5:30 p.m. Thursday
See all the characters who live in the Storybook Capital reunite for a festive, music-filled parade down Cypress Street from N. 1st to the Abilene Convention Center! The parade includes Oliver Jeffers costumed characters, the costume contest participants and Mini Moo the official CALF mascot.
SPONSOR: St. John’s Episcopal School
SPONSORS: Don and Rudith Drennan & James McCoy Drug Stores
Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden, Abilene Convention Center 9:50 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:50 p.m. Friday & Saturday
Get ready to laugh, sing and be wacky with singer/songwriter Joe McDermott, who specializes in music for children. Enjoy his highenergy, Austin-style pop sound.
Meet Nancy and Her Friends, an entertaining show with talking puppets, music and props. Nancy Burks Worcester is a much sought-after ventriloquist and storyteller who has performed all over the U.S.
SPONSOR: First Financial Bank and First Financial Trust and Asset Management Co.
Fun photo opportunity with many of the Storybook Capital residents in the picturesque Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden. Remember to bring your autograph book! Friday: Cat in the Hat and Seuss friends, 10:20 a.m. - 11 a.m. William Joyce’s Guardians of Childhood, 2:20 p.m. - 3 p.m. Friday. Saturday: Garth Williams’ Wilbur the pig and friends, 10:20 a.m. - 11 a.m. David Shannon’s Duck on a Bike and friends, 2:20 p.m. - 3 p.m.
New this year is Mini Neigh, a miniature horse that loves books. Can you help create a whinnying story for Mini Neigh and act it out?
SPONSOR: Rentech Boilers Systems
SPONSOR: Abilene Christian University
All day Friday & Saturday
Enjoy live music from talented local musicians at various downtown locations.
SPONSORS: Abilene Regional Medical Center and AbiMar Foods
Abilene Convention Center
Thursday night, all day Friday & Saturday
Escape the heat by walking through our colorful cooling mist experience.
SPONSOR: Telemundo Abilene
Pet and feed a variety of farm animals in the grassy parade grounds just outside the world-class, interactive western heritage museum.
SPONSOR: The Barber Foundation
SPONSOR: Steve Arthur Family Foundation
You will leave this workshop with your very own book created by you!
Taught by Abilene Writers Guild members and art teachers. The Grace Museum loggia. Ages 7 and up. Class size: 40. Cost is $5.
Make natural stick books and concertina life map books. Taught by art bookmaker Sue Wood. The Cockerell, 1133 N. 2nd St., upstairs in Studio 209. Ages 14 and up. Class size: 12. Cost is $12.
Create a clay Marcel the moose sculpture (or is it Rodrigo?) so real you’ll try to make him a pet! Taught by Hardin-Simmons University art professor and Storybook Sculpture creator Steve Neves. Calypso Gallery, 1133 N. 2nd St., Suite 102. Ages 8 and up. Class size: 12. Cost is $15.
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Friday & Saturday
Learn the art of water color. Taught by artist Marianne Wood. The Cockerell, 1133 N. 2nd St., upstairs in Studio 209. Ages 8 and up. Class size: 12. Cost is $10.
10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Friday & Saturday
“We will sleep in clouds of song…” writes Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston in their poetic tale, “A Child of Books,” which celebrates the imaginative journey of reading. Create and illustrate your own book of poems! Taught by master teacher Cynthia Ladyman. Calypso Gallery, 1133 N. 2nd St., Suite 102. Ages 8 and up. Cl
Earn certified professional education credits by attending a three-hour workshop on Thursday, June 7 just before the Children’s Art & Literacy Festival begins that evening! The workshop is taught by a certified Young Audiences of Houston professional and will focus on how to integrate OIiver Jeffers picture books into your curriculum in fun, creative ways. The cost is $10 and includes a book. There are two sessions available with limited seating at each session. The workshop is conducted by Young Audiences of Abilene, whose mission is to provide quality arts-in-education programs. www.yaabilene.org
Enjoy theatrical readings of the most popular books by Oliver Jeffers at various locations. The books are read aloud dramatically while the illustrations are projected onto a big screen for visual and oral learners. The readings are about 15 minutes each followed by an art activity. Readings include a costumed character and a button for your lanyard. Readers rovided by Young Audiences of Abilene
National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, 102 Cedar St.Art activity: Paint a watercolor Earth
The Grace Museum, 102 Cypress St
Art activity: Make a clay penguin
Notes: Bathrooms, stroller parking inside, readings on first floor, art activity on second floor accessible by stairs and elevator. No cost to tour the museum for CALF registrants
Frontier Texas!, 625 N. 1st St
Take-home art activity: Make a paper airplane
Notes: Public restrooms and handicap accessible building. Tour the exhibits for a discounted price by showing CALF passes
Community Foundation of Abilene, 850 N. 1st StArt activity: Make a spaceship Notes: Building is handicap accessible.
The Well, 202 Cypress St. & The Center for Contemporary Arts, 220 Cypress St. Because of limited space at the Center’s CALF Theatre, the same book readings and activity will take place at the Center and The Well. The Center will give out tickets for each reading on a first come, first serve basis at no extra cost.Art activity: Make moose antlers