November 24th, 2013 by Eliza
Yes, the Pigeon has a hat. And now, so can you.
In celebration of our exhibition Seriously Silly: A Decade of Art and Whimsy by Mo Willems (on view until February 23, 2014) we’ve collaborated with Mo Willems to bring you this stylin’ hat, that is, unlike the Pigeon, impossible to say NO to.
Available in kids and grown-up sizes. The perfect gift for your book-loving friend, teacher, family member, and of course, yourself. $20 each, available only from The Carle Bookshop. Thanks, Mo!
And while you’re at it, why not round out your children’s book hat collection with a cool Caterpillar cap, as well? For more Mo Willems products, including a complete selection of books (we even have some autographed ones left!), toys, clothing and accessories, check out our online shop.
November 19th, 2013 by Eliza
Eric Carle’s newest book, Friends, officially goes on sale today! You can purchase a copy of Friends from us either online here or come and stop by our Shop in Amherst, MA and say hello! With each purchase of Friends, we’re giving away a free 8″ x 10″ specially-designed mini print (as supplies last, of course).
Friends is a celebration of friendship and childhood expressed in Eric Carle’s iconic and colorful tissue paper collage illustrations, accompanied by a poetic story of a child’s imaginative journey at play.
If you visit The Carle anytime between now and March 23, 2014 you’ll be lucky enough to catch our current exhibition: The Art of Eric Carle: Friends which showcases original artwork from the book.
Eric Carle continues to amaze us (and he’s in his eighties, remember!) with such beautiful books. I immediately fell in love with the giant full page spreads of various nature scenes – the purples and blues of a distant mountain, the abstract green strokes that create the feeling of a sunny, dewy meadow, or the cheerful brightness of a flower garden – as the boy goes on his journey. This book has such sweet meaning to Eric Carle, explained in the end, about a long-lost friend in Germany, and is dedicated to Eric Carle’s very own best friend – his wife, Bobbie. To learn a little more about the book from Eric Carle himself and to get a sneak peek at the beautiful illustrations, check out this video below.
September 22nd, 2013 by Ari
Today is the first official day of fall! So, here’s a treat from us here at the Eric Carle Museum Bookshop:
OUR FAVORITE BOOKS!
Or, some of them. Have you read them? You should! Check out what our book enthusiasts are saying about these special picks.
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown (2013, Little Brown)
Roar! Mr. Tiger is tired of being polite and proper all the time. And then he has an idea… A wild take on the Just-Be-Yourself story.
Ben’s Trumpet by Rachel Isadora (1991, Greenwillow Books)
The sounds of jazz come alive in Isadora’s black and white illustrations – from the fast vibrations of drums to the zigzag brass notes of the trumpet. Inspiration to all to just play.
Chalk by Bill Thomson (2010, Marshall Cavendish)
Chalk may be wordless, but it is every bit as exciting as our own imaginations. Just try to picture what would happen if all of your drawings came to life…
Swine Lake by James Marshall & Maurice Sendak (1999, HarperCollins)
This is not your typical pig story. First, there’s dancing pigs. Yes! It is a bona fide bovine ballet production. Top it off with a sneaky low-brown Wolf and watch the humor ensue. Join the dancing, intrigue, or even the audience and witness a change of heart.
Rivalry spurs on two bakers to discover who is the cleverest maker! This is a fun, rhyming tale filled with round shapes and bright colors. Just remember, sometimes the simplest things are the sweetest!
Want one of these favorites for your own? Click here to purchase it in our online shop!
September 19th, 2013 by Ari
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!
September 18th, 2013 by Ari
It’s fall! My absolute favorite season! The first chill is in the air. The trees are changing colors. And there’s nothing I love more than crunching leaves under my feet, wearing sweaters, drinking tea, picking apples, eating apples, dehydrating apples, making apple pie…
You get the idea.
Plus, there’s no better time to snuggle up with a blanket and a book. So here are a few of our fall favorites for you to read. And tell us yours!
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert (1991, HMH Books for Young Readers)
True to Ehlert’s style, this book’s bright colors and mixed media explain the story of a sugar maple: leaves, seeds, roots and all!
