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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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2016 Book Festival press release

 Celebrate and Play Games at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art’s 11th Annual Children’s Book Festival

(Amherst, MA) – May 23, 2016) Draw, jump, explore, and create at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art at the 11th Annual Children’s Book Festival: Games Galore on Saturday, June 4th, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Inspired by the exhibition, The Art of Eric Carle: Hide & Seek, the event celebrates games—from scavenger hunts and board games to art projects and outdoor fun! All activities are free with Museum admission.

Let the games begin! The Museum and its lush grounds will be the setting for group games, board games and more. Families can play oversized games like Connect Four, Checkers or giant Jenga, as well as enjoy a nature scavenger hunt through the Museum’s apple orchard. See a performance by the amazing Yo-Yo People. Games Galore also welcomes local artists. Artist, author and teacher, Emily Neuburger will organize an art activity where guests can have fun preparing hairdo shaped papers. Artist and author Jeff Mack will read from his new book, Playtime?, followed by a book signing. Visitors can also create their own board games in The Carle’s Art Studio.

“Eric Carle’s current exhibition showcases his playfulness with the images and letters he hides in his artwork. We thought we would take his fun with games and joy of nature and make it our festival theme,” said Director of Education Courtney Waring.  “It’s a great day to have fun with your family.”


10:30 – 11:00 am
Storytime (Reading Library)

10:45 – 11:30 am
Fun and Drawing Game with artist Emily Neuburger (Art Studio)*
Have fun preparing hairdo shaped papers!

11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Face Painting (Terrace)

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Outdoor Group Games (Orchard)

11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Fun and Drawing Game with artist Emily Neuburger (Art Studio)*
Have fun preparing hairdo shaped papers!

1:00 – 1:45 pm
Family Fun Performance by Yo-Yo People (Auditorium). Space is limited.

2:00 – 2:30 pm
Special Storytime with Jeff Mack (Reading Library)

2:30 – 3:00 pm
Book signing with Jeff Mack (Great Hall)

3:00 – 4:00 pm
Drawing Decathlon (Art Studio)
A new drawing event every five minutes!

*Sign up in the Studio. Space is limited.   


The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, MA, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy. Eric Carle and his late wife, Barbara Carle founded the Museum in November 2002. Eric Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than 80 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Since opening, the 40,000-square foot facility has served more than half a million visitors, including 30,000 schoolchildren. The Carle houses more than 13,000 objects, including 6,600 permanent collection illustrations. The Carle has three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren. Educational offerings include professional training for educators around the country and Master’s degree programs in children’s literature with Simmons College. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Open Mondays in July and August and during MA school vacation weeks. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. For further information and directions, call 413-559-6300 or visit the Museum’s website at

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