Archive for the ‘Carle Museum Events’ Category
Thursday, September 19th, 2013
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR FRIENDS?!
Well look no further!
This year, Eric Carle wows us again with his brand-new, heartwarming story about two friends. When one moves away, the other braves rivers, mountains and meadows just to see his friend again. Inspired by Eric’s enduring relationship with his wife, Bobbie, and based on real friendships lost and kept, Friends will resonate deeply. Read this book! Read it with your friend! Write your friend a letter and tell them to read it! It will remind you how important your closest friendships truly are.
Friends releases November 19, 2013, but here at the Carle are lucky enough to have Eric Carle’s latest book EARLY!
Books can be pre-ordered and picked up at the Eric Carle book signing on September 21, 2013 in Amherst, MA. If you pre-order on our website, make sure to choose “Pick-Up in Store” at the checkout. No copies will be shipped until November 19, 2013. Reserve your copy now!
Click here to pre-order!
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.
Sunday, August 4th, 2013
The Carle is gearing up again for its annual benefit gala, The Carle Honors, held each September which celebrates and honors the amazing people in the children’s book industry, often the unsung heroes who help connect the world with quality literature and art for children. This year’s event will be held on September 26th at Guastavino’s in New York City. Details and ticket information can be found here. We are excited to announce this year’s honorees, given each year in four categories:
- Artist – for lifelong innovation in the field. This year’s honoree is Chris Van Allsburg, the groundbreaking artist and author and winner of two Caldecott Medals for, Jumanji and The Polar Express. Van Allsburg will be introduced by Jon Scieszka, founder of Guys Read and the first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.
- Mentor – editors, designers and educators who champion the art form. This year’s honorees are Lynda Johnson Robb and Carol H. Rasco
for their tireless advocacy for children’s literacy. Robb is Reading Is Fundamental’s Founding Board Member and Chairman Emeritus and Rasco its President & CEO. The two will be introduced by acclaimed writer and illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky.
- Angel – whose generous financial support is crucial to making picture book art exhibitions, education programs, and related projects a reality. This year’s honoree is Phyllis Fogelman Baker, an influential editor and publisher dedicated to bringing fresh voices and exceptional books to children. Award-winning author and artist Rosemary Wells will present The Carle Honor to Fogelman Baker.
- Bridge – individuals who have found inspired ways to bring the art of the picture book to larger audiences through work in other fields. This year’s honoree is Barbara Bader, author of the seminal scholarly book, American Picturebooks from Noah’s Ark to The Beast Within. Her award will be presented by Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book.
In addition to the award ceremony, each year fans of children’s illustration eagerly look forward to the benefit art auction at The Carle Honors. This year’s pieces are absolutely amazing. A stellar cast of generous art contributors include Eric Carle, Tony DiTerlizzi, Richard Egielski, Tom Feelings, Steven Kellogg, Jon Klassen, David Macaulay, Barbara McClintock, Barry Moser, Jerry Pinkney, Susan L. Roth, William Steig, Chris Van Allsburg, Rosemary Wells, David Wiesner, Mo Willems and Robert R. Zakanitch. It’s impossible to pick a favorite, but I am so taken by this special piece by the late Tom Feelings.
You can preview the rest of the auction here and find all the bidding details.
What art piece would you love to take home?
Friday, June 14th, 2013
We’re so excited for the opening of our newest exhibition, Seriously Silly: A Decade of Art and Whimsy by Mo Willems. We’re celebrating all weekend and we hope you can stop by to join us.
Friday, June 21st
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
In coordination with the release of the Mo Willems’ newest book, Don’t Pigeonhole Me: Two Decades of the Mo Willems Sketchbook, The R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton, MA will be featuring non-illustration drawings and sculptures by Mo Willems. The Carle Bookshop will be there selling books, so be sure to stop by, check out the art, meet Mo and get a book or two. More details here.
Saturday, June 22nd
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Meet Elephant and Piggie!
Join us at The Carle on Saturday for a day full of activities and fun honoring Mo Willems and the opening of the exhibition Seriously Silly: A Decade of Art and Whimsy by Mo Willems. We’ll have activities in the gallery and Art Studio, films and storytimes featuring favorite books by Mo Willems and appearances by Elephant and Piggie! Bring your camera and check our website for times to be sure you don’t miss a chance to get a photo.
Photo by Marty Umans
Sunday, June 23rd
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Meet Mo Willems!
Definitely a day not to miss! In addition to a full day of the fun Mo-themed activities planned (check our website for details and schedules), Mo Willems will be at The Carle to meet fans and sign books. Please note: Only one book will be allowed from home, but you can purchase an unlimited number of books at The Carle Bookshop to have signed by Mo Willems. He won’t be able to personalize books in order to make sure everyone has a chance to get a book signed before he leaves, but he’s so excited to meet all of you. He also will not be signing plush toys or board books (or anything else that’s unsafe that may go into a child’s mouth).
