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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

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In The Auditorium

Paintbox Theatre Presents: Puss in Boots

September 5, 2015
11:00am and 1:00pm
September 6, 2015
1:00pm and 3:00pm
$8 (Member $7.50)

Sooooo a long while ago a very cool kitty asked a young lad, "How would you like to be king.” The boy had nothing better to do, so he nodded. The adventure begins. The basic rule - when in doubt always trust the cat. Puss is one clever kitty. She is going to show us how to get from empty pockets to the royal throne room.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413.658.1126. No same-day phone reservations. On the day of the performance, tickets are first come, first served. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

In The Museum

Jarrett J. Krosoczka and The Book Bus!

September 12, 2015
10:00am - 1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join Jarrett J. Krosoczka, WRSI Radio, and Reader to Reader in celebrating books and giving back to the community. WRSI and Reader to Reader plan to fill an entire school bus with children's books, and each child who donates a book will receive free admission to The Carle this day. At 11:00 am, come see Jarrett celebrate his 30th book, It’s Tough to Lose Your Balloon, and screen a film adaptation of his book, Peanut Butter and Jellyfish. Book signing to follow. For more information, visit 93.9 The River.

Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at (413) 658-1132 or shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Art Studio

Toddler and Preschooler Play Series: Open Book, Open Play

September 18, 2015
10:30am - 11:30am
September 25, 2015
10:30am - 11:30am
October 16, 2015
10:30am - 11:30am
October 23, 2015
10:30am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Friday Mornings

(Toddlers and Preschoolers with parents/caregivers/teachers)

Sometimes messy or outside, so dress accordingly! Share picture books at story time in the Reading Library and then engage in imaginative explorations in the Art Studio inspired by elements of the picture books from storytime.

In The Museum

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

September 19, 2015
12:00pm - 1:00pm
October 20, 2015
4:00pm - 5:15pm
November 7, 2015
12:00pm - 1:00pm
December 12, 2015
11:00am - 12:00pm

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 College. To learn more about the information sessions, email childrensliterature@simmons.edu.

Click here for more information.

 

 

 

In The Auditorium

Diversity in Children’s Books

September 19, 2015
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

A panel discussion with authors Lesléa Newman, Tanya Lee Stone, Padma Venkatraman, and illustrator Floyd Cooper. Book signing following program.

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio

September 20, 2015
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Museum

Whole Book Approach

September 21, 2015
9:30am - 12:30pm
$40

(3 PDPs) Discover the difference between reading with children and reading to children. This session will include a chance for participants to observe a storytime at The Carle to see the Whole Book Approach in action. Afterwards, the group will discuss their observations and 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.
Instructor: Emily Prabhaker

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Fancy Footwear

September 23 - November 3, 2015
All day
Free with Museum Admission

In his retelling of the classic tale Puss in Boots, illustrator Fred Marcellino depicts a sly feline who happens to wear very fanciful footwear. Design your own pair of whimsical shoes that you or your favorite animal would wear.

In The Offsite

The Carle Honors Annual Benefit Gala and Art Auction

September 24, 2015
5:30pm

At Guastavino's, New York, NY    

5:30 pm Cocktails, dinner fare, boutique, and auction
7:15 pm Seated awards presentation.
8:15 pm Dessert, coffee, and auction
9:00 pm Auction close

Tickets available now! Click here for information about the event. Bid on The Carle Honors Auction here!

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

In The Museum

The Carle Celebrates Museum Day Live!

September 26, 2015
All day
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.

In The Auditorium

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Steve Elci & Friends

September 26, 2015
11:00am
$8 Adults / $6 Youth (cash or check only); Museum Admission extra

Bluesman and balladeer Randy Kaplan blends American Roots Music, Country Blues, and Comedic Storytelling into award-winning music suitable for the whole family. His groundbreaking music and lyrics are both educational and fun, exploring subjects that range from bugs to moral tales. Randy’s tangents and multi-leveled jokes are reminiscent of Arlo Guthrie and are sure to captivate a crowd!

Ticket sales begin at 10:30; no advance sales. Limited seating; early arrival recommended.

In The Museum

Special Storytime – Elisha Cooper

September 26, 2015
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Book signing to follow.

Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at (413) 658-1132 or shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Art Studio

Toddler and Preschooler Play Series: Materials Play

October 2, 2015
10:00am - 10:30am
October 9, 2015
10:00am - 10:30am
October 30, 2015
10:00am - 10:30am
November 6, 2015
10:00am - 10:30am
Free with Museum Admission

(Toddlers and Preschoolers with parents/caregivers/teachers)

Friday Mornings

Sometimes messy or outside, so dress accordingly! Experiment with materials selected especially for young explorers in the Art Studio.

