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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

Special Storytime: Thyra Heder

October 26, 2019
Free with Museum admission

Join author-illustrator Thyra Heder as she reads from her new picture book How Do You Dance?, a celebration of personal expression that will inspire young and old readers alike to get up and get moving. This fun-filled interactive program will include a discussion of Heder’s creative process, drawing demonstration, and dance party! And perhaps a disco ball or two.

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

Word Play with Center Dance Studio

October 25, 2019
11:00am - 12:00pm
Free with Museum Admission; registration required

Ages 3 and up; caregiver participation welcome

Join The Center Dance Studio for creative movement and narrative dance inspired by picture books. Bring your imagination and your dancing feet! 

Register online

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Amherst Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.


In The Auditorium

The Carle's Annual Educator's Night with Carson Ellis

October 22, 2019
3:30pm to 7:00pm
Free - Reservations are required and begin September 24.

This program is full. Join our waitlist.

(2 PDPs) The Carle is pleased to announce its Annual Educators’ Night, featuring a keynote presentation and book signing with Carson Ellis, award-winning illustrator and author of children's picture books, including Du Iz Tak?

In conjunction with Sesame Street’s 50th anniversary, participants will also hear from illustrator Joe Mathieu, who began illustrating Sesame Street books in 1972.

This event is free and open to all educators as space permits. Reservations are required and begin September 24. Free materials for classrooms will be available and light refreshments will be served. 

Schedule of Events

3:30 – 4:30 pm
Educators browse the Museum, collect free materials for the classroom, and enjoy light refreshments

4:30 – 4:45 pm
Welcoming Remarks with Courtney Waring, Director of Education

4:45 – 5:15 pm
Presentation by illustrator Joe Mathieu – 50th anniversary of Sesame Street

5:30 – 6:30 pm
Guest Speaker Carson Ellis

6:30 – 7:00 pm
Book signing with Carson Ellis and Joe Mathieu
Books available at The Carle Bookshop.

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


In The Museum

Beautiful Stuff from Nature

October 21, 2019
9:00am - 5:00pm
$130 ($110.50 Members)

(7 PDPs) Authors of Beautiful Stuff from Nature will share their experiences, engage participants in hands-on creative workshops, and lead us on explorations focusing on our local New England environment. This professional development day will address how we, as educators, can engage others in exploring the natural environment, building collaborations and sharing knowledge and local resources. Registration includes lunch and a copy of the book, Beautiful Stuff from Nature.

Registraion will close on Friday, October 11th. 

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.


In The Auditorium

KidLit Collaborators: Susan Cooper and Carson Ellis

October 20, 2019
Free with Museum Admission

In The Shortest Day, Newbery Medalist Susan Cooper’s beloved poem heralds the winter solstice and captures the yearning for traditions that connect us with past generations— and the hope for peace that we carry into the future. Now a picture book richly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Carson Ellis, The Shortest Day evokes the joy and community found in the ongoing mystery of life when we celebrate light, thankfulness, and festivity at a time of rebirth. Join Cooper and Ellis as they meet for the very first time to talk about their recent collaboration.

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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