September Exhibitions, Programs, and Events at the Carle


David Weisner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling
Through November 5, 2017

David Weisner has enthralled readers for three decades, and his remarkable career is surveyed in this first-ever retrospective devoted to his art.  The exhibition features 70 original watercolors from some of Weisner’s most famous books, including three for which he won the prestigious Caldecott Medal: Tuesday (1992), The Three Pigs (2002), and Flotsam (2007).  Also on view is work from Wiesner’s earliest artistic successes while still a student at the Rhode Island School of Design to his most recent book project—his first graphic novel, Fish Girl, published just this year.

This exhibition has been organized by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.  Its presentation at The Carle is supported by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Collecting Inspiration: Contemporary Illustrators and Their Heroes

Through November 27, 2017

Picture books instill in children a sense of awe, magic, and wonderment, but who inspires the illustrators themselves—the people who bring incredibly imaginative worlds to life? Organized by two prominent figures in the field, Tony DiTerlizzi and Mo Willems, this exhibition gives visitors a peek into the minds and motivations of an array of talented artists working today. Visit The Carle to find out who inspires Tony and Mo, as well as Sophie Blackall, Sandra Boynton, Ashley Bryan, Eric Carle, Bryan Collier, Marla Frazee, Laurie Keller, Lauren Long, Patrick McDonnell, Yuyi Morales, Kadir Nelson, LeUyuen Pham, Jerry Pinkney, Robin Preiss Glasser, Judy Schachner, Lane Smith, and—with a special contribution from his foundation—the late Maurice Sendak.

The Art of Eric Carle: Night

September 12, 2017 – March 18, 2018

Eric Carle is famous for his representations of cheerful suns and soulful moons. While he traditionally leaves his daytime skies the blank white of the paper, he evocatively paints his nighttime scenes in deep blues and indigos. Carle’s visible brushwork is often sprinkled with twinkling stars, fireflies, and other creatures of the night. The moon—in all its phases—always displays a gentle face. “The calm moon is a source of comfort in the night,” says Carle. This exhibition features original artwork from Papa, Please Get the Moon for MeDream Snow, and The Very Quiet Cricket, among others. Several pieces from Draw Me a Star are also included to mark the 25th anniversary of the book’s publication.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Hsin-Yi Foundation.

PROGRAMS & EVENTS                                                                                     

Celebrate Grandparents Day at The Carle!

September 10, 2017
1:30pm – 3:00pm
$12 per adult/child pair

(Children ages 4 and up with an accompanying adult)
We invite kids to bring along their grandparents, family members or adult friends to celebrate collaboration and sharing stories together. In this workshop we will read stories inspired by grandparents and work together to make creative books that invite play and further exploration.

Happier Family Comedy Show

September 16, 2017
3:00pm – 4:00pm
$10 Adult (Adult Member $9); $5 Youth (Youth Member $4.50)

Founded in 2015, Happier Valley Comedy is the heart of improv comedy in Western Mass! Their Happier Family Comedy Show is all about letting creativity flourish in an accepting atmosphere. Each improv show is an hour long, all new, and created on the spot based on audience members’ suggestions and participation.

Geared for kids ages 5-12, you won’t want to miss this program packed full of high energy, kid-centric creativity, and family-friendly funnies!

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413-559-6336.

Special Sundays in the Studio: Art that Moves

September 17, 2017
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Drop into the Art Studio to enjoy an additional project that gets you experimenting with materials and exploring art-making techniques.


Elephant & Piggie Art-ventures with Mo Willems and Tom Warburton!