          

In The Museum

The Carle’s Annual Educators’ Night

October 7, 2015
3:30pm - 7:00pm
Free. Reservations required; please call (413) 658-1126.

(2 PDPs) Keynote Speaker: Marla Frazee, winner of 2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for best picture book. Book signing to follow.

Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at (413) 658-1132 or shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Museum

Diva and Flea Book Party, with Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi

October 10, 2015
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join us for an exclusive preview of Mo Willems & Tony DiTerlizzi's illustrated chapter book, The Story of Diva and Flea! Hear from Mo and Tony as they share their inspirations behind the book, including meeting the real Diva and Flea in Paris and their artistic adventures while visiting The City of Lights. Book signing to follow program.

Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at (413) 658-1132 or shop@carlemuseum.org.

Limited seating available for 1:00 pm auditorium program. Reservations highly recommended - (413) 658-1126. (We expect to sell out.) Early reservations for Members begin Friday, September 11. Remaining reservations begin Tuesday, September 15. 

 

In The Art Studio

The Family Collage Workshop

October 11, 2015
10:30am - 12:30pm
$25 per pair or trio (Members $21.25)

(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 patterned papers with textured stamps to turn into Eric Carle-inspired animal collages.
Instructor: Diana MacKenzie

See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

In The Auditorium

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Nick Deysher and In the Nick of Time

October 17, 2015
11:00am
$8 Adults / $6 Youth (cash or check only); Museum Admission extra

 

 

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio

October 18, 2015
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

 

 

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime – Marcus Ewert and Lisa Brown

October 24, 2015
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Book signing to follow.

Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at (413) 658-1132 or shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Auditorium

The PuppeTree presents: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

October 25, 2015
1:00pm and 3:00pm
$7* (Members $6.50)

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413.658.1126.

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: It’s a Mary Blair World

November 4 - December 8, 2015
All day
Free with Museum Admission

In Mary Blair’s designs for the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts ride "It’s a small world,” she brought the vibrant colors and characters from her animated illustrations to life. Construct your own unique theme park ride with paper and 3D materials.

In The Auditorium

Strega Nona Tells All: A Conversation with Tomie dePaola

November 7, 2015
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Tomie dePaola’s Caldecott Honor Award-winning book, Strega Nona, whose protagonist has been described by the American Library Association as “an enduring character who has charmed generations of children.” Join Barbara Elleman, creator of Book Links Magazine, and Tomie dePaola as they celebrate his newest book release, The Magical World of Strega Nona, a wonderful treasury featuring six Strega Nona stories, and discuss how Strega Nona’s world has developed through the years. Book signing to follow program.

 Limited seating; reservations recommended. Call (413) 658-1126. Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at (413) 658-1132 or shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Auditorium

Amherst Storybook Project, with Luminarium Dance Company

November 8, 2015
12:30pm and 1:30pm
Free with Museum Admission

This year, Luminarium's annual Cultural Community Outreach Project will create a picturebook celebrating Amherst’s residents and paying homage to the town’s deep roots in literature and children's books. Watch as the dancers perform in front of art works created for the project, then join the company for a brief Q&A about the creative process. 

In The Art Studio

Special Art Activity with Susan Schwake

November 14, 2015
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Drop by the Art Studio to meet Susan Schwake, author of five art project books for kids, including Art Camp, to be released this fall. Susan will  sign books in the Art Studio and help guests create and play with their own shadow puppets.

In The Auditorium

Picture Book Theatre presents: Rooster’s Off to See the World and “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” Said the Sloth by Eric Carle

November 14, 2015
2:00pm
November 21, 2015
2:00pm
November 27, 2015
2:00pm and 3:00pm
November 28, 2015
2:00pm and 3:00pm
Program Ticket (show only) – $6 (Members $5)

Combo Ticket (includes Museum Admission) – Save $3 off Museum Admission

See Eric Carle’s stories come to life with puppets and young dancers.  Produced by Therese Brady Donohue, 2008 winner of the MCC’s Gold Star Award.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum’s Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 658-1126. Picture Book Theatre is a professional company specializing in creative and realistic reproductions of picture book illustrations through puppets, dance, costumes, and masks, encouraging children in literacy and appreciation for illustrators’ techniques. www.picturebooktheatre.com.

