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National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

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Calf Festival

I went with my daughter and grandson to the annual Calf Festival.Even though it was extremely hot... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Matthew N
Syracuse, Indiana
A delightful stop...

A must stop for this New Hampshire librarian... I was warmly welcomed and enjoyed the beautifully... read more

Reviewed April 11, 2018
Susan T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went with my daughter and grandson to the annual Calf Festival.Even though it was extremely hot we had a wonderful time.Would visit again during this time.

Thank Matthew N
Reviewed May 30, 2018

Tried to visit and found they were closed until June 7th. Also, they are closed on Saturdays and Sundays. There's plenty of temporary (2 hour) parking along the street and in the small adjacent lot. Several statues sit along the street for photo-ops. The area...More

Thank wendyquest
Reviewed April 11, 2018 via mobile

A must stop for this New Hampshire librarian... I was warmly welcomed and enjoyed the beautifully framed art work from many of my favorite illustrators....so pleased to hear that a good part of the collection is going on the road...perhaps it will come to a...More

Thank Susan T
Reviewed March 24, 2018

This was worth the stop on our way to Austin from Lubbock (but then again, I love books!). It's a small museum but very tasteful. The docent was knowledgable and approachable and filled us in on the history of how this museum came to be....More

Thank Chris L
Reviewed March 15, 2018

The art classes and activities they have for kids are amazing. They learned so much in a short period of time offering a variety of projects they could choose to complete. Great staff with awesome stories!

1  Thank Anita P
Reviewed March 1, 2018 via mobile

The exhibit was terrific. So many original art works from books we enjoy. You can see the hard work the illustrators put into each piece. We also attended the free Saturday art class. The day's subject, block prints. The staff was friendly and knowledgable. Excellent...More

1  Thank Dakotah G
Reviewed January 28, 2018

If you like children's literature (and who doesn't?), you will love taking the time to visit this gem. It has rotating art shows, so who knows what you will get to enjoy when you get there!

1  Thank ExploreWorld9732
Debbie L, Manager at National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, responded to this reviewResponded January 30, 2018

Thank you so much for coming! Our next exhibition is a 50 year retrospective of of the Coretta Scott King illustrator award. The show will be on display Feb. 8- May 22, 2018.

Reviewed January 3, 2018

This is THE National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature! Seriously! NATIONAL!!! The most famous illustrators have their work displayed here and open their own exhibit then their work travels around the country! This is a DO NOT MISS spot!

Thank Amy B
Reviewed November 25, 2017 via mobile

We were visiting downtown and stopped in. As a retired teacher and book lover, this was a great stop. Special Melissa Sweet exhibit outstanding. If you're looking for a special book for a special young one - this is it! No charge - but be...More

Thank global2e
Reviewed November 21, 2017

The center itself only had a small area with original art on the walls. We did enjoy hunting the various sculptures of storybook characters in the vicinity.

1  Thank Pat S
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