September 23, 2017
10:00am – 3:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

NOTE: The 11:00 and 12:00 pm auditorium programs are full!  Please contact us to be added to the wait list! 413-559-6336

Are you ready for a new Elephant & Piggie adventure? In We Are in an ART-ivity Book!, Mo Willems and Tom Warburton have created the first-ever Elephant & Piggie activity book, full of drawing, coloring, gaming, and other hands-on fun! Listen to Mo and Tom as they share projects from their new book, meet Elephant and Piggie, watch films, and create art in the Art Studio!
Book signing tickets will be available at the Admissions Desk on the day of the program and are first come, first served.
Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop. No personalization and no signing of board books or stuffed animals. Can’t make it to the event? Reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at (413) 559-6333 or

11:00 – 11:30 am
Meet Elephant & Piggie! (Café)

11:00 – 11:30 am
Program and Q&A with Mo Willems and Tom Warburton (Auditorium) – PROGRAM IS FULL

11:30 am
Storytime (Reading Library) by Carle staff

12:00 – 12:30 pm
Program and Q&A with Mo Willems and Tom Warburton (Auditorium) – PROGRAM IS FULL

12:00 – 12:30 pm
Meet Elephant & Piggie! (Café)

12:30 – 2:30 pm
Book Signing with Mo Willems and Tom Warburton (Great Hall)

1:00 – 1:30 pm
Meet Elephant & Piggie! (Café)

1:00 – 4:00 pm
Drop-in art with animator Mr. Warburton
Join us in the Art Studio with Codename: Kids Next Door creator Mr. Warburton and have fun drawing yourself as a real KND operative! Mr. Warburton and his helpers will be on hand to share super fun ideas, drawings and inspiration.

1:30 pm
Film: Getting to Know Mo Willems, 23 min. (Auditorium)

2:00 pm
Storytime (Reading Library) by Carle staff
Films: Knuffle Bunny, Knuffle Bunny Too, and Knuffle Bunny Free, 30 min. (Auditorium)

2:30 pm
Films: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!, Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!, The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?, 27 min. (Auditorium)

3:00 pm
Films: Leonardo the Terrible Monster, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed, and Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs, 30 min. (Auditorium)


The Carle Celebrates Museum Day Live!

September 23, 2017
All day
FREE Admission for two with downloaded ticket

Museum Day Live! is an annual nationwide event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors for free to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket. The Museum Day Live! downloaded ticket provides free admission for two.

The Carle Honors Annual Benefit Gala

September 28, 2017

Please join us for the twelfth annual Carle Honors Benefit Gala and Art Auction on Thursday, September 28 at Guastavino’s in New York. We will honor ARTIST, Ed Young, ANGEL, Dr. John Y. Cole, BRIDGE, Anthea Bell, and MENTOR, Bank Street Writers Lab, represented by Chairperson Dr. Cynthia Weill. Awards will be presented by author Jack Gantos. More than twenty of the industry’s leading illustrators have donated artworks for the Art Auction.
For more information or contact Rebecca Miller Goggins, Director of Development, at or 413-559-6308.


Picture Book Theatre Inventory Sale

September 29, 2017
2:00pm – 4:00pm
September 30, 2017
10:00am – 12:00pm

Picture Book Theatre is holding a sale of its inventory from seven productions of Eric Carle stories and two productions of Leo Lionni’s stories. All items are hand painted and crafted by its director, Therese Brady Donohue. Included in the sale are close to 100 items including puppets, props, and pieces of scenery made into wall hangings suitable for decorating rooms at home, schools, libraries or pediatric offices. Guests are encouraged to bring their own bags to take any purchases home. All proceeds from the sale will go to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Cash/Checks accepted.

Information Sessions: Simmons College Graduate Study in Children’s Literature at the Carle

September 30, 2017
11:00am – 12:00pm and 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Attend an information session at The Carle to learn more about degree programs offered through The Center for the Study of Children’s Literature (CSCL) with Simmons College. To learn more about the information sessions, email



Whole Book Approach

September 29, 2017
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.  Instructor: Courtney Waring


Wordless Picture Books

September 29, 2017
1:30pm – 4:30pm
$40 (Members $34)

(3 PDPs) How does one “read” a wordless picture book? How can wordless picture books help emergent readers who must learn to negotiate the printed word? How can pictures tell a story? In this workshop, we’ll explore how wordless picture books invite careful observation, critical thinking, and opportunities to make meaning out of what one sees and hears from others. The session will include a guided tour of the exhibitDavid Wiesner: The Art of Wordless Storytelling

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