Registration Open Now for Children’s Art and Literacy Festival in Abilene through June 8

Staff Writer

ABILENE, Texas – Registration is open for the 8th annual Children’s Art & Literacy Festival in Abilene June 6-8, which celebrates the work of award-winning artist/author Peter Brown. There’s plenty to roar about – with three days of fun planned in downtown Abilene, the Storybook Capital of America, including the unveiling of a new storybook sculpture inspired by Brown’s book “Mr. Tiger Goes Wild.”
“Peter’s work is playful and entertaining for all ages,” said Lynn Barnett, executive director of the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, which organized the June 6-8 festival. “We hope families once again will come from across the country to join us for this wonderfully wild and educational celebration.”
A summer exhibit “A Time and Place for Everything”: featuring Brown’s original art will open June 6 at the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, the first museum in the nation to exclusively exhibit children’s picture book art.
Brown’s latest book, “The Wild Robot Escapes,” is the sequel to his New York Times’ Best Seller, “The Wild Robot.” He has earned numerous honors, including a Caldecott honor, a Horn Book Award and two. E.B. White Awards. Brown’s art exhibition in Abilene will be his first time to see his body of work displayed in a gallery.
Brown will be in Abilene for the opening of his art exhibition and for the CALF festivities, which start Thursday afternoon with a Peter Brown character costume contest followed by the Storybook Parade through Abilene’s cultural district. After the parade, the “Mr. Tiger” sculpture will be unveiled in the Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden. The 9.5-foot-long bronze sculpture, crafted by artist Steve Neves, will be the 26th sculpture added to Abilene’s whimsical public sculpture collection.
Stay for food trucks and entertainment during “The Curious Garden Party” at the Abilene Convention Center. Meet the renowned illustrator at an artist talk and book signing at the historic Paramount Theatre at 7 that evening. All events Thursday night are free.
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