The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

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This mission for The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. A leading advocate in its field, The Carle collects, preserves, presents and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world.

Join us tomorrow as we give away hundreds of books!
02/07/2020

Join us tomorrow as we give away hundreds of books!

Congratulations to the following six artists who are featured in our current exhibition, Now & Then: Contemporary Illust...
02/07/2020

Congratulations to the following six artists who are featured in our current exhibition, Now & Then: Contemporary Illustrators and their Childhood Art. They recently won 2020 American Library Awards!

Rafael López (2 awards)– Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an art an artistic expression of the disability experience:
Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You, by Sonia Sotomayor, illustrated by Rafael López.
Pura Belpré Illustration Award – honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience. Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln, illustrated by Raphael López.

Jarrett Krosoczka – Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and /or young adults, available in English in the United States
Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction.

Raúl Gonzalez - Pura Belpré Illustration Honor Award
¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market. Written and illustrated by Raúl Gonzalez

Juana Martinez-Neal (2 awards), Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children.
Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story
The American Indian Youth Literature award. Martinez-Neal (Peruvian-American) received a Picture Book Honor for the same book – Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story.

Julie Flett (Cree-Métis), The American Indian Youth Literature award. Received a Picture Book Honor for Birdsong.

Cece Bell, Theodor Geisel Honor book. Chick and Brain: Smell My Foot! Written and illustrated by Cece Bell.

We can't wait to welcome you to Friendiversary this Saturday, 2/8 at The Carle! Meet Elephant & Piggie, author illustrat...
02/07/2020

We can't wait to welcome you to Friendiversary this Saturday, 2/8 at The Carle! Meet Elephant & Piggie, author illustrator Aaron Becker, and enjoy a performance by Happier Valley Comedy! Plus, Holyoke Hummus Company will be here! Special thanks to Disney Publishing Worldwide and First Book for making this day possible! Free admission and free books! https://www.carlemuseum.org/content/first-book-friendiversary-6

Know of undergrad or grad students looking for summer internship opportunities? Please share!
02/07/2020
Internship Program | Carle Museum

Know of undergrad or grad students looking for summer internship opportunities? Please share!

The Carle offers both paid and unpaid internships for undergraduate or graduate-level students, and recent college graduates interested in Museum Studies, the Arts, and Education. Internships are available across multiple departments, including the Art Studio, Curatorial, Development & Marketing, an...

Thinking about redecorating? The #CarleBookshop has wonderful prints! All purchases support our mission of art appreciat...
02/07/2020
Artist Prints | The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Thinking about redecorating? The #CarleBookshop has wonderful prints! All purchases support our mission of art appreciation and early literacy.

Limited Time Offer! Free gift with every membership purchase or renewal. Choose either the Maira Kalman exhibit catalog or Eric Carle growth chart.

Please join us this Saturday! Free Admission! Free Books!
02/06/2020

Please join us this Saturday! Free Admission! Free Books!

Eric Carle created this image for a three-book box set called All Around Us (1986). This is considered an alternate imag...
02/06/2020

Eric Carle created this image for a three-book box set called All Around Us (1986). This is considered an alternate image since it was never published.
Now on view in Under the Sea with Eric Carle.

Make a Mobile WorkshopMarch 3, 6:00pm - 8:00pm$25 (Members $21.25)Adult workshop, ages 16 and upCreate your own mobile u...
02/06/2020

Make a Mobile Workshop
March 3, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
$25 (Members $21.25)

Adult workshop, ages 16 and up

Create your own mobile using a variety of textured papers, found materials, and adhesives in this evening workshop led by The Carle’s Art Educators. We’ll construct mobiles that move and play with light, perfect for hanging in your home, workplace, or giving as a gift.

