November Exhibitions, Programs, and Events at the Carle


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

David Wiesner 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 Wiesner’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, Loren Long, Patrick McDonnell, Yuyi Morales, Kadir Nelson, LeUyen 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
Through 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. 

Treasures from the Collection: A 15 Year Celebration

November 19, 2017 – April 1, 2018

In its short history, The Carle has become one of the premier repositories in the country for picture book art. In honor of its 15th anniversary, the Museum has assembled an all-star lineup of work from its permanent collection. The exhibition showcases significant acquisitions of the past 15 years with a special focus on the Museum’s most recent gifts and purchases. Included are masterworks by Don Freeman, Trina Shart Hyman, Dorothy Lathrop, Leo Lionni, Arnold Lobel, David Macaulay, James Marshall, Petra Mathers, Wendell Minor, Jerry Pinkney, Uri Shulevitz, William Steig, Chris Van Allsburg, Mo Willems, Garth Williams, Paul O. Zelinsky, and Lisbeth Zwerger, among others. Also featured are rarely seen three-dimensional objects in the collection such as dummy books, artist sketchbooks, and hand-carved printing blocks. A special selection of artist doodles and sketches—drawn over 15 years of artist visits, workshops, and book signings—is displayed in the auditorium hallway.

PROGRAMS & EVENTS                                                                                     

Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Open Book, Open Play
November 3, 10:30am – 11:30am
November 10, 10:30am – 11:30am
November 17, 10:30am – 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Enjoy an interactive storytime followed by time to move, play, and explore art materials.

Special Storytime: Chanavia Haddock
November 4, 2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In Miracle, her debut book, author Chanavia Haddock tells the story of a curious young girl named Piper Rose and her day in the snow.  Be on the lookout for miracles throughout the pages of this book.  They’re everywhere!

Book signing to follow program. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop

Art Out of the Box: Creative Sustainability in the Studio
November 6, 9:30am – 12:30pm
$40 (Members $34)

(3 PDPs)  Are you ever concerned about the amount of waste that art-making can produce?  We’re always thinking about it!  From the packaging that art materials come in, to the scraps left over, we continuously seek ways to reuse materials to create exciting, sustainable art projects.  Join us to share these ideas and create your own extraordinary, high-quality tools.  Have fun testing out materials through collage, construction, stamping, and imaginative play.  Be inspired to see packaging, scraps, and caps in a new light.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Golden Bird
November 11, 11:00am
$5; Museum Admission extra

Ticket sales begin at 10:30; no advance sales.  Limited seating; early arrival recommended.

Special Storytime: Renee Kurilla
November 11, 2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Pickwick’s Picnic: A Counting Adventure, the Pickwick family leaves the hot hazy city for a picnic by the shore.  Community cooperation turns a traffic jam into an opportunity for fun in this inventive counting book starring a pair of clever canine siblings.  Engaging rhythm and detail-filled art reward repeated readings of Carol Brendler and Renee Kurilla’s countable account of a very special picnic.

Book signing to follow program. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop

Create at The Carle! Art Reception
November 12, 2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Celebrate the culmination of the eight-week Create at the Carle! program with us.  See how participants explored a range of bookmaking techniques with teaching artist Meghan Burch and were inspired by the collection and unique surroundings of The Carle.

Every Day Art Program: Project Paint!
November 15 – December 19, 2017
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Experiment with paint to create your own monoprint.

Special Storytime: Angela DiTerlizzi
November 18, 2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Saddle up for a special storytime with author Angela DiTerlizzi!  In I Wanna Be A Cowgirl, readers will delight in following the adventures of a young girl as she pulls on her (rain) boots, saddles up her (stick) horse, and gallops off through the (backyard) hills.  Filled with humor and imaginative play, this sweet story captures the dream of zillions of little girls everywhere—the dream of being a cowgirl!  Hats and bandanas will be handed to young guests to “spur” their own imaginative play!

Book signing to follow program.  Can’t make it to the event?  You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop

Information Sessions: Simmons College Graduate Study in Children’s Literature at The Carle
November 18, 2017
3:00pm – 4:00pm

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,

Members Opening Reception: Treasures from the Collection: A 15 Year Celebration
November 18, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

7:00 “Fun at Fifteen” Trivia Night

Join Angela DiTerlizzi and Heidi Stemple as they host a night of trivia fun about the Museum and its remarkable collection.  Enjoy gourmet pizza and local craft beers, great prizes, and abundant laughs!

Members RSVP by November 6 to Jenny Darling Stasinos at 413-559-6310 or

Collection Highlights Tour with Chief Curator Ellen Keiter
November 19, 1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Learn some of the fascinating stories and decisions behind the artworks selected for The Carle’s 15th anniversary exhibition.

Special Sundays in the Studio: Celebrate!
November 19, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Special Storytime with Will Hillenbrand
November 19, 2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

The Carle is pleased to welcome back Will Hillenbrand, illustrator of more than fifty books, for a special storytime program.  Hillenbrand’s work is presented in the exhibition Treasures from the Collection: A 15 Year Celebration.  He will read from two picture books he illustrated: Jane Yolen’s This Little Piggy and Maureen Wright’s Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep!

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

Picture Book Theatre presents Jane Yolen’s Nocturne and Mouse’s Birthday
November 24, 1:00pm and 2:30pm
November 25, 11:00am and 1:00pm
$5 (Members $4.50)

See Jane Yolen’s stories come to life with large string puppets.  Puppets and scenery created by Director Therese Brady Donohue.  Music composed by Karen Tarlow.  This 40-minute program includes adaptations of:

Nocturne, by Jane Yolen with illustrations by Anne Hunter
A poetic lullaby featuring a mother and son exploring a summer’s night with a flashlight, finding nocturnal creatures and nature along the way.

Old MacDonald Sing-a-long, led by musician Julie Stepanek on ukulele
Features seven animal puppets introduced by Farmer MacDonald for a good old fashion audience sing-a-long.

Mouse’s Birthday, by Jane Yolen with illustrations by Bruce Degen
A delightful story in verse about a mouse that lives in a very small house.  It’s Mouse’s birthday, and families will delight in joining the Farmer and Mouse’s friends in singing Happy Birthday to him!

Picture Book Theatre is a professional company specializing in creative and realistic adaptations of picture book illustrations through string puppets, encouraging children in literacy and appreciation for illustrator’s techniques.

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

Special Storytime: Astrid Scheckles
November 25, 2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Hector Fox and the Raven’s Revenge is the second in a series of books that follow the delightful adventures of Hector and his charming band of unique friends: Mo Marten, Charlie Chipmunk, Jeremiah Rabbit, and Lucy Skunk.  Join author/illustrator Astrid Scheckles in this special storytime filled with adventure, mystery, and friendship.

Book signing to follow program.  Can’t make it to the event?  You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop

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