The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is he only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States. Located in Amherst, Massachusetts, the Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy. The Carle houses more than 11,000 objects, including 7,300 permanent collection illustrations, three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren. Educational offerings include professional training for educators around the country and four onsite graduate programs in Children's Literature in collaboration with Simmons College.
The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books.