The Carle filmed a segment for WCVB -TV Channel 5 Chronicle. Here, Executive Director Alexandra Kennedy is interviewed b...
02/06/2020

The Carle filmed a segment for WCVB -TV Channel 5 Chronicle. Here, Executive Director Alexandra Kennedy is interviewed by Sangita Chandra before the Museum opened. Grace Lin also interviewed about the Now & Then exhibition she co-curated with Jarrett J. Krosoczka. The show will also feature the #SmithCollege Museum of Art’s exhibition Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem. Thanks Chronicle for coming out to #WesternMa

Nidhi Chanani (American, born in India, 1980)"Writing and drawing were my favorite activities throughout my childhood. M...
02/05/2020

Nidhi Chanani (American, born in India, 1980)

"Writing and drawing were my favorite activities throughout my childhood. My parents didn’t encourage it and they didn’t keep my artworks or stories. My earliest saved pieces are these drawings from my teenage years. When I left home, I realized I wanted to make art. Even though I had student loan debt, I took one more loan and enrolled in art school at the age of 26. It was my first step towards pursuing my dream of making books.

In my childhood sketches, I tried to understand how to draw the figure in different positions. I knew that capturing a relationship creates a strong story, whether a relationship with another person, animal, or nature. I continue to explore that narrative in my art today."

– Nidhi Chanani

On view in Now & Then: Contemporary Illustrators and their Childhood Art.

#WordlessWednesday
02/05/2020

#WordlessWednesday

Make your plans for Feb. break! Come rock with Mister G!MISTER G Concert and Book ReleaseFebruary 18, 10:30am and 12:00p...
02/05/2020

Make your plans for Feb. break! Come rock with Mister G!

MISTER G Concert and Book Release
February 18,
10:30am and 12:00pm
$8 (Members $7.50)

MISTER G (Ben Gundersheimer) is a Latin GRAMMY Award-winning artist, author, activist, and educator. Hailed as “a bilingual rock star” by the Washington Post and "irresistible" by People magazine, he tours internationally, playing everywhere from Lollapalooza and Lincoln Center to climate change rallies on Capitol Hill. His spirited bilingual performances aim to help children see each other across borders and foster cross-cultural connection.

MISTER G will perform a dynamic, interactive concert and debut his second picture book, Lilah Tov Good Night - a soothing, bilingual lullaby celebrating the beauty of our world and the spirit of resilience in a refugee family. Following each concert MISTER G will be sign copies of Lilah Tov Good Night, as well as his debut picture book Señorita Mariposa, both of which will be available for purchase in The Carle Bookshop.

Reservations are recommended. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413.559.6336.
Book signing to follow concert. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at [email protected].

For this special Sunday project, Drawing in Black and White, guests were asked to explore a variety of drawing materials...
02/04/2020
Anton's Special Sunday: Drawing in Black and White | Carle Museum

For this special Sunday project, Drawing in Black and White, guests were asked to explore a variety of drawing materials using neutral colors. Read all about it in our blog: Making Art Together.

Recently, Art Studio team member Anton Kaplan designed a Special Sunday program for museum guests. They planned the event, prepared materials, and facilitated the art making in the Art Studio. The following is their description of the project.For this special Sunday project, Drawing in Black and Whi...

Congratulations to artist LeUyen Pham who won a 2020 Caldecott Honor for “Bear Came Along,” written by Richard T. Morris...
02/04/2020

Congratulations to artist LeUyen Pham who won a 2020 Caldecott Honor for “Bear Came Along,” written by Richard T. Morris and published by Little, Brown and Company. Here are some photos of LeUyen when she visited and exhibited in Collecting Inspiration: Contemporary Illustrators and Their Heroes in 2017.

02/04/2020
Meet Grandpa from Go Home Tiny Monster

February break at The Carle! Get your tickets today!

The Gottabees present Go Home Tiny Monster
February 22, 11:00am and 2:00pm
$6 General ($5.50 Member)

One day, Sylvie and her family of homespun creatures suddenly find themselves in need of a new home. Luckily, they have an audience full of people who can help them out.
Go Home Tiny Monster features The Gottabees’ trademark mix of puppetry, joyously absurd silliness, physical theater, live music, and surprising poignancy.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum’s Admissions Desk or by calling 413-559-6336. The Gottabees present Go Home Tiny Monster

For more information: http://www.thegottabees.com

Book Corner with Mary WestgateFebruary 7, 10:30am - 11:00amFree with Museum AdmissionJoin us for a fun, music-filled sto...
02/04/2020

Book Corner with Mary Westgate
February 7, 10:30am - 11:00am
Free with Museum Admission

Join us for a fun, music-filled storytime with Berkshire Hills Music Academy’s Mary Westgate, as she reads from a selection of braille picture books.

