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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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Picture Book Month press release


The Carle Celebrates National Picture Book Month in November

(Amherst, MA—October 31)-- The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is thrilled to be a partner with Picture Book Month, an international initiative that celebrates picture books during the month of November. Throughout November, guests are invited to visit The Carle for a wide of array of programs and events, from storytimes and theatre performances to book events and special exhibitions:

Special Storytimes

 November 1 at 2:00 p.m. –Join local author/illustrator Astrid Sheckels as she  reads from her latest book, Hector Fox and the Giant Quest.

 November 9 at 2:00 p.m. - Meet local author Jennifer Rosner and illustrator Kristina Swarner to celebrate their new picture book, The Mitten String!

November 29 at 2:00 p.m. - Join local author/illustrator Scott Magoon as he reads from his latest book, Breathe.

Elephant & Piggie Book Party with Mo Willems

Join us for an exclusive preview of Mo Willems' new book, Waiting Is Not Easy! Meet Mo, watch films, and  create art in the Art Studio.  Elephant and Piggie characters will make appearances as well!

Picture Book Theatre: Tico and The Golden Wings and Geraldine, The Music Mouse

November 8, 15, 22 at 2:00 p.m.; November 28-29 at 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

See Leo Lionni’s stories come to life with puppets and young dancers. Directed by Therese Brady Donohue, 2008 winner of the MCC’s Gold Star Award.

 $6 (Members $5). Purchase a Combo Ticket (includes Museum Admission) and Save $3.  Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum’s Admissions Desk or by calling          (413) 658- 1126. 

Madeline Family Day   

November 16 (12:00 pm - 4:00 pm) – Visit The Carle’s special exhibition, Madeline at  75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans, and enjoy a variety of other activities from art projects       to a gallery talk with Guest Curator Jane Bayard Curley. Children will also have an opportunity to get their picture taken with Madeline!

To learn more about Picture Book Month, visit  In addition to including daily posts from picture book authors and illustrators recognizing the importance of picture books, the site offers suggestions on how to celebrate Picture Book Month.

About The Carle:
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. The Carle houses more than 13,000 objects, including 6,600 permanent collection illustrations. The Carle has 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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