Ways to Give

For children’s book lovers and art lovers, this museum is a treasure. It’s the real deal.
Jennie Fitzkee
Preschool Teacher and longtime Museum member
Child looking at display of live butterflies.

You can make a difference

Our donors and members understand the vital role picture books play in the lives of children. Every spark lit in a young person’s imagination is made possible by the generous financial support of our community.

child arranging colorful pieces of felt on a large board with Eric Carle's mural in the background

We promise to put every gift to work immediately to keep picture books and art at the heart of all we do—so we can bring hope to our visitors in Amherst, online, and around the world.

Family with The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Members visit the Museum for free, receive discounts on programs and Bookshop purchases, and get exclusive access to members-only events. All this while supporting our work!

Two members stand in the Great Hall carrying open picture books that have just been signed by an artist or author at an event.

Partner with us through a business membership and your company can receive advertising and admission benefits. 

The Carle Honors

Grace Lin and Alvina Ling stand at a podium wearing butterfly wings as they host The Carle Honors in 2019 at Guastavino's
The Carle Honors is a benefit gala and silent art auction honoring the inspirational artists and authors shaping the children’s book world. 

Special Ways to Support The Carle

Illustration of animals in mountainous landscape.

We are honored by the collectors, artists, and families who have donated original art or rare or unusual picture books to our growing Permanent Collection. If you have an important work of art that you would like to see celebrated and preserved, consider donating it to The Carle.

a child's hand holds beeswax crayons in many different colors

Leave a legacy that will inspire generations of children. Your planned gift can continue to support the future of The Carle.

The Carle Bookshop

display of art supplies and books in The Carle Bookshop
Support the work of The Carle by shopping at our Bookshop, where you’ll find books, art supplies, and plenty of inspiration (and members get 15 percent off!)