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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

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DiTerlizz and Mercier Join the Board press release

Tony DiTerlizzi and Cathryn Mercier Join

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Board of Trustees

Amherst, MA (March 17, 2014)—The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is pleased to elect two new members to its Board of Trustees: Tony DiTerlizzi, children’s book author and illustrator, and Cathryn Mercier, professor and director of the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College. DiTerlizzi and Mercier will join a diverse board of professionals who create and manage The Carle’s strategic and fundraising goals while striving to raise awareness and support of museum programs. Both DiTerlizzi and Mercier are driving forces in the field of children’s literature.

 DiTerlizzi, who received a Caldecott Honor in 2002, has been a frequent presenter at The Carle since its opening. He recently co-chaired The 2013 Carle Honors, the Museum’s annual benefit gala in New York City with his wife Angela DiTerlizzi. In 2007, The Carle exhibited DiTerlizzi’s artwork in Spiderwick: From Page to Screen

Cathryn Mercier has been instrumental in developing Simmons at The Carle, a graduate program in children's literature at the Museum’s Amherst site, including an M.A. in Children's Literature, M.F.A. in Writing for Children, M.A. in Children's Literature/M.F.A. in Writing for Children, and an M.A. in Children's Literature/M.S. in Library Science. Mercier, one of the foremost children’s literature scholars in the country, has also been a frequent presenter at The Museum.

“We are thrilled to add Tony and Cathie to our leadership,” says Board Chair Christopher B. Milne. “From the time the Museum opened, they were champions of our work. Now in a trustee role, they will be able to have an even greater influence, helping us make connections and expand our programs, here in the U.S. and aboard.”

About Tony DiTerlizzi

 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi has been creating books with Simon and Schuster for over a decade. From his fanciful picture books like, Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure, Adventure of Meno (with his wife, Angela) and The Spider & The Fly (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like Kenny and The Dragon and The Search for WondLa, DiTerlizzi always imbues his stories with a rich imagination. His middle-grade series, The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Holly Black), has sold millions of copies, been adapted into a feature film, and has been translated in over thirty countries.  DiTerlizzi and his family live in Amherst, MA.

About Cathryn Mercier

A psychology major, Cathryn Mercier turned her acutely analytical mind to the study of children’s books, earning a Master of Arts in Children’s Literature, a Master of Philosophy in English and PhD in Children’s Literature. She has been teaching at Simmons College since 1985, where she directs the Center for the Study of Children's Literature and the graduate programs held on-campus and at The Carle. Over the years, she has served on award selection committees for the Newbery, Caldecott and Sibert Awards.   Mercier believes that the “work of the critic is not to 'take apart' a book, but to read well and deeply enough to offer insight and illumination to the text and to oneself.” She facilitates numerous Simmons College information sessions at The Carle.  

About the Museum

The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, MA, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy. 

Eric and Barbara Carle founded the Museum in November 2002. Eric Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Since opening, the 40,000-square foot facility has served more than half a million visitors, including 30,000 schoolchildren. Its extensive resources include a collection of more than 10,000 picture book illustrations, three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren. Educational offerings include professional training for educators around the country. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Open Mondays in July and August and during MA school vacation weeks. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. For further information and directions, call 413-658-1100 or visit the Museum’s website at

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