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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002
Hours
  • Tues. – Fri. 10am – 4pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 12pm – 5pm

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Copyright © 1969 and 1987 by Eric Carle Butterfly from The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Upcoming Events

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Paint Patterns

June 13 - July 17, 2018
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Explore the excitement of weaving pattern and color together with paint!

In The Museum

Bobbie’s Meadow: A Celebration and Dedication

June 23, 2018
10:00am - 3:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join us as we celebrate the opening of Bobbie's Meadow! Named in memory of Eric Carle's wife, Barbara Carle, Bobbie's Meadow welcomes guests to connect with, learn from, and be inspired by nature. 

In addition to timed events below, ongoing films and an outdoor scavenger hunt inspired by the forthcoming Eric Carle & Friends book, What’s Your Favorite Bug?, complete this day of family fun. 

SCHEDULE

10:00 am
Museum Opens

10:30 - 11:00 am
Bobbie's Meadow Dedication and Ribbon-cutting Ceremony
Join Eric Carle and The Carle staff for the official ribbon cutting ceremony for our new outdoor space, Bobbie’s Meadow. Bobbie’s Meadow is named in memory of the late Barbara “Bobbie” Carle—Museum co-founder, founding board chair, and Eric Carle’s dear wife. We welcome all to attend this special event with music from The Expandable Brass Band.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Meet Some Meadow Animal Friends (Art Studio)
Join Ted Watt, Naturalist from the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, to meet some animals up close that might be found in Bobbie’s Meadow.  Ted will share some of the fascinating details of their lives.  And those who want to will be able to hold or touch some insects and other creatures! Program for ages 4 and up. Space is limited. Sign up in the Art Studio!

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Little Cloud  Storytime and Creative Movement with The Center Dance Studio (Bobbie’s Meadow)
Join The Center Dance Studio for creative movement and narrative dance inspired by Eric Carle’s book, Little Cloud. Bring your imagination and your dancing feet! Recommended for children ages 3 and up. Caregiver participation welcome.

12:00 - 2:00 pm
Art in Bobbie’s Meadow
Drop-in and explore art outdoors and alongside local artists. All materials will be provided, find a sunny spot and sketch away!

1:00 - 2:00 pm
Exploring in Bobbie’s Meadow
Join Ted Watt, Naturalist from the Hitchcock Center for the Environment,  to see what creatures we might discover in Bobbie’s Meadow!  We will have insect nets and observation boxes and cages to house our catches temporarily before we let them go.  We’ll observe the animals and learn about their lives. Suggested for ages 4 and up.

2:00 - 2:30 pm
Special Storytime with Brendan Wenzel (Bobbie’s Meadow)
In Hello Hello, Caldecott Honor-winner Brendan Wenzel introduces readers to a chain of animals linked together by common traits. From simple colors and shapes to more complex and abstract associations, each unexpected encounter celebrates the magnificent diversity of our world—and ultimately paints a story of connection. Wenzel’s joyous, rhythmic text and exuberant art encourage readers to delight in nature’s infinite differences and to look for—and marvel at—its gorgeous similarities.

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

CANCELED Full Day Program: Picture Book Superheroes

June 27, 2018
9:00am - 3:00pm
$90 (Members $76.50)

Ages 5-10
In this workshop we will use our powers to develop secret identities and create our own original superhero characters. Participants will have a chance to work with a variety of materials to create costumes, props, settings, and whatever else their adventures demand. The workshop will finish with a performance to share – all in a day’s work!

See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

In The Museum

Summer Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs

July 2, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
July 9, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
July 16, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
July 23, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
July 30, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
August 6, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
August 13, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
August 20, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
August 27, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Mondays in July and August
Children ages 4-11 will enjoy reading aloud to Reading Buddy dogs, who provide a gentle, comforting listener to readers as they practice their fluency and strengthen their confidence in reading.

Reservations required; call 413-559-6336 or email info@carlemuseum.org.

In The Museum

Little Kids Yoga

July 3, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
July 10, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
July 17, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
July 24, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
July 31, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
August 7, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
August 14, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
August 21, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
August 28, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Tuesdays in July and August
Ages 3-5 with a caregiver

This specially designed yoga class for children and their adult caregivers brings everyone together to join in the yoga fun! Classes take place outside in the new meadow! Yoga activities include a welcoming circle, breathing time, sun salutations, and movements inspired by what we see in nature. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned yogi family, there is something for everyone.

Yoga Instructor, Sara Holmes did her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Center Amherst and now teaches Embodyoga at the Hampshire YMCA. She has been working with children and families for the past decade and loves integrating music, movement, and the outdoors. 

