Last updated: 12/31/2010
Abilene, Texas
Street Address
102 Cedar St
Abilene, TX 79601
Mailing Address
102 Cedar St.
Abilene, TX 79601
phone: 915-673-4586
fax: 915-673-2338
Museum Hours
Tuesday - Saturday10 AM - 4 PM
Art Activity
Saturday1 PM - 4 PM
Museum Type(s)
Gift Shop
Debbie Lillick, Executive Director
phone: 325-673-4586

The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature collaborates with award-winning artists to produce exhibitions of their artwork that are distinctive, appealing to museum visitors of all ages, and of the highest quality. In addition to this unique artistic partnership, following its debut at the NCCIL gallery each exhibition travels to museums, public libraries, and galleries nationwide.

Every exhibition the NCCIL produces is available for nationwide travel. Venues that have hosted our exhibitions include art museums, science and history museums, universities, and public libraries. If you would like to receive an exhibition guide with supplementary information and images, are interested in renting a NCCIL exhibit, or have questions about availability, please contact Debbie Lillick at (325) 674-4586 or

Signed Books by Your Favorite Illustrators. . . Every Day! National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature is your source for wonderful works of art in children's illustration, all books are available signed by the artist at no additional charge!*


In December of 1993, former Abilene mayor Dr. Gary McCaleb was invited to a local elementary school to read William Joyce’s Santa Calls. Inspired to learn that Joyce had set his story in Abilene, Dr. McCaleb invited Joyce to speak at a Cultural Affairs Council luncheon and when the two men met, they formed an immediate friendship. From this meeting a concept originated of a place that would honor the artwork of children’s illustrators. In March of 1997, the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature was incorporated as a non-profit organization, and a statue depicting the children from Santa Calls, “Childhood‘s Great Adventure“ by Rick Jackson, was erected downtown. The Junior League of Abilene became the major sponsor and on September 14, 2000, the beautifully renovated Rhodes Building, circa 1920’s, was opened to the public.


Gift Shop

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