Eric Carle Museum’s annual children’s book festival July 21

Jul 15 2018

AMHERST – The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art will present its “13th Annual Children’s Book Festival: Four Seasons, Five Senses!” Saturday, July 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event, whose theme was inspired by the museum’s “The Art of Eric Carle: Seasons,” features an exhibition, book signings, storytimes and art projects with artists from the Western Massachusetts Illustrators’ Guild.

The Carle exhibit on which it is based runs through Aug. 26 and features the illustrator’s collage art depicting nature from 15 picture books as well as several never-before-seen watercolors and unpublished drawings and collages.

Ellen Keiter, the museum’s chief curator, said her idea for it came during the planning for Bobbie’s Meadow, the recently opened outdoor space dedicated to Carle’s late wife Barbara ‘Bobbie’ Carle.

The July 21 event is free with museum admission.

Participants include Elisabeth Alba, Diane deGroat, Linda Graves as well as Yoski Kogo, Jane Yolan and more than a dozen other guild members.

Other upcoming events this month at the Carle include several Special Storytimes as well as a young person’s concert followed by an instrument petting zoo.

Illustrator Scott Magoon will read Friday, July 13 at 10:30 a.m. from his new picture book “Misunderstood Shark” by Ame Dyckman.

He will sign copies of his books after the reading, including the New York Times Bestselling “Rescue & Jessica: A Life Changing Friendship” by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes for which he did the illustrations.

Author and illustrator Steve Light is featured in the Special Sundays in the Studio event Sunday, July 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. along with his board book “Black Bird Yellow Sun.”

Light will explore paint and cardboard printing.

Author and illustrator David Hyde Costello will read from his “Little Pig Saves the Ship” and “Little Pig Joins the Band” during a Special Storytime Friday, July 20 at 10:30 a.m.

Casey Robinson will read from her picture book “Iver & Ellsworth” on Saturday, July 28 at 2 p.m.

Book signings follow all three events.

The Lyra Music Festival and Workshop: Young Artist Program Special Concert will be presented Thursday, July 26 at 2:30 p.m.

The concert will feature classical solo and chamber works.

Lyra Music and Stamell Stringed Instruments will hold an Instrument Petting Zoo after the concert during which Stamell String mentors will help those interested get up close with instruments of the classical string family.

The events are free with museum admission.

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