*Advance sign-up is required. Call 413-559-6336 or email info@carlemuseum.org to sign up for a date. Space is limited.


 

 

In The Reading Library

Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Open Book, Open Play

July 5, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
July 12, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
July 19, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
July 26, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
August 2, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
August 9, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
August 16, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
August 23, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
August 30, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Thursdays in July and August
Enjoy an interactive storytime in Bobbie's Meadow, followed by time to move, play, and explore art materials.

In The Museum

Summer Teacher Workshop: Diversity & Inclusion in Children’s Literature

July 10, 2018
8:30am - 5:00pm
$130 (Members $110.50)

(7 PDPs) In a 1990 article “Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors,” Rudine Sims Bishop, Professor Emerita of Education at Ohio State University, introduced the metaphor of mirrors, windows, and doors. Children’s books, she argued, need to reflect readers’ identities and they need to open their eyes to the world beyond their lived experience. Join educators throughout the region for a one-day workshop exploring diversity and inclusion in children’s books and how we, as educators, can provide “mirrors and windows” for children and students.

Download the full Program Schedule including session descriptions here:
Diversity & Inclusion in Children’s Literature (PDF)

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Museum

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

June 9, 2018
2:30pm - 3:30pm
July 10, 2018
1:00pm - 1:30pm
August 26, 2018
1:00pm - 2:00pm

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

Word Play with Center Dance Studio

July 11, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
July 18, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
July 25, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
August 1, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
August 8, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
August 15, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
August 22, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
August 29, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Wednesdays in July and August
Ages 3 and up; caregiver participation welcome

Join The Center Dance Studio for creative movement and narrative dance inspired by picture books. Bring your imagination and your dancing feet!

Reservations required; call 413-559-6336 or email info@carlemuseum.org.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Scott Magoon

July 13, 2018
10:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Every beachgoer knows that there's nothing more terrifying than a...SHARRRK! But this shark is just misunderstood, or is he? Join illustrator Scott Magoon as he reads from his new picture book Misunderstood Shark by Ame Dyckman. Funny, extraordinarily clever, and full of fun shark facts, this surprisingly endearing story gets to the heart of what it feels like to be misunderstood by the people around you. And with a surprise twist ending, Misunderstood Shark will have kids rolling with laughter!

Scott will be signing copies of his books after the event, including the New York Times Bestselling Rescue & Jessica: A Life Changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes.

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

Special Sundays in the Studio: Author/Illustrator Steve Light

July 15, 2018
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In the board book Black Bird Yellow Sun, a solitary blackbird wings its way through the day flying from one vibrant color to the next. Join author/illustrator Steve Light for a very Special Sunday exploring paint and cardboard printing.

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

Every Day Art Program: Studio Forecast: Drawing with a Chance of Storytelling

July 18 - August 21, 2018
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Take inspiration from the weather outside and The Art of Eric Carle: Seasons exhibition to create your own moveable and interactive art!

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: David Hyde Costello

July 20, 2018
10:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Intrepid Little Pig has trouble keeping up with his older — and bigger — brothers and sisters. Sometimes he’s too little to go to summer camp. Sometimes he’s too little to play in the marching band. But when things get tough, Little Pig finds a way to save the day!

Join author and illustrator David Hyde Costello as he reads from Little Pig Saves the Ship and Little Pig Joins the Band, sweet and playful books about how even the littlest can make a big difference!

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

13th Annual Children’s Book Festival: Four Seasons, Five Senses!

July 21, 2018
10:00am - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Inspired by The Carle’s exhibition, The Art of Eric Carle: Seasons, join us for a day celebrating winter, spring, summer, and fall! Activities include an exhibition, book signings, storytimes and art projects with artists from The Western Massachusetts Illustrators' Guild.

In The Auditorium

Happier Family Comedy Show

July 21, 2018
3:00pm - 4:00pm
August 18, 2018
3:00pm - 4:00pm
September 15, 2018
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 Auditorium

Lyra Music Festival and Workshop: Young Artist Program Special Concert

July 26, 2018
2:30pm
Free with Museum Admission

Classical music touches the heart and inspires the imagination. Join us for a "just-right" concert performed by kids for kids as the amazing musicians from Lyra Music Workshop's Young Artist Program present classical solo and chamber works.

Hear how these young musicians bring their instruments to life and join us after the concert for some hands-on fun, as Lyra Music and Stamell Stringed Instruments welcome you to their Instrument Petting Zoo! Have you ever wondered what it feels like to hold a violin or play a cello? Our concert will be followed by a chance to get up-close with the instruments of the classical string family through guided exploration with Stamell String mentors.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Casey Robinson

July 28, 2018
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

From a factory rooftop, Iver and his good friend Ellsworth (a rooftop bear) are content to watch the busy world below. “Everyone’s going somewhere,” Iver says. “We can see the whole world from up here. That’s enough somewhere for me.” But after Iver retires, the friends must venture out in search of a new somewhere. Of course, the very best views are those you share with an old pal. Join author Casey Robinson as she reads from her debut picture book Iver & Ellsworth!

