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National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature (NCCIL) was established to celebrate and honor the best original artwork and its illustrators in children?s illustrated literature. With joint effort from award-winning artists, the museum?s main objective is to produce distinguished and visually attractive exhibits both for kids and kids at heart.

Located in First and Cedars Streets, Abilene, Texas and established in 1997, it started as a non-profit organization through the efforts of former Abilene Mayor, Gary D. McCaleb, an administrator at Abilene Christian University and William Joyce, a writer, illustrator and filmmaker. On September 14, 2000, the newly restored Rhodes Building, through the sponsorship of The Junior League of Abilene, was opened to the public and served as the venue for NCCIL. The statue, ?Childhood?s Great Adventure? by Rick Jackson was erected to celebrate the story of the Abilene children in the book Santa Calls by William Joyce. The statue which depicts three children and their canoe, welcomes everyone to come aboard and sail off to an imaginary adventure.

NCCIL offers a unique, exciting and visually stunning experience in the world of children?s illustrated literature. With over 25 artworks from its permanent collection, which you find hanging on the walls of the museum. Artworks that fuel creativity, imagination and increase appreciation for art, the museum is a place both for education and entertainment. During summer, art camps provide exceptionally creative and educational experience which will surely be enjoyed by budding young artists. School tours are also offered by NCCIL, where every class is provided with exciting classroom activities and a free book by its featured illustrator. The museum?s bookstore provides a vast source of brilliant works of art in children?s illustrated literature, which all books are signed by the artist.

Museum is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 AM to 4 PM. Admission is free, including ArtWalk and Saturday Family Art Activities.
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