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All are invited to visit the Worcester Art Museum (WAM) to experience their first ever children’s book exhibition on the artist and author Ed Emberley, which opens November 16.

Emberley has illustrated and authored over a hundred picture books, including classics such as the Caldecott Honored One Wide River To Cross (1965), the Caldecott Medal-winning Drummer Hoff (1967), and the bestselling Go Away, Big Green Monster (1992), Emberley also developed one of the bestselling series of teaching books for young artists, beginning with Ed Emberley's Drawing Book of Animals (1970).

Titled KAHBAHBLOOOM: The Art and Storytelling of Ed Emberley, the exhibition draws on the Massachusetts-based artist's personal archive of original hand-drawn sketches, woodblock prints, final proofs, and first edition books to survey his career and examine his influence on generations of readers and nascent artists.

KAHBAHBLOOOM includes interactive areas throughout the exhibition, including a stylized reproduction of the artist's drawing and light table from his home studio—where visitors of all ages can try their hand at his techniques—and a specially designed reading area.

For this exhibition the Museum partnered with first and second grade teachers from Worcester’s Jacob Hiatt Magnet School to create a curriculum that draws on Emberley’s work and will support class visits to the exhibition. Books include:

  • Glad Monster, Sad Monster: A Book About Feelings
  • The Story of Paul Bunyan
  • Ed Emberley's Great Thumbprint Drawing Book

Additional books by Emberley will be available in the reading room that will be part of the Museum’s exhibition.