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

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Upcoming Events

In The Auditorium

Tom Knight Puppets Presents The Garbage Monster and Other Songs

August 30, 2014
11:00am and 1:00pm
*$4 (Members $3)

Enjoy this collection of songs and skits about animals, the environment, food, and books for children of all ages. Favorites include "Alligator Jump," "The Garbage Monster," and “Henry the Magician,” plus songs from Tom’s most recent CD The Classroom Boogie! For more information, photos, and music videos visit

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413.658.1126. We are unable to accept same-day phone reservations. On the day of the event, tickets are first come, first served. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. 

In The Museum

Museum Closing Early

August 31, 2014

The Museum will close at 4 pm for a private event. We apologize for any inconvenience.

In The Museum

Gallery Talk: Simms Taback: Art by Design with Chief Curator Nick Clark

September 6, 2014
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join Chief Curator Nick Clark for a guided tour of the special exhibition Simms Taback: Art by Design.

“Tuck me in and read a story and everything will be O. K.,” © 2007 by Simms Taback. The Collection of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, The Gift of Gail Taback, Jason Taback, and Lisa Taback Deane. Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by Penguin Young Readers Group.

In The Museum

Museum Book Club: Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh

September 13, 2014
Free with Museum Admission (sign up online)

In The Museum

Museum Closing Early

September 13, 2014

The Museum will close at 4 pm for a private event. We apologize for any inconvenience.

In The Museum

The Carle Celebrates Museum Day Live!

September 27, 2014
10:00am - 4:00pm
FREE Admission for two with downloaded ticket

Museum Day Live! is an annual nationwide event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors for free to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket. The Museum Day Live! downloaded ticket provides free admission for two.

Please note: The Carle will be closing at 4:00 pm for a private event.



In The Museum

Museum Closing Early

September 27, 2014

The Museum will close at 4 pm for a private event. We apologize for any inconvenience.

In The Museum

Educators' Night with Lois Lowry

October 2, 2014

Please call (413) 658-1126 to be added to the waitlist.
There is still space available for PechaKucha presenters. Please see link below for more information.

The Carle is pleased to announce its Annual Educators' Night on October 2, 2014 featuring a presentation and book signing with award-winning author Lois Lowry, as well as PechaKucha presentations from educators about integrating the arts into the classroom. The event begins at 3:30 pm and is free and open to all educators as space permits. Free materials for classrooms will be available and light refreshments will be served. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (413) 658-1126.

Share your passion and ideas for teaching through the arts by submitting a PechaKucha presentation proposal!
PechaKucha Information and Application

Schedule of events

3:30 – 4:30 pm
Browse the Museum, collect free materials for your classroom and enjoy light refreshments (Great Hall)

4:30 – 5:15 pm
Educating through the Arts PechaKucha presentations (Auditorium)

5:15 – 5:30 pm
Intermission (Refreshments available in Great Hall)

5:30 – 6:30 pm
Guest Speaker: Lois Lowry (Auditorium)

6:30 – 7:00 pm
Book signing with Lois Lowry (Great Hall)

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Perfect Pets

October 8 - November 18, 2014
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Make a collage of your family’s pet - or the pet you wish you had – with an array of cut paper shapes inspired by Eric Carle’s many animal collages.

In The Museum

Using Picture Books with Older Students

October 11, 2014
9:00am - 1:00pm

(4 PDPs) From Math to Language Arts and Social Studies picture books can be used to help differentiate instruction and making learning more fun and interactive. This workshop will provide strategies for integrating picture books in upper elementary curricula.  We will explore using picture books to introduce new subject matter, simplify literary elements, and help students with their writing process.
Instructor: Susan Wells

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Art Studio

Cut Paper Creations: Making Collages with Children

October 23, 2014
1:00pm - 4:00pm

(3 PDPs) Experiment with stamping, texture rubbings, and other ways to make unique collage papers with young children. Learn about how the Art Studio uses collage to connect young children with picture books, literacy, the creative thinking process, and their own curiosities. As we create collages of our own, we’ll dip into design and color theory to better help us understand how picture book artists think and work. Leave with art you’ve made yourself, texture making tools, and ideas you can use in the classroom or at home.
Instructors: Meghan Burch and Diana MacKenzie

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Museum

So You Want to Choose the 2015 Caldecott?

October 24, 2014
4:00pm - 6:00pm
December 6, 2014
9:00am - 12:00pm

Must attend both sessions
(5 PDPs) Join us in a Mock Caldecott Committee that reviews, votes, and makes its own choice for the 2015 Caldecott Award. At our October meeting, we'll review the award guidelines and start talking about eligible picture books from 2014. In November, we'll ask for final nominations and at our December meeting, we'll go through the Caldecott Committee process to name our selections of the most distinguished picture books deserving award recognition. Sessions will be facilitated by The Carle's Senior Educator, Rosemary Agoglia, and Museum Educator Emily Prabhaker.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Art Studio

The Family Collage Workshop

October 26, 2014
11:00am - 1:00pm
$25 per pair or trio

(Ages 6 and up with an adult; up to 2 children per adult)
Be a collage artist like Eric Carle for the day and use your imagination with a variety of cutting and gluing projects for the whole family! We’ll create a set of painted papers to turn into Carle-inspired animal collages, and take a trip to the art galleries and look at works by Eric Carle and Simms Taback for ideas and inspiration.
Instructor: Diana MacKenzie

Registration is required. See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

In The Museum

Arts Integration across the Common Core

November 16, 2014
10:00am - 2:00pm
January 11, 2015
10:00am - 2:00pm
March 15, 2015
10:00am - 2:00pm

(12 PDPs) Enchanted Circle Theater, in partnership with The Carle, presents the Institute for Arts Integration (IAI) Workshop Series. Learn arts integration techniques that engage students in content learning, and boost their creative and critical thinking skills! This 3-part program, held at The Carle, is made possible through a grant from The Xeric Foundation.
Registration deadline: October 31.

Geared for K-5 educators as well as art and music teachers, IAI presents a rich palette of hands-on visual and performing arts experiences for educators, strengthening their capacity and confidence in replicating arts integration lessons back in the classroom. Participants will explore a wide range of arts activities and exercises, helping them learn to integrate the arts across Math, Social Studies, and English Language Arts.
Registration Fee includes 12 PDPs, reusable handouts to support activities, and lunch

Facilitated by Priscilla Kane Hellweg, Executive Artistic Director of Enchanted Circle Theater; Diana MacKenzie, Public Art Programs Educator at The Carle; and Courtney Waring, Director of Education at The Carle.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Offsite

Innovations in Education: A Study Tour of the Early Childhood Centers of Pistoia, Italy

March 16 - March 20, 2015

(30 PDPs) 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; and share with other participants their observations, beliefs and practice. Participants also have the opportunity to experience the 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. Learn more.

Organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Assessorato all'Educazione del Commune di Pistoia in cooperation with Smith College.

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