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Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, The

Courtney Waring
Director of Education
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Phone: (413) 559-6307

The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, Massachusetts, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy.

I See a Story: All About Eric Carle
Grades: K-3rdLength: 30 - 40 MinMax Class Size: 35Categories: Arts, Literacy, WritingCost: $130

After illustrating his first picture book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Eric Carle retired from advertising and devoted all his time to children’s picture books. He recalls, “I was set on fire! It was possible, after all, to do something special, something that would show a child the joy to be found in books.” Today Eric Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. In 2002, he and his late wife Barbara Carle founded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts, to celebrate children’s books from around the world.

This program, which is led by educators at the Museum, introduces students to the art of Eric Carle and the museum that bears his name. Students will learn where his ideas come from and how his creative process works. They will also take a closer look at picture books as an art form. Included in the presentation is an interactive story time and an exploration of the materials Carle uses when he creates his signature collages.

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