Search form

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

Visit the carle

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

News

Upcoming Exhibitions

IN THE West Gallery

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Turns 50

This exhibition celebrates The Very Hungry Caterpillar, from its humble origins to one of the most iconic children’s books of all time. Published in 1969, the first edition was produced in Japan since printers in the U.S. could not affordably carry out the complex project of die-cut holes and irregularly-sized pages. With it, Carle transformed the traditional picture book into an interactive object, “a book you can play with, a toy you can read.”

A copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is sold somewhere in the world every thirty seconds! It has been translated into 62 languages, most recently Mongolian. Over the years, Carle has come to realize that his story is one of hope. “Like the caterpillar,” says Carle, “children will grow up and spread their wings.”

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Hsin-Yi Foundation, with additional support from Penguin Young Readers.

Exhibition design by Katie Craig

 

Eric Carle, Illustration for The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Philomel Books). Collection of Eric and Barbara Carle. © 1969, 1987 Eric Carle.

IN THE East Gallery

Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards

The Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award annually recognizes outstanding African American artists of children’s books who demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. Our Voice is the first retrospective of all winners and honorees since the establishment of the award in 1974. More than thirty artists are showcased, including Ashley Bryan, Bryan Collier, Pat Cummings, Ekua Holmes, E. B. Lewis, Kadir Nelson, Jerry Pinkney, Faith Ringgold, and Javaka Steptoe. 

This exhibition is organized by the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas. 

Exhibition design by Katie Craig

 

Javaka Steptoe, Illustration for Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers). Courtesy of NCCIL. © 2016 Javaka Steptoe.
Back
To Top