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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

Visit the carle


Past Events

In The Auditorium

Starlight Theatre presents The Little Mermaid Jr.

July 29, 2017
$7 (Members $6.50)

Starlight’s Youth Theatre is proud to present’s Disney’s beloved production of LITTLE MERMAID JR. Come join Ariel and her friends as they explore “A Whole New World” “Under the Sea” and find out if “She’s In Love.”

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

In The Museum

Free Fun Friday at The Carle

July 28, 2017
10:00am - 4:00pm
FREE Admission

Come celebrate picture books with art activities, films, music by Berkshire Hills Music Academy, and special storytimes with authors/illustrators Brian Biggs, Sarah Dillard, and Jeff Mack!



10:00 am
Films: The Ezra Jack Keats Library (52 min., Auditorium)

10:30 am
Special Storytime with Brian Biggs (Reading Library)*

11:00 am
Film: Eric Carle: Picture Writer (30 min., Auditorium)

11:00 am
Very Hungry Caterpillar Dance Party (Orchard/Great Hall)

11:30 am
Special Storytime with Sarah Dillard (Reading Library)*

12:00 pm
Celebrate the 10th year of the MA Cultural Facilities Fund with Senate President Stan Rosenberg (Galleries)

12:00 pm
Music Performance from Berkshire Hills Music Academy: Etienne Perley as “Inca Nuna, music of the Andes.” (Auditorium)

12:30 pm
Music Performance from Berkshire Hills Music Academy: Tori and Franklin, piano vocal standards and pop favorites. (Auditorium)

1:00 pm
Special Storytime with Jeff Mack (Reading Library)*

1:00 pm
Films: The William Steig Library (50 min., Auditorium)

1:30 pm
Very Hungry Caterpillar Dance Party (Orchard/Great Hall)

2:00 pm
Films: Swimmy and More Classic Leo Lionni Stories (49 min., Auditorium)

2:30 pm
Storytime (Reading Library)

3:00 pm
Films: Picture Book Classics (38 min., Auditorium)

Enjoy lunch from Holyoke Hummus Company and Say Cheese Food Trucks, and sweet treats from Crooked Stick Pops.

*Book signing to follow (Great Hall)
Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.

In The Auditorium

In Conversation: Eric Carle and Annie Lionni

July 27, 2017
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Free with Museum Admission

Eric Carle’s first meeting with Leo Lionni in 1952 led to a job lead and a long friendship. Join Eric Carle and Annie Lionni, granddaughter of Leo Lionni, as they share their memories of Lionni and discuss the parallels between Carle and Lionni’s artistic careers.

This talk will be taped by filmmaker Kate Geis. The program concludes with a Q&A with the audience and a light reception. Books autographed by Eric Carle will be available in the Museum Shop.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling 413-559-6336. Space is limited.

Image Credit: Illustration from Fish is Fish [Alfred A. Knopf]. Gift of the Lionni Family. © 1970 Leo Lionni.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Heather Preusser

July 23, 2017
Free with Museum Admission

In Heather Preusser’s debut picture book, A Symphony of Cowbells, she tells the story of Petra, her family, and their prize dairy cows. Each season Petra and her family lead their cows into the pastures to graze and each cow wears her own jingling, jangling, clanging bell. What a symphony! But when Petra's favorite cow, Elfi, loses her bell the whole herd is out of harmony and refuses to move. Will Petra be able to find Elfi's bell before it's too late? With charming illustrations by Eileen Ryan Ewen, this whimsical story is sure to delight children and adults alike.

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

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Deborah Freedman

July 22, 2017
Free with Museum Admission

Join award-winning author/illustrator Deborah Freedman for a reading of her books Shy and This House, Once: a poetically meditative and gorgeously illustrated book that invites readers to think about where things come from and what nature provides. The reading will be followed by an art activity in which we’ll draw our own special houses!

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



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