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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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Simmons Summer Classes press release

Simmons College and The Carle Announce

Summer Graduate Courses

Amherst, MA (April 2, 2015) — Simmons College and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art are pleased to announce 2015 summer course offerings, including a new course about the picture book art of Eric Carle. Courses earn graduate degree credit and are open to matriculated as well as non-degree students. Courses take place at the Museum’s Amherst, Massachusetts location, a site which offers students the opportunity to see original picture book art and meet artists, authors, and scholars in children’s literature. For registration information, please contact

Special Topics: Folk & Fairy Tales (2 graduate credits)

Mondays, 3:30 – 7:30 pm, June 1-22, 2015

This course acts as an entry point to one of the most fevered debates of children’s literature: are fairy tales for children? To move toward an answer, students will examine the complicated and evolving histories of both collected and individual stories, in both traditional art forms (e.g., fiction, poetry, picturebooks, film, music) and material culture (Halloween costumes, theme parks, and even cocktails). Which stories do we remember, and why? How do we make meaning of their earlier forms, as well as their contemporary re-visionings? And, finally, how do we define the relationship between “folk” and “fairy,” literature and the child?

Instructor:  Lauren Elizabeth Rizzuto

Creators & Aesthetics: Eric Carle (2 graduate credits) NEW!

Saturdays, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 6-27, 2015

This course provides a rare opportunity to examine the entire body of Eric Carle's work as a fine artist, with particular emphasis on his ground-breaking work as a picturebook artist. The course will develop critical writing about picturebooks through a contextualized study of Eric Carle's work as well as corollary readings of literary art and historical materials. The course will explore the artist's evolution, style, influences, achievement, medium, and aesthetics. Students will complete studio work and final projects grounded in their professional interests. In addition, the course will seek to understand Carle's legacy as the founder of the first museum devoted to picturebook art.

Instructor:  H. Nichols B. Clark, Curator Emeritus, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

“Part of what makes these courses so special is that both The Carle and Simmons understand the importance of children’s books,” says Cathryn Mercier, Director of The Center for the Study of Children’s Literature (CSCL). “Those enrolled in the program include students with a wide range of life experiences—teachers, librarians, and writers, along with those who have no professional experience in the field but a great passion for the topic.”

To learn more about these programs, visit the Simmons website, email, or register for an Information Session at The Carle.  The next information session will be held at The Carle on Saturday, April 25, 10:00 – 11:30 am

About the Simmons Graduate Programs in Children’s Literature

The satellite program, begun in the fall of 2008, includes four different tracks for students: an M.F.A. in Children’s Writing, an M.A. in Children’s Literature, a dual M.F.A. in Writing for Children/M.A. in Children’s Literature degree, and a dual M.A. in Children’s Literature/M.S. in Library Science in collaboration with the Library Science program at Mount Holyoke in South Hadley. This partnership builds upon The Center for the Study of Children’s Literature (CSCL) at Simmons College, which opened in 1977 with funding from The National Endowment for the Humanities.

Simmons College administers the nation’s first Master of Arts in Children’s Literature as well as a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Writing for Children. The programs provide a rigorous, disciplined study of children's books for those who are — or who intend to be — involved in teaching, library services, publishing, writing, or related fields. To develop a critical vocabulary essential for appraising text and illustration, students apply a high level of scholarly analysis to children’s literature ranging from folklore and mythology to contemporary realistic fiction and nonfiction. With an emphasis on historical and critical analysis—including feminist, ideological, and multicultural perspectives—the interdisciplinary curriculum draws upon art, history, education, sociology, psychology and media studies. 

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. 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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