Four Friends In Autumn by Tomie DePaola (2004, Simon & Schuster)
It’s autumn! Four friends meet to feast and talk about fall, their favorite season. But a mishap sends them on a new adventure…
Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber & Leslie Evans (2004, Charlesbridge)
In delightful rhyme, this book details the shapes and colors of sycamore leaves, maple, willow and more. Plus, it reminds us the best part about all these leaves: jumping in the piles!
Applesauce Season by Eden Ross Lipson & Mordicai Gerstein (2009, Roaring Brook Press)
MacIntosh. Honey Crisp. Cortland. Red Delicious. Do you have a favorite apple? With all those apples and all that sauce, this book is the perfect addition to any apple-loving family!
The Apple Pie that Papa Baked by Lauren Thompson & Jonathan Bean (2007, Simon & Schuster)
Folk-art illustrations and a cumulative text take this adventure of pie to the apples, to the tree, to the rain, to the clouds, sky, sun and world!
The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger (2008, Greenwillow Books)
Stunning colors and collages tell the story of the leaf who isn’t ready for winter, and the path to acceptance.
Interested in purchasing one of these lovely fall favorites? Visit our website here.
September 12th, 2013 by Ari
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.
August 18th, 2013 by Ari
There’s nothing quite like curling up with book. And, for a lot of us, there’s noting quite like curling up with our pet. Sometimes, even, the pets in our books can feel just as comfortable and familiar as our very own. There are several tales from my childhood in which I can remember a pet that was as important to me as the story. One of my favorite books, Grandfather Twilight by Barbara Berger (1984, Penguin), tells the story of how the moon begins, each night, as a pearl on Grandfather Twilight’s strand. The pearl grows and grows as he carries it to the sea, where he eventually releases it into the sky as the moon. On nearly every page, he is followed by a dog. This dog, in particular, appears to be loyal, kind, and wonderfully, wonderfully soft. Perhaps you can remember a favorite picture book pet, too.
Grandfather Twilight by Barbara Berger (1984, Penguin)
Here are a couple of memorable pets from some very memorable books. Most of these books feature dogs, but there are a couple of animal surprises. Can you tell us which picture book all of these pets come from?
Check back at the end of the week for answers!
August 4th, 2013 by Eliza
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?
July 17th, 2013 by Ari
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?
July 14th, 2013 by Ari
Summer is the perfect season for reading! It’s also the perfect season for enjoying the outdoors, adventuring and the wonderful world of make believe. My personal favorite activity is the “book-nic.” It’s as simple as it sounds: pack up a picnic lunch, a blanket and a book (or books!) and spend the afternoon outside, reading. Here in the shop, we’ve all picked out our current favorite summer read. From appreciating nature, to stretching our imaginations, to adventures grand and small, these books all speak the language of summer. Take a look at these, and get a few ideas for planning your first book-nic!
by Leo Lionni
A simple mouse tale that illustrates the contemplative life of an artist in a way anyone can emulate and enjoy. In our world of digital screens and instant information, I think we all could use a reminder of the value in collecting the world’s natural beauty.
Dangerously Ever After
by Dashka Slater & Valeria Docampo
Not every princess is the same. In fact, this princess loves to live dangerously. When a new dangerous collectible turns out to be harmless, but annoying, our princess must find a way to save the day. Everything just may turn up roses! This story is wonderful because it lets you know that it’s okay to be different. And that being different can allow you to enjoy the things around you in a way that no one else does. Being yourself shouldn’t be a burden, but an adventure!
by Barbara Cooney
Roxaboxen reminds us that if we have an old wooden box, we have a table. If we find a stick, we have a horse to ride. If we uncover some black pebbles, we have our very own treasure. If we read Roxaboxen? Then we have the key to accessing our very own incredible imaginations.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
by Catherynne M. Valente
A young, precocious girl’s curiosity and taste for adventure takes her on an extraordinary quest through Fairyland, meeting and befriending a wide variety of strange and wonderful creatures. Perfect for fans of Alice in Wonderland and The Phantom Tollbooth, this book is full of rich, lyrical language, humor, fantasy and delightful wordplay. Ages 8 and up.