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



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

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Simmons University

Simmons University at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

For nearly 40 years, The Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons University has shared its passionate commitment to literature for young people through scholarly engaement. Since 2008, The Carle has been proud to partner with Simmons to offer its graduate courses in the creation, culture, and criticism of children's literature—from picturebooks and early readers to works for young adults. Classes meet regularly in The Carle's Reading Library and students are encouraged to take advantage of the Museum’s many resources. Simmons offers four graduate programs in children's literature, each encouraging a rigorous study of children's books with an emphasis on historical and critical analysis. Non-degree students are welcome to apply for specific classes.

Degree Programs

MFA in Writing for Children

A 32-credit MFA program taught at The Carle

This program consists of four academic courses and four writing courses, including a two-course sequence in which a student develops a manuscript from conception to submission.

MA in Children's Literature

A 36-credit MA program taught at The Carle

This program consists of four electives and the following five required courses: Criticism of Literature for Children, The Picture Book, Contemporary Realistic Fiction, Fantasy and Science Fiction, and a historical literature course.

MFA/MA in Children's Literature

Students who wish to pursue both degrees may combine both masters' programs in a 56-credit course of study that includes core requirements for both programs.

M.A. in Children's Literature/M.S. in Library Science

This dual degree is offered in collaboration with Simmons's Graduate School of Library Science program at Mount Holyoke.

Course Offerings

Courses are open to non-degree students, and are offered nights and weekends on site at The Carle. For registration information, please contact

CHL 414: Fantasy and Science Fiction (4 credits)
Mondays, September 14 – December 14 (4:30 – 7:20 pm)

Provides a historical study and critical analysis of the development of fantasy and science fiction for children. Traces the growth of themes and genres in works studied and examines underlying themes as serious expressions of human hopes and fears in the past and for the future. 

CHL 421: Children’s Book Publishing (4 credits)
Fridays, September 11, October 9, November 13, December 11 (4:00 – 7:00 pm);  Saturdays, September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12 (10:00 am – 2:00 pm); Sundays, September 13, October 11, November 15, December 13 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) 

Surveys the history of children’s book publishing in the U.S. and then focuses on the various stages of the contemporary children’s book publishing process editing, art direction and design, and marketing. Practitioners from each of these areas will share their expertise and involvement in the evolution of a book’s creation. The final assignment requires each student to develop a publishing project and show how such a book would be published.

A full description of courses is available online in the Simmons Graduate Course Catalog.
Classes may be subject to cancellation depending on enrollment.
Listen to what students and graduates say about the program!

More Information

To learn more about these programs, visit the Simmons website, email, or register for an Information Session at The Carle. For tuition information click here.

Information Sessions

Sunday, March 8, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Saturday, April 4, 10:00 am – 11:00 am (Now online)
Tuesday, May 19, 5:00 - 6:00 pm (Now online)
Saturday, June 13, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

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