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

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

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In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: The Art Aquarium

September 11 - October 29, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

This month the Art Studio is an aquarium! Help us populate it with creatures of the sea.

In The Auditorium

The Carle's Annual Educator's Night with Carson Ellis

October 22, 2019
3:30pm - 7:00pm
Free - Reservations are required and begin September 24.

This program is full. Join our waitlist.

(2 PDPs) The Carle is pleased to announce its Annual Educators’ Night, featuring a keynote presentation and book signing with Carson Ellis, award-winning illustrator and author of children's picture books, including Du Iz Tak?

In conjunction with Sesame Street’s 50th anniversary, participants will also hear from illustrator Joe Mathieu, who began illustrating Sesame Street books in 1972.

This event is free and open to all educators as space permits. Reservations are required and begin September 24. Free materials for classrooms will be available and light refreshments will be served. 


Schedule of Events

3:30 – 4:30 pm
Educators browse the Museum, collect free materials for the classroom, and enjoy light refreshments

4:30 – 4:45 pm
Welcoming Remarks with Courtney Waring, Director of Education

4:45 – 5:15 pm
Presentation by illustrator Joe Mathieu – 50th anniversary of Sesame Street

5:30 – 6:30 pm
Guest Speaker Carson Ellis

6:30 – 7:00 pm
Book signing with Carson Ellis and Joe Mathieu
Books available at The Carle Bookshop.

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

Word Play with Center Dance Studio

October 25, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
November 29, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
December 27, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission; registration required

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! 

Register online

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Amherst Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.


 

In The Auditorium

Special Storytime: Thyra Heder

October 26, 2019
10:30am
Free with Museum admission

Join author-illustrator Thyra Heder as she reads from her new picture book How Do You Dance?, a celebration of personal expression that will inspire young and old readers alike to get up and get moving. This fun-filled interactive program will include a discussion of Heder’s creative process, drawing demonstration, and dance party! And perhaps a disco ball or two.

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

Whole Book Approach Storytime with Megan Dowd Lambert

October 26, 2019
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Families will enjoy a Whole Book Approach Storytime with Megan Dowd Lambert, author of Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake up Storytime and Get Kids Talking about What They See.

In The Reading Library

Whole Book Approach Storytime with Megan Dowd Lambert

October 27, 2019
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Families will enjoy a Whole Book Approach Storytime with Megan Dowd Lambert, author of Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake up Storytime and Get Kids Talking about What They See.

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Art Studio Abecedarium

October 30 - December 3, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Help us turn the Art Studio into a giant illustrated alphabet by exploring watercolors and drawing tools!

In The Reading Library

Book Corner with Mary Westgate

November 1, 2019
10:30am - 11:00am
Free with Museum Admission

Join us for a fun, music-filled storytime with Berkshire Hills Music Academy’s Mary Westgate, as she reads from a selection of braille picture books.

In The Museum

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

November 2, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm

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 University. To learn more about the information sessions, email gs@simmons.edu.

Simmons University at The Carle

In The Auditorium

Meet Kate DiCamillo

November 2, 2019
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Space is limited.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS FULL. JOIN THE WAITLIST

Meet two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo!
Kate DiCamillo will talk about her new book, Beverly, Right Here, a touching, funny, and fearless conclusion to her sequence of novels (Raymie Nightingale, Louisiana’s Way Home) about the beloved Three Rancheros.

Space is limited for this event. Advance online registration begins October 4. Reservations to the auditorium program include a hardcover copy of Beverly, Right Here and tickets to enter the book signing line following the program. No audio or video recording of the program is permitted. Coupons and passes not valid for tickets to the program.

Book signing to follow. No books from home accepted in the book signing line. Copies of many of Kate DiCamillo's other books will be available for sale in The Carle Book Shop. Purchased books will qualify for the book signing line.

If this event sells out, walk-up guests for the book signing line are first-come, first-serve that day. All non-ticket holders will be handed a pass for the book signing line. A limited number of passes will be available. Pass holders are expected to enter the book signing line at approximately 2:45 pm.

