Meet the Illustrator
Get ready for an opportunity like no other: meeting the illustrator behind some of your child's favorite books at the Children's Art + Literacy Festival in Abilene, Texas. The festival is inspired each year by a children's picture book illustrator on exhibit at the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, and this year's featured artist will be in attendance for book signings and a "Sketch with the Artist" event at Paramount Theatre. This is your chance to get up close and personal with the mastermind behind the illustrations that have captured your child's imagination, so don't miss out on this one-of-a-kind experience at CALF.
Books Brought to Life!
Each year, the festival features readings of the illustrator's most popular books by theatrically trained actors, projected on a big screen for an even more engaging experience. But that's not all - each reading also features a custom-made costume character designed to look just like the book illustrations. Your child will feel like they're part of the story as they pose for photos and immerse themselves in the world of their favorite books. Get ready for an unforgettable experience that your child will talk about for years to come!
At the Children's Art + Literacy Festival in Abilene, Texas, your child's imagination will come to life. The festival's mission is to instill a love of reading in young children and ignite their creativity through dramatic readings, art activities, and science experiments. With studies showing that reading proficiency by the third grade is crucial to a child's educational development, CALF is the perfect place to inspire your child's love for learning. Many surveys over the years have praised the festival for instilling in children a new desire to read, write, act out stories, and create their own art. Get ready to spark your child's imagination and watch them grow at CALF!
In today's fast-paced world, it can be difficult to find activities that are fun and engaging for all ages. The festival is a great opportunity for parents, grandparents, and others with children in their lives to come together for wholesome entertainment. Many grandparents have made CALF weekend a time for a "cousin reunion" when all the grandchildren visit. The festival features first-class family entertainment, including Le Marionette Theater, Nancy & Her Friends ventriloquist, singer/songwriter Joe McDermott, Kornpop the balloon sculptor, and more. The festival is the perfect place to make lasting memories with your loved ones, while enjoying fun and entertainment that's suitable for all ages. Get ready for a weekend of family bonding at CALF!
Abilene, Texas is home to one of the largest collections of storybook sculptures in the world, making it a must-visit destination for art and book lovers alike. The Storybook Sculpture Project started in 1996 with the commissioning of the first piece based on William Joyce's book "Santa Calls." Since then, the collection has grown to include 40 unique sculptures throughout downtown Abilene. Each sculpture is a true work of art, capturing the essence of beloved characters from classic children's books. Whether you're exploring the city or attending the Children's Art + Literacy Festival, the storybook sculptures are a must-see attraction that you won't want to miss. Don't forget to snap some photos for your Instagram feed and use the hashtag #AbileneCALF to share your experience with others.
Well, that's it folks! You've heard the reasons why you can't miss the Children's Art + Literacy Festival. With so much to do, see, and experience, it's no wonder this festival is a favorite among families with young children. So pack up the car, grab the kids, and hit the road to Abilene. Trust us, you won't regret it! Book your tickets now and prepare for a weekend of artistic adventures and cherished memories with your little ones.
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