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

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Past Events

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Lesléa Newman

August 13, 2017
Free with Museum Admission

Wear something sparkly, and come to The Carle for a "Sparkle Party" storytime and art activity! In Sparkle Boy, author Lesléa Newman’s tells the story of Casey and his older sister, Jessie. Casey loves to play with his blocks, puzzles, and dump truck, and he also loves things that shimmer, glitter, and sparkle. Jessie thinks shimmery, glittery, sparkly things are only for girls. This sweet and refreshing story speaks to us all about acceptance, respect, and the simple freedom to be yourself.

Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at


In The Auditorium

CactusHead Puppets Presents: Little Red Riding Hood

August 12, 2017
$5 (Members $4.50); Museum Admission extra

Little Red Riding Hood's anxious mother sends her off into the woods with some treats for her dear old grandmother, but to get home safely she and her grandmother will have to outsmart the Big Bad Wolf. Are Little Red and Grandmother in trouble, or has the wolf bitten off more than he can chew? CactusHead Puppets presents their modern adaptation of this classic story, told with hand puppets and shadow puppets.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413-559-6336.

In The Museum

Summer Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs

August 7, 2017
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Free with admission. Advance sign-up required.

Children ages 4-11 will enjoy reading aloud to Reading Buddy dogs, who provide a gentle, comforting listener to readers as they practice their fluency and strengthen their confidence in reading.

Advance sign-up is required. Call 413-559-6307 or email to sign up for a date and 15-minute time block. Space is limited.

In The Museum

Summer Teacher Workshop: All Together Now: Learning through Collaboration

August 7, 2017
9:30am - 5:30pm
$130 (Members $110.50)

(7 PDPs) Join educators throughout the region for a one-day workshop exploring collaboration and its role in teaching and learning. Keynote speaker Ben Mardell, a researcher at Project Zero, will shares insights and stories from the Pedagogy of Play and Children are Citizens projects to illustrate how children, teachers, schools and the community can collaborate to enhance learning and foster democratic citizenry. The day also includes flash talks from teachers on the topic of collaboration in and out of the classroom, workshops in the Art Studio and Galleries, and a workshop looking at the role of documentation in collaboration.

Download the full Program Schedule including session descriptions here:
All Together Now: Learning through Collaboration (PDF)

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.


In The Art Studio

Special Art Studio Guest: Susan Schwake (CANCELED)

August 6, 2017
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join artist, art educator, and author Susan Schwake for an afternoon of art-making where guests will create their own cityscapes using a variety of tissue and newspapers. This program is inspired by Schwake's recent book, Art Camp, which is available for purchase in the Shop.



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