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


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

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Past Events

In The Museum

Summer Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs

July 22, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission; advance signup required

This date is FULL.
Mondays in July and August

Children ages 4-11 will enjoy reading aloud to Reading Buddy dogs, who provide a gentle, comforting listener to readers as they practice their fluency and strengthen their confidence in reading. 

Reservations required; call 413-559-6307 or email to sign up for a date and 15-minute time block.

In The Auditorium

Happier Family Comedy Show

July 20, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm
$10 Adult / $5 Youth (Members: $9 Adult / $4.50 Youth)

Founded in 2015, Happier Valley Comedy is the heart of improv comedy in Western Mass! Their Happier Family Comedy Show is all about letting creativity flourish in an accepting atmosphere. Each improv show is an hour-long, all new, and created on the spot based on audience members’ suggestions and participation.

Geared for kids ages 5-12, you won’t want to miss this program packed full of high energy and family-friendly funnies!

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413-559-6336.

In The Auditorium

Stonewall: Writing and Illustrating LGBTQIA+ History

July 20, 2019
Free with Museum Admission

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, Rob Sanders and Jamey Christoph will read and discuss their book Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution. The lively discussion will focus on the research that goes into both the text and illustrations of a nonfiction picture book, the discoveries Sanders and Christoph made in the research process, and the significance of this, the first picture book about the Stonewall Uprising. Q&A from the audience and a book signing with the author and illustrator will follow.
Book signing to follow program. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at

In The Museum

Information Sessions: Simmons College Graduate Study in Children's Literature at the Carle

July 20, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Attend an information session at The Carle to learn more about degree programs offered through The Center for the Study of Children’s Literature (CSCL) with Simmons College. To learn more about the information sessions, email

Click here for more information.


In The Museum

Free Fun Friday at The Carle!

July 19, 2019
10:00am - 4:00pm
FREE Admission

Come celebrate picture books with art activities, films, and special storytimes with authors/illustrators Micha Archer and David Bucs!
Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.


10:15 am                
Film: A Big Mooncake for Little Star (10 min.)

11:00 am
Special Storytime with Micha Archer* (Auditorium)

12:00 pm
Film: Eric Carle: Picture Writer (30 min., Auditorium)

12:30 pm
Very Hungry Caterpillar Dance Party (Bobbie’s Meadow/Great Hall)

1:00 pm
Special Storytime with David Bucs* (Auditorium)

2:00 pm
Film: William Steig Library (50 min., Auditorium)

2:30 pm
Very Hungry Caterpillar Dance Party (Bobbie’s Meadow/Great Hall)

3:00 pm
Film: Good Night, Gorilla . . . and More Great Sleepytime Stories (60 min.)

*Book signing to follow (Great Hall)

Ongoing throughout the day:

Scavenger Hunts, Art Activities, Tattoo Station, and food from Sun Kim Bop, Caravan Kitchen, and Crooked Stick Pops.


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