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

Hours

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

 

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In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Under Construction: Collage Sculptures

March 20 - April 23, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Cut, attach, and build your own colorful sculptures inspired by the art of Eric Carle.

In The Museum

Whole Book Approach

March 22, 2019
9:30am - 12:30pm
$55 (Members $46.75)

This workshop is full. To be added to the waitlist please email Siobhan McArdle at programs@carlemuseum.org

(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. Registration includes a copy of Reading Picture Books with Children by Megan Dowd Lambert.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Museum

Members Annual Pancake Breakfast Celebrating Very Hungry Caterpillar Day

March 24, 2019
9:30am - 12:00pm
Free to Members

First Seating – 9:30 am 
Second Seating – 10:30 am. FULL. Contact us to be added to the waitlist.
This event is free to Members, but space is limited.
Reserve now at membership@carlemuseum.org.

Enjoy homemade pancakes in The Carle Café, a project created just for this unique event in the Art Studio, and a special storytime and film in the Auditorium. Plus, there will be a chance to meet the Very Hungry Caterpillar and receive an exclusive Member gift!

In The Museum

Very Hungry Caterpillar Day

March 24, 2019
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Celebrate the Caterpillar's 50th birthday at The Carle! Throughout the day, you can enjoy a special art studio project, a visit from The Caterpillar Lab, a storytime with author Angela DiTerlizzi, and more!

All Very Hungry Caterpillar items will be 15% off in the Shop! (Members save 30%)

Schedule

12:30 pm
FILM: Eric Carle: Picture Writer (30 min., Auditorium)

12:30 – 4:30 pm
Springtime Caterpillar Bonanza with The Caterpillar Lab! (Great Hall)

1:00 – 1:30 pm
Meet The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Great Hall)

1:30 – 1:45 pm
Wiggle Jiggle Dance Party with the Very Hungry Caterpillar (Great Hall)

2:00 – 2:30 pm
Special Storytime with Angela DiTerlizzi (Auditorium)

2:30 pm
Book signing with Angela DiTerlizzi (Great Hall)

2:45 – 2:55 pm
Film: Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Clip from episode 1721,
(10 min., Auditorium)

3:00 – 3:30 pm
Meet The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Great Hall)

3:30 – 3:45 pm
Wiggle Jiggle Dance Party with the Very Hungry Caterpillar (Great Hall)

3:45 pm
FILM: House for Hermit Crab (9 min., Auditorium)

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Caterpillar Art

March 24, 2019
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

 

 

In The Auditorium

Northampton Community Music Center presents In The Nick of Time

March 30, 2019
11:00am
$5 Museum Admission extra, not required

Ticket sales begin at 10:30; no advance sales.
Limited seating; early arrival recommended.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Aaron Becker

April 6, 2019
2:00pm
Free with Museum admission

Join Caldecott Honor artist Aaron Becker as he reads from his new book You Are Light, an elegant ode to the phenomenon of light. Becker will discuss his creative process and invite guests to create their own light-inspired art project using translucent papers. Book signing to follow program.

Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Museum

Information Sessions: Simmons College Graduate Study in Children's Literature at the Carle

October 21, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm
December 13, 2018
3:30pm - 4:30pm
March 3, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
April 13, 2019
10:00am - 11:00am

Attend an information session at The Carle to learn more about degree programs offered through The Center for the Study of Children’s Literature (CSCL) with Simmons College. To learn more about the information sessions, email childrensliterature@simmons.edu.

Click here for more information.

 

In The Museum

Perspectives in Publishing: A Workshop with Neal Porter

April 13, 2019
10:30am - 12:00pm
$20 (Members $17)

A great opportunity for aspiring children’s book authors and illustrators! Space is limited.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Auditorium

The 9th Annual Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) Lecture

April 13, 2019
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

 " ...said the Mentor to the Mentee:" Notes on 40 Years in Children's Publishing (1 PDP) 
Speaker: Neal Porter, Vice President and Publisher, Neal Porter Books 

In The Museum

Member Monday

April 15, 2019
9:30am - 10:00am
Free with Museum Admission

Want to get a jump on fun this Spring Recess? Join us for The Carle’s Member Monday! Members are integral to our community, and to show our appreciation, we’re offering early admission to the Museum on Monday, April 15 for members only. Not a member yet? Sign up today!

On each Member Monday, you’ll receive:• Special early admission (Doors open to members at 9:30 am)

• Complimentary treats from Atkins Farms Country Market and coffee from Esselon (offered 9:30-10:00 am)• As always, free admission and a 15% discount in The Carle Book Shop!
 If you’d like to attend Member Monday, RSVP to membership@carlemuseum.org with your name, the number of children and adults, and the date(s) attending. RSVP by Friday, April 12.

