The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts is a favorite for any lover of children’s books – because it exhibits the original art illustrations of the books. One of my first visits was to see the original art of “Madeline”, a book I have read hundreds of times to children. You can imagine the thrill of seeing the pictures, the real pictures, up close. Yes, I cried.
Every exhibit is exciting. Typically they highlight one author or illustrator. I visited this past weekend. The exhibit was “Let’s Talk! Animals From the Collection.” It wasn’t one artist; it was every animal you know from most of your favorite books, which means your favorite artists as well. Yes!
If this wasn’t enough – seeing the classic, great illustrations –
there were newer book illustrations. They’re already in my library.
I’m picky and know good books.
Seeing the art in these magnificent illustrations was breathtaking.
“If You Plant a Seed” by Kadir Nelson
Like every artist and writer, Eric Carle struggled to find just the right words in his books. In “The Grouchy Ladybug”, you can see Carle’s original ideas on the book – “The Ill Tempered Ladybug” and “The Mean Old Ladybug.”
Children’s Book Week has been a mainstay since 1919. Here are posters from the 70’s. The illustrators speak volumes for the importance of this annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.
Thank you to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.