Family Trees: A Celebration of Childrens Literature 

November 22, 2017 - January 1, 2018

D. B. Johnson will be the Honorary Chair for Concord Museum's Family Trees

The Concord Museum is pleased to announce that renowned children's book author and illustrator D. B. Johnson will serve as this year's Honorary Chair of the exhibition. Since 2000, Mr. Johnson has made a distinct mark in the world of children’s literature by introducing kids to the important ideas and work of the likes of Henry David Thoreau, George Orwell, M. C. Escher, and René Magritte.

A love of books and reading is a lifelong treasure passed from adult to child, from generation to generation. Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature at the Concord Museum in historic Concord, Massachusetts gives Concord’s renowned literary tradition a creative twist.  During the holiday season, the Museum’s galleries are filled with more than 30 fanciful trees of all shapes and sizes, decorated with original ornaments inspired by acclaimed children’s storybooks and contemporary picture book favorites.

 The exhibition’s focus on children’s literature makes Family Trees unique among the many holiday events in Greater Boston. Each tree serves as a canvas for the artistic creations of a dedicated team of volunteer decorators. Inspired by the storyline, the illustrations, the characters or setting of a particular book, the decorators let their imaginations take flight, much to the delight of visitors of all ages from all over New England.

Most of the books featured in this year's Family Trees can be purchased at the Museum Shop!

 Click here for a complete list of this year's books.


Proceeds from Family Trees, organized by the Museum’s Guild of Volunteers, benefit the Concord Museum’s education initiatives.  

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Related Programs

The Fete
Friday, December 1, 2017
Join friends of the Museum for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to celebrate the opening of Family Trees: A Celebration of Children's Literature. The Concord Museum Guild of Volunteers Fete co-chairs Kim Picullel Coughlin and Sarah Walton invite you to join us on Friday, December 1, for a beautiful night of holiday cheer at this annual event. Reserve online here, or or call 978-369-9763 ext. 216.

Morning with Santa

Saturday, December 9, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Don’t miss Santa’s stop at the Concord Museum. Enjoy a delightful visit and photo with Santa, as well as a number of engaging seasonal crafts and activities including face painting, treasure hunts, cookie decorating, letters to Santa, and more. Organized by the Guild of  Volunteers, chaired this year by Joanne Roser, this event has a long tradition with Concord Museum families. Some who attended as children are now bringing their children to Morning with Santa!
Members: $25 child, accompanying adults free; Non-Members: $30 child, $10 adults;
This event is now SOLD OUT.

Exploring the Animated Picture Book with D.B. Johnson

Sunday, December 10 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
[Snow Date: Sunday, December 17 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.]
Author/Illustrator D. B. Johnson presents the newest addition to his “Henry series of picture books,” titled Polly Wolly Willy Woggle and Other Rhymes From Walden. As the name implies, Johnson has written a book of nursery rhymes that are based on memorable passages from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden. Two things separate this book from Johnson’s five other Henry books: Polly Wolly Willy Woggle is only available as an e-book and comes complete with Nature sounds, optional narration, and animation!
Johnson will demonstrate his drawing process, read the book, and answer questions about the inspiration for his rhymes, his animation process, and the pros and cons of e-books for kids.
Adults $18, Children (4-18) $8; Family Trees admission included. A FREE download of Polly Wolly Willy Woggle is available for your iPad or other Apple device on iBooks.
Online registration is now closed for this event, but tickets may still be purchased at the door.

Authors and Illustrators Day

Sunday, December 10 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Meet some of the accomplished authors and illustrators whose books are featured in Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature. Explore the decorated trees throughout the Museum galleries, and visit with authors and illustrators as they sign your books including D.B. Johnson, author and illustrator of the “Henry series of picture books” and Family Trees 2017 Honorary Chair. Free with Family Trees admission; Members free.

Henry Bear Playdate

Tuesday, December 12 10:30-11:30 a.m.
D.B. Johnson’s Henry Bear goes on some fantastic adventures! Spend your morning with the Concord Museum and hear the story of how Henry built a cabin, climbed a mountain, and hiked to Fitchburg. See the real objects Henry David Thoreau owned, then make a craft to take home. No advance registration necessary. Children $10, Children 3 and under free, one Adult free per group; Members free.

Costume Character Day

Saturday and Sunday, December 16 and 17 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Everybody knows that Dragons love tacos, but what happens when there are NO MORE TACOS left anywhere in the world? Come by the Concord Museum to meet Adam Rubin’s taco-loving dragon and find out what happens next in Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel! Included free with Family Trees admission; Members free.