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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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Past Events


In Conversation with Roger Mello and Peter Sís

April 1, 2021

Online Program

Join Hans Christian Andersen award-winners Roger Mello and Peter Sís as they come together to discuss their incredible bodies of work, what compels them to create children's books, and the deeply personal stories they both bring to life in their illustrations. Moderated by Lisa von Drasek, curator of the Children's Literature Research Collections, University of Minnesota. Co-hosted by Archipelago Books.

Roger Mello has illustrated over 100 titles – 22 of which he also wrote – and his unique style and adroit sense of color continues to push the boundaries of children’s book illustration. He has won numerous awards for writing and illustrating, including three of IBBY’s Luis Jardim Awards, the Best Children’s Book 2002 International Award, and the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award. In 2018, You Can’t Be Too Careful! was named a Batchelder Honor Book by the American Library Association. 

Peter Sís is an internationally acclaimed illustrator, author, and filmmaker. His books, Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei, Tibet Through the Red Box, and The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain were each named Caldecott Honor Books by the American Library Association, and The Wall also was awarded the Robert F. Sibert Medal. Sís is the first children’s book illustrator to win the MacArthur Fellowship, and in 2012 won the Hans Christian Andersen Award for lifelong achievement. His new book is Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued.

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Very Hungry Caterpillar Day Members’ Online Celebration

March 21, 2021
Free. Open to Museum Members.

Online event 

Join us as we celebrate Very Hungry Caterpillar Day and the start of spring with a special storytime and art workshop! 

• Enjoy an interactive reading of Eric Carle’s beloved book The Very Hungry Caterpillar / La Oruga Muy Hambrienta in English and Spanish, led by translation scholarTal Goldfajn and Carle Literacy Educator David Feinstein. Special thanks to the Spanish and Portuguese Program at UMass Amherst

• Learn how Eric Carle takes ideas, words, and pictures and turns them into the books we love. Learn about his creative process and watch a video of Eric creating a collage!

• Create your own wearable art in a virtual workshop with Carle Art Educator Meg Nicoll as you turn paper into caterpillar-inspired costumes!

•Online Shop sale all weekend! Members save 30 percent! Log into your account online and be entered to win a Very Hungry Caterpillar gift basket in our raffle.

  • In store sale is Sunday, March 21.

Sign up today on Eventbrite. Zoom link and art workshop details will be provided.



The Carle Bookshop Spring Sale

March 20 - March 21, 2021

We're celebrating Very Hungry Caterpillar Day all weekend at The Carle Bookshop! All items are 15% off (30% if you're a museum member).
Online sale is all weekend! Members can log in to their member account online and be entered to win a Very Hungry Caterpillar gift basket in our raffle.
In store sale is Sunday, March 21.


Members’ Gallery Talk with Andrea Davis Pinkney

March 18, 2021
7:00 pm
Free for Members

As you witness the power conveyed through the art of picture books, you’ll be brought to a place of revelation. Here, we stand on firm ground. Here, we can rejoice in the legacy of social justice, a heritage built by the everyday heroes who came before and by the steadfast individuals who continue to carry equality’s message. Here is a dream worth following.” —Andrea Davis Pinkney

Join Carle trustee, children’s book author, and guest curator Andrea Davis Pinkney for a virtual gallery tour of the special exhibition Picture the Dream: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement through Children's Books. The first of its kind, Picture the Dream features the conditions leading up to the Civil Rights Movement, highlights key voices and events, and addresses questions about equality in our current time.  

Open to Museum Members; Register on Eventbrite.


Celebrate The Passover Guest

March 14, 2021

Online Program

(Ages 5 and up) Join Susan Kusel (author), Sean Rubin (illustrator), and Neal Porter (editor) as they share their recent book, The Passover Guest. Co-hosted by PJ Library and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

-Storytime with author Susan Kusel,
-Drawing Activity with illustrator Sean Rubin,
-Q&A with the creative team

Susan Kusel is a synagogue librarian and children's book buyer for an independent bookstore. She has served as a member of the Caldecott Medal selection committee and the chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. The Passover Guest is Kusel's first picture book. 

Sean Rubin has illustrated several books for children. He wrote and illustrated the graphic novel Bolivar, which was nominated for an Eisner award and is being adapted into a feature film with Fox Studios. He also illustrated The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon: The Story of Alan Bean by Dean Robbins. 

Neal Porter has been in and around children’s book publishing for over 40 years, working at houses such as Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Walker Books UK, and Roaring Brook Press, which he helped to found in 2000. He is currently Vice President and Publisher of Neal Porter Books at Holiday House.

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