In The Auditorium

The Pineapple Project

April 16, 2019
11:00am
$5 (Members $4.50)

The Pineapple Project is an original theater piece for kids ages 3-8 and their caregivers that explores the gender creativity in all of us. Written and performed by Mal Malme and Becca A. Lewis, The Pineapple Project is an interactive thirty-minute play that is a "fun, heartfelt way to open up conversation about gender with kids and families." 

"We learned that people can wear whatever they want and play with whatever they want and be whatever they want." - testimonial

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Mordicai Gerstein

April 16, 2019
1:00pm
Free with Museum admission

Join Caldecott Medal winner Mordicai Gerstein as he reads from his new book, I Am Hermes!, a brilliant, hilarious graphic novel about the mischievous, fun-loving messenger of the gods. Gerstein will also discuss his creative process, give a drawing demonstration, and share original artwork.

Book signing to follow program. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Museum

Mass Birds of Prey with Tom Ricardi

April 17, 2019
11:00am
Free with Museum admission

Bobbie’s Meadow Get a close-up look at owls and other birds of prey with Tom Ricardi, a licensed rehabilitator and wildlife biologist, and learn about the great work being done at the Mass Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Facility, which cares for injured birds. Then visit the exhibition Illustrated Owls: A Who’s Hoo from the Museum’s Vault following the program!

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Robin Riding

April 18, 2019
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

“Do you suppose, way down deep, there are mermaids fast asleep?” Join author Robin Riding as she reads her new book, Mermaids Fast Asleep, a stunning and lyrical bedtime picture book that looks at how mermaids sleep in the sea. Riding’s storytime will conclude with a musical puppet show! Book signing to follow program. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Museum

Books before Bedtime PJ Party

April 18, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Come see the Eric Carle Makes a Book exhibition in your PJs, and don’t forget to bring along your favorite stuffed animal! In addition to bookmaking, storytime, films, and milk and cookies, guests can get drawings of their stuffed animal by local artists. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Reservations are recommended; call 413-559-6336.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Susan Verde

April 19, 2019
10:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Author Susan Verde’s I Am Human shows it’s okay to make mistakes while also emphasizing the power of good choices by offering a kind word or saying “I’m sorry.” Verde will lead a guided meditation in Bobbie’s Meadow after the storytime.

Book signing to follow program. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Museum

Book signing with Jarrett Krosoczka

April 20, 2019
12:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Can’t make it to the book signing? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime with Jamie L. B. Deenihan

April 20, 2019
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Jamie L. B. Deenihan’s debut picture book, When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree, is a clever story celebrating the pleasures of patience, hard work, nature, community . . . and putting down the electronic devices just for a while. Join us for this special storytime as we celebrate this book’s birthday, and also the author’s! Book signing to follow program. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Auditorium

Happier Family Comedy Show

April 20, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm
May 18, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm
June 15, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm
$10 Adult / $5 Youth (Members: $9 Adult / $4.50 Youth)

Founded in 2015, Happier Valley Comedy is the heart of improv comedy in Western Mass! Their Happier Family Comedy Show is all about letting creativity flourish in an accepting atmosphere. Each improv show is an hour-long, all new, and created on the spot based on audience members’ suggestions and participation.

Geared for kids ages 5-12, you won’t want to miss this program packed full of high energy and family-friendly funnies!

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413-559-6336.

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio

April 21, 2019
All day
May 26, 2019
All day
June 23, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Join us in the Art Studio to explore new materials and try a different project! 

In The Art Studio

Everyday Art Program: Transforming Tissue Paper

April 24 - May 28, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Celebrate the exhibition Eric Carle Makes a Book and create your own tissue paper collage. 

In The Auditorium

Meet Jerry Craft

April 27, 2019
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Meet author-illustrator Jerry Craft as he talks about his book, New Kid, a timely, honest graphic novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and he struggle to fit in is real. Craft will also talk about his journey from self-publishing to mainstream publishing.

Jerry Craft is an author-illustrator who has worked on numerous picture books, graphic novels, and middle grade novels. Jerry is the creator of Mama’s Boyz, an award-winning syndicated comic strip. He has won five African American Literary Awards, and is a cofounder of the Schomburg Center’s Annual Black Comic Book Festival.

Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Art Studio

Comic Workshop with artists Dan Nott and Daryl Seitchik

April 28, 2019
10:00am - 1:00pm
$35 (Members $29.75)

Ages 9-14, drop-off program
Join comic artists Dan and Nott and Daryl Seitchik in a workshop designed to celebrate creativity and the exhibition Out of the Box: The Graphic Novel Comes of Age. Using the artwork in the gallery as inspiration, participants will be guided through the process of crafting characters, environments and stories to create their own page of finished comics.

See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Books in Translation

April 30, 2019
10:30am - 11:00am
Free with Museum Admission

While we can use books to travel to other places without leaving home, books themselves can also travel thanks to translators. Come find out what happens when a book leaves its home language and moves into another. This special storytime, facilitated by UMass students in the Practicing Literary Translation course, aims to cultivate an awareness of literary translation.  This program is offered in conjunction with the annual celebration of Día. Also known as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), Día is a nationally recognized initiative committed to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures. 

In The Offsite

Create with The Carle! Printmaking for Adults 55 and Older

May 1 - June 12, 2019
10:00am
$60 (Members $51)

Location: South Hadley Senior Center
Teaching Artist: Joyce Silverstone
Seven Wednesdays from May 1 – June 12
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Enrollment limited to 15

Bookings open to South Hadley Monday, April 8
General Bookings open Monday, April 15

Join us at South Hadley Senior Center for Create with The Carle! In this seven-week workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore printmaking techniques that don't require a press. Participants will create multiple prints, using hand-pressure and carving tools to learn basic techniques including transfer drawing, linocut, and printing for collage additions. One of the workshop sessions will involve a visit to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art to view original works of art behind the scenes with museum staff.

In The Museum

Behind-the-Scenes Collection Tour

May 2, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
Free with Museum admission

The Carle’s collection includes more than 7,000 objects, with a very small percentage on display in the galleries. Join us for a special program that not only includes a guided tour of The Carle’s current exhibitions, but a behind-the-scenes look in Collection Archives.

This special tour is free with Museum admission, but reservations are required and limited to 20 people. Call 413-559-6336 to reserve a spot.

In The Art Studio

Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Materials Play

May 3, 2019
11:00am - 11:30am
May 10, 2019
11:00am - 11:30am
May 17, 2019
11:00am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Experiment with materials selected especially for young explorers in the Art Studio. Sometimes messy or outside, so dress accordingly!

  

In The Art Studio

Forbes Library Zine Club Take Over!

May 4, 2019
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Free with Museum Admission

Curious about what a zine is, how to make one, or already enthusiastic about the genre? Join Forbes librarians in the Art Studio for an afternoon of making your own zines! Explore collage materials, drawing tools, and paper to create your own book forms to share. 

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Ashley Benham Yazdani

May 4, 2019
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

The Carle is thrilled to welcome former Trinkett Clark intern and author/illustrator Ashley Benham Yazdani for her debut picture book, A Green Place to Be: The Creation of Central Park. Journey back to 1858 and learn about the visionaries who transformed a barren swampland into New York City’s Central Park, a green gift for everyone.

Book signing to follow program. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Perrin Hendrick

May 5, 2019
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Discover a farm like no other in Perrin Hendrick’s debut picture book, This Is the Farm. From a sea-faring goat to a space-bound sheep, guests will delight in this whimsical story of wondrous animals and their fantastic adventures.

Book signing to follow program. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Art Studio

Drawing Stories

May 8, 2019
2:00pm - 5:00pm
$40 (Members $34)

(3PDPs) Inspired by the exhibition Out of The Box: The Graphic Novel Comes of Age, this professional development workshop explores how drawing can be used to develop skills such as storytelling, vocabulary development, and writing. Carle Educators will share their ideas for games, brainstorming techniques, and material prompts that encourage students to tell their own stories through words and images.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Matt Phelan, Heidi E. Y. Stemple, and Jane Yolen

May 11, 2019
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

A Kite for Moon, co-written by New York Times bestselling author Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple, and illustrated by award-winning artist Matt Phelan, tells the heartfelt story about a young boy’s fascination and unlikely friendship with the moon. Dedicated to Neil Armstrong, this book pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of the first US moon landing. After the storytime, guests will create their own flying kites, machines, and orbiting planets to add to Bobbie’s Meadow.

Book signing to follow program. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Art Studio

How Picture Books Work with illustrator Claudia Rueda

May 13, 2019
10:00am - 4:30pm
$90 (Members $76.50)

Adult workshop, ages 16 and up
How do you sketch a picture book idea? How do you write a story that is told both with words and images? Join picture book author and New York Times bestselling illustrator Claudia Rueda in this intensive six-hour workshop. You’ll explore the most important elements of visual writing and learn how to plan a picture book by using a storyboard and building a picture book dummy.
Please bring a bag lunch.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Art Studio

Homeschool Workshop: Experiments in Printmaking

May 16, 2019
10:00am - 12:00pm
$16 (Members $13.60)

Ages 6-12 with accompanying adult
Create a series of prints in this facilitated program designed to introduce printmaking techniques including collagraph, monotype, and stencilling. Maximum number of children per adult is 3, cost is per child, accompanying adults are free and invited to join.

