Carle, photo courtesy of Uneek Doll Designs

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art ( is a delightful stop in Amherst that will add whimsy to your day. It also has a very active Facebook page.

When I worked in the field of family literacy, where adult new readers discover the joy of reading to their young children, many of our activity ideas featured the books of Eric Carle. Brown Bear Brown Bear, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and The Very Quiet Cricket were just a few of our favorites.

Books like The Very Hungry Caterpillar are excellent interactive read-alouds and gently introduce concepts like sequence (such as a caterpillar becoming a butterfly), nutrition (such as how vegetables help digestion), days of the week, and a wide range of colors.

Even if your family has no young children in tow, this non-profit museum is like a candy shop of treats for families of all ages.

This is the second stop on Massachusetts Trail Part 2!

Patricia Smart