Archive for the ‘Just for Fun’ Category
Thursday, September 12th, 2013
Hooray! International Dot Day is coming!
On September 15, visitors of the Eric Carle Museum will have the opportunity to meet Peter H. Reynolds, author and illustrator of the beloved Dot book.
Here are some of his dots:
Can you guess the dots in these other picture books?
Check back later in the week for answers. And join us on International Dot Day for a presentation with Peter H. Reynolds, special activities, and a book signing!
Can’t make it to the event? Contact The Carle Bookshop at (413) 658-1132 or visit our website to preorder.
Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
We here at The Carle are (obviously) big fans of picture book art, so when the opportunity comes along for us to revel in some illustrations, we embrace it. To really celebrate picture book illustration, we’ve compiled a collection of picture books that express an entire story without ever writing a word! Each of these books feature vivid illustrations that are perfect for a “read aloud” experience while still being completely captivating for a child to explore on their own. Check out this list of our very favorite wordless books:
A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka ( 2011, Schwartz & Wade)
The bold shapes and colors of Raschka’s watercolors perfectly encompass the relationship that any one of us had once with a special toy, and the feelings of loss when it broke. This Caldecott winning book is both empathetic and expressive.
Flotsam by David Wiesner (2006, Clarion Books)
Wiesner’s Caldecott winning book only begins to unveil the underwater mysteries of the ocean. A young boy finds an underwater camera washed up on the beach, and with it discovers the magic and beauty of the ocean deep. Watch him explore the secrets this camera holds as he adds a picture of his own.
The Mirror by Suzy Lee (2010, Seven Footer Press)
Lee’s simple, yet bold lines, show us the story of a young girl’s encounter with her own reflection. Whether we are watching her timidly peep through her fingers, or dance with abandon, Lee’s use of the book’s gutter makes for a sublimely self-reflective experience.
Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie DePaola (1978, HMH Books for Young Readers)
DePaola will have you giggling at this scrumptious tale of a woman wakes up with the taste for pancakes. Watch her run around town trying to collect all of the ingredients, as everything goes wrong. This classic tale presses you to ask yourself: what would I do to get my pancakes?!
The Red Book by Barbara Lehman (2004, by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children)
Readers will delight in following the story of a magical red book (just like yours!) that transports a young girl into entirely new lands, and opens up the possibility of adventure for others after her.
Sector 7 by David Wiesner (1999, Clarion Books)
Wiesner’s ability to spin a tale through only pictures is so spectacular, he had two books make the list. In this particular saga, a young boy on a school trip gets whisked away by a runaway cloud, only to be taken to Sector 7′s Cloud Dispatch Center, the facility where clouds are produced. This enduring tale tells the story of creativity, friendship, and the eternal forces of weather and imagination.
The Tree House by Marije Tolman & Ronald Tolman (2010, Lemniscaat USA)
In a beautiful wash of colors, the Tolmans show us the story of two bears in a tree house, as they host a whole variety of extraordinary guests, and experience all that their magical tree house has to offer.
Unspoken by Henry Cole (2012, Scholastic Press)
Cole’s beautifully sketched, full-page drawings tell the story of a young girl who discovers a runaway slave hiding in the barn, and the courage she must call upon if she decides to help him.
Do you have a favorite wordless book?
Friday, May 3rd, 2013
Esau Andrade Valencia
He Dreamed of Pigs From Iowa, 2007
A Perfect Season for Dreaming – Un tiempo Perfecto Para Sonar by Benjamin Allire Saenz
After a long and snowy New England Winter, the bright colors of spring are a welcome change! Nothing suits the vibrancy and brightness of springbetter than our newest exhibition,Latino Folk Tales: Cuentos Populares-Art by Latino Artists, curated by Sylvia Nissley. If you haven’t seen it yet, the exhibition will be up until June 9th, and it is a wonderful and colorful celebration of Latino folklore and fairy tales as retold and illustrated by many celebrated Latino picture book artists, such as Raul Colón and Lulu Delacre. Click here to preview more images from this exhibition.
We’d had a lot of fun in The Carle Bookshop showcasing not only the books featured in this exhibition, but also a wide selection of other picture books celebrating Latino culture and history. We’re taken this opportunity to boost our bilingual and Spanish language books even more so that we carry not only all available Eric Carle books in Spanish, but a good deal of other classics, such as Abran paso a los patitos (Make Way for Ducklings), La Senorita Runfio (Miss Rumphius) and Harold y el Lapiz Color Morado (Harold and the Purple Crayon).
Here’s a peek at our current front window display.
In addition to the books in our display, we added some beautiful tissue paper flowers. You can easily make these at home, either from colored tissue you may have left over from gift wrapping or with these easy flower-making kits that we sell in the Shop. We have a whole variety of kits in different color combinations and to make our flowers, we mixed and matched different kits to make even more varieties of flowers. They’re so cheery and make not only a great activity with kids, but wonderful decorations for any kind of party this summer!
