The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Join us for Art, Films and Art Making! 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.
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A leading advocate in its field, The Carle collects, preserves, presents and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world.

Now & Then spotlight:Raúl the ThirdImage in ballpoint pen.“I taught myself to draw by copying my favorite images from co...
10/07/2020

Now & Then spotlight:
Raúl the Third
Image in ballpoint pen.

“I taught myself to draw by copying my favorite images from comic books onto whatever sheet of paper I had available, using Bic ballpoint pens. As a teenager I continued this practice and fell in love with similar drawings I found in the fan art section of Lowrider magazine.

When Cathy Camper approached me to collaborate with her on the Lowrider books—a series about three friends equipped with nothing more than their imaginations and a love for cars—I knew just how I wanted to approach the illustrations. I created every Lowrider book using ballpoint pens, the same tool I learned to draw with when I was a boy. It is a medium that is accessible to many children and teaches them that they can create amazing art with any material they already have on their desks.”

– Raúl the Third

Illustration for Lowriders Blast from the Past by Cathy Camper, 2018. Ballpoint pen and marker on paper. © 2018 Raúl the
Third.

On view in the ONLINE ehxibition: Now & Then: Contemporary Illustrators and their Childhood Art https://sway.office.com/G9RSlkoTtCNWfRpa

Will you grow up to be an artist? Co-curators Grace Lin and Jarrett J. Krosoczka honor childhood creativity in the online exhibition Now & Then, featuring 19 artists' childhood drawings alongside published illustrations. The pairings inspire young visitors to make connections to their current creations—and their future potential. In addition to Grace and Jarrett, the featured artists are Cece Bell, Nidhi Chanani, Jason Chin, The Fan Brothers, Julie Flett, Jeff Kinney, Elisa Kleven, Barbara Lehman, Rafael López, Oge Mora, Juana Martinez-Neal, Raúl the Third, Shadra Strickland, Don Tate, Evan Turk, and Tillie Walden.

Happy book birthday to All Because You Matter, a new picture book from celebrated poet and author Tami Charles and four-...
10/06/2020

Happy book birthday to All Because You Matter, a new picture book from celebrated poet and author Tami Charles and four-time Caldecott Honor recipient and nine-time Coretta Scott King Award winner or honoree, Bryan Collier.

This picture book is an affirmation and lyrical tribute to Black and Brown children, showing them that they have mattered and been loved long before they were born.

We are thrilled to offer bookplates signed by Tami Charles and Bryan Collier free with the purchase of All Because You Matter, as supplies last. Get your copy now! https://shop.carlemuseum.org/all-because-you-matter-pre-order

The World of Eric Carle
10/05/2020

The World of Eric Carle

Hip hip HOORAY for World Teacher’s Day! Teachers are amazing people who help our children learn and grow. We are so thankful for all you do!

Tune into Facebook Live tomorrow at 10:30 AM for Storytime with The Carle, our new weekly read-aloud series. Can’t join ...
10/05/2020

Tune into Facebook Live tomorrow at 10:30 AM for Storytime with The Carle, our new weekly read-aloud series. Can’t join the live program? Check out a captioned version later in the week!

Tomorrow’s book: The Night Gardener by Eric and Terry Fan - featured in The Carle’s virtual exhibition Now & Then: Contemporary Illustrators and Their Childhood Art.

https://sway.office.com/G9RSlkoTtCNWfRpa

Illustration for The Night Gardener, 2016. Born-digital illustration. © 2016 Eric Fan and Terry Fan.

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The Bear and the Moon is here in the Carle Bookshop! Author Matthew Burgess and illustrator Catia Chien have graciously ...
10/03/2020

The Bear and the Moon is here in the Carle Bookshop! Author Matthew Burgess and illustrator Catia Chien have graciously shared a limited number of signed bookplates which you can request at checkout. The book has already won a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators as a 2020 Original Art Honoree. Congratulations Matthew and Catia!

“The sky sends Bear a weightless gift- red as a berry, round like the moon, on a long silver string...”

https://shop.carlemuseum.org/bear-and-moon-autographed

Now on view!  Eric Carle: Just for Laughs An orange elephant, a fish in a birdcage, a snake entwined in spaghetti—Eric C...
10/02/2020

Now on view! Eric Carle: Just for Laughs

An orange elephant, a fish in a birdcage, a snake entwined in spaghetti—Eric Carle’s sense of humor shines through in his picture books. This exhibition features comical collages from The Mixed-Up Chameleon (1975), The Grouchy Ladybug (1977), The Greedy Python (1985), and The Nonsense Show (2015). On view for the first time are four of Carle’s amusing illustrations from the 1971 book The Scarecrow Clock. A selection of illustrated letters and thank you notes further reveal Carle’s wit and personal relationships.