See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.
 

In The Auditorium

Meet David Small

May 18, 2019
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Recommended for ages 16 and up

Meet author-illustrator David Small as he talks about his graphic novel, Home After Dark. Small’s first graphic novel since his best-selling and award-winning graphic memoir, Stitches, Home After Dark delves into the impact of adolescence devoid of positive male models and the often-murky moral decisions boys must make at school, around their community, and inside the home. 

David Small, author of the #1 New York Times best-selling Stitches, is the recipient of the Caldecott Medal, two Caldecott Honors, the Christopher Medal, the E. B. White Award, and is a National Book Award Finalist. He and his wife, author Sarah Stewart, live in Michigan.

Book signing to follow program. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Museum

Book signing with David Small and Sarah Stewart

May 18, 2019
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org. 

In The Museum

Book Share & Tell

May 19, 2019
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Students from neighboring Wildwood and Fort River Elementary Schools will share their favorite picture books, early readers, and middle grade books from the 2018-2019 school year. 

In The Auditorium

The Invisible Art of Children’s Book Design with Carol Goldenberg

May 25, 2019
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Many people express surprise when told that all books, including those for children, are designed. Yet this is an appropriate response, as book design and typography are at their most successful when not immediately apparent to the reader. Award-winning book designer Carol Goldenberg likes to call this “invisible art.”  Using examples from a long career designing many Caldecott-winning picture books for children, Goldenberg will take participants through the complex process of designing a book, from manuscript to the printed edition. 

Carol Goldenberg designed five Caldecott Medal picture books and two Caldecott Honor books. She studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, and has a freelance book design business in Newton, MA. 

In The Art Studio

Everyday Art Program: Painting in Three Dimensions!

May 29 - July 2, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Create your own 3-D painting by adding color and texture to everyday materials. 

In The Reading Library

Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Open Book, Open Play

June 7, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
June 28, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
June 21, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Enjoy an interactive storytime in the Reading Library, followed by time to move, play, and explore art materials.

 

In The Art Studio

Make a Book!

June 11, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
$25 (Members $21.25)

Adult workshop, ages 16 and up
Join The Carle’s Art Educators in this evening workshop to create your own hand-made sketchbook, notebook, or journal using found, hand-painted, and recycled papers. Learn how to bind and cover books using the signature stitch and stab binding technique.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Museum

Members Opening Reception: The Picture Book Odysseys of Peter Sís

June 15, 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Free to Members

5:00 pm Reception
6:15 pm Conversation with Chief Curator Ellen Keiter and Peter Sís discussing his Czech childhood behind the Iron Curtain, his experience seeking asylum in America, and his love of picture books.

Members RSVP by Monday, June 10 to Jenny Darling Stasinos at (413) 559-6310 or jennys@carlemuseum.org

In The East Gallery

Gallery Talk with Peter Sís

June 16, 2019
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join award-winning artist Peter Sís for a gallery talk in his exhibition The Picture Book Odysseys of Peter Sís. A book signing will follow the program.

Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Museum

An Introduction to Visual Thinking Strategies

June 21, 2019
9:30am - 1:30pm
$50 (Members $42.50)

(4 PDPs) Learn about Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), the principles of which guide the educational programming at the Museum. Designed as a way of teaching viewers to find meaning and pleasure in works of art, these strategies are based on the work of cognitive psychologist Abigail Housen and veteran museum educator, Philip Yenawine.  Participants will be introduced to Housen’s theory of aesthetic development, discuss and analyze the strategies, experiment with the method in small groups, and discuss ways in which these strategies can enhance teaching and reinforce the state standards in Language Arts. Instructor: Courtney Waring

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Auditorium

Northampton Community Music Center presents Mr. Liam & Friends

June 22, 2019
11:00am
$5; Museum admission extra. Ticket sales begin at 10:30; no advance sales. Limited seating; early arrival recommended.

Mr. Liam & Friends present an energetic show filled with drums, ukulele, puppets, and comedy as he plays old favorites and silly parodies!  Mr. Liam (Liam Hurley) is proud to make the Pioneer Valley his new home after many years in NYC. He is one half of the popular kids’ music duo The Big Littles and the former drummer for Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band.  

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