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


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


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Past Events

In The Auditorium

Picture Book Theatre presents The Littlest Matryoshka, by Corinne Demas and illustrator Kathryn Brown

November 18, 2018
$5 (Members $4.50) Does not include Museum Admission

See Corinne Demas’s story of The Littlest Matryoshka (with illustrations by Kathryn Brown) come to life with large string puppets worked by Margaret Arsenault, Frances Caporello and Joan Hanson. Puppets and scenery created by Director Therese Brady Donohue. Music composed by Karen Tarlow. This 40-minute family program is recommended for ages 5 and up.

Picture Book Theatre is a professional company specializing in creative and realistic adaptations of picture book illustrations through string puppets, encouraging children in literacy and appreciation for illustrators’ techniques.

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

In The Auditorium

From Story to Stage: The Littlest Matryoshka Comes to Life

November 18, 2018
Free with ticket to 2:30 pm Picture Book Theatre performance


Join author Corinne Demas, illustrator Kathryn Brown, puppet maker and show creator Therese Brady Donohue, and composer Karen Tarlow as they give a powerpoint presentation illustrating the process of bringing The Littlest Matryoshka from book to stage.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Randall de Sève and Pamela Zagarenski

November 17, 2018
Free with Museum Admission

In Zola’s Elephant, New York Times bestselling author Randall de Sève and two-time Caldecott-honor winning artist Pamela Zagarenski tell a tender, witty friendship story of imagination gone wild, and show how assumptions often cause us to misjudge—and miss out. But with a little courage, new opportunities and new friendships can be made.

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

Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Open Book, Open Play

November 16, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Enjoy an interactive storytime in the Reading Library, followed by time to move, play, and explore art materials.

 Fridays, November 16 and 30, December 7    


In The Museum

The Carle’s Annual Educators’ Night with Bryan Collier

November 13, 2018
3:30pm - 7:00pm
Free. Reservations are required and begin September 25

This program is full. Join our waitlist.

(2 PDPs) The Carle is pleased to announce its Annual Educators’ Night featuring a presentation and book signing with Bryan Collier, six-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award and four-time recipient of the Caldecott Honor. Participants will also have time to visit the special exhibition, Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards.
This event is free and open to all educators as space permits. Reservations are required and begin September 25. Free materials for classrooms will be available and light refreshments will be served.

Schedule of events

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

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

“Collect, Arrange, Attach: Building on the Instinctive Skills and Interests of Children,” with Shannon Merenstein, owner of Hatch Art Studio (Pittsburgh, PA) and author of Collage Workshop for Kids

5:30 – 6:30 pm
“You Can Never Outgrow a Picture Book,” with Guest Speaker Bryan Collier 

6:30 – 7:00 pm
Book signing with Bryan Collier and Shannon Merenstein 
Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at


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