In The Reading Library

Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Open Book, Open Play

November 8, 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 Museum

Members’ Reception: The Pursuit of Everything: Maira Kalman’s Books for Children

November 9, 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm

5:00 pm Reception
6:15 pm Conversation with Maira Kalman and Guest Curator Jane Bayard Curley
Members RSVP by Monday, November 4 to Jenny Darling Stasinos at 413-559-6310 or jennys@carlemuseum.org

Maira Kalman, Illustration for Chicken Soup, Boots (Viking Penguin). Courtesy of Julie Saul Gallery, New York. © 1993 Maira Kalman.

 

In The East Gallery

Gallery Talk with Maira Kalman

November 10, 2019
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join award-winning author/artist Maira Kalman for a gallery talk in her exhibition The Pursuit of Everything: Maira Kalman’s Books for Children. A book signing will follow the program.

Maira Kalman, Illustration for What Pete Ate From A-Z (Really!) (G. P. Putnam’s Sons). Courtesy of Julie Saul Gallery, New York. © 2001 Maira Kalman.
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

Homeschool Workshop: Bookmaking!

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

Ages 6-12 with accompanying adult
Create several books in this facilitated program designed to introduce basic bookmaking techniques and encourage storytelling. Maximum number of children per adult is 3, cost is per child, and accompanying adults are free and invited to join in!

See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

In The Museum

Storytelling and Story-making in the Classroom

November 15, 2019
9:30am - 12:30pm
$60 ($51 Members)

(3 PDPs) Join award-winning storyteller Milbre Burch for a hands-on, how-to workshop where participants explore storytelling as a form of personal expression that builds confidence, communication skills, and self-esteem. Through handouts, exercises, and demonstration, educators will learn ways to “sneak up” on storytelling themselves and encourage their students to do so, as well as how to follow up storytelling with visual and performing arts activities, and with oral, written, and kinesthetic exercises for the classroom.

A visit to the exhibition, The Pursuit of Everything: Maira Kalman’s Books for Children, will also inspire educators on ways to “mine the memory” for stories and celebrate personal histories. Participants will leave with a batch of storytelling activities and knowledge that they can use in the classroom.

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 September 14. Click here to apply.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

Image: Maira Kalman, Illustration for Max Makes a Million (Viking). Courtesy of Julie Saul Gallery, New York. © 1990 Maira Kalman.
 

 

In The Museum

Leap Before You Look: Writing Games Involving Chance, Collaboration, and Surprise

November 15, 2019
1:00pm - 3:30pm
$30 (Members $25.50)

Adult Workshop (ages 16 and up) Join us for this generative workshop exploring a range of Surrealist writing games involving chance, collaboration, and surprise! Approaching writing with a sense of play and wonder, we will attempt to say the unexpected, unlock the door to the unconscious, and release our collective creativity. Adults of all ages and writing experiences are welcome!

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

Image: Maira Kalman, Illustration for Chicken Soup, Boots (Viking Penguin). Courtesy ofJulie Saul Gallery, New York. © 1993 Maira Kalman.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Cynthia Alonso

November 16, 2019
11:00am
Free with Museum Admission

Join illustrator Cynthia Alonso as she reads from her new picture book The Reader,  a whimsically illustrated love letter to books. Written by Luciana De Luca, The Reader is a celebration of reading and a child’s imagination, inspiring beginning readers to become armchair adventurers by exploring what lies between the pages of a book.

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: Chase Taylor

November 16, 2019
2:00pm
Free with Museum admission

Join Chase Taylor, creator of The Letter Critters book series, as he reads from his books, shares his love of letters, and discusses his experiences as a nineteen year old author and artist living with autism. 

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

November 16, 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

November 17, 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

Materials Play

November 22, 2019
11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Experiment with materials selected especially for young explorers and their caregivers in the Art Studio. Dress for mess! 

