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Storybook sculpture in Abilene, Texas
Abilene is considered the Storybook Capital of Texas. Photo by Jenn ZIndler/Abilene Convention & VIsitors Bureau
The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature honors illustrator Mark Teague during the 2016 Children's Art and Literacy Festival, June 9-11. Photo by Steve Butman
Grace Museum Abilene
Grace Museum offers a number of revolving fine art and photography exhibits, as well as a children's museum on the second floor. Photo by Steve Butman
Storybook sculptures, abilene, Texas, Cat in the Hat, Dr Seuss
Abilene has earned the moniker of Storybook Capital of Texas thanks in part to storybook character sculptures peppered throughout the historic downtown. Photo courtesy of IttyBittyFoodies.com
NCCIL, abilene texas
The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature is a treasure for avid readers. Photo courtesy of IttyBittyFoodies.com
Monks Coffee Shop in Abilene, Texas
Monks Coffee Shop in downtown Abilene is a hipster hangout. Monks Coffee Shop/Facebook
Abilene Zoo
At just 16 acres, the Abilene Zoo is one of the state's most charming and walkable zoos.  Photo courtesy of Abilene Zoo
Perini Ranch Steakhouse burger
Perini has one of the best burgers in the country, according to Food & Wine magazine. Photo courtesy of Perini Ranch Steakhouse
Sayles Guesthouses, Cottage Clare, Abilene
Cottage Clare is one of the many historic options offered by Sayles Ranch Guesthouses. Photo courtesy of Sayles Guesthouses
Abilene I can Fly; abilene; abi haus
Chalkboard art at the trendy Abi Haus. Photo courtesy of IttyBittyFoodies
Abi Haus
Abi Haus serves simple comfort food. Photo courtesy of IttyBittyFoodies.com
The Mill wine bar in Abilene, Texas
The Mill — literally an old mill — is now a wine bar. Photo courtesy of The Mill
Candles from Frontier Texas General Store
Shop the Frontier Texas general store. Facebook/Frontier Texas