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.
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!
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.
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.
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 amETA: 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.
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.
It’s time for our last holiday giveaway! In celebration of The Carle’s 10th Anniversary, three wonderful artists have given us original doodles to share with our friends. Two lucky readers have already won doodles by Peter Laird and Tony DiTerlizzi. This week we’re offering the opportunity to win a doodle by Eric Carle. The doodle is an original sketch, autographed on 9″ x 6″ heavy cardstock.
We love the Caterpillar! Do you have a favorite character from one of Eric Carle’s books?
Last month at our 10th Anniversary celebration, Eric Carle and his wife Barbara spoke to guests and friends about the journey of creating The Carle Museum and reflecting on 10 amazing years. They thank all the friends and supporters that have made this museum possible and the experience of visiting The Carle special. It’s worth a watch if you haven’t seen it yet.
We had such a wonderful anniversary weekend last month and look forward to all the years full of fantastic events, exhibits and friends. Thank you again to Eric Carle, Peter Laird and Tony DiTerlizzi for all their support and for the hours they each spent doodling for fans. We are so grateful for the opportunity to give our blog readers the chance to win one of their pieces of art!
Want to win this autographed Caterpillar doodle? Here’s how:
– Leave a comment below and let us know your favorite Eric Carle book or character.
Please note: Comments are individually approved to filter out spam, so there may be a delay in your comment appearing below.
Entries must be received before 12:00 pm Eastern time on Wednesday, January 3rd. We’ll pick a winner at random and announce it on Thursday, January 4th. Good luck and Happy Holidays!
It’s time for another holiday giveaway! In celebration of The Carle’s 10th Anniversary, three wonderful artists have given us original doodles to share with our friends. Last week one lucky reader won a doodle by Tony DiTerlizzi, and this week we’re offering the opportunity to win a doodle by Peter Laird, co-creator of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The doodle is an original sketch, autographed on 9″ x 6″ heavy cardstock.
Who is your favorite Ninja Turtle?
We love this picture of two very different turtles by two of our favorite artists, Eric Carle and Peter Laird!
We want to thank Peter Laird for his hours spent doodling for fans and are so grateful he made an extra one that one of you lucky readers will be able to take home!
How to enter:
– Leave a comment below and let us know, if you could have any super power, what would it be?
Please note: Comments are individually approved to filter out spam, so there may be a delay in your comment appearing below.
Entries must be received before 12:00 pm Eastern time on Wednesday, December 19th. We’ll pick a winner at random and announce it on Thursday, December 20th. Be sure to check back next week for our last giveaway — a doodle by Eric Carle!
If you haven’t seen it yet, the film is about Eric Carle and his life. Viewers learn how Eric makes books and where his ideas come from. Film Director, Kate Geis remarks about the film, “we see the man reflected in his work — an artist who loves color and the simple collage imagery of animals and insects that appealed to the six-year-old child he once was, and the 83 year old man he is today. Eric is a warm and encouraging artist. He creates to satisfy his own desire to make art but he wants his audience, whether they are 4 or 40 or 80 years old, to be artists too.”
This film is extra special to us because it culminates in the creation of The Eric Carle Museum. After a lifetime of creating successful picture books and selling over 33 million copies of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric and his wife Barbara give back by building a 40,000 square foot museum to celebrate picture book art from around the world and the creative spirit in each visitor who walks through its doors. You can read more about the film on its website.
It’s such an educational and inspiring film and is well-loved by educators who use it in their classrooms when doing units on Eric Carle. It has already won the American Library Association’s ALSC 2012 Notable Children’s Video award for “videos for children 14 years of age and younger that exhibit especially commendable quality, show respect for children’s intelligence and imagination and reflect and encourage the interests of children in exemplary ways.”
Here’s a trailer for the film:
Like what you see? Pick up your own copy of the film in our store on online.
Today is the anniversary of Eric Carle’s bestselling picture book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar! Hooray!
To celebrate 41 years of a classic book that has reached and delighted so many children all over the world, today we are giving away a very special gift to one lucky reader. The winner of this giveaway will receive a hardcover copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, autographed by Eric Carle and a copy of the new, award-winning DVD about Eric Carle and his work, Eric Carle: Picture Writer: The Art of the Picture Book.
To enter, leave a comment below before 12:00 pm EST Wednesday, March 21st. We’ll randomly pick one winner from the comments on Wednesday. Good luck!
UPDATE: Submissions for the giveaway are now closed. Congratulations to the winner of this giveaway, Brook Gideon!
What lovely comments! It’s so nice to read how The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle’s books have impacted so many of you and your families. And especially nice to hear how many of you have been able to visit us here at The Eric Carle Museum! Here’s to many more years of bringing the joy of Eric Carle books into your lives! Happy Birthday to you, Very Hungry Caterpillar and Happy Spring!