Tuesday, August 25, 2009

My weekend in Massachusetts

Dear Friends,

I have just returned from a short trip to western Massachusetts. It was a very full and busy few days. I was happy to be in my old studio again, to see all my books and papers stored there. I even made a few small pieces of abstract art, in between the excitement of scheduled events.

I attended the beautiful wedding of the daughter of dear friends, which was held at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Here I am with the bride and groom and a young friend.

The next day, I went back to the Museum for the book signing, which was attended by more than 500 visitors and museum members some of whom traveled quite a distance to be there. It was great to be at the Museum again (I am impressed by the main hall every time I walk inside), to see old and new friends and to be welcomed by such a kind and patient crowd.

Here I am signing books:

And here I am after the signing with Stacy Gabrielle from Crayola, and Alix Kennedy, Director of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. I was very honored to receive a giant Crayola crayon in my new favorite color: "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" green. The only other special crayon color of this kind that Crayola has created was for Oprah! And it was the color purple!

And this is me in The Very Hungry Caterpillar seat that was sent to the Museum by my German publisher Gerstenberg Verlag:

It was a very memorable time, truly a pleasure, and I am glad to be home again with Bobbie surrounded by the hills of North Carolina.

Eric Carle


  1. I can't think of a better color!

  2. Congratulations for the great success of the event and for "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" green! Thank you so much for sharing the photos and all.

  3. My wife and I drove 142 miles (from Morris Plains, NJ) to be part of this event. We patiently waited outside in the hot sun for the line to get in . We watched the short film in the suditorium, bought books at the museum shop and visited the library. Eric Carle is doing a great job of hosting these events where artists, educators, children's book lovers, children and their parents could get together.

  4. You are truly the patient one -- gracious and kind too!! We had the best time and hope to visit you every year from now on... BTW we traveled from Central New Jersey and Bucks County, PA. Thanks again!

  5. Glad you had such a great trip!

    My parent in-laws, husband, children, and I visited the museum earlier in August. We had a wonderful time!!! Wished we lived closer so we could visit more often. (we live in cape Cod)

    Ethan's favorite part was the movie of you (age 6). Maggie's favorite part (age 5) was making art and seeing "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" paintings.

    I loved every part!

  6. Congratulation for spend your life doing the thing you most like. I'm 25 and I'd like to say in the future the same... the problem is that i haven't already found my passion.

    I recomended you in the Blogday 2010.

  7. mr. carle, i want to thank you for the opportunity to meet with you and to see your beautiful museum. it truly was such an honor to meet you and say hello. it was such a great day for me. i had never been to MA before, and we drove 15 long hours from NC to come up. but it was worth the drive. i apologize for being so emotional... your work has made me so happy for so many years, and i just couldn't hold all of my excited feelings in! your museum is an amazing place, and we hope to come back for another visit soon. if you'd like to read about it, i have posted a blog about our trip here: http://malcolmsmom.blogspot.com/2009/08/photo-overload-best-weekend-ever.html <3

  8. I really enjoyed visiting your website. I have a fun website that revolves around the topics of children's books, reading and literature yet is focused on the lovable characters from my children's book series Danny the Dragon. It's always a pleasure to connect up with like-minded individuals and websites that share similar interests, and with that in mind I'd love to connect up. I review other child-related issues and books at my blog as well as have radio interviews posted at: http://DannyTheDragon.com/blog and http://DannyTheDragon.com Also, if we agree, would you be interested in reciprocating links on our sites? The ideas are limitless when it comes to connecting up. Thanks Tina http://TinaTurbin.com

  9. I just *LOVE* you Mr. Carle ❤