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

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In The Museum

Summer Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs

July 11, 2016
1:30pm - 2:30pm
July 18, 2016
1:30pm - 2:30pm
July 25, 2016
1:30pm - 2:30pm
August 1, 2016
1:30pm - 2:30pm
August 8, 2016
1:30pm - 2:30pm
August 22, 2016
1:30pm - 2:30pm
August 29, 2016
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Free with Museum Admission

Please Note: The August 15 session has been canceled.

Mondays in July and August

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 courtneyw@carlemuseum.org to sign up for a date and 15-minute time block. Space is limited.

 

In The Auditorium

Roald Dahl Splendiferous Showdown

September 10, 2016
2:00pm
Free with Museum admission

2016 marks 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl, author of beloved stories such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and The BFG. In the Splendiferous Showdown, Penguin Young Readers and Story Pirates present a hilarious, fast-paced, and interactive live game show inspired by Roald Dahl, the world’s greatest storyteller. Filled with fun facts, trivia, and challenges that celebrate Dahl’s books, the show culminates in the performance of a brand new, improvised story based on ideas from the audience and the themes, language, and hilarity of Dahl.

Recommended for third through sixth graders, but enjoyable for all ages!

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Remarkable Rainbow Collages

September 14 - October 18, 2016
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Eric Carle uses every color of the rainbow in his book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Using a mix of colorful paper scraps and magazine clippings, arrange your unique colorful creation with glue and scissors.

In The Museum

Members' Celebration: Brown Bear Turns 50!

September 17, 2016
11:00am - 3:30pm

11:00 am and 12:00 pm - Gallery Talks with Ellen Keiter, Chief Curator

2:00 pm - Auditorium Presentation: A Look Back at Brown Bear with Laura Godwin, Publisher, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, and Ellen Keiter, Chief Curator

3:00 pm - Great Hall Refreshments

Please note: This celebration does not include a book signing.
RSVP by Monday, September 12 at info@carlemuseum.org or (413) 559-6301.  Seating is limited. Pack a picnic lunch!

Exhibitions in West Gallery are generously supported by the Hsin-Yi Foundation. Additional support for Brown Bear Turns 50 has been provided by Macmillan Children's Publishing Group.



 

 

In The Museum

Information Sessions: Simmons College Graduate Study in Children's Literature at the Carle

September 18, 2016
12:00pm - 1:00pm
October 6, 2016
3:30pm - 4:30pm
November 13, 2016
12:00pm - 1:00pm
December 13, 2016
3:30pm - 4:30pm

Attend an information session at The Carle to learn more about degree programs offered through The Center for the Study of Children’s Literature (CSCL) with Simmons College. To learn more about the information sessions, email childrensliterature@simmons.edu.

Click here for more information.

In The Art Studio

Toddler and Preschooler Play Series: Materials Play

September 23, 2016
10:30am - 11:30am
September 30, 2016
10:30am - 11:30am
October 7, 2016
10:30am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

(Toddlers and Preschoolers with parents/caregivers/teachers)
Come for story time in the Reading Library at 10:30 and then stay for Materials Play in the Studio at 11:00. 
Experiment with materials selected especially for young explorers in the Art Studio. Sometimes messy or outside, so dress accordingly!
 

In The Museum

The Carle Celebrates Museum Day Live!

September 24, 2016
10:00am - 5:00pm
FREE Admission for two with downloaded ticket

Museum Day Live! is an annual nationwide event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors for free to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket.

FREE Admission for two with downloaded ticket. Visit smithsonianmag.com/museumday

In The Auditorium

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Nick Deysher and In the Nick of Time

September 24, 2016
11:00am
$5 (Members $4.50)

With a generous blend of rock, pop, reggae, jazz and funk, Nick Deysher delivers music for all, big and small. Children enjoy the imagination and whimsy of Nick’s music which transports them back in time to 65 million years ago or shoots them into outer space through song. Parents love that Nick keeps their sensibilities in mind by drawing upon influences of the Beatles, Bob Marley, and Paul Simon (just to name a few). This live performance is a high-energy celebration with clever lyrics and cheerful tunes that will catch your ear and have you tapping your toes while singing along!

