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National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

"Children's literature is the first literature and the first art that children are exposed to. It should be good. And when it is, it should be given respect."
~William Joyce

Currently in the Gallery:

The NCCIL is gallery is currently closed for exhibition change.

Upcoming Events:

Travels with Brian Floca
October 13, 2016 - January 30, 2017

Mark your calendar!
October 13 at 5:30 pm: Artist Talk by Brian Floca
October 14 at 11:45 am: Lunch with artist Brian Floca
Buy your tickets for Lunch with Brian Floca (online) today!

Frozen at the NCCIL!
November 3 at 6:00 pm: Artist Talk & Book Signing with artist Matthew Reinhart. From the studio of Matthew Reinhart, creator of pop up books such as Star Wars, Transformers & Cinderella, come two new pop ups- Lego and Frozen! Member? Pre-order your signed copy today! Call 325-673-4586

Where to find us:


Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Please check our exhibition schedule before planning your trip.

Contact Info

Phone: (325) 673-4586


2017 marks 20 years since NCCIL has been celebrating art and literature.
Year long celebratory events featuring NCCIL artists such as William Joyce, David Diaz, Marla Frazee, David Macaulay, David Shannon, Robert Sabuda, David Small, & Mark Teague. Be sure to bookmark our monthly events schedule!

CALF 2017 to celebrate the work of featured NCCIL Summer Artist Garth Williams

A special thanks to the following organizations for their continued suppport:

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council
Community Foundation of Abilene
Dian Graves Owen Foundation
Dodge Jones Foundation
Shelton Family Foundation
T&T Family Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Texas Commission on the Arts

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