jacqueline Wilson. You can check out the list here.   

The Caterpillar includes some GREAT writing by the likes of Michael Morpurgo (of War Horse fame, of course), Meshack Asare, Julie O'Callaghan, Dennis Lee (the man who wrote the words to Fraggle Rock!), Chrissie Gittins, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Mo O'Hara, Mark Lowery, Hilda Offen and Janet Wong (she's read her poems on the Oprah Winfrey Show!). 

The magazine is edited by Rebecca O'Connor.

'The Caterpillar is aptly named, as it magically transforms the written word into a thing of beauty’
Jo Withers

'The Caterpillar is such a unique and inspired magazine' Coral Rumble

‘There’s something a bit irresistible about The Moth and The Caterpillar. It’s as if, on discovering them, you suddenly realise that they had been missing from the world – and they shouldn’t have been!’ Richard J. Jones
'I absolutely love this magazine. It is the very best kids' magazine I have ever read.' Jane Hinrichs
'Every child should own a CaterpillarIan Whybrow

'The Caterpillar features a variety of stories, poems and artwork. The artwork is the most beautiful I have ever seen. I’m not normally taken by poetry, but the poems always catch my attention. I’m very honored to have been included in this publication.' Rebecca Linam

You can purchase a single copy from as little as €5 or a gift bundle for as little as €20 (including postage) here.

An annual prize for a poem written by an adult for children. The prize closes 31 March. 

We launched The Moth back in 2010. It features poetry, short stories and art for grown-ups - including the likes of Colm Toibin, Sally Rooney, Les Murray, Lionel Shriver and Yusuf Komunyakaa. The Moth also runs The Moth Poetry Prize (one of the biggest in the world for a single poem), The Moth Short Story Prize and The Moth Nature Writing Prize

Rebecca is co-founder and director of The Moth, which publishes The Caterpillar. She edits and designs The Caterpillar and The MothHer debut novel He Is Mine and I Have No Other was published by Canongate in June 2018. Her debut poetry collection We'll Sing Blackbird was shortlisted for the Irish Times Shine Strong Award and she is a recipient of a Geoffrey Dearmer Prize from Poetry Review.  

Will is co-founder and director of The Moth. He conducts the interviews and takes photographs of the interviewees for The Moth. He studied portraiture at Heatherley School of Fine Art in London and paints in The Moth Studio. He also sometimes visits schools to read from The Caterpillar.    



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