In The Museum

The Carle Bookshop Holiday Sale

November 22 - November 24, 2019
All day

15-50% off books and toys. Members save an additional 15%.
 

In The Auditorium

From Story to Stage: The Littlest Matryoshka Comes to Life

November 24, 2019
1:30pm
Free with ticket to 2:30 pm Picture Book Theatre performance

Join author Corinne Demas, illustrator Kathryn Brown, puppet maker and show creator Therese Brady Donohue, and composer Karen Tarlow for a presentation illustrating the process of bringing The Littlest Matryoshka from book to stage.

In The Auditorium

Picture Book Theatre presents The Littlest Matryoshka

November 24, 2019
2:30pm
$5 (Members $4.50) Does not include Museum Admission

Join us for Picture Book Theatre's Final Season!
See Corinne Demas’s story of The Littlest Matryoshka (with illustrations by Kathryn Brown) come to life by Picture Book Theatre using large string puppets worked by Margaret Arsenault, Frances Caporello and Joan Hanson. Puppets and scenery created by Director Therese Brady Donohue. Music composed by Karen Tarlow. This 40-minute family program is recommended for ages 5 and up.

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

Book signing with Kathryn Brown and Corinne Demas 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.

Picture Book Theatre is a professional company specializing in creative and realistic adaptations of picture book illustrations through string puppets, encouraging children in literacy and appreciation for illustrators’ techniques.

In The Auditorium

Picture Book Theatre presents The Littlest Matryoshka

November 29, 2019
1:00pm and 2:30pm
$5 (Members $4.50) Does not include Museum Admission

Join us for Picture Book Theatre's Final Season!
See Corinne Demas’s story of The Littlest Matryoshka (with illustrations by Kathryn Brown) come to life by Picture Book Theatre using large string puppets worked by Margaret Arsenault, Frances Caporello and Joan Hanson. Puppets and scenery created by Director Therese Brady Donohue. Music composed by Karen Tarlow. This 40-minute family program is recommended for ages 5 and up.

Picture Book Theatre is a professional company specializing in creative and realistic adaptations of picture book illustrations through string puppets, encouraging children in literacy and appreciation for illustrators’ techniques.

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

In The Auditorium

Picture Book Theatre presents The Littlest Matryoshka

November 30, 2019
11:00am
$5 (Members $4.50) Does not include Museum Admission

Join us for Picture Book Theatre's Final Season!
See Corinne Demas’s story of The Littlest Matryoshka (with illustrations by Kathryn Brown) come to life by Picture Book Theatre using large string puppets worked by Margaret Arsenault, Frances Caporello and Joan Hanson. Puppets and scenery created by Director Therese Brady Donohue. Music composed by Karen Tarlow. This 40-minute family program is recommended for ages 5 and up.

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

Book signing with Kathryn Brown and Corinne Demas 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.

Picture Book Theatre is a professional company specializing in creative and realistic adaptations of picture book illustrations through string puppets, encouraging children in literacy and appreciation for illustrators’ techniques.

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: My Idea Book

December 4 - January 21, 2020
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Inspired by the exhibition Now and Then, create your own sketchbook to fill with stories, memories, and ideas.

In The Museum

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

December 5, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm

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 University. To learn more about the information sessions, email gs@simmons.edu.

Simmons University at The Carle

In The Museum

Whole Book Approach

December 6, 2019
9:30am - 12:30pm
$55 (Members $46.75)

This workshop is full and registration has closed. 

(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.
 

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 September 14. Click here to apply.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Reading Library

Book Corner with Mary Westgate

December 6, 2019
10:30am - 11:00am
Free with Museum Admission

Join us for a fun, music-filled storytime with Berkshire Hills Music Academy’s Mary Westgate, as she reads from a selection of braille picture books.

In The Auditorium

A Few of Our Favorite Books

December 7, 2019
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join Cathie Mercier (Director, Center for the Study of Children’s Literature, Simmons University), Eliza Brown (Shop Manager, The Carle) and Emily Prabhaker (Librarian, Campus School of Smith College) as they share their favorite books from the past year, discussing the striking illustrations, compelling narratives, and other aspects of these books that have captivated various audiences. Participants are encouraged to share their 2019 favorites as well.  

