The Eric Carle Museum

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The Art of Eric Carle: Feathers, Fins, and FurThrough September 1, 2013
Eric Carle’s love of nature is legendary. To recognize this passion, the Carle organized a selective survey of works exploring his interest in animals. On view will be a host of animals who have populated his books. In addition to finished collages, there will be preliminary works including pencil studies that underscore Carle’s meticulous study of his subject.
Robert R. Zakanitch: A Garden of Ordinary Miracles
May 7 – November 10, 2013
The art from A Garden of Ordinary Miracles will blossom in an exhibition at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts. Award-winning artist Robert Zakanitch celebrates the beauty of all growing things in A Garden of Ordinary Miracles, an alphabetical ode to nature. Packaged as the ultimate gift for adults, gardeners, and the nature-lovers of tomorrow, this garden book is nothing short of a miracle.
Latino Folk Tales: Cuentos Populares-Art by Latino Artists
Through June 9, 2013
Folk tale literature throughout the world encompasses both magic and symbolism, comprising stories of saints, gods, myths, and legends. These repeated and recorded stories transcend various national and cultural boundaries. This remarkable exhibition features sixty-three original works of art from bilingual Latino folk tales published in children’s picture books.  A dozen talented, award-winning artists focus their lively imaginations, distinctive styles, and colorful palettes to bring the stories alive. The illustrations enhance stories collected from many Spanish-speaking regions including Mexico, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, Central and South America.
Tour Development by Smith Kramer Traveling Exhibitions, Kansas City, Missouri.
The Caldecott Medal: 75 Years of Distinguished Illustration
Through June 30, 2013
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal, The Carle is mounting a special exhibition of high quality prints, organized by Barbara Elleman, in the Reading Library.
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Call for Caterpillars! – ContestThrough May 31, 2013
We invite friends, families, schools, and other organizations throughout the country and abroad to create 3-dimensional caterpillar sculptures out of found materials. Be inspired by Eric Carle’s most beloved character and transform ANY combination of recycled or found materials (plastic, paper, foam, wood, metal, etc.) into a 3-dimensional caterpillar sculpture.
Photographs of the caterpillar sculptures will be displayed at The Carle and on The Carle’s social media websites. Three entries will be chosen at random at the Museum’s Children’s Book Festival on June 8, 2013 and will receive an original doodle by Eric Carle!
Please visit for more information including how to submit your entry.
Luncheon and Conversation with Peter Sís
May 4, 2013
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
$25 (Limited seating) To register call (413) 658-1126.
Prior to the BERL Lecture there will an informal lunch and conversation with Peter Sís with a special introduction by Dr. Cathryn M. Mercier, Director of the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature, Simmons College. Peter Sís is an internationally-acclaimed illustrator, author, and filmmaker.
2013 Barbara Elleman Research Library Lecture
Walls and Bridges…Books With Wings Presented by Peter Sís
May 4, 2013
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Free with Museum Admission (limited seating; first come, first served)
Join us for the annual BERL lecture, a series designed to feature the country’s preeminent scholars, book collectors, researchers, editors, authors, and illustrators in the field of children’s literature.
Book Signing to follow.
Screening of the Film, Graphic Novels! Melbourne! Followed by a Panel Discussion
May 5, 2013
3:00 – 4:15 pm
Free; Museum Admission Extra
In this feature documentary, filmmaker Daniel Hayward and comics maker Bernard Caleo venture into the studios and lives of four Australian cartoonists: Pat Grant, Mandy Ord, Bruce Mutard and Nicki Greenberg. They examine the cartoonists’ lives and work. The film also includes interviews with comic book/graphic novel luminaries Paul Gravett, Dylan Horrocks, Scott McCloud, and Shaun Tan (‘The Arrival’).

4:15 – 4:45 Panel Discussion
Graphic novel scholar N.C. Christopher Couch leads a conversation with Bruce Mutard, one of the featured graphic novelists, and Mira Bartok, NEPR commentator and author of The Memory Palace, about the film and the Australian graphic novel/comics scene.

