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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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Past Exhibitions


IN THE Central Gallery

Process: From Person to Pencil to Published

Whether immediate and visceral, or detailed and sophisticated, every picture book illustration starts with thumbnail sketches, diagrams, and rough ideas. Even the simplest published page is the culmination of a vast amount of trial and error. This exhibit peels away the page to take a look at the inspirational material, failed ideas, and sparks that are eventually harnessed to produce successful children’s illustrations. The show will focus on the work of four leading illustrators: Kadir Nelson (He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands), Brian Selznick (Walt Whitman: Words for America), Mo Willems (Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale), and Betsy Lewin (Animal Snackers).


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