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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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Picture Books We Love

Fun Trivia: Golden Books

Now that our Golden Legacy exhibit has left our galleries, I'm curious to know which of all the wonderful Golden Books that we carried in our bookstore were the most popular with our visitors.  I remember constantly having to restock the display as customers bought not one, not two, but STACKS of their favorite Golden Books.  But which were the ones that everyone just HAD to buy for themselves or their newest grandbaby? Are you ready for this? Here are our top best-selling Golden Books during the months the exhibit was in our gallery: poky little puppy 1. The Poky Little Puppy illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren.  No surprise here, as it's the bestselling picture book of all time, according to Leonard Marcus's Golden Legacy. i can fly 2. I Can Fly illustrated by Mary Blair.  Definitely the surprise hit of the show.  I discovered Mary Blair's art through this exhibition and now I don't know how I lived without it!  Apparently many other customers agreed with me. fire engine book 3. The Fire Engine Book illustrated by Tibor Gergely.  This was probably the #1 book hardest to keep in stock as it was a big hit with both nostalgic adults AND fire truck-crazy kids. color kittens 4. The Color Kittens.  A win-win book here, with words by prolific Margaret Wise Brown and the sweetest illustrations by husband/wife pair Alice and Martin Provensen. scuffy 5. Scuffy the Tugboat.  Another Tibor Gergely gem here, which actually tied in number of sales with The Color Kittens. And since we did have a tie, let's throw one more in there... doctor dan 6. Doctor Dan: The Bandage Man illustrated by Corinne Malvern.  Hard to believe that so many years later, this little book still comes with a free band-aid! Even though we loved having the original artwork from the Golden Books here at The Carle we are so excited for our upcoming exhibit of Antonio Frasconi's work to open March 16th.  Make sure you come visit!

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