Special Sundays
Cinco de Mayo
May 5, 2013
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Free with Museum Admission
Join us for a colorful celebration of Mexican heritage with a surprise art activity!
Five-College Musicians at The Carle
Featuring Marjorie Melnick as mezzo-soprano,
Joel Pitchon on violin, and Alissa Leiser on piano

May 5, 2013
1:00 pm
$6.50 (Members $5.50) Museum Admission Extra
Celebrate the Museum’s exhibition, Latino Folk Tales: Cuentos Populares–Art by Latino Artists, with a musical medley of Latin American songs and a special reading of Munro Leaf’s The Story of Ferdinand complete with musical accompaniment.
Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 658-1126.
Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series
David Grover

May 11, 2013
11:00 am
$6 (cash or check only)
Northampton Community Music Center welcomes David Grover from the Berkshires of Massachusetts, performer for 40+ years. Former lead guitarist for Arlo Guthrie and accomplished musician, David uses his songs to teach children about the important things in life: holidays with family, planet preservation and respecting each other.
Ticket sales begin at 10:30 am; no advanced sales.
Limited seating, early arrival recommended

Sponsored by the Northampton Community Music Center, 93.9 The River, and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Proceeds benefit the Northampton Community Music Center Scholarship Fund.
Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett
Visit The Carle

May 11, 2013
2:00 pm
Free with Museum Admission
Come hear this dynamic duo talk about the collaboration that garnered a 2013 Caldecott Honor for Extra Yarn.
Book signing to follow. Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop.
Gallery Tour
A Garden of Ordinary Miracles:
Robert R. Zakanitch

May 18, 2013
11:00 am
Free with Museum Admission
Join artist Robert R. Zakanitch as he walks you through his “garden” sharing the miracles he wrought using color, shape, and design.
Book signing to follow.
Playing with Pattern and Design with Artist
Robert R. Zakanitch
 – Art Studio Project
May 18, 2013
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Free with Museum Admission
Join nationally-exhibited artist and illustrator, Robert R. Zakanitch as he inspires you to create big designs, visual surprises, and pleasing patterns using the shapes of one or more letters in your name.
Book signing to follow.
Gallery Tour
The Caldecott Medal: 75 Years of Distinguished Illustration
May 18, 2013
3:00 pm
Free with Museum Admission
Join Guest Curator and former Book Links editor Barbara Elleman for a tour of this exhibition of high quality prints drawn from more than 30 Caldecott Medal books. Barbara will be joined by special guest, Lawrence Webster who will give a short presentation based on her book, Under the North Light: The Life and Work of Maud and Miska Petersham, artists represented in the exhibition.
Book signing to follow.
Art is a Mind Game with Raúl Colón May 19, 2013
11:00 am
Free with Museum Admission
Book signing to follow.
Information Session 
Simmons College MFA in Writing for Children at The Carle

May 19, 2013
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Simmons College and The Carle are delighted to announce the expansion of our partnership offering graduate programs in children’s literature at The Carle to include: the continuation of the MFA in Writing for Children program, a new MA in Children’s Literature, and a new joint degree combining the MFA/MA degree programs. Attend an informational session at the Museum to learn about the programs, how to apply, and meet representatives from Simmons and the Museum.
To register and for more information please contact Megan Lambert, Instructor at The Center for the Study of Children’s Literature, Simmons College at
The Children’s Chorus of Springfield
May 19, 2013
3:00 pm
Free with Museum Admission.
From Found Materials to Flowers! – Art Studio Project
May 22 – June 18, 2013
Free with Museum Admission
Using an assortment of plastic, wood, fabric, paper, and other found materials fashion a 3-dimensional garden.
¡Bailamos! A Bilingual Dance Party with Mister G
May 25, 2013
11:00 am and 1:00 pm
$6 per ticket
Parents’ Choice Gold Award-winning international children’s music artist, Mister G, performs songs from his new bilingual album Chocolalala, named one of the best CDs of the year by The Washington Post. 
Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 658-1126.
Sandy Soderberg
Marketing Manager
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road
Amherst, MA  01002

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