Message from the Director

Welcome to the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature or NCCIL (pronounced ‘nickel’) for short.

The NCCIL has been a part of the Historic Downtown Abilene, TX area for twenty years and is a key organization in the vast cultural arts landscape here in West Texas.  The NCCIL is a place for children & adults of all ages, educators, students, and artists.  Our original exhibits allow viewers to gain a deeper understanding into the world of picture book art – while whisking them away into a land of imagination, wonder and delight.

The NCCIL has been built on the spirit of volunteerism and continues to thrive through community supporters who are passionate about the mission that the NCCIL represents. Don’t let the West Texas locale fool you – the NCCIL is a sophisticated, first-class museum who takes great pride in curating original exhibits with some of the most noted artists in children’s literature.  We are a nationally established organization traveling our shows all over the nation for over one million people to enjoy.

Small town hospitality and friendliness combined with sophisticated know-how is what makes the NCCIL unique and sets it apart from many other arts institutions.

We hope you will come see us and enjoy the shows we present – or if you can’t come to us here in TX, please check our touring schedule and see when we’ll be near you.

Debbie Lillick
Executive Director