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

Free Fun Friday at The Carle!

August 3, 2018
10:00am - 4:00pm
FREE Admission

Come celebrate picture books with art activities, films, music, and special storytimes with authors/illustrators Jessie Sima and Jeff Mack!
(Check back soon for full event schedule.)

Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Jessie Sima

August 3, 2018
11:00am
Free with Museum Admission

Harriet loves costumes. She wears them to the dentist, to the supermarket, and most importantly, to her super-special dress-up birthday party. Her dads have decorated everything for the party and Harriet has her most favorite costume all picked out for the big day. There’s just one thing missing—party hats! But when Harriet dons her special penguin errand-running costume and sets out to find the perfect ones, she finds something else instead—real penguins!

Join Jessie Sima, author and illustrator of the bestselling Not Quite Narwhal, as she reads from her new picture book Harriet Gets Carried Away, a sweet and funny story about remembering where you belong, no matter how far you roam, or what you’re wearing when you get there.

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: Jeff Mack

August 3, 2018
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Mr. Monkey bakes a cake. He can’t wait to win a ribbon! But first he has to carry it to the contest. What could possibly go wrong?

Join author and illustrator Jeff Mack as he reads from Mr. Monkey Bakes a Cake and other titles from his hilraious new picture book series about the lovable Mr. Monkey and his wacky 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 Auditorium

Starlight Theatre presents Aladdin Jr.

August 4, 2018
11:00am and 1:00pm
$7 (Members $6.50)

Discover a "Whole New World" with this Disney classic. Based on the Broadway adaptation of the 1992 animated feature, catchy songs and delightful characters will have you grooving in your seats. Performed by students ages 7-17 from Starlight's Youth Theatre.

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

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Holly Hobbie

August 10, 2018
10:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Elmore is a porcupine desperate to make friends. But it is hard to seek closeness with others when you’re covered with spikes that shoot off your back every so often. Elmore suffers rejection and heartbreak, but the goodness of his forest community ultimately shines through as the animals find a way to connect with this prickly bundle of love.

Join Holly Hobbie, the creator of the Toot & Puddle series, as she reads from her latest picture book Elmore – the warmhearted porcupine sure to steal the hearts of a new generation of Holly Hobbie fans!

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

Special Sundays in the Studio: Nature Narratives

August 19, 2018
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Collage Collaborations

August 22 - September 25, 2018
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Inspired by the collaborative process of Leo and Diane Dillon, work together to create and frame artwork for your home or our Art Studio gallery.

In The Offsite

Create with The Carle! Art Classes for Adults 55 and Older: Bookmaking

September 7, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm
September 14, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm
September 21, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm
September 28, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm
October 5, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm
October 12, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm
October 19, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm
October 26, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm
$90 (Members $76.50) Free for Granby residents

Fridays, September 7 - October 26
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Granby Senior Center
10 West State Street | Granby MA 01033

Teaching Artist: Meghan Burch
Enrollment limited to 15
$90 (Members $76.50)

Join us at the Granby Senior Center for Create with The Carle!, a program for adults 55 and older. In this eight-week workshop, participants will explore books as unique art objects and learn to construct a variety of techniques and forms. Using these skills, participants will experiment with the relationship between text and image to create sculptural books that express their own ideas.

Create with The Carle! is presented in partnership with Aroha Philanthropies in order to support the development and expansion of Vitality Arts programming.

Registration begins Monday, July 9 for Granby residents. Call 413-559-6330 to reserve your place.
General registration begins Monday, July 16; book online at carlemuseum.org.

 

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

 

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Heidi Stemple and Jane Yolen

September 8, 2018
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In Monster Academy, authors Heidi Stemple and Jane Yolen present colorful monster children who have familiar human issues such as making friends and learning to help others. Come along with Principal Frank N. Stein into a bright, energetic classroom where the class pet is a big purple boa constrictor, recess is in a swamp, and class bats help build a Creepy Castle in the Monster Maker's Lab. An irresistible romp from start to finish!

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

A Community Celebration: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Turns 50!

September 15, 2018
11:00am - 3:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join us for a variety of programs in celebration of The Carle’s special exhibition, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Turns 50.

