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


  • Thursday, Friday 10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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What's Your Favorite Color? press release

What's Your Favorite Color? by Eric Carle and Friends To Benefit The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

(Amherst, MA, March 16, 2017) – Henry Holt and Company and 15 distinguished picture book artists have teamed up to create What’s Your Favorite Color?, a new picture book to benefit The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. The book, the second in a series of three, will be released on May 2nd. Like its predecessor, What’s Your Favorite Animal?, the book features distinctive illustrations and imaginative answers to the classic question posed by its title. The Carle will showcase the artwork from April 4 through August 27, 2017.

The contributors are: Eric Carle, Lauren Castillo, Bryan Collier, Mike Curato, Etienne Delessert, the late Anna Dewdney, Rafael Lopez, William Low, Marc Martin, Jill McElmurry, Yuyi Morales, Frann Preston-Gannon, Uri Shulevitz, Philip C. Stead, and Melissa Sweet. The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Hsin-Yi Foundation.

What’s Your Favorite Color? showcases a range of stories and images, from the sentimental to the whimsical to the downright funny. For instance, William Low likes the color brown because it reminds him of his neighborhood buildings in the Bronx. Mike Curato’s favorite color is mint because he loves mint chocolate chip ice cream. And the late Anna Dewdney was infatuated with purple. As a young girl she always wore her purple polyester pantsuit and dreamt of having purple peacocks in the front yard. These personal revelations and more fill the book, accompanied by stunning illustrations.

“The idea of getting some of the world’s most talented and beloved picture-book creators to contribute to a book that benefits a museum celebrating the art of the picture book was just too perfect. We could not be more excited to be part of bringing another book to life,” says Jonathan Yaged, president of the Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, which includes Henry Holt.

The Carle’s executive director Alexandra Kennedy says, “What's Your Favorite Color? is beautiful, funny, and full of heart—everything a picture book should be. The Carle is immensely grateful to the talented artists who contributed and to Holt for supporting the Museum,” she said. 

What’s Your Favorite Color? Book Party

May 7, 2017
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Join us for an afternoon celebrating the new Eric Carle & Friends book, What’s Your Favorite Color? Activities include family programs with contributing illustrators Mike Curato, Etienne Delessert, and William Low as well as a special performance from the Amherst Regional High School Dance Theatre Ensemble.

A recent review from Booklist Review:


Editor: Eric Carle 
Publisher: Henry Holt 
Pages: 40
Price (Hardcover): $17.99
Publication Date: May 2017
ISBN (Hardcover): 


Carle and 14 other illustrators respond with words and art when prompted to identify their favorite colors. Carle loves the challenge of painting with yellow; Bryan Collier likes blue balloons; and purple reminds Anna Dewdney of a favorite outfit. Selections reflect flora (Jill McElmurry’s black garden and Yuyi Morales’ "Mexican Pink" bougainvillea flowers), fauna (Marc Martin’s crimson rosella parrots and Frann Preston-Gannon’s flaming orange tiger), and places (William Low’s brown Bronx neighborhood, Melissa Sweet’s "Maine Morning Gray," Etienne Delessert’s indigo-veiled Tuareg nomads, and Lauren Castillo’s white snow). Some artists evade the question a bit (Raphael L√≥pez calls gray "unique," Philip Stead depicts numerous green items, and Uri Shulevitz chooses all colors), while Mike Curato goes for the important stuff—mint chocolate chip ice cream. The art is appealing and frameworthy, reflecting the various styles of the creators, and the text ranges from poster art to paragraphs to poetry. An inspiring resource for sparking creativity, which will pair nicely with Carle’s Draw Me a Star (1992). — Kay Weisman

About Henry Holt and Company:

Founded in 1866 by Henry Holt and Frederick Leypoldt, Henry Holt and Company is one of the oldest trade publishers in the United States. The company publishes many acclaimed and best-selling authors in the fields of literary fiction, history, biography, politics, current events, science, psychology, and mysteries and thrillers. Henry Holt Books for Young Readers is known for publishing quality picture books, chapter books, and novels for preschoolers through young adults. The company has published many classic picture books including Tikki Tikki Tembo and Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

About The Carle

The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, MA, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy.

Eric Carle and his wife, the late Barbara Carle, co-founded the Museum in November 2002. Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Since opening, the 40,000-square foot facility has served more than half a million visitors, including 50,000 schoolchildren. The Carle houses more than 11,000 objects, including 7,300 permanent collection illustrations. The Carle has three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren. Educational offerings include professional training for educators around the country and Master’s degree programs in children’s literature with Simmons College. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Open Mondays in July and August and during MA school vacation weeks. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. For further information and directions, call (413) 559-6300 or visit the Museum’s website at

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