Children’s Museums: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art | Parents

Children’s Museums: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art | Parents


I’m Katie and my mom works for Parents magazine.
We just got back from meeting my little cousins at the Eric Carle museum of picture book art
in Amherst, Massachusetts. About an hour and a half from Boston. Let me show you all the
cool stuff we did. In the amazing art studio we created tissue paper collages that are
similar to the style that Mr. Carle uses in his books. The staff told us that the projects
change frequently to match the new exhibits at the museum. The studio also has an area
just for toddlers that my cousin hung out in while her brother was finishing up his
collage. After that we spent time in the museum’s incredible library of picture books. We could
grab one to read on your own or take part in a scheduled story time. Outside the library,
I couldn’t resist sitting on the bench inside a very hungry caterpillar cut out with my
cousin. We also enjoyed looking at the galleries of picture book artwork from Mr. Carle and
other children’s illustrators. I picked up a clipboard and a scavenger hunt sheet to
make it more fun for us. It took a little while but we found everything. We’re also
lucky because the day we visited Mr. Carle himself was there to sign books. While we
waited in line, we got butterfly tattoos. Our parents allowed us to stop in the gift
shop before we left. It has a great collection of books for babies to teens. Plus toys, stuffed
animals, t-shirts and games. We all got a treat. I hope you have a chance to visit the
museum. It truly is something special.

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