So come meet Mo! Get a book signed! Get your picture taken with Mo (please, no flash) or Elephant & Piggie! See Mo’s original art in the galleries! Make your own Pigeon in the art studio! Believe me, it’s going to be an AMAZING day. We hope to see all of you then.
If you just can’t make it to Amherst, MA this weekend, why not pre-order some autographed Mo Willems books online? We will get the books signed for you (sorry, no personalization) and ship them to you after the event. Autographed books make great gifts. Click here to see all of our available Mo Willems books and products. We’re super excited to now carry Mo Willems postcards and Pigeon fabric, too!
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!
Friday, April 26th, 2013
April 29th through May 5 is National Screen-Free Week, a week for you and your kids to take a break from all the many screens in your daily life – like the computer, phone, and T.V. – in order to enjoy quality time with a book, nature, or with each other. Going to a museum like The Carle is a great way to unplug as a family. You can check out some original art in the galleries, share some books together in the Reading Library, make your own art in our hands-on Art Studio, and of course, run around or picnic in our beautiful apple orchard.
In fact, come to The Carle this Sunday, April 28th and you can help us kick-off Screen-Free Week with a bang! Illustrators Chris Raschka, Tad Hills, Bob Staake, and Dan Yaccarino will be here chatting with Jarrett J. Krosoczka in our auditorium about their books, their art and how they like to unplug. Art activities and a book signing will follow. Special thanks to Random House Children’s Books for bringing these five fabulous picture book creators to The Carle!
Check out their new books below, perfect for reading together on a screen-free day!
Everyone Can learn To Ride a Bicycle by Chris Raschka (Schwartz & Wade, 2013)
Bluebird by Bob Staake (Schwartz & Wade, 2013)
Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013)
Duck and Goose: Goose Needs a Hug by Tad Hills (Schwartz & Wade, 2013)
Lunch Lady and the Video Game Villain: Lunch Lady #9 by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013)
Here are some of our favorite ways to unplug. What are yours? Share your favorite screen-free activities with us in the comments below.
- Visit The Carle (of course!) or other screen-free museums
- Go to the library and check out some new books
- Go for a bike ride
- Play a board game with friends
- Create an art project or write an original story
- Try out a new, delicious recipe
- Explore the neighborhood
- Go for a hike in the woods
- Have a picnic
- Listen to music and dance!
Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
Next week marks the anniversary of the publication of one of our very favorite books, The Very Hungry Caterpillar! We hope you can help us celebrate here at The Carle this weekend. We’re kicking off festivities with a Members’ Pancake Breakfast in the morning, followed by a day of Caterpillar-themed storytimes, films and activities. We hear there will even be an appearance from the Caterpillar himself! Here are all the details:
Annual Pancake Breakfast Celebrating Very Hungry Caterpillar Day
Sunday, March 17, 2013
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
First Seating – 9:00 am
Second Seating – 10:15 am ETA: Now full!
Free to members, but space is limited. Reserve early at email@example.com.
Celebration of the 2013 Very Hungry Caterpillar Day
Sunday,March 17, 2013
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Free with Museum Admission
Celebrate The Caterpillar’s special day with us!
Join us for special story times, films, art activities and a visit from The Very Hungry Caterpillar! Plus Museum Shop sale – 15% off all caterpillar-related books and toys!
12:30 pm – The Very Hungry Caterpillar Film
1:00 pm – Meet the Caterpillar
1:30 pm – Storytime
2:30 pm – Picture Writer: The Art of Picture Books Film
3:00 pm – Meet the Caterpillar
3:30 pm – Storytime
4:00 pm – The Very Hungry Caterpillar Film
There will be fun all-day art activities and all children will receive Butterfly temporary tattoos. Bring your camera!
If you can’t make it to the museum consider participating in our friendly competition by creating your own version of the Very Hungry Caterpillar using found materials and submitting a photo of your creation. Winners will win an original doodle by Eric Carle and more! Check out the details here: http://www.carlemuseum.org/studioblog/?p=2677
Today we’re also giving away a very soft and plushy Caterpillar to one lucky blog reader. To win, leave a comment below BEFORE 12 pm EST Saturday, March 16th. Tell us, If you were to invite The Very Hungry Caterpillar over for a birthday dinner celebration, what would you prepare for him? Good luck and we’re announcing the winner on Sunday, March 17th.
Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
Are you ready to rock?
We’re hosting the ultimate picture book jam fest here at The Carle this Saturday, March 9th. Author/Illustrators Jarrett J. Krosoczka and Jef Czekaj will be here for a performance that combines punk music, drawing and rapping into one epic book reading. The authors will sign copies of their books outside the Shop after, as well as encourage budding artists to try their own drawing in the Art Studio. The event is free with Museum admission and starts at 1:00 pm. See you then! Rock on!