Find joy in the middle of winter with new and beloved picture books at The Carle!  Become a member today!
02/04/2020
Membership at The Carle

Find joy in the middle of winter with new and beloved picture books at The Carle! Become a member today!

FOX61 reporter Rachel Lutzker visited The Carle with her son last week to do a segment called Daytrippers.
02/03/2020

FOX61 reporter Rachel Lutzker visited The Carle with her son last week to do a segment called Daytrippers.

Join us for Friendiversary this Saturday, 2/8! We have an amazing day planned with a meet and greet with Elephant & Pigg...
02/03/2020

Join us for Friendiversary this Saturday, 2/8! We have an amazing day planned with a meet and greet with Elephant & Piggie, a special storytime with author/illustrator Aaron Becker Books, and improv with Happier Valley Comedy, and so much more! Free admission! https://www.carlemuseum.org/content/first-book-friendiversary-6

Now on view: Under the Sea with Eric CarleDive in for an underwater adventure! This exhibition showcases original art fr...
02/03/2020

Now on view: Under the Sea with Eric Carle

Dive in for an underwater adventure! This exhibition showcases original art from 11 Eric Carle picture books, including his popular titles A House for Hermit Crab (1987) and Mr. Seahorse (2004). See penguins in arctic waters and jellyfish in tropical seas, along with playful dolphins, seals, turtles, and whales. Also on view are Carle’s illustrations of mythological sea creatures—mermaids, leviathans, and the legendary kraken. A reading rowboat and an immersive puppet stage provide inspiration for creative play.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Hsin-Yi Foundation.

Exhibition design by Katie Craig.

Get your Piggie Ears on at Friendiversary!Celebrate friendship and reading!February 8, 10:00am - 4:00pm FREE Admission M...
01/31/2020

Get your Piggie Ears on at Friendiversary!
Celebrate friendship and reading!
February 8, 10:00am - 4:00pm
FREE Admission

Meet Elephant & Piggie costume characters
Explore three galleries of exhibitions, create art, watch films
Enjoy special programs with author/illustrator Aaron Becker Books, Happier Valley Comedy and more!

A FREE Mo Willems book to every child who attends (while supplies last!)

Purchase lunch in the Café from Holyoke Hummus Company

Special thanks to First Book and Michael and Rebecca Neidorf.

Free books compliments of Disney Publishing Worldwide .

In the event of snow, please call 413-559-6300 for cancellation news.

NEED TRANSPORTATION TO THIS EVENT?
FREE round-trip transportation from Mason Square Branch Library (765 State Street, Springfield) courtesy of King Ward Coach Lines! Bus departs from library at 10:00 am. Departure from The Carle is at 2:00 pm.

Seating is limited. To reserve bus seats, call 413-263-6828 x201 or email [email protected].

Thank you for sharing Marjorie Stout. Gorgeous! Hi! A friend of mine, Franklin Smith, is a baker and also creates cakes....
01/30/2020

Thank you for sharing Marjorie Stout. Gorgeous!

Hi! A friend of mine, Franklin Smith, is a baker and also creates cakes. He works with Deaf teens and younger kids... and it’s fitting that he creates cakes for kids birthdays. I thought that his latest creation was outstanding. I wanted to share it with the Carle Museum friends.

Congratulations to Julie Flett (Cree-Métis) who won an American Indian Youth Literature award. She received a picture bo...
01/30/2020

Congratulations to Julie Flett (Cree-Métis) who won an American Indian Youth Literature award. She received a picture book honor for Birdsong. You can see Julie’s work in the Carle’s current exhibition, Now & Then: Contemporary Illustrators and their Childhood Art. In fact 6 of the artists in the exhibition, just won a total of 8 #ALA awards.

“As a child, I loved drawing people, often with funny shoes, and birds, animals, and creatures. I still love to draw people, sometimes with funny shoes, and birds, animals, and creatures. And now I love to draw landscapes too. To me, drawing a landscape is like writing a poem.

I paired my childhood drawing with the cover image from Birdsong, a book that I wrote and illustrated. It’s about the poems and stories all around us, and it reflects what I love to draw most!”

