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Eric Carle Book Signing

Wow!  We had such an amazing time at the Eric Carle pre-release book signing of The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse!  The feeling at the museum was electric.  We got to the museum a half hour before the museum opening (an hour and a half before the book signing) and there was already a line outside the museum.  As suggested by a friend, I brought a picnic lunch for us to eat while we waited.  I struck up with a nice, young family behind us in line who had driven an hour and a half to be at the book signing.  They mentioned that Mo Willems will be at the museum next weekend for the installation of his first life-sized sculpture right in the museum courtyard.  There will be a presentation about the sculpture followed by a book signing.  One of our sons’ favorite books is Knuffle Bunny so you better believe I’m going back next weekend!

The museum staff was so friendly and efficient.  As we were moving in the line for admission to the museum, they were asking people if you pre-ordered the book.  I had pre-ordered books.  I gave them my name and less than 30 seconds later, they brought a bag with all of my books over to me.  We then moved over to the book signing line where I had a lovely conversation with 2 retired elementary teachers.  They were buying several books as gifts for their grandkids, former students and to have on hand as a special gift.  Everyone was abuzz about Eric Carle, favorite books, and who they were going to give their books to.  About 20 minutes before the official book signing time, the museum staff informed us that Eric Carle was in the building.  That certainly got everyone excited and looking around.  Eric came out about 15 minutes early donning a Very Hungry Caterpillar baseball hat.  My kids were peering around the crowd, the older one lifting the younger one up, to get a view of Eric Carle.

The line moved fairly quickly.  Photographs were allowed as long as you didn’t use flash.  And the museum staff asked us if we wanted them to use our camera to take a picture when we went up to the signing so we could all go up.  When we got to go up, Eric Carle talked with the boys which I thought was so nice.  You totally didn’t feel rushed at all.  He asked them what their favorite book was.  I told him that The Very Hungry Caterpillar was our guest book at our baby shower for our older son.  My boys asked him if that was his first book.  And he explained that his first book was Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See, but he said he didn’t write it; he illustrated it.  And his second book was 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo and The Very Hungry Caterpillar was his third.

After the book signing, we checked out the art gallery.  They had switched out all of the Eric Carle artwork since we were there last to all the artwork from The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse.  They boys thought it was so cool to see the artwork from the book we just bought.

We then headed over to the art studio.  And, thankfully, they actually wanted to do the art work this time!  Today they were creating artwork using punctuation marks in unique ways.

It was such a magical day!  If you ever have a chance to go to a book signing at the Eric Carle Museum for Picture Book Art, do it!  I know I’ll be there again this Saturday.  My mom’s going to be in town and I know she’s just going to love it.  One of her best friends is a children’s book author, Virginia Kroll, so I think it will be an extra special experience for her.

Waiting for the Museum to Open


Checking Out the New Book


Book Signing



Art Studio



Museum Shop



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Meet Eric Carle on September 25th

We are still without city power; running on generator power.  This is getting old.  I’m hopeful that we will get power today as the number of people in town with power is rising.

Meet Eric Carle

You can thank my sister for this post.  She forwarded me an email that she got from the Eric Carle Museum.  At 1 PM on September 25, Eric Carle will be at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for a pre-release book signing of his new book, The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse.  The signing is free with museum admission. 

Books can be reserved in advance online here to be picked up in the Shop the day of the event (sorry, The Artist who Painted a Blue Horse, only). You must be present the day of the signing to get your early release copy of the book. No copies will be shipped before October 4th.

Please note: Eric will be signing copies of his newest book only. Limit 3 books per person. No personalization or flash photography. We’ll be offering specially designed, pre-autographed bookplates in our Shop for any other Eric Carle hardcover books bought that day.

What a great opportunity to meet a living legend in children’s books.  And wouldn’t an autographed book make a wonderful Christmas gift or baby shower gift?

I hope that my post on the museum doesn’t deter people from visiting the museum.  I want to emphasize that my kids had a great time.  And I think if they actually used the art studio, they would have liked it even more.  I could see a family going to the museum for a half-day outing.  I think it would be a fabulous outing in the winter months when the kids are suffering from cabin fever.


Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

We were so fortunate to have my sister and her family visit this past week.  So we got to play tourists in our own area.  There is so much to see in New England.  You can visit historic sites, beaches, major cities, many museums and so much more.  There were 2 places that they really wanted to visit – The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and The Basketball Hall of Fame.  I had visited the Basketball Hall of Fame shortly after they opened in their new building (shaped like a basketball) and I had never been to the Eric Carle Museum.

Now being a frugal traveler, I didn’t want to pay full price to visit the museums.  So before we went, I stopped by our local library and picked up museum passes for the 2 sites.  That allowed 6 of us (2 adults and 4 kids) to get in free to the Eric Carle Museum.  That saved us $40.  And we got reduced admission to the Basketball Hall of Fame, saving us $30.  When you have people visiting you, check out your library to see if they have museum passes.  Ours has passes for most of the major tourist attractions.

Today I’ll talk about the Eric Carle Museum and tomorrow I’ll talk about the Basketball Hall of Fame.

We started our day at the Eric Carle Museum.  It is a fairly new museum.  It’s very clean and bright in the foyer.  They have an auditorium where they show videos of some of Eric Carle’s work.  They also have a studio where kids can make art work.  Then there are a few galleries of picture book art.  One of them is focused on Eric Carle’s work.  The other galleries showcase picture book art.  Our kids loved a scavenger hunt that they have in the Eric Carle gallery.  There is a list of items that they have to find in gallery (items in the pictures or showcases).  They check off the items as they find them.  After they find all of the items, they take their sheet to the front desk where they are given a Very Hungry Caterpillar tattoo.

While I liked the museum, I’m not sure I would worth the “list” admission price unless you’re really into children’s books.  If your kids like art work, the studio would be a really fun outing.  For some reason, our kids all got really shy when we went into the studio so we didn’t get the full benefit of the museum.

I was really surprised how much our kids liked the museum considering they are out of the age for picture books.  Their favorite part was the scavenger hunt.  And the museum has a great gift shop.  You can buy limited print lithographs of Eric Carle’s work along with many kids books, decorating items for kids rooms and other kids items.

You are not allowed to take pictures in the galleries so I don’t have many pictures.  I only have one that my sister took in the art studio.