The Public Humanist

The Public Humanist contributor: Megan Lambert

Megan Lambert, BA Smith College, MA in Children's Literature Simmons College, is an Instructor with the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College, where she primarily teaches in the satellite graduate programs housed at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. She has also worked at The Carle for the past eight years where she now serves on a part-time basis as the Children's Literature and Outreach Associate, and she is a Visiting Lecturer in English at Mt. Holyoke College. A freelance writer and reviewer for several journals, Megan was named a 2009 Massachusetts Literacy Champion by the Massachusetts Literacy Foundation in recognition of her work at the Carle developing two original, interactive storytime models, The Whole Book Approach and A Book in Hand, which support engagement with the picture book as an art form through inquiry-based, dialogic reading.

A Feast for the Eyes and Food for the Soul: Visiting The Carle with My Daughters

Since I’ve worked in one capacity or another in the Education Department of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for the past ten years, visits there are commonplace in my family, but they haven’t become stale in the least. With changing exhibitions, new materials and projects to explore in the Studio every few weeks, and thousands of books to read in the Library, The Carle is a place that is both comfortingly familiar and yet fresh and stimulating for us.


Choosing Heartbreak over Heartshrink: Reading History with Children

"Would I have to ride at the back of the bus?” my beautiful brown-skinned son asked me as we read Faith Ringgold’s If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks. Rory was six at the time and my heart broke as I contemplated how to answer this question. Honestly was the only option.


“I Am Your Child–So Read with Me!” Family Reading in an Era of Early Childhood Development Public Education Efforts

As a first-time parent, nothing quite prepared me for 1997’s onslaught of well-intentioned advice and instruction about The First 3 Years of Life. I vividly recall lying in my hospital bed, nursing my hours-old son Rory and seeing Rob Reiner, President Clinton, and Dr. T. Berry Brazelton come on TV to talk about the “I Am Your Child” public education campaign on early childhood development.


Of Brown Bears and Mice and Picture Books: Reading Words and Pictures with Children

My favorite part of working at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is reading aloud with children. I lead The Carle’s regular storytime programs, and I’ve also traveled to hundreds of schools and libraries modeling The Whole Book Approach, an interactive storytime model that I developed with the goal of getting people to think and talk about the picture book as an art form.