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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002

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  • Thursday, Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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The Right Judgment

Shortly after learning to drive, in 1984, I was slowly cruising the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, glancing at apartment buildings to left and right, looking for To Rent signs. The flashing lights of a police car lit up my rearview mirror. Since I’d been driving at twenty miles per hour I was confused to be pulled over. The officer responded to my humble query by informing me that I’d just run a stop sign. Since it was a moving violation, I’d have to appear before a judge. READ MORE

Why Make Rats Cute?

I am a murderer. Twenty-three years ago, in the basement of The Children's Bookstore in Chicago,

Too Bad, Ants! (A Halloween Unmasking)

It’s Halloween the day after tomorrow, that most perplexing of holidays, when everybody nice and safe puts on the mask of danger and death, and everyone laughs in the face of the very scariest things. READ MORE

Picture Storybooks Against Bullying

In 1992 I held a picture storybook sale outside the lecture hall where Professor Donald Graves was presenting a full-day seminar to five hundred teachers on the subject of creative writing in the classroom. I listened in on the closing question-and-answer session. A brave teacher spoke up. “How do we find time to use these creative writing techniques when all our time is spent teaching to the test?’ READ MORE

Poetry: The Other Baby Gift

Surrounded by picture storybooks and chewable board books, poetry anthologies can go overlooked. That's why I recommend poetry to gift-givers who hope to avoid giving a book the young family may already own. READ MORE

How Can I Get My Book Into Your Store? -- Part One

“Do you have any books about Charles Darwin?” the anxious customer inquired. “Yes,” I answered, “I have one by Peter Sis, one illustrated by Mary Azarian….” I realized that I wasn’t responding the way she wanted me to. READ MORE

Caterpillar, Caterpillar, What Do You See?

I was working at the cash register on a busy Saturday a few weeks ago. I asked my customer, "Do you have a membership to the museum?" "Yes I do," answered the friendly man with glasses and graying hair, "but I've never been to the museum before. I live in Minneapolis."  He was buying a hundred dollars worth of books and toys. I gave him the 15% membership discount and said, "You're a member but you've never been to the museum?" READ MORE

When "What's Good For A Three Year Old?" Means "What's Good For A Thirty Year Old?"

Tis the season of friends and  relations, when "What's good for a three year old?" may mean "I don't know anything about the child I'm shopping for." How's a bookseller to help? I ask about the parents. Personal interests, musical tastes, favorite vacation activities: clues to family lifestyle. Because these book-buyers are shopping for a family gift, and books they'll choose must match parental values. READ MORE

The Carle Book Shop Blog Goes Live

Welcome to The Eric Carle Museum Bookstore's new blog. This multivocal hodgepodge of opinions, queries and book reviews aims to entertain and engage. Our blogging team is: Super-duper Barbara Elleman, Higgledy-piggledy Andy Laties, and Razzle-dazzle Eliza Brown. Can we write a couple of fun and useful posts each week? Like Eric Carle's inspiring menagerie of humble bugs, we won't quit trying. We hope you like our show. READ MORE

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