“I chose this little owl, which I drew as an invitation to my parents for a Brownie Girl Guides of Canada event. I imagine I was around six or seven when I made it because that’s around the time I was in Brownies.”

– Julie Flett
#ericcarlemuseum #ericcarle #JulieFlett #illustration #picturebooks #illustratorsofinstagram #AmherstMA #kidlitart


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01/30/2020

Jarrett J. Krosoczka and Grace Lin filmed a segment for WGBY Public Television’s Connecting Point.

Now on view!
01/30/2020

Now on view!

Hand-made Valentine's are so special!Make yours at The Carle! Sign up today.Valentine Card-Making PartyFebruary 1, 10:00...
01/29/2020

Hand-made Valentine's are so special!
Make yours at The Carle! Sign up today.
Valentine Card-Making Party
February 1, 10:00am - 11:30am
$10 per child, adults are free (Members $8.5 per child)

Ages 3+ with an adult, up to two children per adult
Make unlimited valentines for your family, friends, or classmates! All materials are provided.
Space is limited, registration recommended. Walk-ins accepted as space allows.

"Ezra Jack Keats’s picture book is the most checked-out volume of all time at the New York Public Library. A professor o...
01/28/2020
What Captivates Children About 'The Snowy Day'?

"Ezra Jack Keats’s picture book is the most checked-out volume of all time at the New York Public Library. A professor of children’s literature examines why the book has connected with so many kids."

Ezra Jack Keats’s picture book is the most checked-out volume of all time at the New York Public Library. A professor of children’s literature examines why the book has connected with so many kids.

Find all the American Library Association’s winning books in the #CarleBookshop!
01/28/2020

Find all the American Library Association’s winning books in the #CarleBookshop!

New every day art project! Come add to our mural!Painted PortraitsThrough  February 25Inspired by the artwork of Maira K...
01/28/2020

New every day art project! Come add to our mural!
Painted Portraits
Through February 25
Inspired by the artwork of Maira Kalman, explore color mixing and paints in the Art Studio.

Address

125 W Bay Rd
Amherst, MA
01002

PVTA Bus 38, PVTA Bus 39

General information

The Eric Carle Museum is a stunning, 40,000 square-foot facility in the heart of the Five College area of Western MA. Loved by families, art aficionados, and book-lovers alike, the Museum houses three Galleries with rotating exhibitions of picture book art from around the world and a permanent collection with works by Maurice Sendak, Leo Lionni, Arthur Rackham, Ludwig Bemelmans and more. Create your own masterpiece any time the Museum is open in the Art Studio; watch daily films and frequent guest appearances in the Auditorium; experience Storytime in the Reading Library; and enjoy simple fare in the Café. Shop the Museum Store for unique gifts, including everything published by artists featured in our galleries. Open Tuesday through Sunday. (Tues – Fri 10-4; Sat – 10-5; Sun – 12-5) The Carle is grateful to The Massachusetts Cultural Council for their support. www. massculturalcouncil.org

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(413) 559-6300

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Wonderful programs for educators!
This is not your typical museum, very kid friendly. Beautiful library with storytime, Pleasant staff, lovely art room for creating, amazing galleries. Must visit!
Picture book art is a staple of a happy childhood. One image can bring back memories of sweet bedtimes, library visits, and loved ones who read to us as children. Children’s books are at least as much about the art as they are about than words and I’m so happy that this museum celebrates this.
Never too young to start reading #ericcarle #8weeksold 💕📚
My grandson, Clay, was extremely excited to find the 50th anniversary "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" book at Joseph Beth bookstore today! He couldn't wait to get in the car and read it!
The "Very Hungry Caterpillar" is 50 years old. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Who wants to join me at the Museum?
I like the logo with Eric Carle, Leo Lionni, & Maurice Sendak illustrations, stacked. We love Eric Carle in the Kemie Nix Library at Mount Kenya Academy!
Eric Carle fan & teacher sends global alert to climate engineering. Please research & share. https://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/geoengineering-watch-global-alert-news-december-29-2018-177/#comment-1254331
What is the name of the animal on the X of the ABC canvas art?
The eric carle museum as a gingerbread house at Amistad Academy elementary school in New Haven, CT