Nestled in the hills of western Massachusetts is the little town of Amherst where a very special museum opened its doors in 2002. The artwork of Eric Carle, illustrator of over seventy books, many of which he was also the author, along with the artwork of several other children's book illustrators hangs on the walls at eye level -- if you are five years old!
This museum was the idea of Eric Carle and his wife, Bobbi, who wanted to honor the amazing and beautiful artwork that fills the pages of children's books. Realizing that children enter the world of literature and art through the pages of children's picture books, Carle wanted to create a museum that not only honored the art but welcomed young children into the experience of looking at art in a museum setting.
The set up of the museum is extremely kid-friendly, with art low on the walls and available to be viewed by very short people. And it is not only Eric Carle's art that is displayed there. Art and illustrations from children's books by other American illustrators as well as by international illustrators can be seen hanging on the walls to be appreciated by young eyes.
If you enjoy picture book art and can make the visit to Amherst, Massachusetts, you will not be disappointed with your visit to the Eric Carle Museum.