Featured Events
Book Signings

Leonard Marcus, children’s book historian and author, and Diane Muldrow, Random House/Golden Books editorial director and author of “Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book,” will sign books following their 7 p.m. Thursday talk at Paramount Theatre, 352 Cypress St. NCCIL books will be for sale in the lobby. (UPDATE: Due to unforseen circumstances Diane Muldrow will not be able to attend the festival)

Elizabeth and James Wallace, authors of “Garth Williams, American Illustrator: A Life,” will sign copies of their book from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday at Texas Star Trading Co., 174 Cypress St.

Storybook Parade
Along Cypress Street
6 p.m. Thursday, June 8

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! Plus see the official Garth Williams characters for CALF 2017, the costume contest participants, performances by community groups and Mini Moo the CALF mascot.

SPONSOR: St. John's Episcopal School
Mister Mark
Paramount Theatre, 352 Cypress St.
See schedule for show times

Mark Burrows tours nationally presenting high energy, family concerts. His songs include "Groovin' with the Grimms," "Getting' Down with Mama Goose" and "Yo! Leonardo."


Broadway Musical: Cinderella*
Abilene Convention Center, 1100 N. 6th St.
6:30 p.m. Pre-show party with desserts & drinks
7:30 p.m. show time Saturday, June 10

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Tony Award-winning Broadway musical will delight you with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love — the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more. Register your email address at CelebrityAttractions.com for special pre-sale offers.

SPONSORS: United Supermarkets and CBS Insurance
*Entrance is not included in your CALF pass. Tickets go on sale May 19 and can be purchased from Celebrity Attractions by calling 800-869-1451.
Nancy Burks Worcester
Elks Arts Center, 1174 N. 1st St.
See schedule for show times

Meet Nancy and Her Friends, an entertaining show with talking puppets, music and props. Nancy is a much sought-after ventriloquist and storyteller who has performed all over the U.S.

The Wilbur Express Train
Train Everman Park, N. 1st and Pine
All day 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
Hosted by Abilene Philharmonic
12th Armored Division Memorial Museum
1289 N. 2nd St.
All day 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!

Balloon Sculptor
Abilene Convention Center, 1100 N. 6th St.
Open all day Friday & Saturday
See schedule for show times

David McCullough, also known as Kornpop, returns to delight festival goers with his imaginary Garth Williams 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
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.

SPONSOR: Chick-fil-A North Abilene
Live Music Stages
T&P Depot parking lot &
Abilene Convention Center
All day Friday & Saturday

Enjoy live music from talented local musicians. Located in the covered areas.

SPONSORS: Abilene Regional Medical Center and AbiMar Foods

Garth Williams Movie Festival

So many books illustrated by Mr. Williams were later made into movies or TV shows. Movie and TV studios opened their vaults to us to bring you a full slate of shows Friday and Saturday at the beautiful Historic Paramount Theatre. The movies include the TV series pilot for "Little House on the Prairie," "The Cricket in Times Square," "The Rescuers," "Charlotte's Web," and "Stuart Little 2."

SPONSOR: Steve Arthur Family Foundation

Sign up for workshops when you register for the festival. Each workshop has limited seating.

"Write & Illustrate Your Own Storybook"
4-5 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. Cost is $5. SOLD OUT

"Make Your Own Storybook Sculpture"
2-3 p.m. Friday

Create a clay Wilbur the pig sculpture so cute you’ll say oink, oink! Taught by Hardin-Simmons University art professor and Storybook Sculpture creator Steve Neves. Center for Contemporary Arts first floor photo gallery. Ages 8 and up. Cost is $15. SOLD OUT

"Pen & Ink Illustration"
2-3 p.m. Friday

Learn the art of pen and ink mastered by Garth Williams. Taught by artist Marianne Wood. The Cockerell, 1133 N. 2nd St., upstairs in Studio 209. Ages 8 and up. Cost is $10. SOLD OUT

"You're A Poet and You Know It!"
11 a.m.-12 p.m. Friday & 10-11 a.m. Saturday

"Beneath a blue umbrella, a melon seller sat, selling yellow melons, succulent and fat," starts a poem in a book of rhymes illustrated by Garth Williams. Create and illustrate your own poetry! Taught by master teacher Cynthia Ladyman. ACU Downtown Gallery, 1133 N. 2nd St. Ages 8 and up. Cost is $5. SOLD OUT

"Digital Character Creation"
19-10:30 a.m. Friday & Saturday

TSTC Digital Arts students guide young art enthusiasts on how to draw and create digital storybook characters using contemporary pen and computer tablet technology. Center for Contemporary Arts upstairs. Ages 9 and up. Free. SOLD OUT

Dramatic Readings

Enjoy theatrical readings of the most popular books illustrated by Garth Williams at various locations. The books are read aloud dramatically while the illustrators are projected onto a big screen for visual and oral learners. The readings are about 15 minutes each. Each reading includes a costumed character, art activity and a chance to earn a button for your lanyard. Readers provided by Young Audiences of Abilene.