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 559-6336. We are unable to accept same-day phone reservations. On the day of the event, tickets are first come, first served. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Fun with Found Materials

September 25, 2016
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Offsite

The Carle Honors Annual Benefit Gala

September 28, 2016
5:30pm

Please join us for the eleventh annual Carle Honors Benefit Gala and Art Auction on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at Guastavino's in New York. We will honor ARTIST, Allen Say, ANGEL, Lee and Low Books, represented by Jason Low, BRIDGE, Steven Heller, and MENTOR, Regina Hayes. Awards will be presented by author Gregory Maguire. More than a dozen of the industry's leading illustrators have donated artworks for the Art Auction.

Learn more or purchase tickets at www.carlemuseum.org/carlehonors2016 or contact Rebecca Miller Goggins, Director of Development, at rebeccag@carlemuseum.org

In The Museum

An Introduction to Visual Thinking Strategies

September 30, 2016
10:00am - 2:00pm
$50 (Members $42.50)

(4 PDPs) Learn about Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), the principles of which guide the educational programming at the Museum. Designed as a way of teaching viewers to find meaning and pleasure in works of art, these strategies are based on the work of cognitive psychologist Abigail Housen and veteran museum educator, Philip Yenawine.  Participants will be introduced to Housen’s theory of aesthetic development, discuss and analyze the strategies, experiment with the method in small groups, and discuss ways in which these strategies can enhance teaching and reinforce the state standards in Language Arts.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Auditorium

Sculpting Stories: The Public Art of Nancy Schön

October 1, 2016
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Nancy Schön, whose career as a sculptor has spanned multiple decades, is known for her iconic sculptures inspired by children’s literature, including Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings in the Boston Public Garden and characters from A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh at Newton Free Library (Newton, MA).  Meet Nancy and learn about her various public art projects, which includes Boston’s first public skate park, a project she worked on for over two decades.

 

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Loren Long

October 1, 2016
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join us as we celebrate author/illustrator Loren Long’s seventh book in his New York Times bestselling Otis picture books series, Otis and the Kittens. Otis the tractor comes to the rescue of a cat and her kittens, but what happens when Otis, the friend everyone can count on, must count on his friends to help him to safety? Book signing to follow program.

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

In The Museum

The Carle’s Annual Educators’ Night

October 5, 2016
3:30pm - 7:00pm
Free. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (413) 559-6336.

Keynote Speaker: Christian Robinson, winner of 2016 Coretta Scott King Honor and Caldecott Honor for Last Stop on Market Street
(2 PDPs)

Check back for details.

 

In The Auditorium

Life on Klickitat Street: Thoughts behind an Exhibition

October 8, 2016
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Author, artist, and guest curator Tony DiTerlizzi will discuss the inspiration for Louis Darling: Drawing the Words of Beverly Cleary and the research behind the exhibition, which included a trip to the Kerlan Collection at the University of Minnesota, and share how Darling’s illustrations have influenced him as an artist. Light reception to follow program.

 

In The Art Studio

Toddler and Preschooler Play Series: Open Book, Open Play

October 14, 2016
10:30am - 11:30am
October 21, 2016
10:30am - 11:30am
October 28, 2016
10:30am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

(Toddlers and Preschoolers with parents/caregivers/teachers)
Share picture books at story time in the Reading Library and then engage in imaginative explorations inspired by elements of the picture books from storytime. Sometimes messy or outside, so dress accordingly!

In The Auditorium

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: The Return of the Flannery Brothers

October 15, 2016
11:00am
$5 (Members $4.50)

Mike and Dan grew up in a house that was filled with music. Al Green, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Bach, The Beatles, Dave Brubeck, The Rolling Stones, Ricki Lee Jones, and Quincy Jones all made their way into rotation alongside the classic children's music of the day. In the five releases that The Flannery Brothers self-produced since their debut of Love Songs for Silly Things, all of these influences can clearly be heard in their imaginative and honest songs.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 559-6336. We are unable to accept same-day phone reservations. On the day of the event, tickets are first come, first served. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Angela DiTerlizzi

October 15, 2016
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

“Some pets sit. / Some pets stay. / Some pets fetch. / And some pets play.” In Some Pets, the companion book to 2014’s Some Bugs, Angela DiTerlizzi celebrates animal companions of all shapes and sizes, from dogs and cats to hamsters and chinchillas—and many, many more! Joining Angela for her special storytime are Reading Buddies from Bright Spot Therapy Dogs.  Book signing to follow program.

