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


  • Thursday, Friday 10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Picture Books We Love

Booklist: Design Surprises - Tactile

Tactile Books – Tell the story by touching the book!  

The educators and booksellers at The Carle have put together our most recommended books that feature tactile elements such as raised textures or moving parts, in clever and unique ways. These booklists are the perfect inspiration for filling out your home or school collections.

Cover iamges for Animals; Fuzzy Fuzzy Fuzzy; Open Very Carefully; The Very Busy Spider

Animals Touch Words by Rilla Alexander 

Fuzzy Fuzzy Fuzzy! by Sandra Boynton  

Open Very Carefully by Nick Bromley, Illust. by Nicola O’Byrne  

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle  

Cover images for ABC; Opposites; My Circus; Pat the Bunny

ABC by Xavier Deneux  

Opposites by Xavier Deneux

My Circus by Xavier Deneux  

Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt

Cover images of Tickle Monster; Tap the Magic Tree; Touch the Brightest Star; Pancakes An Interactive Recipe Book  

Tickle Monster by Édouard Manceau   

Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson  

Touch the Brightest Star by Christie Matheson  

Pancakes: An Interactive Recipe Book by Lotta Nieminen 

Cover images for Scratchie; Bunny Slopes; Hungry Bunny; Press Here

Scratchie: A Touch-and-Feel Cat-venture by Maria Putri   

Bunny Slopes by Claudia Rueda  

Hungry Bunny by Claudia Rueda  

Press Here by Hervé Tullet  

Cover images for Say Zoop!; Tails; Lines that Wiggle; Wiggles

Say Zoop! by Hervé Tullet  

Tails by Matthew Van Fleet  

Lines that Wiggle by Candace Whitman and Steve Wilson  

Wiggles by Claire Zucchelli-Romer


Want more booklists? Check out the rest in our Picture Book Surprises design series: Lift-the-Flaps and Die-Cuts.

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