11:00 am
Gallery Talk with Ellen Keiter, Chief Curator

12:00 – 1:00 pm
Meet The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Great Hall)

1:00 pm
Presentation with Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens

2:00 pm
Very Hungry Caterpillar Storytime (Gallery)

2:30 pm
Refreshments (Great Hall)

Exhibitions in West Gallery are generously supported by the Hsin-Yi Foundation. Additional support for Brown Bear Turns 50 has been provided by Macmillan Children's Publishing Group.



 

 

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Caterpillar Creativity!

September 16, 2018
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

 

 

In The Art Studio

Make Your Own Textured Rubbing Plates

September 18, 2018
6:00pm - 8:00pm
$20 (Members $17)

Adult Workshop (Ages 16+)
Join The Carle's Art Educators to explore found materials and create your own rubbing plates for your classroom, studio or home. These tools can be used to create texture on collage papers, wrapping paper, cards, and more! Plus they provide an excellent sensory exploration for children. All materials will be provided, come and explore texture with us!

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up. 

In The Museum

Meet Dav Pilkey!

September 23, 2018
12:30pm - 3:30pm
Free with Museum Admission

Meet Dav Pilkey, author/illustrator of the bestselling Captain Underpants and Dog Man series! Pilkey will talk about his new book, Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas, do a live drawing, and share fun trivia with the audience. Following the 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm auditorium programs, guests can get books signed by Pilkey and enjoy photo opportunities with Dog Man and Captain Underpants! 

Schedule

12:30 – 1:00 pm
Program and Q&A with Dav Pilkey (Auditorium)

1:00 – 2:00 pm 
Book Signing with Dav Pilkey (Great Hall)

2:30 – 3:00 pm
Program and Q&A with Dav Pilkey (Auditorium)

3:00 – 4:00 pm 
Book Signing with Dav Pilkey (Great Hall)

Signing guidelines:
• Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop.
• No personalization
• Save time on signing day and skip the shop lines! Order your unsigned Dav Pilkey books online now for pick-up in store on September 23.

Reservations are required for the 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm auditorium programs and can be made by calling 413-559-6336. Reservations to the auditorium program include tickets to enter the book signing line at the end of the program. No audio or video recording of Dav Pilkey’s program is permitted. 

Can’t make it to the event? Reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at (413) 559-6333 or shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Material Metamorphosis

September 26 - October 30, 2018
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar in the Art Studio by creating your own art that transforms!

In The Museum

Paddington PJ Party

September 27, 2018
6:00pm - 8:00pm
$5 per child (Members Free)

Come see the Paddington Comes to America exhibition in your PJs, and don’t forget to bring along your favorite stuffed animal! In addition to art projects, storytimes, films, and milk and cookies, guests can get drawings of their stuffed animal by local artists. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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

R. W. Alley, Illustration for Paddington Races Ahead, HarperCollins, 2012. Courtesy of the artist. © R. W. Alley 2018.
 

In The Museum

Drawing Paddington with R.W. Alley

September 29, 2018
1:30pm
April 22, 2018
2:30pm - 3:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

R.W. Alley has been illustrating Michael Bond’s Paddington books for over twenty years. Guests of all ages will enjoy watching Alley capture Paddington’s likeness and personality in this lively drawing demonstration, which includes a Q&A with the audience. Paper and drawing supplies will be provided for those who wish to draw along with Alley!

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.

R. W. Alley, Illustration for Paddington and the Grand Tour, HarperCollins, 2014. Courtesy of the artist. © R. W. Alley 2018.

In The Museum

Whole Book Approach

September 30, 2018
1:30pm - 4:30pm
$55 (Members $46.75)

(3 PDPs) Discover the difference between reading with children and reading to children. This session will include a chance for participants to observe a storytime at The Carle to see the Whole Book Approach in action. Afterwards, the group will discuss their observations and 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 Art Studio

SAVE THE DATE! Innovations in Education: A Study Tour of the Early Childhood Centers of Pistoia, Italy

March 10 - March 15, 2019
All day

(30 PDPs) Join us for a unique opportunity to visit and study the early childhood centers of the city of Pistoia, Italy and learn about Pistoia’s internationally-renowned early childhood education.

The Innovations in Education study tour, launched in 2010, has quickly become known for the variety of learning opportunities it offers its participants, as well as its intimate view of Pistoia. Participants tour school environments; learn about the schools’ history; talk with school staff and teachers about both practical and philosophic aspects of teaching and learning; see a wide variety of documentation; and share with other participants their observations, beliefs and practice. Participants also have the opportunity to experience the geography, history and culture of Pistoia, where the value of aesthetics and deeply held beliefs about the potential and rights of all children and families are so foundational.

Check back soon for full schedule and how to register.

Organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Assessorato all’Educazione del Commune di Pistoia.

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