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Children's Book Reading

  • The Grace Museum 102 Cypress Street Abilene, TX, 79601 United States (map)

The Children’s Museum is a beloved space of many patrons of The Grace Museum. Although used mostly as a learning and discovery space, the Children’s Museum plans to be a space for education. Readings are held for families on the famous mini-Paramount stage, with an art activity in the children’s diner after. This month’s featured book is Waiting by Kevin Henkes.


The cost is $10 per family if you’d like to receive a copy of the book (limited to the first 10 families), or $5 per family if you’d just like to come to the reading and participate in the art activity.

About the Book:
Five animal friends sit patiently on a windowsill, waiting and watching the world outside. The owl waits for the moon; the pig waits for the rain; the bear waits for wind; the puppy waits for snow; the rabbit waits for . . . nothing in particular. Occasionally, gifts will appear on the windowsill, and a new friend might arrive, but together they all wait. One day a cat with patches joins them, and the windowsill friends receive a big surprise!

About the Author:
Kevin Henkes is the author and illustrator of close to fifty critically acclaimed and award-winning picture books, beginning readers, and novels. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten's First Full Moon in 2005. Kevin Henkes is also the creator of a number of picture books featuring his mouse characters, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Lilly's Big Day and Wemberly Worried, the Caldecott Honor Book Owen, and the beloved Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. His most recent mouse character, Penny, was introduced in Penny and Her Song (2012); her story continued in Penny and Her Doll and Penny and Her Marble (a Geisel Honor Book). Bruce Handy, in a New York Times Book Review piece about A Good Day, wrote, "It should be said: Kevin Henkes is a genius." Kevin Henkes received two Newbery Honors for novels--one for his newest novel for young readers, The Year of Billy Miller, and the other for Olive's Ocean. Also among his fiction for older readers are the novels Junonia, Bird Lake Moon, The Birthday Room, and Sun & Spoon. He lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin. You can visit him online at

Earlier Event: June 14
Pop-Up Make 'N Take
Later Event: June 16
Talk: Eternal Threads