KAHBAHBLOOOM: The Art and Storytelling of Ed Emberley

Through April 9, 2017

Opening this fall at the Worcester Art Museum, KAHBAHBLOOOM: The Art and Storytelling of Ed Emberley is the first comprehensive retrospective for artist Ed Emberley, among the most prolific and respected illustrators of children's literature of the last 60 years. The author of classic books 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).

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 will include 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.

KAHBAHBLOOOM is being curated by artist, writer, and historian Caleb Neelon, in partnership with the Museum's Audience Engagement Division.


KAHBAHBLOOOM: The Art and Storytelling of Ed Emberley is supported in part by The Donald and Mary Melville Contemporary Art Program Fund and The John M. Nelson Fund.

Sponsorship support is provided by Cole Contracting, Inc. and Imperial Distributors, Inc. / Media Partner: Artscope Magazine


Hear Ed Emberley talk about his work and learn how KAHBAHBLOOOM came to be in this short documentary.

Related Events

Ed Emberley Book Week
Sunday, February 19- Saturday, February 25, 2017
Celebrate 60 years of imaginative picture book illustration at your library, or at home! This February school vacation week, use WAM's handy Ed Emberley Book Week website for ideas on projects for your children, curricula for your classrooms, how to decorate your library spaces a-la-Emberley, or simply find out more about some great books to read with your families.
Share your great results with the hashtag #EdEmberley.

Helmutt's Drop-in Studio
Wednesdays, 11am-12pm and 1-3pm
Sundays, 2-5pm

(Others times and days may be added. Schedule subject to change. Please check our events calendar for specific dates.)

Try out some of the techniques Ed Emberley uses to create his colorful picture books in this drop in studio, located in the Higgins Education Wing. Free with Museum admission.

Curriculum Guides

selected works

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

Learn more about Curriculum Guides


Robert McCloskey, the man behind 'Make Way for Ducklings,' gets a show at the MFA - The Boston Globe
Book illustrator Ed Emberley spotlighted in Worcester Art Museum exhibit - Worcester Telegram & Gazette