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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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Current Exhibitions

IN THE Central Gallery

Harriet the Spy Turns Fifty

Louise Fitzhugh's Harriet the Spy turns fifty in 2014. To celebrate this golden anniversary, The Carle is organizing an exhibition of original drawings from the book. Initially, Harriet & Co. will return to New York City, premiering at The Forbes Galleries from March 7 to May 3, 2014. Subsequently, these drawings will be joined by those from the sequel, The Long Secret, and be on view from May 20 until November 30, 2014. Random House is publishing a 50th-anniversary commemorative edition with appreciations from, among others, Judy Blume and Lois Lowry. 

Support for Harriet The Spy Turns Fifty has been generously provided by Random House Children’s Books

IN THE West Gallery

The Art of Eric Carle & Friends: What's Your Favorite Animal?

Eric Carle has partnered with fourteen leading illustrators to answer the enduring question, “What’s your favorite animal?" in a new book published by Henry Holt and Company. Contributions range from meticulously rendered artwork to quick, funny sketches with equally varied commentaries. The book, and this complementary exhibition, is a colorful, varied, and engaging omnibus that offers real insight into the lives and personalities of the artists. Contributors are Nick Bruel, Eric Carle, Lucy Cousins, Susan Jeffers, Steven Kellogg, Jon Klassen, Tom Lichtenheld, Peter McCarty, Chris Raschka, Peter Sis, Lane Smith, Erin Stead, Rosemary Wells, and Mo Willems. All royalties from the sale of the book benefit The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

See our What's Your Favorite Animal? virtual gallery with artwork from friends around the world.

Learn more about this new book that benefits The Carle.

Illustration © 2013 by Eric Carle

IN THE East Gallery

Simms Taback: Art by Design

To celebrate the gift of a significant part of Simms Taback’s archive, the museum is mounting an exhibition, Simms Taback: Art by Design. The exhibition will survey Simms’s eight major books, including his Caldecott Medal Book, Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, and his Honor Book, There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. Taback's irrepressible humor shines through in his colorful, beautifully crafted compositions, and important messages abound. This show is the second in an ongoing series highlighting the permanent collection and it will be accompanied by a sixteen-page illustrated brochure with an essay by Chief Curator, H. Nichols B. Clark.

To learn more about Simms Taback visit his official website.

Support for Simms Taback: Art by Design has been generously provided by Penguin Young Readers Group

IN THE Reading Library

Once upon a time… An exploration of Gustave Doré in the modern fairy tale

“Sleeping Beauty,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” and “Beauty and the Beast.”  Doré’s timeless illustrations are presented in this exhibition along with the works of contemporary children’s-book illustrators. Allowing for a side-by-side comparison, the influence of Doré becomes apparent in the works of famous contemporary illustrators like Jerry Pinkney, James Marshall, and Fred Marcellino. Come and discover the wonderful and dramatic world of Gustave Doré along with some of your favorite childhood classics.

Curated by The Carle's 2014 Trinkett Clark Intern

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