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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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Extra Yarn? Extra Fun! Win an Autographed Copy of Extra Yarn!

We are so exextra Yarncited to welcome Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, the author and illustrator team behind this year's Caldecott Honor-winning book, Extra Yarn, to The Carle this coming weekend. On Sunday, February 10th, these two creators of many bestselling picture books will talk about their process and collaboration and give us a little behind-the-scenes peek at this award-wining book. A book signing will follow. Click here for the details. We encourage those who cannot attend to pre-order autographed copies online now and we will get them signed and ship them after the event. It's no secret that we're big fans of Extra Yarn here at The Carle. When the book first released early last year, inspired by Annabelle's penchant for knitting sweaters for just about everyone and anything, we thought we could find a few things around the museum that needed sweaters too. In honor of Mac and Jon's Extra Yarn bookstore contest, we decided to knit (and crochet) a scarf for our Red Elephant sculpture in our courtyard and sweater for the Very Hungry Caterpillar in our bookstore. Extra Yarn You can read more about this fun Extra Yarn contest here and here. In celebration of Mac and Jon's visit, we are giving away a hardcover copy of Extra Yarn, autographed by both author and illustrator, to one lucky blog reader. How to enter: In Extra Yarn, Annabelle discovers a magic box of never-ending yarn. If you found a magic box, what would be inside and what would you do with it? Tell us in comment below BEFORE 12 pm EST, Friday February 8, 2013 for a chance to win. One winner will be chosen at random. Good luck! Mac Barnett Mac Barnett was born to non-farmers in a California farming community and currently lives in Oakland, California.  He is the author of the Brixton Brother series and several picture books, including Guess Again! and Chloe and the Lion (both illustrated by Adam Rex), and the Caldecott Honor and  New York Times bestseller Extra Yarn. He’s on the board of directors of 826LA, a nonprofit writing center, and founded the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a convenience store for time travelers. JonKlassen Jon Klassen grew up in Niagara Falls, Canada, and now lives in Los Angeles, California. He is the author and illustrator of the 2013 Caldecott Medal book This is Not My Hat, 2013 Caldecott Honor book Extra Yarn, 2012 Geisel Honor book  I Want My Hat Back, as well as the illustrator of Cats’ Night Out by Caroline Stutson, and The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series. He also created concept art for Coraline, the stop-motion animated film based on the book by Neil Gaiman.  

by Eliza Brown

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Wednesday, February 2, 2013 - 9:07 am
A little bird that you have to follow to find your happiness. Happiness is a little girl that smiles on a mountain of yarn.
Wednesday, February 2, 2013 - 9:14 am
If I found a magic box, it would be full of musical instruments and sheet music, and a magic potion that helps everyone find their own rhythm & to sing in harmony, altogether.
Wednesday, February 2, 2013 - 2:53 pm
magic box full of children book..
Wednesday, February 2, 2013 - 6:40 pm
The magic box would be filled with a never ending supply of books that I would give away. Each time the box would be opened the perfect book would be waiting for the right person .
Sera Rivers
Monday, February 2, 2013 - 7:46 am
If I found a magic box, it would contain an endless supply of writing prompts so I would never have writer's block again. Of course, the prompts would appear with the perfect phrase for wherever I was in my novel at any time...because it's magic of course.
Monday, February 2, 2013 - 11:25 am
If I found a magic box, a butterfly would be inside it, and I would chase it through the grassy fields all day.
Mindy Higgins
Monday, February 2, 2013 - 11:29 am
I am anxious to read this honor book! I've heard a lot of great buzz on it on Twitter.
Mindy Higgins
Monday, February 2, 2013 - 11:30 am
If I founda magic box, I would hope that something very unexpected would be inside like a key to an invisible city or a code to crack or a treasure map....the ideas are endless.
Monday, February 2, 2013 - 11:43 am
If I found a magic box, inside would be happy face stickers. Anytime someone put the sticker on, their mood and outlook would be improved.
Monday, February 2, 2013 - 11:53 am
As a child, I wanted to listen to a story that will never end.. now I would love a magic box with a never ending collection of books. :-)
Joy Olaes Surprenant
Monday, February 2, 2013 - 12:46 pm
Art supplies, use my creativity and imagination to create something wonderful and inspiring!
Monday, February 2, 2013 - 12:52 pm
An unending supply of herbs- then I could cook with them, make beauty products, tinctures, etc all year long. I would love a mulitude of herbs all year long!
Joyce Wan
Monday, February 2, 2013 - 12:58 pm
magic pencils and everything I drew would come to life
Cathy M
Monday, February 2, 2013 - 1:52 pm
A neverending supply of sparkly leave a pretty, bright trail of happiness through the world. * * * ** * * * * ** ** * * * ** * * * * * ** * * * **
Monday, February 2, 2013 - 3:09 pm
My magic box contains a hat. Whenever I put it on, I can understand any language that is spoken to me.
Thursday, February 2, 2013 - 10:08 am
My box would contain clay, which is already magic.
Melissa Flynn
Thursday, February 2, 2013 - 10:24 am
An ultimate toy box, of sorts, anything we looked for and could not find would be found inside our magic box.
Shannon J
Thursday, February 2, 2013 - 10:46 am
Books! Books! Books! Thanks for the chance to win. :)
Thursday, February 2, 2013 - 10:49 am
The magic box I find will contain an enchanted jeweler's loupe, which when focused on the faces of those we meet, would show what is in their hearts. With this greater understanding of those we meet and what motivates them, the world could become a kinder, more sympathetic place. We have lots of yarn-wrapped/bombed trees in Bloomington! But I will always miss living around the block from the Eric Carle Museum in South Amherst.
Thursday, February 2, 2013 - 11:07 am
I found a magic box; it is the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Everytime we open the doors we find something new and have a magical experience!
Monday, February 2, 2013 - 5:51 pm
Magic beans that when planted turn into trees of happiness good luck and money.
Monday, February 2, 2013 - 8:50 pm
My magic box would have black paper and a set f those fabulous Lyra metallic pencils I used at the museum art room last week!
Janine Iacolo
Monday, February 2, 2013 - 9:00 pm
If I found a magic box, it would have magic seeds to plant enough food for all children to eat. No child would go hungry because the seeds would grow food every day.
Johanna T
Thursday, February 2, 2013 - 1:46 pm
My magic box would contain extra hours for my day to use when I get too busy with teaching, being a mom, and taking grad classes! Loved the book and so did my ELL students.
Johanna T
Thursday, February 2, 2013 - 1:47 pm
My magic box would contain extra hours for my busy day as a teacher, student, and mom. Great book, my students loved it!


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