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

Eric Carle, Illustration for The Nonsense Show. Collection of The Eric and Barbara Carle Foundation. © 2015 Penguin Random House LLC.

En honor del mes de la Herencia Hispana, nosotros presentamos la ilustración de @LuluDelacre’s ¡Olinguito de la A a la Z...
10/01/2020

En honor del mes de la Herencia Hispana, nosotros presentamos la ilustración de @LuluDelacre’s ¡Olinguito de la A a la Z! Este libro bilingüe del abecedario demuestra las plantas, animales, y pájaros que habitan en este ecosistema único del bosque de nubes Andes en Ecuador. La pintura acrílica de Delacre es rica en información visual, capturando una amplia vista del paisaje tropical y criaturas pequeñas que habitan en él, incluyendo al lagartijo Pinocchio y hierbas verdes tangara. Estamos muy agradecidos a Delacre por donar esta bella ilustración a la colección permanente de Carle del 2019.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we present @LuluDelacre’s illustration from ¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z! Olinguito, from A to Z! This bilingual alphabet book highlights the plants, animals, and birds that inhabit the unique ecosystem of the Andes cloud forest in Ecuador. Delacre’s acrylic painting is rich in visual information, capturing a vast view of the tropical landscape and the small creatures that inhabit it, including a Pinocchio lizard and Grass-green tanagers. We are grateful to Delacre for donating this beautiful illustration to The Carle’s permanent collection in 2019.

Lulu Delacre, Illustration for ¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z! Olinguito, from A to Z! Gift of the artist. © 2016 Lulu Delacre.

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art's cover photo
09/30/2020

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art's cover photo

We are pleased to bring you our second online exhibition: Now & Then: Contemporary Illustrators and Their Childhood Art ...
09/30/2020
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We are pleased to bring you our second online exhibition: Now & Then: Contemporary Illustrators and Their Childhood Art curated by Grace LIn and Jarrett Krosoczka. The exhibition debuted last year at The Carle, but closed early due to the pandemic.

What can the art of childhood reveal? Does it show burgeoning talent, exciting potential or, perhaps, simply the beginning of a love to create? These are some of the questions explored in an exhibition co-curated by award-winning illustrators Grace Lin and Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Together, with 17 other artists, they honor childhood creativity in Now & Then: Contemporary Illustrators and Their Childhood Art. Viewers see examples of each artists’ childhood drawings and how they foreshadow their current artistic interests. From stick drawings and crayon animals to beautiful watercolors and digital illustrations, the pairings inspire young viewers to make connections to their own creations--and their future potential.

In addition to Lin and Krosoczka’s own work, the featured artists include Cece Bell, Nidhi Chanani, Jason Chin, The Fan Brothers, Julie Flett, Jeff Kinney, Elisa Kleven, Barbara Lehman, Rafael López, Oge Mora, Juana Martinez-Neal, Raúl the Third, Shadra Strickland, Don Tate, Evan Turk, and Tillie Walden. Lin and Krosoczka selected artists working in myriad formats—picture books, chapter books, and graphic novels—and chose contemporary artists since “one of the purposes of the exhibition is to show kids where their own artistic journey could take them, and if the artists are familiar to them, then the pairings of childhood and professional artwork becomes much more resonant,” notes Lin, “That said, I also hope the exhibition introduces people to some new favorite illustrators too.” Grace Lin Jarrett J. Krosoczka

For many of us, our first art studios were in the family kitchen and our first galleries were on refrigerator doors—our scrawled, crayoned pictures proudly hung with magnets and tape. What does the ar

We are so grateful to all our sponsors, donors, guests, and friends who made The Very Virtual Benefit & Auction a succes...
09/29/2020
Eric Carle Museum Hosts Virtual Gala – Times Square Chronicles

We are so grateful to all our sponsors, donors, guests, and friends who made The Very Virtual Benefit & Auction a success. Thank you for helping to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. You make a difference!

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art celebrated the world of picture books at the The Very Virtual Benefit & Auction, held in lieu of the Museum’s annual Carle Honors Benefit Gala. The event raised $158,752 in support of the Museum and its art and literacy programs, including its online and i...

On view in Let's Talk! Animals from the Collection. Plan your visit!Frog and Toad, Stuart Little, Peter Rabbit, and Nois...
09/28/2020

On view in Let's Talk! Animals from the Collection. Plan your visit!

