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


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

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Enter The Carle's Call For Caterpillars Contest!

To celebrate The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art’s 10th anniversary year, we invite friends, families, schools, and other organizations throughout the country and abroad to create 3-dimensional caterpillar sculptures out of found materials. Be inspired by Eric Carle’s most beloved character, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and transform ANY combination of recycled or found materials (plastic, paper, foam, wood, metal, etc.) into a 3-dimensional caterpillar sculpture.

Photographs of the caterpillar sculptures will be displayed at The Carle and on The Carle’s Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and homepage. What You Could Win: Three entries will be chosen at random at the Museum’s Children’s Book Festival on June 8, 2013 and will receive an original doodle by Eric Carle! How to Enter:

  • Have fun creating your caterpillar either as an individual or part of a group.
  • Submit up to four digital images of your sculpture. These photos can be of the various stages of fabrication or of the completed caterpillar taken from different angles. Photos should be high-quality .jpg images, no larger than 2MB. Please do not send original artwork!
  • With each submission, please provide artist(s) name(s), a daytime phone number, email address and mailing address of the primary contact. Primary contact must be 18 or older.
  •  If you are sending multiple entries please put photos of each submission in a separate folder on the CD.

How to send us your digital images: Mail images on a CD to: Call For Caterpillars, The Carle, 125 West Bay Road Amherst, MA 01002 Email images as attachments to: (see above for photo size guidelines) Submissions must be postmarked by May 31, 2013. Pictures of the sculptures will be displayed at the Museum either on a digital picture frame or printed and displayed in the Art Studio from June through August 2013. Submitted photos may be featured on The Carle’s social media pages, website or print publications. Photos become the property of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and will not be returned.


This contest is closed.  For future contest opportunities please go to our website



We enjoy exploring materials and ideas in the Art Studio, and we’re excited to share our process with you! Please consider the following factors when adapting these posts for your learning environment: 

We facilitate a variety of programs within the Art Studio for a wide range of age groups. Please carefully consider the age appropriateness of each individual activity in your own learning environment.

Our projects are always done with adult supervision and proper safety precautions. Be sure all of your projects are overseen by adults who likewise follow proper safety precautions. The adults overseeing your project must also be responsible for handling or assisting with any potentially harmful equipment or materials. 

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is not responsible for any damages, injuries or liabilities that result from any activities contained within this website, and we expressly disclaim any responsibility or liability therefor. From time to time, we reference materials that we have found to be particularly important in our projects. We do not receive any monetary compensation for recommending materials. 




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