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National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

North First and Cedar streets, Abilene, TX
+1 325-673-4586
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A NATIONAL treasure!

This is THE National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature! Seriously! NATIONAL!!! The most... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Amy B
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Abilene, Texas, United States
Interesting stop

We were visiting downtown and stopped in. As a retired teacher and book lover, this was a great... read more

Reviewed 25 November 2017
global2e
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Albany NY
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good24%
  • Average5%
  • Poor5%
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“on display” (6 reviews)
“nice book” (2 reviews)
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North First and Cedar streets, Abilene, TX
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is THE National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature! Seriously! NATIONAL!!! The most famous illustrators have their work displayed here and open their own exhibit then their work travels around the country! This is a DO NOT MISS spot!

Thank Amy B
Reviewed 25 November 2017 via mobile

We were visiting downtown and stopped in. As a retired teacher and book lover, this was a great stop. Special Melissa Sweet exhibit outstanding. If you're looking for a special book for a special young one - this is it! No charge - but be...More

Thank global2e
Reviewed 21 November 2017

The center itself only had a small area with original art on the walls. We did enjoy hunting the various sculptures of storybook characters in the vicinity.

Thank Pat S
Reviewed 11 November 2017

I drove an hour from Ranger to see this in Abilene. Just one exhibit - one room - one illustrator. Not worth the trip though driving around and looking for the statues helped make up some of the disappointment. Person at desk says they cannot...More

Thank Jkdonova
Reviewed 11 October 2017

We were lucky enough to see 20 years of the best children's books illustrations. It doesn't take much time to see everything but if you are passionate about literature you will remember this for a lifetime. The staff is very friendly and didn't kick us...More

1  Thank CucaSean
Reviewed 2 September 2017

It is a nice museum. Very spacious for reading and looking at the illustrations of work. Nice book store with a good selection of books as well as signed copies in some of them.

Thank DeeDee P
Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

We walked in about 15 mins before closing, but the man working told us to take our time. He was very nice. We walked around for a bit & then walked through the gift shop. They had a lot of cute stuff there. This place...More

1  Thank KayDarlene
Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

I'd been wanting to. Is it the NCCIL for some time and was not disappointed with this visit. The quality of exhibits was outstanding. There is a nice little gift shop, as well. Too bad we couldn't be there for any of the wonderful lectures...More

1  Thank mykim71
Reviewed 29 March 2017

This gallery was small, but interesting. They focus on different illustrators during the year. My only complaint was they did not have enough signed books to buy. It is small, and does not take much time.

1  Thank kimlynntravel
Reviewed 23 March 2017

My wife is an educator who focuses on literacy, so she was excited about the prospect of seeing some of the work from her favorite children's books. When we got there, there was a teenager selling admission tickets and she wasn't much help with info...More

Thank fire26man
Management response:Responded 23 August 2017

I am very sorry that you were disappointed in your visit. The NCCIL organizes and displays exhibitions of original artwork from children's book illustrators. Exhibitions change 3 times a year, and they are almost all single artist shows featuring artwork from multiple books. There is...More

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