In The Museum

Members Opening Reception: Magic, Color, Flair: The World of Mary Blair

November 14, 2015
5:00pm - 7:00pm

5:00 Reception

6:15 Conversation

Join us for a special Members' evening to celebrate the opening of our newest exhibition. A conversation with collector/author Angela DiTerlizzi and animator/illustrator Claire Keane, along with Executive Director Alix Kennedy and Chief Curator Ellen Keiter, will examine the enduring artistic contributions of Mary Blair. The event includes appetizers and a drink ticket, plus the chance to win exhibition-related items in our free drawing. Members RSVP by November 9 to Jenny Darling Stasinos at (413) 658-1104 or membership@carlemuseum.org

 

 

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Claire Keane

November 15, 2015
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Following her work as an animation artist on Disney films including Tangled and Frozen, Claire Keane now presents her debut picture book, Once Upon a Cloud, which tells the sweet story about finding the right gift for someone very special. Book signing to follow.

Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at (413) 658-1132 or shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Museum

An Introduction to Visual Thinking Strategies

November 20, 2015
10:00am - 2:00pm
$50

 (4 PDPs) Learn about Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), the principles of which guide the educational programming at the Museum. Designed as a way of teaching viewers to find meaning and pleasure in works of art, these strategies are based on the work of cognitive psychologist Abigail Housen and veteran museum educator, Philip Yenawine.  Participants will be introduced to Housen’s theory of aesthetic development, discuss and analyze the strategies, experiment with the method in small groups, and discuss ways in which these strategies can enhance teaching and reinforce the state standards in Language Arts.
Instructor: Courtney Waring

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Queen for a Day

November 22, 2015
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Create your own unique version of Alice in Wonderland’s Queen (or King) of Hearts with all red paints, papers and found materials.

In The Museum

All About Alice Day

November 22, 2015
1:00pm - 4:00pm

A day of programs celebrating the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s 1865 classic, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

In The Museum

Mad Hatter Family Tea Party

November 22, 2015
1:00pm - 2:00pm
$5 Members; $10 Non-member Youth; $12 Non-Member Adult

Don’t be late for this very important date! Wear your favorite hat and follow the white rabbit to The Carle Café for an afternoon of tea, cookies, and a special art project!

Price includes Museum Admission. Reservations required. Reservations may be made in advance at the Museum’s Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 658-1126.

In The East Gallery

A Look at Alice: Gallery Talk with Chief Curator Ellen Keiter

November 22, 2015
1:00pm - 1:30pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Auditorium

Adventures with Alice

November 22, 2015
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

A Conversation with Leonard Marcus, Barry Moser, and Charles Santore

In The Museum

Happy Birthday, Eloise! A Special Storytime with Hilary Knight

November 28, 2015
11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Celebrate the 60th birthday of Eloise, declared by The New York Times as “one of the most recognizable characters in children’s literature!” Illustrator Hilary Knight, who has illustrated more than fifty books for children, including Kay Thompson’s Eloise in 1955, will be here for a special storytime program followed by a book signing.

Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop. Can’t make it to the event? Reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at (413) 658-1132 or shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Art Studio

Art Workshops for Children with Celebrated Author/Illustrator Hervé Tullet

December 5, 2015
9:30am - 12:30pm
$50

(3PDPs)

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Art Studio

The Family Snowflake Workshop

December 6, 2015
10:30am - 12:30pm
Price $25 per pair or trio (Members $21.25)

(ages 6 and up with an adult; up to 2 children per adult)
Have fun working on open-ended snowflake-themed activities together! We’ll discuss the science of snow, create snowflake-shaped stamps for wrapping paper, cards or books, put together a wooden sculpture inspired by snowflakes and create hand made snow globes to give as gifts or display at home.
Instructor: Diana MacKenzie

See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio

December 6, 2015
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Alphabet Books

December 9 - January 20, 2016
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Twenty-six little letters are all you need to make up the thousands of words in the English language. Write or illustrate a story about your favorite letter or word in a handmade book.

In The Museum

The Best of the Best in 2015

December 12, 2015
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

(2 PDPs) In anticipation of the 2016 American Library Association Book & Media Awards, including the Newbery and Caldecott medals and the Coretta Scott King Book Award, join Simmons College Associate Professor Emerita Susan Bloom and Director for the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature Cathie Mercier as they share their favorites.

In The Museum

The Carle Bookshop Holiday Sale

December 27 - December 29, 2015
All day
Museum Admission not required

15-75% off books and toys. Members save an additional 15%.

In-store only

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