Frog and Toad, Stuart Little, Peter Rabbit, and Noisy Nora are some of the beloved picture book characters visitors will meet in Let’s Talk! Animals from the Collection. The exhibition examines the longstanding tradition of anthropomorphism—giving human characteristics to animals—in children’s literature. Let’s Talk! features art from The Carle’s world-class holdings. Included are E. H. Shepard’s watercolors of Winnie-the-Pooh, Beatrix Potter’s exquisite drawings of Peter Rabbit, curiosities from Alice in Wonderland, as well as familiar faces from Aesop’s Fables and Little Red Riding Hood. Historical gems by Jean de Brunhoff, Alice Bolam Preston, Leo Lionni, Arnold Lobel, James Marshall, Maurice Sendak, William Steig, and Garth Williams are featured alongside contemporary illustrators such as Ashley Bryan, Petra Mathers, Jerry Pinkney, Rosemary Wells, and Mo Willems.

Exhibition design by Katie Craig.

José Aruego and Ariane Dewey, Illustration for Whose Mouse Are You? by Robert Kraus. Gift of Ariane Dewey and Juan Aruego. © 1970 José Aruego.

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If there’s one thing we know, it’s that Tony and Angela Diterlizzi love their fans just as much as we love them! They st...
09/27/2020

If there’s one thing we know, it’s that Tony and Angela Diterlizzi love their fans just as much as we love them! They stopped by the #carlebookshop this week to sign copies of all of their books, including Tony’s new sequel: Kenny and the Book of Beasts. We ship internationally, and you even have the chance to request a personalized signature or doodle from Tony.

Copies are going fast, so don’t hesitate to snatch this fabulous title to add to your collection.
https://shop.carlemuseum.org/category/books-dvds/autographed-books/tony-diterlizzi

Welcome Abilities Dance to The Carle! Ellice, Scynthia, Shannon, and Lauren performed dances inspired by works on view i...
09/26/2020

Welcome Abilities Dance to The Carle! Ellice, Scynthia, Shannon, and Lauren performed dances inspired by works on view in our galleries. We’ll be sharing their performances soon, so stay tuned! Many thanks to Amherst and Hadley Local Cultural Councils for their support.

We’re ready for fall! Here’s what’s happening in the Carle Bookshop:🍂 Local artist Astrid Sheckels stopped in to deliver...
09/26/2020

We’re ready for fall! Here’s what’s happening in the Carle Bookshop:

🍂 Local artist Astrid Sheckels stopped in to deliver new cards and 2021 calendars she completed in quarantine. You can see more of her work in our current exhibition: Let's Talk! Animals from the Collection, which runs through October 4.

🍂 We have illustrations for #kidlitartsurprise by Elisha Cooper, Stephanie Ruble, Renee Kurilla, and Erin McGill. Any online order over $50 can request an art surprise (one per order please) in the comment section upon checkout. If you have your eye on a specific illustrator's piece, let us know!

🍂 It’s almost October, and it’s time for Halloween books and spooky stories. Shop our Halloween section online or displays in store. Our current favorite is Los Gatos Black on Halloween by Marisa Montes and Yoyi Morales.

🍂 The Shop is fully stocked on arts and craft books and supplies! We have new watercolors, gel pens, puffy paint, sketchbooks, make-your-own comic books, and more.

Visit the #carlebookshop in person, online, and curbside. https://shop.carlemuseum.org/

If you missed The Very Virtual Benefit & Auction or would like to see it again, here is a link to watch the recording. Y...
09/25/2020

If you missed The Very Virtual Benefit & Auction or would like to see it again, here is a link to watch the recording. You can still support The Carle! Every gift matters! Thank you!
https://virtualfundraiser.net/carle/

The Library of Congress's National Book Festival is online for free this year! The weekend kicks off today with kids and...
09/25/2020
2020 National Book Festival  | Events at the Library of Congress  | Library of Congress

The Library of Congress's National Book Festival is online for free this year! The weekend kicks off today with kids and teen programming, and continues into the weekend with events geared towards adults and all ages. Check it out here:

The 20th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival celebrates American Ingenuity with live events and activities, Sept. 25-27, and more than 90 author presentation videos available on demand.

Thank you to everyone for tuning into The Very Virtual Benefit & Auction! We are so excited for next year to honor our 2...
09/25/2020

Thank you to everyone for tuning into The Very Virtual Benefit & Auction! We are so excited for next year to honor our 2021 Carle Honorees. Artist Raúl Colón; Angel Every Child a Reader, represented by Carl Lennertz; Bridge Dennis M. V. David and Justin G. Schiller; and Mentor Patricia Aldana. Each was selected for their exceptional work in the field of children’s art and literature. Save the date for Thursday, September 23, 2021.

