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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Tuesday- Friday10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

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Dear Friends,

Picture books bring people together. Every day at The Carle, we have the privilege of watching visitors, young and old, explore the galleries and library together. They find illustrations and stories that move them, or make them laugh, or open their minds to new possibilities.

How do we introduce children to a complicated world? What are the best ways to reassure them, to talk about resilience and give them hope? Through picture books. Picture books encourage us to think harder, feel more deeply, and connect to the people around us. Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar offers a message of hope that spans generations. Our 50th anniversary exhibition honors the book and its creator and will soon travel internationally. More than 100 winning illustrations from the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards, on view in the East Gallery, tell powerful stories about African American history and culture—and remind us of universal human values.
Donations from friends like you are crucial to our success. We provide exhibitions and experiences to more than 50,000 people a year in Amherst—as well as traveling exhibitions and educational outreach to more than half a million people across the U.S. and abroad.
Picture books contribute to a better world. They remind us of who we are and who we want to be, and reflect the hopes we have for the next generation. Please join me and donate generously to our Annual Appeal. Help us bring more people together.

In gratitude,
Alexandra Kennedy
Executive Director


Illustration for The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Philomel Books). Collection of Eric and Barbara Carle. (c) 1969, 1987 Eric Carle.

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