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Julia Denos and E.B. Goodale

December 8, 2019
2:00pm
Free with Museum admission

Join author Julia Denos and illustrator E.B. Goodale as they reteam for Here and Now, a picture book that explores identity and connection, inspires curiosity, and offers a guided meditation through reading.

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

Gouache with Illustrator Audrey Helen Weber

December 9, 2019
10:00am - 3:00pm
$80 ($68 members)

Adult workshop (ages 16 and up)
Join illustrator Audrey Helen Weber and explore gouache as a painting medium. This is a great introduction course for people interested in working with gouache using drawing as a foundation. The galleries will open during the midday break so participants can explore, The Pursuit of Everything: Maira Kalman’s Books for Children.

 See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

 

In The Reading Library

Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Open Book, Open Play

December 13, 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 Museum

Now and Then: Meet the Artists!

December 14, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Celebrate the opening of Now & Then: Contemporary Illustrators and their Childhood Art with exhibiting artists Elisa Kleven, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Barbara Lehman, Grace Lin, Raúl the Third, Shadra Strickland, Don Tate and Evan Turk. See their childhood art displayed next to their professional picture book art!

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

SCHEDULE

10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Special Art Studio project, facilitated by early education students at Holyoke Community College

10:30 11:15 am
Co-curator Jarrett J. Krosoczka will lead Now & Then artists in a series of fun drawing activities. This program is intended for families with young artists at home! Participating artists include Elisa Kleven, Barbara Lehman, Grace Lin, Raúl the Third, Shadra Strickland, Don Tate, and Evan Turk.
Limited Seating. First come, first served.

11:15 am 12:30 pm
Book Signing (Great Hall)
No books from home accepted in the book signing line; unlimited books from The Carle Book Shop.

1:30 2:15 pm
Co-curator Grace Lin will lead Now & Then artists in a discussion on ways to support the growing creativity of young artists. This program is intended for caregivers, educators, and librarians. Participating artists include Barbara Lehman, Raúl the Third, Shadra Strickland, Don Tate, and Evan Turk.
Limited Seating. First come, first served.

1:30 2:30 pm
Snow Monkeys and Snowflakes: Texture Collages with Elisa Kleven
Inspired by Kleven’s most recent picture book, Hiro’s Hats, join the author/illustrator in a drop-in workshop exploring texture and collage. Using a variety of paper materials, drawing tools, and found objects, create your own artwork inspired by the snow monkeys within the book.

2:15 3:30 pm
Book Signing (Great Hall)
No books from home accepted in the book signing line; unlimited books from The Carle Book Shop.

Image Credits: Sam Bond Photography (Don Tate), Derek Fowles (Jarrett J. Krosoczka), Danielle Tait (Grace Lin)

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio

December 15, 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

Materials Play

December 20, 2019
11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Experiment with materials selected especially for young explorers and their caregivers in the Art Studio. Dress for mess! 

In The Auditorium

Happier Family Comedy Show

December 21, 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 Auditorium

CactusHead Puppets Present: Magnificent Monster Circus

December 28, 2019
11:00am and 1:30pm
$6 (Members $5.50)

CactusHead Puppets presents a circus like no other! Join Max, the Monsters’ Caretaker, in this fun and interactive show performed with several different styles of puppets as they guide you through the world of monsters, and maybe even lend the monsters a hand yourself. You'll meet many friendly monsters in this table-top big top, and witness their amazing tricks of daring-do!  All are invited to step right up and enjoy the thrills of Clarissa the Crested Cannon, experience the chills of Eustace the Uni-Browed, Uni-cycling, Uni-monster as he tackles the Sinister Snake Slack-rope, make friends with the Fiery Fanged Worm, and more in The Magnificent Monster Circus! 

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

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