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The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art


Cover art of the children's picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle Philomel Books

With The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, we have two reasons to celebrate: the Museum itself and the Museum's Web site. If you have a small child, you undoubtedly have enjoyed more than one picture book written and illustrated by Eric Carle, including his most popular book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which, as of early 2014, had sold more than 37 million copies worldwide.

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art: Mission and History
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art opened in November, 2002. "The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is to inspire, especially in children and their families, an appreciation for and an understanding of the art of the picture book." (Mission) The museum was founded by Eric Carle and his wife, Barbara. It is located in a 44,000 sq. ft., contemporary building on 7.5 acres in Amherst, Massachusetts.

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art: Exhibitions and Programs

The exhibitions celebrate not only the work of Eric Carle, but the artistry of many other renowned picture book artists. While there are always changing exhibitions of Carle's work on display, the museum also features temporary exhibitions highlighting the work of other picture book artists, such as Maurice Sendak, Mitsumasa Anno, and Leo Lionni, to name a few. In addition to weekly storytimes for children, the museum presents public lectures, collage workshops, teacher training, performances, outreach programs and other events.

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Web Site

While The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art's Web site is very helpful for anyone planning a trip to the facility, it also contains a limited amount of interesting information and artwork for those who live too far away to visit. For example, in the Education section, you'll find more than a dozen annual Best of the Best book lists of Picture Books of Distinction. There are also a few selected book reviews from the The Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) at the museum. One of the nicest resources are all of the illustrations from the many past exhibitions. These include a sampling of children's book illustrations from such exhibits as 65 Years of Golden Books, The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats and Over Rainbows and Down Rabbit Holes.

If you love children's picture books, you will find a great deal to interest you at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Enjoy!

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