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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

Happier Family Comedy Show

November 16, 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 Reading Library

Special Storytime: Chase Taylor

November 16, 2019
Free with Museum admission

Join Chase Taylor, creator of The Letter Critters book series, as he reads from his books, shares his love of letters, and discusses his experiences as a nineteen year old author and artist living with autism. 

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 Reading Library

Special Storytime: Cynthia Alonso

November 16, 2019
Free with Museum Admission

Join illustrator Cynthia Alonso as she reads from her new picture book The Reader,  a whimsically illustrated love letter to books. Written by Luciana De Luca, The Reader is a celebration of reading and a child’s imagination, inspiring beginning readers to become armchair adventurers by exploring what lies between the pages of a book.

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

CANCELED Leap Before You Look: Writing Games Involving Chance, Collaboration, and Surprise

November 15, 2019
1:00pm - 3:30pm
$30 (Members $25.50)

Adult Workshop (ages 16 and up) Join us for this generative workshop exploring a range of Surrealist writing games involving chance, collaboration, and surprise! Approaching writing with a sense of play and wonder, we will attempt to say the unexpected, unlock the door to the unconscious, and release our collective creativity. Adults of all ages and writing experiences are welcome!

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

Image: Maira Kalman, Illustration for Chicken Soup, Boots (Viking Penguin). Courtesy ofJulie Saul Gallery, New York. © 1993 Maira Kalman.

In The Museum

Storytelling and Story-making in the Classroom

November 15, 2019
9:30am - 12:30pm
$60 ($51 Members)


(3 PDPs) Join award-winning storyteller Milbre Burch for a hands-on, how-to workshop where participants explore storytelling as a form of personal expression that builds confidence, communication skills, and self-esteem. Through handouts, exercises, and demonstration, educators will learn ways to “sneak up” on storytelling themselves and encourage their students to do so, as well as how to follow up storytelling with visual and performing arts activities, and with oral, written, and kinesthetic exercises for the classroom.

A visit to the exhibition, The Pursuit of Everything: Maira Kalman’s Books for Children, will also inspire educators on ways to “mine the memory” for stories and celebrate personal histories. Participants will leave with a batch of storytelling activities and knowledge that they can use in the classroom.

A limited number of workshop spots are free for preschool teachers and elementary teachers in Title 1 Schools through The Carle Community Fund. Scholarships are awarded at random and offered on a quarterly basis. Application deadline for fall workshops is September 14. Click here to apply.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

Image: Maira Kalman, Illustration for Max Makes a Million (Viking). Courtesy of Julie Saul Gallery, New York. © 1990 Maira Kalman.



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