divisions of the Abilene Chamber
of Commerce, the Abilene Cultural
Affairs Council (ACAC) and the
Abilene Convention and Visitors
Bureau (ACVB) in partnership
decided in 2018 to trademark
the term “Storybook Capital of
America” with the U.S. Patent
and Trademark Office.
Over the years, Abilene has
undertaken a series of unique
efforts to showcase the wonders
of children’s literature. One project
encapsulates the imagination
and vision of storytellers from all
over the world: The Storybook
The Storybook Sculpture Project
The ACAC commissioned the
first storybook sculpture in 1996.
“Childhood’s Great Adventure”
is based on the William Joyce
book “Santa Calls,” which was
set in Abilene, Texas. Joyce was
the inspiration behind the NCCIL.
More sculptures followed over the
years. Today, Abilene is home to
the largest public collection of
storybook sculptures in the U.S.
New sculptures are added each
year during the CALF Festival. The
mission of the Storybook Sculpture
Project is to create 3D art that
brings children’s literature to life.
Spanning decades of children’s
literature and well-known
books, you’ll find characters like
the Cat in the Hat, the Lorax, and
the Grinch, while meeting ones
like Duck on a Bike, Dino Bob,
and Sanderson Mansnoozie.
Featuring more than twenty
sculptures, these beloved characters
truly come to life on the
streets of Downtown Abilene with
an interactive map and an adventure
guide to keep you entertained
to check out the Abilene’s
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