Jef Czekaj is a cartoonist, author, illustrator and musician. His books include Hip and Hop, Don’t Stop!, Cat Secrets, The Circulatory Story and Yes, Yes, Yaul!
Jarrett J. Krosoczka has authored and illustrated eighteen books including Good Night, Monkey Boy, the Punk Farm series and the Lunch Lady series.
Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
With all of this snow we’ve gotten on the East Coast recently, I bet many of you readers have some new sledding stories to tell. Join us for a Special Storytime with Rebecca Rule and Jennifer Thermes this February vacation week for a thrilling sledding tale. Here are the event details:
The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever! (Islandport Press, 2012)
February 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm, free with Museum Admission
Thrill to the tale of a great sledding adventure as author Rebecca Rule reads from her latest book, The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever! Rebecca will be joined by artist Jennifer Thermes who will share sketches and art from the book, and demonstrate how an illustrator creates pictures to tell a story. Q and A and book signing to follow.
Rebecca Rule is the author of Live Free and Eat Pie! and Headin’ for the Rhubarb: A New Hampshire Dictionary (well, kinda). She is also the author of three short story collections about New Hampshire, including Teh Best Revenge, named Outstanding Work of Fiction by the New Hampshire Writer’s Project. Rule is best known for her live storytelling events, many sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council. She chronicles many of these events, and her encounters with people and language, in her blog. “Travels with Becky,” which can be found at www.livefreeandeatpie.com. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, she taught writing classes there for a number of years. She has lived in New Hampshire all her life (so far). She lives in Northwood with her husband, John Rule, their wire fox terrier, Bob and various other dogs, cats and birds. www.rebeccarulenh.com/books
Jennifer Thermes is a children’s book author and illustrator whose books include Maggie & Oliver, or A Bone of One’s Own (written by Valerie Hobbs), Sam Bennett’s New Shoes and When I Was Built. In addition to being an avid reader, an obsessed gardener, and an adorer of cats, Thermes also creates illustrated maps for publishing and magazine clients. She lives in an old farmhouse in Newtown, Connecticut, with her family, two cats, one dog and countless mice. www.jenniferthermes.com
Friday, February 15th, 2013
A good fairy tale re-telling never goes out of style. Talented author and artists always seem to keep coming up with fresh ways to make a classic bedtime tale take on a whole new life. This week we’ll host the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School’s adaptation of Goldilocks and The Three Bears in our auditorium. We browsed our fairy tale section here in the Shop and found that we had quite the selection of Goldilocks picture books, ranging from classic, beloved editions to quirky and funny twists on the tale, each with their own distinctive illustrations. Here are a few of our favorites:
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems (Balzer + Bray, 2012)
Goldilocks by Ruth Sanderson (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009)
The Goldilocks Variations by Allan Ahlberg, illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg (Candlewick Press, 2009)
Goldilocks and the Three Bears by James Marshall (Penguin, 1998)
Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Jim Aylesworth, illustrated by Barbara McClintock (Scholastic Press, 2003)
Goldilocks and Just One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson (Nosy Crow/Candlewick Press, 2012)
We’d love to have you come visit the museum and see the show this week. Maybe your kids are on school vacation and need a fun activity? Here’s your chance to win four tickets to the Goldilocks performance and a Family Pass (good for two adults and up to four children) to The Carle.
How to enter:
Use your creativity to adapt the Goldilocks fairytale by posting the title of your adaptation in a comment below: Goldilocks and the ____________. (Example: Goldilocks and the Three Elephants or Goldilocks and the Case of the Three Empty Bowls). Use your imagination! What kind of Goldilocks story would YOU like to read? Leave your comment BEFORE midnight EST Sunday, February 17, 2013. One winner will be chosen at random and announced on Monday, February 18th.
We hope that the winner will be able to come and enjoy the show during one of their many performances next week, but even if you live far away, you can still enter to win for a free pass to visit The Carle sometime within the year. Here are the details about the performance.
Goldilocks & the Three Bears: An Epic
February 19 – February 22, 2013
11:00 am and 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm
$6 (Members $5)
So you think you know this tale? Think again! In this epic adaptation written by Jack Neary, there’s a lot more in store for Goldy, our little blond curiosity seeker, than three bears, some chairs, and bowls of breakfast food. Some annoying neighborhood kids, a pack of crazy Wolfettes, a fourth bear named Uncle Chester who may not be a bear at all, Little Red Riding Hood and even Rapunzel join forces to create an adventure for the ages! Poor Goldy! All she wanted was to take a nice little walk in the forest. Goldilocks & The Three Bears: An Epic is a show for the whole family to enjoy!
Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 658-1126.
Comments now closed. Congratulations to the winner, Amanda! We’ll be in touch. Thanks everyone for playing. Such fun Goldilocks variations ideas!