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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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Past Events

In The Auditorium

The Invisible Art of Children’s Book Design with Carol Goldenberg

May 25, 2019
Free with Museum Admission

Many people express surprise when told that all books, including those for children, are designed. Yet this is an appropriate response, as book design and typography are at their most successful when not immediately apparent to the reader. Award-winning book designer Carol Goldenberg likes to call this “invisible art.”  Using examples from a long career designing many Caldecott-winning picture books for children, Goldenberg will take participants through the complex process of designing a book, from manuscript to the printed edition. 

Carol Goldenberg designed five Caldecott Medal picture books and two Caldecott Honor books. She studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, and has a freelance book design business in Newton, MA. 

In The Museum

Book Share & Tell

May 19, 2019
Free with Museum Admission

Students from neighboring Wildwood and Fort River Elementary Schools will share their favorite picture books, early readers, and middle grade books from the 2018-2019 school year. 

In The Auditorium

Happier Family Comedy Show

May 18, 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 Museum

Book signing with David Small and Sarah Stewart

May 18, 2019
Free with Museum Admission

Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at 

In The Auditorium

Meet David Small

May 18, 2019
Free with Museum Admission

Recommended for ages 16 and up

Meet author-illustrator David Small as he talks about his graphic novel, Home After Dark. Small’s first graphic novel since his best-selling and award-winning graphic memoir, Stitches, Home After Dark delves into the impact of adolescence devoid of positive male models and the often-murky moral decisions boys must make at school, around their community, and inside the home. 

David Small, author of the #1 New York Times best-selling Stitches, is the recipient of the Caldecott Medal, two Caldecott Honors, the Christopher Medal, the E. B. White Award, and is a National Book Award Finalist. He and his wife, author Sarah Stewart, live in Michigan.

Book signing to follow program. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at


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