Eric Carle Museum, Amherst MA

The Eric Carle Museum Special Storytime

Special Storytime with Jeanette Bradley

February 17, 2:00pm

When Mama leaves her young penguin Kipling, he knows she'll return home soon—yet he still can't help but miss her. After all, Pillow Mama won't read, Picture Mama won't laugh, and Snow Mama is too cold to cuddle.

Join Jeanette Bradley as she reads from her debut picture book, Love, Mama and shares a fun art project where children can decorate a small box to mail their own special treasures.

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

Every Day Art Program: Hidden Treasure

January 31 - February 27, 2018
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Use pop-ups and tabs to hide and reveal paper surprises to delight!

About the Museum

The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, MA, 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.

Eric and Barbara Carle founded the Museum in November 2002. Eric Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Since opening, the 40,000-square foot facility has served more than half a million visitors, including 30,000 schoolchildren. Its extensive resources include a collection of more than 10,000 picture book illustrations, three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren. Educational offerings include professional training for educators around the country. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday12 noon to 5 p.m. Open Mondays in July and August and during MA school vacation weeks. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. For further information and directions, call 413-658-1100 or visit the Museum’s website at

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

125 West Bay Road

Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 658-1100


Hours from September through June

  • Tuesday – Friday* 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Sunday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • *Open Monday through Friday during the Massachusetts February and April school vacation weeks.

Hours in July and August

  • Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Sunday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Holiday Closures: Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year's Day

What better way to celebrate the New Year than with books and art? Become a member of The Carle today and immerse yourself in picture books while supporting an excellent cause.

Members are integral to our creative community; we can't do it without you! Each membership contributes to The Carle's exceptional exhibitions and programs, inspiring a love of art and reading in Amherst and around the globe.

Joining The Carle means supporting art and reading!

You'll also:

  • Meet artists and authors who create the books you adore
  • Experience picture books through theater, film, and story times every day
  • See new exhibitions of original art in The Carle's redesigned and captivating galleries
  • Unleash your imagination and discover your inner artist in The Carle's Art Studio
  • Keep up with the best of children's literature

Join now and:

  • Be part of the members-only Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, March 18 
  • Join us for the member-only Paddington Comes to America exhibition reception and presentation on Saturday, April 21

You'll also receive:

  • Free, unlimited admission
  • 15% discount at The Carle Bookshop (and additional discounts during special promotions)
  • Priority line placement
  • Invitations for you and a guest to members-only exhibition receptions
  • Special discounts on classes, workshops, performances, films, and lectures
  • Free Family Pass to share with a friend (a $34.50 value)
  • Free Museum exhibition poster

All while supporting the Museum and our mission!

The Carle's members hail from all over the country and the world--so even if you can't visit every day, you're helping create magic at The Carle.

"The stories of childhood leave an indelible impression," illustrator Howard Pyle said nearly a century ago. Become a member today and relive, create, and share your story. Be inspired--and inspire others. Because you're never too young or too old for picture books.


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