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


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

Closed Monday and Tuesday

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Carle Honors 2011

The 6th Annual Carle Honors is almost here! Tomorrow, September 22nd The Carle will be in New York City to kick off another year celebrating picture book art!

Copyright 1969 & 1987 Eric Carle

Each year The Carle pays tribute to four exceptional individuals who are dedicated to the art of the picture book and its integral role in art appreciation and early literacy. The year's award recipients are Lois Ehlert (Artist), Jeanne Steig (Angel), Michael di Capua (Mentor) and Karen Nelson Hoyle (Bridge). To learn more about the recipients and about the awards, you can read my blog post from earlier this year here. In addition to the awards ceremony, The Carle Honors will be holding its 4th annual fundraising art auction featuring original works by some of the industry's most celebrated artists. This year's contributing artists include Jon Agee, Harry Bliss, Etienne Delessert, Lois Ehlert, Jules Feiffer, Steven Kellogg, Barbara McClintock, Chris Raschka, Tomi Ungerer, Chris Van Allsburg and Rosemary Wells. Jerry Pinkney also created an original lithograph that will be sold on-site tomorrow evening to benefit The Carle. All works of art will be on display at Books of Wonder in New York until the end of the day today. You can also view them online here. How amazing is this Steven Kellogg piece?

Copyright 1976 Steven Kellogg

Or this piece from Lois Ehlert's new book, Ten Little Caterpillars?

Copyright 2011 Lois Ehlert

This year, in addition to original pieces of art, the auction will also include the chance to bid on once-in-a-lifetime experiences with authors and artists. These experiences include a personal tour of Tomie dePaola's New Hampshire studio, followed by a dinner together at one of his favorite local inns, a personal tour of Kadir Nelson's studio in Los Angeles, an original Rosemary Wells fresco in your home, a personalized poem written by none other than prolific Jane Yolen herself about the person of your choice, or an original name collage created just for you (or for someone you love) by Eric Carle. Wow!

Copyright Eric Carle

For details on each piece and starting bids, click here. Absentee bids are welcome and the silent auction will culminate tomorrow evening at The Carle Honors. Here's to another wonderful year of celebrating picture books!  

by Eliza Brown

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