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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

Black Voices: Picture Books as Antiracist Resources

As an institution, The Carle is committed to listening and learning about racism and the legacy of white-dominated narratives. We continue to reflect on our own gaps in knowledge, to learn and adopt antiracist practices, and to think critically about the books we choose to highlight in our programs and spaces.  As part of this work, The Carle Bookshop and Reading Library staff have been looking deeply and critically at our collections. Whose voices have been amplified or silenced on our shelves? Working together with Literacy Educator, David Feinstein, we wanted to share resources and books we found helpful when doing our own reflections and research, as well as highlight new, important and much needed additions to our shelves.


Shop Talks: Pet – Be Brave Enough to Look

This week's Shop Talk features Pet, the debut YA novel from writer and visual artist Akwaeke Emezi. Carle Bookshop team members Hannah and Allie talked for more than an hour over Zoom about their reactions to the book, and especially its courageous and brilliant characters.

In the story, a Black trans teenager named Jam and her best friend Redemption live in the town of Lucille. There are no monsters anymore, or so the children of Lucille are taught. Jam has questions about the past, and when she meets Pet, a horned and clawed creature who emerges from one of her mother’s paintings, she must reconsider what she’s been told. 

Pet is a book that asks us big questions, and Jam is a literary character who will not be easily forgotten as she uses her courage, strength, love, and brilliance to fight for what’s right and protect the ones she loves.




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