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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

Our 9th Annual Children's Book Festival

This year's children's book festival at The Carle celebrated the new book and exhibition, What's Your Favorite Animal? The book is a collaboration between Eric Carle and 13 other illustrators, showcasing an illustration of each artist's favorite animals with anecdotes or stories explaining their choices, that are each charming, funny and touching. With thanks to our friends at Henry Holt and Company, we were able to give guests on Saturday, a free copy of the book to take home and enjoy.

But the fun was only beginning! We had a busy day planned full of storytimes, art activities, booksignings, scavenger hunts, games and food in our beautiful orchard and so much more. Here are a few photos from the day.

We had an art station set up where guests could make their own animal ears out of cut paper. So cute! I loved seeing all the different creations that were dreamed up. My favorites were a set of bat ears and wings and a set of frog eyes. So clever!

Other art activities included making animal houses perfectly sized for a favorite stuffed animal.

This may have been our cutest activity idea yet! We had a station where guests could get a portrait sketched of their favorite stuffed animal by picture book artists. Diane deGroat, Astrid Sheckels, Jeff Mack and David Hyde Costello were all here to do many, many portraits (and sign some books) for very happy fans. It was so adorable to see the variety of well-loved stuffed animals (some which were hard to part with for the short time it took to wait for the sketch) brought here to The Carle. I spotted everything from teddy bears and kittens to zebras and whales!

There were live animals too! The Hitchcock Center for the Environment brought over some amazing animals (including Speedy the turtle, here) for a workshop and Bright Spot Therapy Dogs were here as comforting reading companions. (Bright Spot will be back this summer for a Summer Reading program).

Animal face and body painting was also a bit hit!

In the afternoon, Nick Bruel, author of the popular Bad Kitty books and contributor to What's Your Favorite Animal? gave an entertaining and interactive presentation in our auditorium, followed by a book signing.

It was such a great day at The Carle. If you weren't able to make it, pick up a copy of the book What's Your Favorite Animal?, and create your own animal-themed day at home! Tell us, what is your favorite animal?

Photos by Meghan Burch and Jennifer O'Connell.

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