Since it opened in 2002, The Carle has assembled one of the world’s premier collections of picture-book art.

The majority of the collection has come through donations. We are grateful for the generosity of individuals and families who have entrusted their beloved art to the Museum’s stewardship. Additionally, The Carle has made a small but significant number of purchases, thanks to donors who provided financial contributions to the Museum’s acquisition fund. Together, these artworks ensure that The Carle will continue to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. 

As impressive as our collection may be, it is also a reflection of a publishing industry that has historically been dominated by white male artists and authors. The Carle is currently undertaking an audit of our collection and, with the support of donors, has committed its acquisition funds to purchase more works by authors and artists from underrepresented groups. We want all children to be able to see themselves in our collection and on our gallery walls.  

Because our collection is comprised primarily of fragile works on paper, the majority of these images are not currently on view in the galleries. We invite you to explore these pages so you can delight in our collection anytime, from anywhere. 


Two people looking at framed artwork with conservation equipment.

Featured Artists

Illustration of silhouettes of people and flowers.
A lifelong pursuit of Black representation in children’s books.
Illustration of two ladybugs talking.
A beloved illustrator of our time.
Illustration of women demonstrating with signs.

A multimedia master and enlivening biographer. 

Collection Highlights

Illustration of girl running towards man sitting on bed.
An adventure on every page.
Illustration of people standing next to windows.
There’s no place like home.
Illustration of people dancing and band playing.
A symphony behind every story.