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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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Holiday Giveaway: Eric Carle Doodle

It's time for our last holiday giveaway! In celebration of The Carle's 10th Anniversary, three wonderful artists have given us original doodles to share with our friends.  Two lucky readers have already won doodles by Peter Laird and Tony DiTerlizzi. This week we're offering the opportunity to win a doodle by Eric Carle. The doodle is an original sketch, autographed on 9" x 6" heavy cardstock. We love the Caterpillar! Do you have a favorite character from one of Eric Carle's books? Last month at our 10th Anniversary celebration, Eric Carle and his wife Barbara spoke to guests and friends about the journey of creating The Carle Museum and reflecting on 10 amazing years. They thank all the friends and supporters that have made this museum possible and the experience of visiting The Carle special. It's worth a watch if you haven't seen it yet. We had such a wonderful anniversary weekend last month and look forward to all the years full of fantastic events, exhibits and friends. Thank you again to Eric Carle, Peter Laird and Tony DiTerlizzi for all their support and for the hours they each spent doodling for fans. We are so grateful for the opportunity to give our blog readers the chance to win one of their pieces of art! Want to win this autographed Caterpillar doodle? Here's how: -- Leave a comment below and let us know your favorite Eric Carle book or character. Please note: Comments are individually approved to filter out spam, so there may be a delay in your comment appearing below. Entries must be received before 12:00 pm Eastern time on Wednesday, January 3rd. We'll pick a winner at random and announce it on Thursday, January 4th. Good luck and Happy Holidays!  

by Eliza Brown

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Monday, December 12, 2012 - 10:09 pm
Eric Carle's books are favorites around our house, slowly slowly said the sloth, heads to toes tells us yes we can as we do yoga to that book but our all time favorite is of course a pop from egg to become a very hungry caterpillar...and it all started with a blue horse. Love his work!
Jessica Cangelosi
Saturday, December 12, 2012 - 12:20 pm
We visited the Eric Carle Museum over the summer, and it was truly amazing! My husband and I are both teachers and love reading Eric Carle books to our students. We even have an Eric Carle take-home backpack program filled with books and arts and crafts that the children can work on with their families. Happy New Year 2013!! All the best!!
Bryan Cangelosi
Saturday, December 12, 2012 - 12:21 pm
Thanks for the amazing museum! We visited the museum over the summer and really enjoyed our stay!! Happy New Year!!
Friday, December 12, 2012 - 11:10 pm
We planned our vacation around a visit to the museum last summer. It was definitely a highlight for me, as I am an elementary teacher and lover of children's literature, and illustrations, especially. My pick for favorite character is the Very Hungry Caterpillar. The book was a favorite of my own children and the transformation into a butterfly at the end of the story is a great surprise for kids.
Saturday, December 12, 2012 - 12:28 am
The very hungry caterpillar! This is mine and my daughters favorite. I started reading it to her when she was only 2 months old. Now we read it atleast twice a day. This was also the theme of her first birthday party! We love this book! :)
Saturday, December 12, 2012 - 7:16 am
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, always :)
Sera Rivers
Saturday, December 12, 2012 - 11:27 am
I would have to say it's THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR. It was my son's first book and we got to meet Eric at the Northampton site for my son's fifth birthday. Ten years later, my son got to take his little cousin to meet Eric at the Amherst museum. My son was just as excited as she was to see Eric again. And yes, at 15 years old, he wanted his own copy of Eric's newest book THE ARTIST WHO PAINTED A BLUE HORSE. But the caterpillar will always be our fave because it introduced us to Eric's world.
Jenna Hubacz
Saturday, December 12, 2012 - 1:30 pm
My daughter is 4 months old and her favorite is the very hungry caterpillar. She has a plush toy that she loves to play with! Her crib set is the same and we have lots of Eric Carle books. We took her to the 10th anniversary bash at the museum and had a great day. The works of Eric Carle light up her eyes and she loves to explore. Thank you to Eric Carle for his talent, fun and eye openings to this wonderful world.
Ed De Rueda
Saturday, December 12, 2012 - 1:46 pm
We visited the Carle Museum 2 years ago. My wife is a teacher and her favorite is the Hungry Caterpillar. Eric autographed one of her books, when he appeared at the L.A. Times Festival of Books when it was at UCLA. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Saturday, December 12, 2012 - 2:20 pm
Since I'm always searching for my kitty, Milo, I must say Have You Seen My Cat? is my choice. :)
Kristi Yee
Saturday, December 12, 2012 - 2:32 pm
I teach Kindergarten and all of Eric Carle's characters are our favorites. But, my personal favorite is Little Cloud. I love the endless of possibilities of transformation and the independence of the Little Cloud from the other clouds.
Peg Crowley
Saturday, December 12, 2012 - 4:43 pm
My favorite story is "Do you want to be my friend?" I love the mouse.
Saturday, December 12, 2012 - 5:01 pm
Love all of the Eric carle books:).
Liz Kerr
Saturday, December 12, 2012 - 5:35 pm
I LOVE the very hungry caterpillar !!! I have loved Mr. Carle's work for a long time!!!
Cathy M
Friday, December 12, 2012 - 7:48 pm
My favorite is a little offbeat....the musician from I SEE A SONG. One of my favorite Carl books and a smashing DVD as well!
Elizabeth Rose Stanton
Saturday, December 12, 2012 - 5:42 pm
That very Hungry Caterpillar is my fav!!
Lora Vliet
Saturday, December 12, 2012 - 7:42 pm
I love all of the books, however, the one that stands out the most is Brown Bear, brown bear. When my youngest daughter was born, six weeks early, I sung Brown Bear to her, in the NECU. once or twice daily she carries, both her brown bear stuff animal and book to me to read to her. At 18 months, this Christmas she received a doll, which she was cradling, in her rocking chair singing parts of brown bear. Both my daughters, by 12 months could point and identify the animals, on the last page.
Nancy Cox
Saturday, December 12, 2012 - 7:46 pm
I have so many favorites among the the Eric Carle characters, but if I have to choose it would be the caterpillar. Since that is how so many children have been introduced to Mr. Carle and even the museum has the iconic statue of a caterpillar, that will have to be my choice.
Saturday, December 12, 2012 - 8:06 pm
Hungry Caterpillar is my all time favorite. I gave my 8 month old grandson a gift bag full of Hungry Caterpillar gifts and books for his first Christmas and I even got a few things for myself!
Sunday, December 12, 2012 - 12:41 am
Oh the Hungry Caterpillar is our favorite. In fact, the story was performed this evening by Lexi, age 5, with the help of a Hello Kitty microphone...doesn't get any better than that!
Sara Soll
Saturday, December 12, 2012 - 6:41 am
The very hungry caterpillar is the first one that comes to me But I do love them all because each book and each character has something truly unique and wonderful about them!British ADomse
Theresa Lahr
Saturday, December 12, 2012 - 8:07 am
The Caterpillar! Especially love the illustration of him with a tummy ache after he's eaten through all the food.
Dawn C.
Saturday, December 12, 2012 - 8:11 am
As a teacher and a mother - we have a house full of Eric Carle books and have visited the Museum several times. While the Very Hungry Caterpillar is certainly a favorite. We have always loved PAPA PLEASE GET THE MOON FOR ME. Thanks for the hours of fun, reading and enjoyment.
Randi Bibiano
Saturday, December 12, 2012 - 9:12 am
The Mixed Up Chameleon is our families favorite book. My twins have enjoyed it for years. Thanks for a wonderful story.
Jenn B
Saturday, December 12, 2012 - 9:48 am
My favorite has always been the Very Hungry Caterpillar!


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