Readings Sponsor: Abilene Teachers Federal Credit Union
Crafts Sponsor: Junior League of Abilene
Frontier Texas Craft Sponsor: The Goetz Family

Group Day, Thursday, June 8 Discounted day for nonprofit groups of 10 or more. Festival pass required. June 1 registration deadline.

Morning Readings: 10:15 & 11 a.m.
Afternoon Readings: 1:15 & 2 p.m.

Locations: Abilene Public Library, 202 Cedar St.; The Well, 202 Cypress St.; The Grace Museum, 102 Cypress St.; Ballet Abilene, 1265 N. 2nd St. Each reading is followed by an art activity.

Friday, June 9 & Saturday, June 10

Morning Readings: 9, 9:45, 10:30, 11:15 a.m.
Afternoon Readings: 12, 12:45, 1:30, 2:15, 3, 3:45 p.m.

Locations: Abilene Public Library, The Well, The Grace Museum, Ballet Abilene, Frontier Texas, Center for Contemporary Arts, National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature. Each reading is followed by an art activity.

The Cricket in Times Square National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, 102 Cedar St.

Art activity: Cricket collages

Notes: Bathrooms, stroller parking outside, handicap accessible.

The Three Bears & The Kitten Who Thinks He’s a Mouse The Grace Museum, 102 Cypress St.

Art activity: Make a clay animal

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.

Charlotte’s Web The Well, 202 Cypress St. & The Center for Contemporary Arts, 220 Cypress St. Because of limited space, the Center will give out tickets for each reading on a first come, first serve basis at no extra cost.

Art activity: Accordion Wilbur

Notes: Bathrooms at both locations. The Center reading and art activity take place upstairs and they are accessible by stairs and elevator. Stroller parking inside.

Little House on the Prairie Frontier Texas!, 625 N. 1st St.

Take-home art activity: Make a covered wagon

Notes: Public restrooms and handicap accessible building. Tour the exhibits for a discounted price by showing CALF passes.

Sailor Dog & The Three Little Pigs & The Three Little Kittens Ballet Abilene, 1265 N. 2nd St.

Art Activity: Make a Sailor Dog hat

Notes: No public restroom. Building is handicap accessible.

Abilene Christian University Theatre presents Stuart Little Radio Show: LIVE! Abilene Public Library, 202 Cedar St.
Show Length: 25
Show times: 9:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:45 p.m.,
2:15 p.m., 3:45 p.m.

Art Activity: Make a mouse

Notes: Public restrooms, stairs and elevator available to reach second floor.
T&P Depot, 1101 N. 1st St.
All day Saturday

Meet Mini Moo, the miniature Zebu cow that fully grown, still looks like a calf! Mini Moo serves as the official macot for the Children's Art & Literacy Festival. Some of Mini Moo's favorite things are getting his head scratched and playing with his blue ball, which has a handle so he can carry and push it around. This little guy loves to have fun!

SPONSOR: The Goetz Family
Garth Williams Character Costume Contest!

Thursday, June 8
Elks Arts Center, 1174 N. 1st St.

All ages are invited to participate by dressing as your favorite character from a book illustrated by Garth Williams! The family of Mr. Williams will help judge the contest, which consists of a simple display and turn in front of the judges in the Elks Arts Center ballroom. Registration ends at 4:15 p.m. The contest starts promptly at 4:30 p.m. All contestants are invited to participate in the Storybook Parade immediately following the contest. Download the flyer (PDF) for details.

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Wilbur's Garden Party
Abilene Convention Center
6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 8

After the Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden opens, stay a while for Wilbur's Garden Party! Food trucks will be parked at the Abilene Convention Center. Enjoy performances by Mark Burrows with singing and dancing, Ron "The Bubbler" Erdrich, Professor QB and his magic and the Balloon Sculptor. At 7 p.m., head over to the Paramount Theatre for the Authors Talk on the art of Garth Williams by Leonard Marcus and Diane Muldrow.

SPONSOR: First Bank Texas
Scavenger Hunt
With Your Cell Phone
Downtown Abilene
Game goes live at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 8


1. Download the free GooseChase app for Android or iPhone.

2. Select a user name.

3. Search for 2017 Storybook Capital Scavenger Hunt

4. Complete as many missions as possible by 3 p.m. Saturday, June 10. Prizes for completing at least 10 missions, for the most missions and for the most creative photos!
SPONSOR: Datroo Technologies

Earn 12 Buttons
Friday & Saturday

Earn up to 12 Garth Williams character buttons for your festival lanyard by attending the dramatic readings and activities! Make a $1 donation to get the I Love Wilbur button.