In person: T&P Depot, 1101 N. 1st St., Abilene, TX 79601.
Open weekdays 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m., 1–5 p.m.

By phone: (325) 677-1161

Online: (closed; must register in person at this time)

Registration opens: Feb. 1, 2017

Online registration closes: 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 7

In-person registration: Open until end of festival

Half-price registration: Begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 10


Children 2 and under free.

After 2 pm Saturday: Ages 13 and up $7; ages 3-12 $5

Discount prices available for nonprofit groups of 10 or more that attend Group Day on Thursday, June 8. Email


Who needs to wear a pass? Everyone except children age 2 and under, who are free.

Will my free child age 2 and under receive a lanyard and buttons? No

Do adults need to wear a pass? Yes

Can I get a refund? No. But you may give away or sell your tickets.

How do you earn buttons? By attending the dramatic readings and some of the other activities. There are 12 buttons that can be earned this year. Buttons are given as you leave the event. You must be wearing your pass to receive a button. Only one button per venue please, even if you have visited it more than once.

Are strollers allowed? Some venues may request that you park your stroller outside or in a particular area because of limited indoor space. Please secure your valuables. The festival is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please dispose of food and drinks before entering venues.

Are all the venues handicap accessible? Yes.

Is there an extra cost to attend the workshops? Yes. And they all have different age restrictions. Please see the Event Details page for more information.

How is the illustrator featured each year chosen? The CALF celebrates the artist on exhibit each summer at the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature. The NCCIL has a committee that chooses the artists based on several criteria, including awards won, the availability of the art, if the artist has produced a sufficient number of books from which to choose in mounting an exhibit.



What does my registration include?

Each registration comes with one tote bag containing your family’s festival passes, a Storybook Capital Adventure Guide and sponsor goodies (while supplies last) and a chance to earn up to 12 character buttons. Wear your pass on Sunday, June 11, and receive free entrance into the Abilene Zoo!

Pre-registration orders can be picked up after June 1 at the T&P Depot.

$12 Child Tee
$20 Adult Tee
Sponsor: H-E-B Tournament of Champions

$5 Extra Tote Bag
Sponsor: Davis Kinard & Co., PC

Storybook Capital Tee


Earn as you complete each activity!

Sponsor: Nation Wide Products

Purchase Garth Williams books

from the NCCIL bookstore or online at

Charlotte's Web