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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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What's Your Favorite Animal? Book Benefits The Carle press release

What’s Your Favorite Animal? by Eric Carle and Friends to Benefit The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Henry Holt and Company and 14 distinguished picture book artists have teamed up to create What’s Your Favorite Animal?, a new picture book to benefit The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit art museum in Amherst, Massachusetts. The book, to be released on January 21, 2014, features distinctive illustration and imaginative answers to the classic question posed by its title. Contributors are Nick Bruel, Eric Carle, Lucy Cousins, Susan Jeffers, Steven Kellogg, Jon Klassen, Tom Lichtenheld, Peter McCarty, Chris Raschka, Peter Sís, Lane Smith, Erin Stead, Rosemary Wells, and Mo Willems.

“The idea of getting some of the world’s most talented and beloved picture book creators to contribute to a book that benefits a museum celebrating the art of the picture book was just too perfect. We could not be more excited to be part of bringing this book to life,” says Jonathan Yaged, president of the Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, which includes Henry Holt.

What’s Your Favorite Animal? has already gained acclaim from children’s book critics, including a starred review in Publishers Weekly. A review in Kirkus concludes: “This menagerie offers picture-book lovers of all ages a glimpse into each creator’s style, personality and brand of humor.” Stories range from the sentimental, like Rosemary Wells’ ode to her pet terrier, to the whimsical, such as Tom Lichtenheld’s poem about what to do when meeting a giraffe, to the downright absurd—Nick Bruel’s description of an octopus is rudely interrupted by his recurring character Bad Kitty.

 To see how each contributor answers the question in his or her own unique way is delightful and surprising and will surely inspire young readers to answer the question for themselves!” says Laura Godwin, vice president and publisher for Henry Holt Books for Young Readers.

The Carle is planning an exhibition in celebration of the book featuring the original illustrations. Eric Carle and Friends: What’s Your Favorite Animal? will run from April 8 through August 31, 2014. Families everywhere will be encouraged to submit drawings of their favorite animals for digital display in the gallery.

What's Your Favorite Animal? is beautiful, funny, and full of heart – everything we look for in a picture book. We're so grateful to the world class artists who contributed and to Holt for supporting the Museum,” says Alexandra Kennedy, executive director at The Carle.

About Henry Holt and Company

Founded in 1866 by Henry Holt and Frederick Leypoldt, Henry Holt and Company is one of the oldest trade publishers in the United States. The company publishes many acclaimed and best-selling authors in the fields of literary fiction, history, biography, politics, current events, science, psychology, and mysteries and thrillers. Henry Holt Books for Young Readers is known for publishing quality picture books, chapter books, and novels for preschoolers through young adults. Covering a wide variety of genres, the company has published many classic picture books including Tikki Tikki Tembo and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?. Award-winning authors and illustrators published by Henry Holt include Melvin Burgess, Eric Carle, Bryan Collier, Denise Fleming, Nikki Giovanni, Kimberly Willis Holt, Laurie Keller, Betsy Lewin, Bill Martin Jr., and Peter McCarty.

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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