Butterfly from The Very Hungry Caterpillar © 1969 and 1987 by Eric Carle

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The LIVE AUCTION with art by Bryan Collier and Eric Carle is now! Join to watch or bid! It’s free! Place your final bid ...
09/24/2020

The LIVE AUCTION with art by Bryan Collier and Eric Carle is now! Join to watch or bid! It’s free! Place your final bid in the countdown! Virtualfundraiser.net/carle

Alternate illustration for The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, 2011 © 2011 Penguin Random House LLC

We Are Live in 10 minutes! There is still time to join us.   https://Virtualfundraiser.net/Carle/live/A few tips below:T...
09/24/2020

We Are Live in 10 minutes! There is still time to join us.
https://Virtualfundraiser.net/Carle/live/

A few tips below:
THE SITE
The pre-show will begin at 6:45 pm EDT, and the event will start promptly at 7:00 pm EDT.
If you cannot see the pre-show slides or the event please refresh your browser.

THE CHAT
The chat feature will be open if you'd like to chat with the Museum.
To open and close the chat window click the blue chat button on the right.

THE LIVE AUCTION
All LIVE AUCTION BIDS will be sent via text message.
Multiple bids will be sent by various bidders; follow the auctioneer's prompting to up your bid.
For each live piece, there will be a 30 second countdown before the close of bids. This is your opportunity to place your FINAL BID for the artwork.

TO GIVE
Anyone can bid in the Live Auction or make a donation tonight -- there is no additional sign-in.

THE SILENT AUCTION

The SILENT AUCTION will end at 8:15 pm EDT sharp, shortly after the Benefit ends.

QUESTIONS?

Any questions right now about bidding? Send an email to [email protected].
Any questions during the Benefit? Send a chat and someone will reach out to assist you.
Any other questions? Please contact Rebecca Miller Goggins at [email protected] or call 413-559-6308.

We’re so excited for tonight’s benefit! Rebecca Miller Goggins and Abby Scanlon helped plan the event! We hope you are i...
09/24/2020

We’re so excited for tonight’s benefit! Rebecca Miller Goggins and Abby Scanlon helped plan the event! We hope you are inspired! Thank you! Join us here at 7 pm! Https://Virtualfundraiser.net/Carle/live/

Do You Know How to Get to The Carle? Find out and so much more at The Very Virtual Benefit & Auction tonight! We can’t w...
09/24/2020

Do You Know How to Get to The Carle? Find out and so much more at The Very Virtual Benefit & Auction tonight! We can’t wait to see you! Here is a live link to the event that begins at 7 pm. https://virtualfundraiser.net/Carle

Join the event – bid on the auction – or do both!! Every contribution supports The Carle! #EricCarleMuseum #VeryVirtualBenefit

Tonight’s the Night! Please join us! It’s been a long six months. We have so much to share and hope you will be inspired...
09/24/2020

Tonight’s the Night! Please join us! It’s been a long six months. We have so much to share and hope you will be inspired! There is still time to register. It's free! www.carlemuseum.org/veryvirtualbenefit #EricCarleMuseum #VeryVirtualBenefit

Who else is going to The Very Virtual Benefit & Auction? The students in Holyoke Community College's Curriculum in Early...
09/24/2020

Who else is going to The Very Virtual Benefit & Auction? The students in Holyoke Community College's Curriculum in Early Education class! Our community collaboration with HCC and The Carle's Art Studio is in its fourth semester. Their assignment tomorrow? Watch the Very Virtual Benefit & Auction.

“Teaching early childhood curriculum in partnership with Meg and Sara from the The Carle's Art Studio has given the students a rich experience that changes the way they approach the development, design and implementation of art and literacy activities. We get to meet our course objectives by digging deeper into the world of picture books and creative learning opportunities. It gives them an authentic purpose for the learning that they feel very proud of. It's a dream.”
--Sheila Gould, Professor, HCC

Sign up here! It's tomorrow! www.carlemuseum.org/veryvirtualbenefit
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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

Thursday 10:00 - 15:00
Friday 10:00 - 15:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

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(413) 559-6300

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Kudos to the Eric Carle Museum for exceptional customer service. My book order got individual and customized attention. I'm very impressed.
A bunch of the things I have made for my daughter and family. Love Eric Carle and his amazing art. :)
Happy Birthday, Mr. Carle!! You are an inspiration!
Will you be open Monday April 13? Thank you!
Hello… Let's having fun and get to know each other! Kincir Ulin and Friends are celebrating the International Literacy Day (on September, 8th) and Indonesia's Library Visit Day (on September 14th) by sending mails to all friends around the world! Let's join us to spread the joy! 😉 Please capture your letter and upload or submit it to this posting👇🏼 http://bit.ly/InternationalLiteracyDaywithPERPUCIL Kincir Ulin 🌿 #IQRA #InternationalLiteracyDay #HariBerkunjungkePerpustakaan #salamliterasi #literacyforkids #kidslibrary #Indonesia #DepokMembaca #Depok
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?