Events at Eric Carle Museum


The Golden Age to the Modern Era: The Michael and Esther Droller Collection
November 6, 2016 – January 29, 2017
It started when Michael Droller received a framed reproduction of a Maxfield Parrish painting as a graduation present from medical school. That gift ignited his passion for illustration, a passion that has long sustained Droller outside his career in medicine. Over 40 years, he and his wife Esther have amassed an enviable collection rich in literary history and artistic achievement. Artists from the Golden Age of Illustration—a period of extraordinary creative ferment from 1875 to World War I—include Randolph Caldecott, Walter Crane, and Kate Greenaway, as well as later but accomplished practitioners Frank Adams, L. Leslie Brooke, and W. Heath Robinson. The Droller’s modern holdings, spanning the last quarter of the 20th century, comprise such luminaries as Barbra Cooney, Alice and Martin Provensen, and Maurice Sendak. Thematic subjects bridge both epochs, allowing artistic comparisons between Arthur Rackham’s and Jerry Pinkney’s versions of Aesop’s Fables to Charles Robinson’s and Michael Hague’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

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 Turns 50

September 13, 2016 – March 19, 2017

Published in 1967, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? had an immediate appeal to children and adults alike. Bill Martin Jr’s rhythmic call-and-response text builds anticipation at each turn of the page, while Eric Carle’s bold graphics and parade of animals encourage learning and imagination. Brown Bear has been translated into 31 languages—from Arabic to Vietnamese—and has sold 16 million copies. In addition to the original 1967 book, Carle re-illustrated editions in 1970, 1984, and 1992.

Artwork from every page of the famous book is on display, as well as a selection of Carle’s collages from additional collaborations with Martin. One of only two surviving collages from the 1967 edition—Brown Bear himself—has been faithfully restored and is on view for the first time.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Hsin-Yi Foundation, with additional support from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

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Paintbox Theatre Presents: Grace for President

November 5, 11:00am and 1:00pm

November 6, 1:00pm and 3:00pm
$8 (Member $7.50)

Grace wants to be President…of her school.  Other kids say she can’t win.  What does she do?  She campaigns.  Paintbox has taken on many subject before, but never the Electoral College.  Kelly DiPucchio’s picture book, Grace for President, serves as our text; hilarity and absurdity, of course, sneak in.  Let Paintbox Theatre distract and entertain you the weekend before the real deal election.

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. 

Gallery Talk: A Passion for Collecting

November 6, 1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Collector Michael Droller joins Curator Emeritus Nick Clark for a gallery talk on The Golden Age to the Modern Era: The Michael and Esther Droller Collection. Dr. Droller will share insights and inspirations of building a world-class illustration collection over the past 40 years, and reflect on the many artist friendships he formed along the way.

Special Storytime: Dan Yaccarino

November 12, 1:00pm

Free with Museum Admission

Can’t make it to the event?  You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at


Picture Book Theatre presents The Very Quiet Cricket and The Lamb and the Butterfly

November 12, 19, 2:30pm
November 25, 26 1:00pm and 2:30pm
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. 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) 559-6336.

Special Storytime: Megan Dowd Lambert and Nicole Tadgell

November 19, 1:30 pm
Free with Museum Admission

In Real Sisters Pretend, Mia and Tayja agree that there’s one thing they don’t have to pretend: They know in their hearts that they’re real sisters, even though others don’t always recognize this since they’re adopted and don’t look alike. On National Adoption Day, join author Megan Dowd Lambert and illustrator Nicole Tadgell for this special storytime celebrating family.

Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at

The Carle Bookshop Holiday Sale

November 25 – November 27, 2016
All day

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

WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES_____________________________________

Whole Book Approach

November 18, 9:30am – 12:30pm
$55 (Members $46.75)

(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.  Registration includes a copy of Reading Picture Books with Children by Megan Dowd Lambert.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators on The Carle website to sign up.

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.

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