Storybook Parade

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

Enchanted Storybook Café

11 a.m - 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m - 1:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday

Dine with royalty and storybook characters in the beautiful, air conditioned grand ballroom of The Hotel Wooten! Entertainment featuring ACU Theatre. Picture opportunities with fairytale princes and princesses and other
characters. Proceeds benefit Young Audiences of Abilene. Table sponsorships are available. Contact Diane at 677-1161. Limited seating. The ballroom is on the second floor at 1102 N. 3rd St. Elevator access available.
Geppetto’s Marionette Theater

Elks Arts Center, 1174 N. 1st St. 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday

Gepetto’s Marionette Theater of Dallas is pure fun – with a few strings attached! The 25-minute show features music and a variety of hilarious characters dancing and interacting with the
audience. After the show, make your own finger puppet!

SPONSORS: Don and Rudith Drennan & James McCoy Drug Stores




Joe McDermott Music

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 high energy, Austin-style pop sound.


Nancy and Her Friends

Paramount Theatre, 352 Cypress St. 10:15 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday

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.




Train Rides

Everman Park, N. 1st and Pine 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday

Hop aboard our electric train to tour Everman Park. See our Dr. Seuss friends the Cat in the Hat, Horton, the Grinch, the Lorax, Sam I am and Yertle the Turtle. Show your festival pass to reserve a spot. Spots fill up quickly, so reserve one early!
Because of limited seats, one adult per family please.

SPONSOR: First Financial Bank and First Financial Trust and Asset Management Co.

Instrument Petting Zoo

12th Armored Division Memorial Museum, 1289 N. 2nd St. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday & Saturday

Let your kids discover the magic and inspiration of music at the Abilene Philharmonic’s Instrument Petting Zoo. Children can touch and play real musical instruments. There will also be special demonstrations and live performances with local musicians held throughout the days. No zoo animals allowed!



Meet the Storybook Characters

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.


Storytime with Mini Neigh

Abilene Convention Center lawn, 1100 N. 6th St. 11:45 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Friday & Saturday

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?




Balloon and Magic Shows

Abilene Convention Center, 1100 N. 6th St.
Open all day. See schedule for show times.

Kornpop delights festival goers with his imaginary Oliver Jeffers balloon characters and ceiling high creations! Enjoy his magic and comedy. He will give away a limited supply of balloon toys.

SPONSOR: Rentech Boilers Systems

The Day the Crayons Came Home: LIVE! Abilene Public Library,

Abilene Public Library, 202 Cedar St.
9:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:45 p.m. Friday & Saturday


Abilene Christian University Theatre presents a 20-minute production on the library auditorium stage featuring characters from the best-selling book. Their colorful stories are brought to life with humor that can be enjoyed for all ages. Directed by Gary Varner. Written by Cari Varner. Produced by Dawne Swearingen Meeks.

SPONSOR: Abilene Christian University



Live Music

All day Friday & Saturday

Enjoy live music from talented local musicians at various downtown locations.

SPONSORS: Abilene Regional Medical Center and AbiMar Foods

Kiddie Car Wash

Abilene Convention Center

Thursday night, all day Friday & Saturday

Escape the heat by walking through our colorful cooling mist experience.

SPONSOR: Telemundo Abilene


May Farm Petting Zoo

Frontier Texas! 625 N. 1st St.
All day Friday & Saturday


Pet and feed a variety of farm animals in the grassy parade grounds just outside the world-class, interactive western heritage museum.




Professor QB

Minter Park, N. 2nd & Cypress All day Friday & Saturday.

Pirate. Clown. Magician. Mad scientist. You never know what character Professor QB is going to bring to the show. Professor QB is a premier family entertainer in Texas who has performed for thousands of people. Stop by his show for a laugh at the shady Minter Park location with the big waterfall.

SPONSOR: The Barber Foundation

Movie Festival

Paramount Theatre, 352 Cypress St. Friday and Saturday afternoons

Enjoy popcorn and movies at the Historic Paramount Theatre. Watch a 24-minute animated short based on the Oliver Jeffers book "Lost and Found" at 4 p.m.
both days. At 4:30 p.m. both days, watch the one-hour short film program "Best of the Fest" from the New York International Children’s Film Fest. These are international, offbeat art films that last 2-10 minutes each. The Friday program is for ages 3-7. The Saturday program is for ages 8 and older. Stay for feature films both nights at 5:30 p.m. - "Shaun the Sheep" on Friday and "The Penguins of Madagascar" on Saturday.

SPONSOR: Steve Arthur Family Foundation



Write & Illustrate Your Own Storybook


4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Friday & Saturday

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.

Create Handmade Books


3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday

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.

Make Your Own Storybook Sculpture


2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Friday

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. SOLD OUT




Water Color Fun


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.



A Child of Poetry


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. Class size: 15. Cost is $5.





Continuing Education Workshop for Teachers featuring the books of Oliver Jeffers

Cost is $10. Workshop capacity is 40.

9 a.m.-12 p.m. Thursday, June 7
Community Foundation of Abilene, 850 N. 1st St.

The 2018 Children’s Art & Literacy Festival is showcasing the work of Oliver Jeffers. Come join us for a fun workshop sponsored by Young Audiences of Abilene and Region 14 Education Service Center using Jeffers’ books to integrate core subjects and art. Arts integration curriculum design gives all students the opportunity to express their creativity and learn critical-thinking, problem-solving, and innovation skills. This workshop investigates these statements through metaphor, hands-on activities, and discussion. Participants will develop lessons combining one art form and one other curricular area to uncover how best practice in arts integration affects teaching and learning. The three Oliver Jeffers’ books used in the workshop will be “Stuck,” “This Moose Belongs to Me” and “Here We Are.” REGISTER HERE




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 provided by Young Audiences of Abilene

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Here We Are & Imaginary Fred

National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, 102 Cedar St.

Art activity: Paint a watercolor Earth
Notes: Bathrooms, stroller parking outside, handicap accessible. *Dramatic readings will not take place at the NCCIL at 9:45 and 10:30 a.m. because of the book signing.

Lost and Found & Up and Down

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

The Great Paper Caper & Stuck

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

How to Catch a Star & The Way Back Home

Community Foundation of Abilene, 850 N. 1st St

Art activity: Make a spaceship Notes: Building is handicap accessible.

This Moose Belongs to Me & The Incredible Book Eating Boy

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
Notes: Bathrooms at both locations. The Center’s CALF Theatre is upstairs, which is accessible by stairs and elevator. Stroller parking inside.