The Very Hungry Museum

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Before you may have known your own name, you likely became well acquainted with the angst-ridden insects of Eric Carle. Books like The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Grouchy Ladybug taught us our colors, how to count and, eventually, how to read with sturdy die-cut boards layered with Carle’s distinctive tissue-paper collage.

We’ve always thought of Carle’s work as particularly museum-worthy, and it turns out he’s in quite good company at the The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, founded in 2002. Named for Carle because he provided a majority of the funding, the museum is the first US museum devoted to international picture book art. A curious Steven Heller gets his questions answered by curator H. Nicholas B. Clark, namely, “Since When Did Children’s Books Have a Museum?”.