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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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Illustration (c) 2014 by Peter Sis


Current Exhibitions

IN THE East Gallery

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile and Friends: The Art of Bernard Waber

Bernard Waber, who died in May of 2013 at the age of ninety-one, was a born storyteller and nimble, elegant draughtsman with mischief to spare. In the more than two dozen picture books he created between 1961 and 2010, Waber reveled in life’s little surprises while quietly insisting on the importance of friendship and family. A crocodile for a house guest? A lion named Shirley Williamson? Why not! — Waber blithely declares in these droll, worldly-wise entertainments. Our exhibition features 85 original illustrations from the lion’s share of Waber’s classic picture books as well as a sampling of his work as a designer at Time Inc. and Cond√© Nast.

Support for Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile and Friends: The Art of Bernard Waber has been generously provided by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

IN THE Central Gallery

Natalie Merchant and Barbara McClintock: Leave Your Sleep

Natalie Merchant’s double album Leave Your Sleep, which appeared in 2010 to rave reviews, transformed a marvelous selection of children’s poetry into a collection of original songs. In 2012 a picture book of the same title was published with richly imagined watercolors by Barbara McClintock. Leave Your Sleep opens the door to a world of poems and songs filled with witches, fearless girls, blind men and elephants, and sailors. Sound, word, and image happily and brilliantly share the same stage. The Carle hosts an exhibition of selected works, from preliminary sketches to finished art, by McClintock as well as some of Merchant’s own initial visual ideas.

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. To find out how you can contribute to our gallery, you can get instructions here.

Learn more about this new book that benefits The Carle.

Illustration © 2013 by Eric Carle
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