Family Trees: A Celebration of Childrens Literature 

November 21, 2018 - January 1, 2019

Monday - Friday 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.   Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
in the Anna and Neil Rasmussen Education Center at the Concord Museum

Special hours November 23 and January 1: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
closed November 22, December 24, and December 25, 2018


Melissa Sweet as Honorary Chair for Concord Museum's 2018 Family Trees

The Concord Museum is pleased to have celebrated children's book author and illustrator Melissa Sweet serve as this year's Honorary Chair of the exhibition.   Since 1990, Ms. Sweet has made a distinct mark in the world of children’s literature, authoring and illustrating nearly 100 children’s books from board books to picture books and nonfiction titles. She has received two Caldecott Honor Medals and two New York Times Best Illustrated citations. She will be in attendance at the December 9th Author and Illustrator Day.

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 decorates more than 30 fanciful trees and wreaths - of all shapes and sizes - with original ornaments inspired by acclaimed children’s storybooks and contemporary picture book favorites.

2018 marks the 23rd year of the Concord Museum’s award-winning Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature, organized by the Guild of Volunteers with Patty Flint and Pam Nelson as co-chairs. This fall, the Museum will be celebrating the opening of a new Education Center designed by the Boston architectural firm designLAB and we are pleased that the Family Trees tradition will continue in this beautiful new building.

Visitors to Family Trees will be welcomed by outdoor trees in the new courtyard and orchard.  Then, in the new welcome area and in three purpose-built classrooms, trees and wreaths will share the space with specially-installed classroom galleries housing some of the Museum’s renowned collection of historical artifacts.  Finally, the spacious new community Lyceum will be literally a forest of trees large and small. All will be decorated as visitors have come to expect with whimsical ornaments that bring to life classic and contemporary children’s books.

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.

 A complete list of this year's featured books may be found here.
Most of the books featured in this year's Family Trees can be purchased at the Museum Shop!

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


2018 Family Trees Lead Sponsor

2018 Supporting Sponsor

George Vassel Jewelers

2018 Friend Sponsor

2018 Media Sponsor

Related Programs

The Fete
Friday, November 30, 2018;  7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Join friends of the Museum for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at our annual event celebrating the opening of Family Trees: A Celebration of Children's Literature. Join the Concord Museum Guild of Volunteers Fete co-chairs as they host a beautiful night of holiday cheer.
Click here to purchase tickets.
Morning with Santa
Saturday, December 8, 2018, 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, along with engaging seasonal crafts, activities, and treats.  Organized each year by the Guild of Volunteers, this event has a long tradition with Concord families, and we hope to see you there!
Click here to register.

Costume Character Days
Saturday, December 15, and Sunday, December 16, 2018, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Come by the Concord Museum to meet the famous groovy, blue cat, Pete! No matter where he goes, Pete the Cat always keeps his cool. This beloved character comes from the brain of Kimberly and James Dean, as well as award winning musician Eric Litwin.
Visitors can meet Pete the Cat come to life, make crafts, and hear the story.
Free with Family Trees admission; Members free.

Authors and Illustrators Day
Sunday, December 09, 2018, 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 forest of trees throughout the Museum Education Center, and visit with authors and illustrators as they sign your books.
Free with Family Trees admission; Members free.

This year’s Honorary Chair for Family Trees is the celebrated Melissa Sweet, who has illustrated nearly 100 children’s books from board books to picture books and nonfiction titles. She has received two Caldecott Honor Medals and two New York Times Best Illustrated citations, and will be in attendance at the December 9th Author and Illustrator Day.