What you may not know is that Carle has founded a museum dedicated to the art of the picture book. The Eric Carle Museum is located in Amherst, Massachusetts. It includes work from picture book artists around the world. There are a number of permanent exhibits, along with a gallery devoted to changing exhibitions. The museum also has a huge picture book library, activities for kids who visit, story time, and a theater with presentations. We haven’t visited yet but it’s at the top of our list.
Picture books appeal to all of us. There is a quality to them that draws the attention of kids who are technically “too old” for the story or the words themselves. For younger kids, grades K through 3, there is an appeal to them as the stepping stones to reading fluency. That’s because there are many picture books that tell a more complicated story with more sophisticated language, yet set against a picture book background that feels comfortable and familiar.