Art from children's books hasn't muscled into many museums—until now. In the past year alone, three institutions have opened in the United States that showcase the life and work of picture-book authors and illustrators. At the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (125 W. Bay Rd., Amherst, Mass.; 413/658-1100; www.picturebookart.org ) you can nose up to original renderings by the likes of Leo Lionni and Mitsumasa Anno, as well as founder Eric Carle, then try your hand at collage. The Edward Gorey House (8 Strawberry Lane, Yarmouthport, Mass.; 508/362-3909; www.edwardgoreyhouse.org ), the artist's former home and studio on Cape Cod, lets you get to know lesser-known characters (acrobatic elephants, Edwardian gentlemen in sunglasses) in Gorey's comically macabre oeuvre. Drop in on the Peanuts gang at the Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research Center (2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, Calif.; 707/579-4452; www.schulzmuseum.org ), which has 7,000 comic strips dating from 1950 to 1999. Inspired?Head to the art room and create your own.
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