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


  • Thursday, Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Upcoming Events

In the Art Studio

Everyday Art Program: Painting with Found Materials

October 22 - December 22, 2020
All day

Explore painting with a variety of everyday found materials and experiment with the many ways that paint can be scraped, rolled, pressed, mixed, and painted onto paper. Add to a collaborative installation at the museum or take your artwork home with you. We will be using washable tempera paint, dress for mess! In the Art Studio by appointment or as a take-away bag at the Admissions Desk.

In the Museum

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End Drive-Thru Pool Party/Book Launch!

November 9, 2020

Join us for a drive-thru book launch pool party with Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney! For the release of his 15th Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, The Deep End,  Jeff is going on a Pool Party Tour to hand out signed copies of his books. We are thrilled to welcome him back to The Carle for this one-of-a-kind (and socially distant) celebration! 

All attendees must have a timed ticket to participate in this event. A ticket includes a pre-signed copy of The Deep End (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #15) and admission for one vehicle. Tickets are available on Eventbrite beginning October 22.


Writing and Illustrating Graphic Novels for Teens/Adults

November 12, 2020
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Join The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group for a program featuring four amazing graphic novelists, discussing the art of the graphic novel and their newest releases. This panel program will feature Mike Curato (FLAMER), MT Anderson and Jo Rioux (THE DAUGHTERS OF YS), Kiku Hughes (DISPLACEMENT), and will be moderated by Courtney Waring, Director of Education at The Carle. Books can be purchased at The Carle Bookshop.

Click here to register.  


Talking Back: Considerations of Anthropomorphism (3 sessions)

November 16, 2020
4:30pm - 5:30pm
November 23, 2020
4:30pm - 5:30pm
November 30, 2020
4:30pm - 5:30pm
$40 (Members $34)

Online Workshop 

(3 PDPs) In this series of discussions, we’ll look at key issues around talking animals in children’s literature. Participants will consider the debate that talking animals confuse children (making it harder for them to distinguish between what’s real and what’s fantastic), address the ways in which talking animals slip into problematic stereotypes and racism, and discuss humanized animals and the complications of the human-animal relationships in environmental justice. Reading materials will be sent electronically in advance of each meeting. Space is limited.

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 fall workshops is  October 13. Click here to apply.  

Click here for registration. 


Exploring Race and Representation in Picture Books (2 sessions)

November 17, 2020
7:00pm - 8:30pm
November 18, 2020
7:00pm - 8:30pm
$40 (Members $34)

Online Workshop

(3 PDPs) Examine 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. In this two-part workshop, we will consider criteria for selecting books, explore titles featured in The Carle's current book exhibition Black Voices: Picture Books as Antiracist Resources, and share strategies for engaging children in critical 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 November 17 and 18 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.

To register please click here. Registration will close on November 13th. 

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