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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


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.

Register on Eventbrite.


In the Art Studio

Every Day Art Project: Dino Dioramas

March 11 - April 4, 2021
Free with admission

Get inspired by the exhibition Inside-Outside Dinosaurs: Creating a Book with Roxie Munro, and create a 3-D environment where dinosaurs roam!  In the Art Studio by appointment, take-away bag at the Admissions Desk, or via curbside pickup.


Whole Book Approach

March 8, 2021
6:30pm - 8:00pm
$40 (Members $34)

 Online Workshop. Registration for this workshop is closed. 

(3 PDPs) Learn about The Whole Book Approach and discover the difference between reading with children and reading to children. Participants will explore how to evaluate the picture book as an art form with the goal of using this critical engagement with the picture book as a platform for interactive reading experiences. This is a 2-day session, taking place March 8 and 9 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.



CactusHead Puppets Presents: Magnificent Monster Circus

March 6, 2021

Online Program

Come one, come all, to a circus like no other! Encounter magnificent creatures from the wilds of your imagination as their quirky human caretaker tries to teach them new tricks. Kids can lend a hand to Eustice the Unicycling Unimonster, make friends with a Fiery Fanged Worm, cheer for Agnes the many-legged Acropod, and more! This colorful, silly, virtual show full of friendly monsters is a perfect match for young audiences, and after the performance the puppeteers will do a live Q&A and demonstration.

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