I also made a papel picado-inspired banner for the top of the front window as well.
You can easily make one at home by using tissue paper and scissors. I wanted mine to be a bit more durable since it was going to hang for the duration of the Latino Folk Tales exhibition, so I made this one out of a colorful assortment of cardstock. Instead of sitting for hours with an x-acto knife, I used decorative paper punches in repeated patterns to quickly and easily make the designs. Then I strung it on some bright ribbon like a banner and hung it up.
This Sunday, in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, our Art Studio will be hosting a special and colorful art activity from 1 pm-4 pm. If you can’t make it to The Carle this weekend, why not try making your own festive banner or paper flowers? Here’s a link with other easy papel picado banners for inspiration. Happy Cinco de Mayo!
Thursday, February 14th, 2013
Happy Valentine’s Day from The Carle. We’re loving these sweet Eric Carle love-inspired canvas art prints! Tell us about something (or someone) you love today. Here’s a list of our favorite Valentine-themed books.
Monday, January 7th, 2013
Wanna win this cool poster, personalized to you by Mo Willems? Well, read on!
Back in 2009, as a great treat to The Carle, Mo Willems created this wonderful poster to commemorate our annual gala in New York. (You can read more about The Carle Honors here.) We sell the posters in the shop and people are always asking, “Which artists inspired Elephant Gerard’s portraits?” Well, we know the answer. Do you?
In his poster Mo Willems pays homage to twentieth-century artists who have influenced his work, or whose work speaks to him, or are simply easy to spoof. Rather than just rattle off the names of these artists for you, Mo and I thought it would be fun to to test our art-savvy blog readers instead: Can you identify all the artists correctly? We think you can!
One lucky reader who identifies the greatest number of artists correctly will win a Carle Honors 2009 poster autographed and personalized by Mo Willems!
Here’s how to enter:
- Look closely at all 16 pieces of art in the image below (click to enlarge) and use the numbered guide to tell us the name of the artist who inspired each numbered piece. (See hints below!)
- Identify all 16 portraits in a comment below before 12 pm EST Friday, January 11th. We will be keeping comments hidden until a winner is announced to keep guesses confidential.
If more than one entrant gets all sixteen answers correct, one winner will be selected at random from among the correct answers.
Need a hint?
Hint 1: One of the artists is featured more than once.
Hint 2: One of the pieces represents a genre, rather than a specific artist. (Okay, we’re feeling nice. We’ll just give it to you: #12 is “African Mask.”)
Hint 3. All art is from the 20th century.
Tuesday, December 25th, 2012
Stay warm, be merry and read books.
from your friends at The Carle.
Photo by Kristin Angel, 2012.
Saturday, May 26th, 2012
We had a visit from our favorite mouse, Maisy, today! She stopped by to help celebrate our newest exhibition, Our British Cousins: The Magical Art of Maisy and Friends. A young guest even got her to autograph some of the picture books he just bought in our store. It made his day. You can meet Maisy too, tomorrow, Sunday May 27 at 2:30 and again the weekend of June 2nd & 3rd.
In the meantime, you can browse our Maisy section of our online store. We have books, prints, toys and even fabric! Check back soon for even more as it arrives. Have a great weekend!
Monday, March 12th, 2012
In March we start looking for early signs of spring. The first flowers in the garden, green buds on trees, the return of songbirds and, of course, rainy days. Grey, rainy days can still bring the chance for bursts of bright color — seen in children’s raincoats and galoshes, cheerful umbrellas, and if you’re lucky, a rainbow in the sky. This week’s puzzler is filled with images from picture books of rainbows. Can you name each book? Put your guesses in the comments below and I’ll be back at the end of the week with the answers.
Monday, March 5th, 2012
Happy March! After a pretty mild winter here in New England, March came in with a delightful snowstorm. Mother Nature’s way of reminding us that winter isn’t over until she says it’s over! There’s a common saying that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, so for this week’s puzzler, we have images of lions and lambs. Can you name each picture book correctly? Put your guesses in the comments below and I’ll be back at the end of the week with the answers.
Thursday, February 9th, 2012
I just had to share with you this wonderful matching game made by one of our customers. Marabeth Nally, a teacher at the RMSC Preschool in Rochester, New York purchased some of the Very Hungry Caterpillar Color Dot fabric and Very Hungry Caterpillar Sticker Set. I was so delighted when she recently stopped by to show what her classroom had made with these and a few other easy, recycled materials.
This adorable pouch is filled with an assortment of multicolor lids. The children and their families collected them from milk and juice and other beverage bottles and then recycled them into a fun game. The children then stuck matching sets of stickers onto the bottle lids to create a memory game.
To play the game, place all the lips face down and turn over two at a time. Try to remember where each image was to create matching pairs. Marabeth even made an adorable tag for the game that says “Reduce, Reuse, Rejoice!” Isn’t that a wonderful idea? Thanks for sharing, Marabeth!
Have you brought Eric Carle’s books into your classroom in a creative way? Tell us about it!