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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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The Art of Eric Carle: A to Z press release

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Presents

The Art of Eric Carle: From A to Z

Amherst, MA (August 13, 2015) — The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art presents The Art of Eric Carle: From A to Z on view September 15, 2015 through March 20, 2016. The exhibition highlights art from Carle’s 50-year career, examining his many themes, interests, and artistic techniques. The presentation is made possible through the generous support of the Hsin-Yi Foundation.

Throughout his life, Carle’s love of nature, color, and learning have fueled his artistic creativity. The Art of Eric Carle: From A to Z takes visitors on an educational journey and celebrates the unique ways Carle’s books offer opportunities to learn. As children read about animals, families, and fables, they also learn their colors, numbers, and letters. Carle recognizes the inquisitive nature of children and wants to, in his own words, “show them that learning is really both fascinating and fun.”

Each artwork on view corresponds to a letter in the alphabet, highlighting pieces from A House for Hermit Crab, The Mixed Up Chameleon, The Foolish Tortoise, and more. Visitors will recognize familiar favorites, such as a scene from The Very Lonely Firefly (representing the letter V for Carle’s “Very” series), to art that has never been on public display before, including a linoleum print from Carle’s 1970 book, The Boastful Fisherman (representing the letter N for “nature”). Director of Education Courtney Waring notes: “I hope our visitors will be as surprised and delighted as I was to view these previously unseen works.”

Concurrently on view will be a sneak peak at Carle’s art from his latest book The Nonsense Show, scheduled for release in mid October. In a nod to Surrealism, Carle showcases his love of all things silly and imaginative, from a leopard-tiger to a duck with human feet. Also featured in the gallery is a biographical section dedicated to Carle’s life, which explores the pivotal moments leading up to and through the creation of his picture book classics. By combining these three displays within the gallery, visitors will experience the past, present, and future of all things Eric Carle.

Exhibition-related programs include a community art project, an A to Z museum scavenger hunt, and a special storytime with author/illustrator Elisha Cooper.

SPECIAL STORYTIME with Elisha Cooper
September 26, 2015
2:00 pm
Elisha Cooper is the award winning author/illustrator of Beach, the 2006 Society of Illustrators Gold Medal winner. Join The Carle for a Special Storytime with Cooper as he reads from his new book, 8: An Animal Alphabet. Cooper, known for his beautiful use of watercolor, takes the reader on a visually stunning journey of the alphabet.


Alphabet Books

December 9, 2015 – January 20, 2016

Twenty-six little letters are all you need to make up the thousands of words in the English language. Write or illustrate a story about your favorite letter or word in a handmade book.


 A to Z museum scavenger hunt

See if you can find all the letters of the alphabet in this museum-wide search!


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 and Barbara Carle founded the Museum in November 2002. Eric Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 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 413-658-1100 or visit the Museum’s website at


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