Join us tomorrow as we give away hundreds of books!
Join us for Art, Music and Theatre!
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!
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.
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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
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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 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!
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 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 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. 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.
Very Hungry Caterpillar socks for the whole family -- in the #CarleBookshop! https://shop.carlemuseum.org/search/apachesolr_search/Caterpillar%20socks
Make your plans for Feb. break! Come rock with Mister G!
MISTER G Concert and Book Release
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 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 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.
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 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!
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 & 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 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.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar has so much love to share! Valentine options to give and share! See more great items in The #CarleBookshop https://shop.carlemuseum.org/search/apachesolr_search/Valentines
The Pursuit of Everything: Maira Kalman's Books for Children on view through April 5, 2020.
Pause for a moment as you enter the exhibit highlighting Maira Kalman’s books for children, currently at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, to gaze at a recreation of artist/author’s studio wall. The assemblage combines ordinary with obscure:...
Get your Piggie Ears on at Friendiversary!
Celebrate friendship and reading!
February 8, 10:00am - 4:00pm
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].
At the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The museum's collection hasn't been presented in full for 25 years.
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.
Join the Center Dance Studio for creative movement and narrative dance inspired by picture books!
Friday, January 31 at 11 am!
Bring your imagination and dancing feet. You can register online! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/word-play-with-center-dance-studio-tickets-62375594081
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
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Jarrett J. Krosoczka and Grace Lin filmed a segment for WGBY Public Television’s Connecting Point.
Now on view!
Carle Museum Member Jennie, a kindergarten teacher in MA, was so excited about The Very Hungry Caterpillar being #10 on the New York Public Library's Most Checked Out Books of All Time list, that she bought a #VHC shirt and blogged about the list! https://jenniefitzkee.com/2020/01/14/new-york-public-library-most-checked-out-books-of-all-time/
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.
Congratulations to all the American Library Association winners, so many who have exhibited or given programs here at The Carle! Today, we look back to when Newbery award winner Jerry Craft visited The Carle! Read more about the awards here: https://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/?detailStory=jerry-craft-new-kid-wins-newbery-kadir-nelson-earns-caldecott-for-the-undefeated-at-youth-media-awards
“This year’s winner for Best Picture Book is “Bowwow Powwow: Bagosenjige-niimi’idim.” It was written by Brenda J. Child of Red Lake Ojibwe, translated into Ojibwe by Gordon Jourdain who is Lac La Croix First Nation, and illustrated by Jonathan Thunder, Red Lake Ojibwe.”
Yay! AILA Awards are in Indian Country Today! https://newsmaven.io/indiancountrytoday/news/empower-native-kids-to-read-jiT3qWspQU2tzubYAkiXtQ
"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!
"Among the different age groups, going to the library was more popular among the 18-29 range, with an average of 15.5."
It’s an update to the same survey done in 2001, which had roughly the same results, except for movie theater trips, which are down 1.3 average visits.
New every day art project! Come add to our mural!
Through February 25
Inspired by the artwork of Maira Kalman, explore color mixing and paints in the Art Studio.
125 W Bay Rd
PVTA Bus 38, PVTA Bus 39
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
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