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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002
  • Tues. – Fri. 10am – 4pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 12pm – 5pm

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Book-Centered Programs for Adults

Inspired by The Carle’s Whole Book Approach, these programs support critical engagement with the picture book as an art form, engage groups in collaborative experiences, and place emphasis on reading with children rather than reading to children. For more program options, see our Art-Centered Programs.

After reading the information below regarding program options and fees, please complete our online Group Program Reservation Form with your selection. Book-Centered Programs are designed for between 10 and 25 participants, unless otherwise noted. To inquire about programs for larger audiences, contact


A Book in Hand: Multiple Copy Storytimes for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers (3 hours)

Explore how using multiple copies of a single picture book during storytimes and classroom circle-times can benefit young students. This innovative approach to looking, listening, learning, and communicating helps children make connections between visual and verbal literacy. Maximum of 16 participants.

“An interesting approach to reading with children and helping them develop pre-literacy skills.”  - former participant


A Caldecott Anniversary: A Celebratory Look at Selected Caldecott Winners and their Influence Throughout Seventy-Five Years (3 hours)

Look closely at selected picture books, including Where the Wild Things Are and The Snowy Day, that have been recognized as the ‘most distinguished’ of their time and  discuss the new perspectives that they continue to bring to the field of children’s literature.


Reading Pictures: Interpreting Picture Book Art with Children (3 hours)

Explore unique and varied ways that picture books create a sense of motion, time, perspective, and the imaginary, and in doing so develop children's visual literacy. This workshop will provide opportunities to think critically about how the artwork of picture books can create meaning. We will discuss how to engage students interactively and critically with books in a manner that will encourage them to interpret stories on their own terms, to find pleasure in looking at art, and to make connections between the books that they read and the world that they live in.


The Whole Book Approach (3 hours)

The Whole Book Approach, developed by former Carle educator Megan Dowd Lambert, is designed to give educators the tools to evaluate the picture book as an art form and to encourage the critical engagement of students during picture book reading experiences. Lambert’s book, Reading Picture Books with Children, is available for purchase in the Museum Shop.

“I learned to use picture books in a whole different way…reading the pictures!” – former participant


Program Fees

Please email for a quote.

Accommodations / Per Diem

Any site beyond a four-hour roundtrip from the Museum will be asked to provide overnight accommodations for the outreach educator at his or her discretion. A per diem rate of $45 may also be applied to cover meals and incidental expenses incurred by the consultant/presenter.

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