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

Hours

  • Thursday, Friday 10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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In the Art Studio

Every Day Art Project: Your Art, Your Voice

April 8 - May 16, 2021
All day
Free with Admission

Inspired by the exhibition Picture the Dream: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement through Children's Books, create paintings that share the changes you want to see in the world.  

In the Art Studio by appointment, take-away bag at the Admissions Desk, or via curbside pickup.

Online

PARTNER EVENT: UMass Fine Arts Center Presents A Manual Cinema Monster Movie: Leonardo & Sam

April 11, 2021
7:00pm - 8:00pm
$12.00 per household/device

UMass Fine Arts Center presents: A Manual Cinema Monster Movie Leonardo & Sam: the Terrible Monster and the Most Scaredy-Cat Kid in the Whole World, Respectively.
Leonardo is a terrible monster. He tries so hard to be scary, but he just...isn’t.  Then Leonardo finds Sam, the most scaredy-cat kid in the world. Will Leonardo finally get his chance to scare the tuna salad out of an unsuspecting human? Or will it be the start of an unlikely friendship?

Inspired by the beloved children’s books by Mo Willems, and realized through mind-bending projection, DIY cinema, music, and immersive sound by critically-acclaimed multimedia artists Manual Cinema, Leonardo & Sam tells the story of a monster who longs to be scary and the big decisions about identity and empathy that we all must make. 
Performance to be followed by Q&A 
Access is available for 72 hours.  Use discount code "Carle10Sam" to save $2.  The discount is limited to first come, first served.  Click here for tickets.
The Carle is a proud co-sponsor of this Fine Arts Center event.

 

Online

Book Share with Yuyi Morales and Warren Binford

April 13, 2021
7:00pm
Free

Online Program

In Hear My Voice/Escucha mi voz, the largely untold stories of individual children detained at the US-Mexico border are told in their own words in both English and Spanish. Compiled by international children’s advocate Warren Binford for Project Amplify, this moving picture book for older children and families compassionately introduces this difficult topic while providing an urgent call to action and simple steps to help.

Join Pura Belpré Medal and Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Yuyi Morales in conversation with compiler Warren Binford as they discuss the book and their work amplifying the voices of the more than 300,000 children detained at the US–Mexico border.

Register here.

Online

Gallery Talk with Andrea Davis Pinkney

April 22, 2021
7:00pm
Free

Online program

Join Carle trustee, children’s book author, and guest curator Andrea Davis Pinkney for a virtual gallery tour of the special exhibition Picture the Dream: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement through Children's Books. The first of its kind, Picture the Dream features the conditions leading up to the Civil Rights Movement, highlights key voices and events, and addresses questions about equality in our current time.  

Register on Eventbrite

Online

Little Books, Big Feelings: Picture Books and Social Emotional Learning (2 sessions)

April 27, 2021
6:30pm - 8:00pm
May 4, 2021
6:30pm - 8:00pm
$40 (Members $34)

Online workshop

Registration for the workshop is full. 

(3 PDPs) What stories do we tell to help children cope? In this two-part workshop we will consider how we can use picture books to support social emotional learning. Participants will explore books that address various SEL competencies, ​including books that can help young readers navigate intense emotions and challenging situations. Participants will consider how these books reflect their experiences inside and outside of the classroom, and learn emotionally responsive practices for engaging children in shared reading experiences. This is a 2-day session, taking place April 27 and May 4 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

Image Credit: My Heart Fills With Happiness. Text © 2016 Monique Gray Smith and illustrations © 2016 Julie Flett.

Online

Book Share with Bruce Handy and Hyewon Yum

April 29, 2021
7:00pm
Free

Online Program

Handy and Yum's new book, The Happiness of a Dog with a Ball in Its Mouth, thoughtfully pairs moments of happiness with the worries or troubles that may precede them, which together give rhythm and meaning to our days. Whether it's the indignity of a cut against the healing of a scab; the boredom of nothing to do contrasted with the possibility of nothing to do; or the divide of “mine” versus the excitement of “ours”, these pages, tenderly illustrated in colored pencil and watercolor, challenge the reader to think about daily activities and experiences and the feelings they conjure.

Join author Bruce Handy and illustrator Hyewon Yum as they discuss this playful and philosophical read, with which young readers can both start and end their days. 

Co-hosted by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and Enchanted Lion Books. 

Register here

Online

Whole Book Approach

May 18, 2021
6:30pm - 8:00pm
May 25, 2021
6:30pm - 8:00pm
$40 (Members $34)

Online Workshop

(3 PDPs) Learn about The Whole Book Approach and discover the difference between reading with children and reading to children. Participants will explore how to evaluate the picture book as an art form with the goal of using this critical engagement with the picture book as a platform for interactive reading experiences. This is a 2-day session, taking place May 18 and 25 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

Click here to register.  

A limited number of workshop spots are free for preschool teachers and elementary teachers in Title 1 Schools through The Carle Community Fund. Scholarships are awarded at random and offered on a quarterly basis. Application deadline for spring workshops is April 1. Click here to apply.

 

Online

The 10th Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) Lecture with Wendell Minor

May 27, 2021
7:00pm
Free

Free Online Program

The Carle is pleased to welcome author/illustrator Wendell Minor as guest speaker for the 10th anniversary of the Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) Lecture. His presentation, A “Minor” Retrospective, reflects on his 5 decades in the publishing world. Minor will talk about his early career as a book cover designer, and his transition to children’s book illustrator and author of over 60 award winning books. 

Register here.  

Online

Exploring Race & Representation in Picture Books

June 15, 2021
7:00pm - 8:30pm
June 22, 2021
7:00pm - 8:30pm
$40 (Members $34)

Online Workshop 

(3 PDPs) Learn how to use picture books to provide “mirrors and windows” that reflect readers’ identities and open their eyes to the world beyond their lived experiences. We will consider criteria for selecting books, explore titles featured in The Carle's exhibition Picture the Dream: The Story of The Civil Rights Movement through Children’s Books, and share strategies for engaging children in conversations about race at story time. Participants will also discover tools for conducting diversity audits and other resources for building a more equitable, inclusive book collection. This is a 2-day session, taking place June 15 and 22 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm EST. 

Click here to register. 

A limited number of workshop spots are free for preschool teachers and elementary teachers in Title 1 Schools through The Carle Community Fund. Scholarships are awarded at random and offered on a quarterly basis. Application deadline for spring workshops is April 1. Click here to apply.

   

Online

Little Books, Big Feelings: Picture Books and Social Emotional Learning (2 sessions)

July 12, 2021
6:30pm - 8:00pm
July 19, 2021
6:30pm - 8:00pm
$40 (Members $34)

Online workshop

(3 PDPs) What stories do we tell to help children cope? In this two-part workshop we will consider how we can use picture books to support social emotional learning. Participants will explore books that address various SEL competencies, including books that can help young readers navigate intense emotions and challenging situations. Participants will consider how these books reflect their experiences inside and outside of the classroom and learn emotionally responsive practices for engaging children in shared reading experiences. This is a 2-day session, taking place July 12 and July 19 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

Click here to register.  

A limited number of workshop spots are free for preschool teachers and elementary teachers in Title 1 Schools through The Carle Community Fund. Scholarships are awarded at random and offered on a quarterly basis. Application deadline for spring workshops is June 15. Click here to apply.

Image Credit: My Heart Fills With Happiness. Text © 2016 Monique Gray Smith and illustrations © 2016 Julie Flett.

 

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