June 17th, 2013 by Eliza
We’re so excited for the opening of Mo Willems’ exhibition Seriously Silly: A Decade of Art and Whimsy by Mo Willems, this weekend! The exhibition opens on Saturday, June 22nd and runs until February 23, 2014, so you all have a nice long time to plan a trip to The Carle to come see the show.
To celebrate, we’re offering a giveaway an autographed copy of one our favorite Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems, Let’s Go for a Drive. This Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book is extra special to us at The Carle because our pal Mo wrote a lovely dedication in the beginning of the book. It reads “To Eric, Bobbie, and everyone at the Eric Carle Museum — always worth the drive.”
We hope all of you find that The Carle is worth the drive, or bike ride, or plane fare….and that you come visit us soon! Not only is there so much to see in Amherst, MA, but you can make a great trip for the whole family by visiting all the other amazing destinations in the area. Check out all the great things Hampshire County has to offer – restaurants, bookstores, local farms and fresh food, The Emily Dickinson Museum, ancient dinosaur footprints, and more!
This copy of Let’s Go for a Drive is signed by Mo Willems and has a special Piggie doodle on the title page. In the book Elephant and Piggie plan a road trip and have a long list of important things they can’t leave home without: a map, sunglasses, an umbrella. To enter this giveaway, leave us a comment below telling us what you absolutely MUST bring along when you go on a road trip. Leave a comment BEFORE Noon EST on Thursday, June 20th. We’ll randomly select a winner shortly after. Good luck!
June 14th, 2013 by Eliza
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!
May 3rd, 2013 by Eliza
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!
April 26th, 2013 by Eliza
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!
March 20th, 2013 by Eliza
I remember Eric Carle once telling me that one copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar sells every minute around the world. It’s so special to think that a picture book can reach so many children, be gifted to so many new babies, and be held by the little hands of so many new and eager readers and listeners every day. Since its first appearance in 1969, this big-eyed and ravenous caterpillar has become a beloved icon, recognizable around the world. Today, in honor of the 44th anniversary of the publication of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, I thought it might be nice to share some of the many languages this classic book has been translated into. It’s great to know that so many children (and adults!) around the world are united by their love of a very special caterpillar.
Here’s a complete list of all the many language translations of the Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Happy Very Hungry Caterpillar Day! Join in the celebrations today by sharing this classic with someone special.
March 12th, 2013 by Eliza
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
March 8th, 2013 by Eliza
Just when we start to think springtime thoughts, Mother Nature reminds us that we live in unpredictable New England! While we enjoy these last snowy days of winter, we thought you might like some snow day reading recommendations. Sometimes it’s nice to remind yourself that even if you’re already thinking of tulips and budding trees, a snow day can be A LOT OF FUN too! Below are some picture books that you may have missed that perfectly capture the joy of a romp in the snow.
Red Sled by Lita Judge (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2011)
“At night, a host of woodland creatures plays with a child’s red sled.”
Red Sled by Patricia Thomas illustrated by Chris L. Demarest (Boyds Mills Press, 2008)
“A boy and his father lift one another’s spirits by going sledding on a winter’s night.”
Ten on the Sled by Kim Norman, illustrated by Liza Woodruff (Sterling, 2010)
“Animals fall off a speeding sled one by one until only a lonely caribou is left, chasing a giant snowball that has engulfed the falling animals.”
This Place in the Snow by Rebecca Bond (Dutton Children’s Books, 2004)
“After a night of silent snowfall, people awaken to the sound of a plow making a huge snow mound, which they work together to transform into a very special place where they all can play.”
Snow Day! By Patricia Lakin, illustrated by Scott Nash (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2002)
“Four crocodile friends enjoy a snowy day of sledding.”
Snow! Snow! Snow! By Lee Harper (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2009)
“A father and his two sons spend a perfect day sledding together.”
Snow Day for Mouse By Judy Cox, illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler (Holiday House, 2012)
“On a snowy day, Mouse is swept outside where he plays in the snow, ice skates on a frozen puddle, and makes sure his friends the birds get something to eat.”
A Perfect Day by Carin Berger (Greenwillow Books, 2012)
“Young friends enjoy a day of sledding, snowball fights, and ice skating one snowy day in their hillside village.”
The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Rider Ever! By Rebecca Rule, illustrated by Jennifer Thermes (Islandport Press, 2012)
“Seven children work together to navigate their way up a steep, icy hill so that they can enjoy an exciting sled ride.”
Winter Eyes By Douglas Florian (Greenwillow Books, 1999)
“A collection of poems about winter, including “Sled,” “Icicles,” and “Ice Fishing.”.”
What are your favorite books about playing in the snow?
March 5th, 2013 by Eliza
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.
March 3rd, 2013 by Jeannine
Twelve Kinds of Ice byEllen Bryan Obed, illustrated by Barbara McClintock (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
This beautiful book is about the size of a grown-up’s mitten. Short chapters with lots of black and white illustrations follow a family through a winter in which skating is central to peoples’ joy. The children in the narrator’s family unite around anticipation and memories of skating, while neighbors join them to skate in the yard a father carefully floods and tends, with the children’s help. We see people who live close to nature, with the emphasis on its pleasures. Few could read this book and not take a keener interest in varieties of ice, and want to skate. All will be glad to spend a short time with the people met here — gliding over frozen fields, through pastures, across a pond, and the flooded garden turned rink, after homework was finished, in the moonlight. The text is poetic and Barbara McClintock’s drawings are full of movement, grace and the charm of a particular time and place.
February 20th, 2013 by The Carle
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