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

In The Auditorium

Meet Jon Klassen

October 16, 2016
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Hold on to your hats for the conclusion of the celebrated hat trilogy by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen, who gives his deadpan finale a surprising new twist! In We Found a Hat, Klassen tells the story of two turtles and one hat in three parts, highlighting visual comedy and deceptive simplicity. Klassen’s other book from his hat trilogy include the #1 New York Times bestseller I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat, which won the 2013 Caldecott Medal. Book signing to follow program.

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

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: My Magnificent Hat

October 16, 2016
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Silly Puppet People

October 19 - November 29, 2016
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Create a stick puppet with a big personality!

In The Museum

Book Party with Mo Willems!

October 22, 2016
10:00am - 3:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Reservations are required for the 11:00 am and 12:00 pm auditorium programs and can be made by calling (413) 559-6336.

Join us for an exclusive preview of Mo Willems' new book, Nanette’s Baguette! Set in a meticulously handcrafted-paper-modeled French village, Nanette’s Baguette follows a plucky heroine on her first solo trip to the bakery. Listen to Mo as he reads from his new book, plus meet Elephant and Piggie, watch films, and create art in the Art Studio!

Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop. No personalization and no signing of board books or stuffed animals. Can’t make it to the event? Reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at (413) 658-1132 or shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Auditorium

Paintbox Theatre Presents: Grace for President

November 5, 2016
11:00am and 1:00pm
November 6, 2016
1:00pm and 3:00pm
$8 (Member $7.50)

Grace wants to be President… of her school. Other kids say she can’t win. What does she do? She campaigns. Paintbox has taken on many subjects before, but never the Electoral College. Kelly DiPucchio’s picture book Grace for President serves as our text; hilarity and absurdity, of course, sneak in. Let Paintbox Theatre distract and entertain you the weekend before the real deal election.
Grace for President ©2008 by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by LeUyen Pham. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.

Registration is required. See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

In The East Gallery

Gallery Talk: A Passion for Collecting

November 6, 2016
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Collector Michael Droller joins Curator Emeritus Nick Clark for a gallery talk on The Golden Age to the Modern Era: The Michael and Esther Droller Collection. Dr. Droller will share insights and inspirations of building a world-class illustration collection over the past 40 years, and reflect on the many artist friendships he formed along the way.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Dan Yaccarino

November 12, 2016
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

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

In The Auditorium

Picture Book Theatre presents The Very Quiet Cricket and The Lamb and the Butterfly

November 12, 2016
2:30pm
November 19, 2016
2:30pm
November 25, 2016
1:00pm and 2:30pm
November 26, 2016
1:00pm and 2:30pm

Program Ticket (show only) – $6 (Members $5)
Combo Ticket (includes Museum Admission) – Save $3 off Museum Admission

See Eric Carle’s stories come to life with puppets and young dancers. Produced by Therese Brady Donohue, 2008 winner of the MCC’s Gold Star Award.

Picture Book Theatre is a professional company specializing in creative and realistic reproductions of picture book illustrations through puppets, dance, costumes, and masks, encouraging children in literacy and appreciation for illustrators’ techniques. www.picturebooktheatre.com.

The Lamb and the Butterfly ©1988 by Arnold Sundgaard, illustrated by Eric Carle. The Very Quiet Cricket © 1990 by Eric Carle. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.

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

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Fantastical Far-Away Places

November 13, 2016
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Museum

Whole Book Approach

November 18, 2016
9:30am - 12:30pm
$55 (Members $46.75)

(3 PDPs) Discover the difference between reading with children and reading to children. This session will include a chance for participants to observe a storytime at The Carle to see the Whole Book Approach in action. Afterwards, the group will discuss their observations and explore how to evaluate the picture book as an art form with the goal of using this critical engagement with the picture book as a platform for interactive reading experiences. Registration includes a copy of Reading Picture Books with Children by Megan Dowd Lambert.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Megan Dowd Lambert and Nicole Tadgell

November 19, 2016
1:30pm
Free with Museum Admission

In Real Sisters Pretend, Mia and Tayja agree that there’s one thing they don’t have to pretend: They know in their hearts that they’re real sisters, even though others don’t always recognize this since they’re adopted and don’t look alike. On National Adoption Day, join author Megan Dowd Lambert and illustrator Nicole Tadgell for this special storytime celebrating family.

