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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

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BERL Porter press release

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Presents the 9th Annual Barbara Elleman Research Library Lecture with Neal Porter

Amherst, MA (April 9, 2019)— Renowned editor Neal Porter will deliver the annual Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) lecture on Saturday, April 13th at 2:00pm at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. The BERL Lecture is an annual event featuring the country's preeminent scholars, book collectors, researchers, editors, authors, and illustrators in the field of children's literature. The lecture is free with Museum Admission.

Porter’s lecture, ...said the Mentor to the Mentee: Notes on 40 Years in Children's Publishing, will be a tribute to the mentors who had a profound effect on him over the course of his 40-year career in children’s book publishing. These include the composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim as well as luminaries in the field such as Margaret K. McElderry, Jean E. Karl, Michael Di Capua, Sebastian Walker, Peter Kindersley, and Richard Jackson. Included in the talk are anecdotes about authors and artists he has worked with such as Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Jerry Pinkney, Philip and Erin Stead, and Yuyi Morales.  

About Neal Porter:
Neal Porter has been in the children’s book publishing industry for more than 40 years, holding marketing, editorial, or executive positions at houses such as Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Atheneum, Orchard, Dorling Kindersley, and Walker Books UK. In 2000 he co-founded Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of the Macmillan Children’s Book Group, and two years later he created the imprint Neal Porter Books. In 2017 Porter and his eponymous imprint moved to Holiday House. Authors and illustrators he has worked with include Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Philip C. and Erin E. Stead, Nick Bruel, Yuyi Morales, Christian Robinson, Ted and Betsy Lewin, Jason Chin, and Antoinette Portis. Books he has edited have received many awards and honors including the Caldecott Medal, Caldecott Honors, Theodore Geisel Honors, Sibert Honors, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Pura Belpré Awards, the Coretta Scott King Award, Orbis Pictus Awards, the Ezra Jack Keats Award, and numerous ALA Notable Citations. In 2015 Neal Porter received the Carle Honors Mentor Award for his superb mentorship work in the children’s book publishing industry.

About The BERL:
Established in 2003, the BERL is a non-circulating research collection of roughly 3,000 volumes of professional resources and children's books devoted to the study of children's literature and the visual arts. The Library is named for former Museum Trustee and Book Links magazine Founding Editor Barbara Elleman, together with her late husband Don Elleman, generously contributed the books that form the core of the collection and the support for its home within the Museum.

The unique organization of the collection highlights areas of interest such as author and illustrator biographies, literary criticism, illustration studies, and more. It is ideally suited for students, teachers, librarians and other professionals interested in the study and use of children's literature and the visual arts. The Picture Book Archive contains more than 1500 picture books from prominent illustrators from the 1970s to the early 2000s as well as titles from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In addition to being a resource for the public, the collection is often drawn upon for The Carle's exhibitions and programming.

About Barbara Elleman:
Barbara Elleman, who received her Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and her Master's Degree in Library Science from the University of Denver, worked as a school and public librarian before accepting a position in 1975 as a reviewer and editor for the American Library Association's Booklist magazine; in 1990 she created and became editor-in-chief of Book Links. After leaving ALA in 1996, Elleman was named Distinguished Scholar of Children's Literature at Marquette University in Milwaukee where she lectured and promoted the use of children's books in the School of Education. She guest curated highly acclaimed exhibitions of original work by Virginia Lee Burton and Tomie dePaola in 2009. During her career, Elleman was particularly attracted to the art of the picture book. Her collection reflects that interest, with books about the illustrated book as well as picture books themselves.

About The Carle:
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. A leading advocate in its field, 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 wife, the late Barbara Carle, co-founded the Museum in November 2002. Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Since opening, the 43,000-square foot facility has served more than 750,000 visitors, including 50,000 schoolchildren. The Carle houses more than 11,000 objects, including 7,300 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. Bobbie’s Meadow is a new outdoor space that combines art and nature. 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 am to 4 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm. 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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