Events & Exhibitions at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art



Americana on Parade: The Art of Robert McCloskey
Through October 23, 2016

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings (1941), The Carle has organized a retrospective highlighting much of the original art from this beloved book. While significant emphasis will center on Make Way for Ducklings, the exhibition considers McCloskey’s entire career ranging from his early publications Lentil (1940), Homer Price (1943), and Centerburg Tales (1951), which recall the artist’s youth in rural Ohio, to the family-based stories set in his adopted home state of Maine, such as Blueberries for Sal (1948) and Time of Wonder (1957). A selection of independent work—watercolors and paintings that connect McCloskey to such prominent American painters as Thomas Hart Benton and Edward Hopper—will also be showcased. The recipient of two Caldecott Medals and three Caldecott Honors, McCloskey was a major force in twentieth-century picture book art. Americana on Parade: The Art of Robert McCloskey will feature over 90 original artworks, ephemera, and rare preliminary book materials.

Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by Penguin Young Readers.

Louis Darling: Drawing the Words of Beverly Cleary
Through November 27, 2016

The Carle marks Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday with the exhibition, Louis Darling: Drawing the Words of Beverly Cleary. Darling’s iconic images brought Cleary’s beloved characters Ramona, Beezus, Henry Huggins, Ellen Tibbets, and Ralph S. Mouse to life. As an illustrator at William Morrow and Company, Darling was assigned to Cleary’s first book, Henry Huggins, in 1950. Thus began their twenty-year association. The exhibition features preliminary sketches, finished artwork, correspondence between author and illustrator, and period photographs.

Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Brown Bear Everywhere Pop-Up Exhibition
Through October 9, 2016

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the book that launched Eric Carle’s career—Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr —The Carle is sending the book’s famous characters to the main streets and outdoor spaces of Amherst through a special pop-up exhibition.  Visit for locations.

Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.


PROGRAMS & EVENTS                                                                                       

Sculpting Stories: The Public Art of Nancy Schön
October 1, 1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Nancy Schön, whose career as a sculptor has spanned multiple decades, is known for her iconic sculptures inspired by children’s literature, including Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings in the Boston Public Garden and characters from A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh at Newton Free Library (Newton, MA).  Meet Nancy and learn about her various public art projects, which includes Boston’s first public skate park, a project she worked on for over two decades.

Special Storytime: Loren Long

October 1, 2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join us as we celebrate author/illustrator Loren Long’s seventh book in his New York Times bestselling Otis picture books series, Otis and the Kittens. Otis the tractor comes to the rescue of a cat and her kittens, but what happens when Otis, the friend everyone can count on, must count on his friends to help him to safety? Book signing to follow program.

Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at
The Carle’s Annual Educators’ Night with Christian Robinson
October 5, 3:30pm – 7:00pm
Free. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (413) 559-6336.
(2 PDPs) The Carle is pleased to announce its Annual Educators’ Night featuring a presentation and book signing with Christian Robinson, winner of the 2016 Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor for Last Stop on Market Street. 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) 559-6336.
Life on Klickitat Street: Thoughts behind an Exhibition
October 8, 1:00 pm
Free with Museum Admission

Author, artist, and guest curator Tony DiTerlizzi will discuss the inspiration for Louis Darling: Drawing the Words of Beverly Cleary and the research behind the exhibition, which included a trip to the Kerlan Collection at the University of Minnesota, and share how Darling’s illustrations have influenced him as an artist. Light reception to follow program.
Toddler and Preschooler Play Series: Open Book, Open Play
October 14, 10:30am – 11:30am
October 21, 10:30am – 11:30am
October 28, 10:30am – 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission
(Toddlers and Preschoolers with parents/caregivers/teachers)
Share picture books at story time in the Reading Library and then engage in imaginative explorations inspired by elements of the picture books from storytime. Sometimes messy or outside, so dress accordingly!
Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: The Return of the Flannery Brothers
October 15, 11:00am
$5 (Members $4.50)
Mike and Dan grew up in a house that was filled with music. Al Green, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Bach, The Beatles, Dave Brubeck, The Rolling Stones, Ricki Lee Jones, and Quincy Jones all made their way into rotation alongside the classic children’s music of the day. In the five releases that The Flannery Brothers self-produced since their debut of Love Songs for Silly Things, all of these influences can clearly be heard in their imaginative and honest songs.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 559-6336. 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.
Special Storytime: Angela DiTerlizzi
October 15, 2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission
“Some pets sit. / Some pets stay. / Some pets fetch. / And some pets play.” In Some Pets, the companion book to 2014’s Some Bugs, Angela DiTerlizzi celebrates animal companions of all shapes and sizes, from dogs and cats to hamsters and chinchillas—and many, many more! Joining Angela for her special storytime are Reading Buddies from Bright Spot Therapy Dogs.  Book signing to follow program.

Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at
Meet Jon Klassen
October 16, 1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission
Hold on to your hats for the conclusion of the celebrated hat trilogy by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen, who gives his deadpan finale a surprising new twist! In We Found a Hat, Klassen tells the story of two turtles and one hat in three parts, highlighting visual comedy and deceptive simplicity. Klassen’s other book from his hat trilogy include the #1 New York Times bestseller I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat, which won the 2013 Caldecott Medal. Book signing to follow program.

Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at
Book Party with Mo Willems!
October 22, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Free with Museum Admission
Join us for an exclusive preview of Mo Willems’ new book, Nanette’s Baguette! Set in a meticulously handcrafted-paper-modeled French village, Nanette’s Baguette follows a plucky heroine on her first solo trip to the bakery. Listen to Mo as he reads from his new book, plus meet Elephant and Piggie, watch films, and create art in the Art Studio!

Reservations are required for the 11:00 am and 12:00 pm auditorium programs and can be made by calling (413) 559-6336.

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