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

In The Museum

The Carle Bookshop Holiday Sale

November 25 - November 27, 2016
All day

15-75% off books and toys. Members save an additional 15%.

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Sky Mobiles

November 30 - January 3, 2017
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Illustrator Brinton Turkle’s book Sky Dog depicts a dog-shaped cloud that comes to life as a real pet for a little boy. Create your own 3-dimensional sky mobile inspired by this story.

In The Art Studio

Girl Scout Workshop: Collage Creations

December 3, 2016
10:00am - 12:30pm and 2:00pm - 4:30pm
$15 per girl scout / $9 per adult

Using Eric Carle's work as inspiration, participants will learn about Carle's paper-painting techniques, exploring the collage process and materials. Girls will also tour the special exhibition Brown Bear Turns 50!, which celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, written by Bill Martin Jr.

Open to troops and girls with an adult. Register at www.gscwm.org/en/events/event-list.html

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Colorful Kaleidoscopes and More!

December 4, 2016
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Reading Library

Strange Mr. Satie: Celebrating the Composer of the Absurd at 150

December 4, 2016
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Author M. T. Anderson presents a musical reading of Strange Mr. Satie, his picture book biography of the eccentric but influential composer born 150 years ago.

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

 

In The Auditorium

The Best of the Best in 2016

December 10, 2016
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

 (2 PDPs) In anticipation of the 2017 American Library Association Book & Media Awards, including the Newbery and Caldecott medals and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, join Susan Bloom and Cathie Mercier from The Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College as they share their favorites.

In The Auditorium

Celebrating the Jewish Experience in Children’s Books

December 18, 2016
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join us for an afternoon celebrating the best Jewish books for children and the adults who love them. Meredith Lewis, Director of Content and Engagement at PJ Library, will moderate a panel discussion with five of the Valley’s winners of the Association of Jewish Libraries’ Sydney Taylor Book Award. Presented annually, the Sydney Taylor Book Awards honor children’s books that exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience. Panelists include Barbara Diamond Goldin, Mordicai Gerstein, Rich Michelson, Lesléa Newman, and Jane Yolen. Book signing to follow program.

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

In The Auditorium

CactusHead Puppets Present: The Pied Piper of Hamelin

December 29, 2016
11:00am and 2:00pm
December 30, 2016
11:00am and 2:00pm
$5 (Members $4.50)

The town of Hamelin has a rat problem, and there's only one person who can help! CactusHead Puppets brings the story of The Pied Piper to life in this comedic, updated adaptation of the traditional folktale. Not only does the town find a musical solution to pest control, but the kids of Hamelin also teach the grownups a lesson about generosity. In the end, the townspeople all come together in celebration. Join puppeteers John and Megan Regan as they present this classic tale, told with multiple puppetry styles, and plenty of dancing rats!

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

 

In The Offsite

A Study Tour of the Early Childhood Centers of Pistoia, Italy

March 12 - March 17, 2017
All day

(30 PDPs) Join us for a unique opportunity to visit and study the early childhood centers of the city of Pistoia, Italy and learn about Pistoia’s internationally-renowned early childhood education.

The Innovations in Education study tour, launched in 2010, has quickly become known for the variety of learning opportunities it offers its participants, as well as its intimate view of Pistoia. Participants tour school environments; learn about the schools’ history; talk with school staff and teachers about both practical and philosophic aspects of teaching and learning; see a wide variety of documentation; and share with other participants their observations, beliefs and practice. Participants also have the opportunity to experience the geography, history and culture of Pistoia, where the value of aesthetics and deeply held beliefs about the potential and rights of all children and families are so foundational.

For more information including cost and registration, please click here.

Organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Assessorato all’Educazione del Commune di Pistoia in cooperation with Smith College.

 

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