Family Trees: A Celebration of
s Literature 

November 25, 2015 - January 3, 2016

“There's nothing so special for a child as the ability to get lost in a good book.  Kids can travel the world, go back or forward in time, learn about the nature of the universe or just one small creature in it, and allow their imaginations to soar all by curling up with a book, or with an adult who can read to them. Once kids discover books, the world opens up to them.”
- Cokie Roberts, Honorary Chair, Family Trees 2015

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.

Click here for the 2015 Family Trees booklist (as of 10/2/15)

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.  

During this benefit event, admission is $15 adults, $10 seniors, $6 children (4–18); children under 4 and Members Free. Family Trees admission includes all of the Museum galleries and special exhibitions. The Museum is open Monday-Saturday from 9:00 - 5:00 and Sunday from 12:00 - 5:00 (winter hours begin January 4); the Museum will close at 1:00 on December 24 and will be closed all day November 26 and December 25.

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Related Programs

Family Trees Crafts
Friday and Saturday, November 27 and 28
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Visiting Family Trees this Thanksgiving weekend? Get crafty with your family with special projects related to this year’s children’s books. Create a fairy wand after reading Where Do Fairies Go When It Snows? Or saddle up and read The Original Cowgirl: The Wild Adventures of Lucille Mulhall, then make your own cowboy hat. 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; free with Family Trees admission, Members free.  

An Afternoon with Authors and Illustrators
Sunday, December 6
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Meet some of the accomplished authors and illustrators whose books are featured in Family Trees, including Linda Booth Sweeney, Liza Gardner Walsh, Hazel Mitchell, David A. Kelly, Heather Lang, Deborah A. Locke, Richard Michelson, Ilse Plume, Barbara Purchia, E. Ashley Rooney, Heidi Stemple, Melissa Sweet, and Jane Yolen. Explore the trees decorated throughout the Museum galleries, and visit with authors and illustrators as they sign your books. Books are available for purchase in the Museum Shop. Free with Family Trees admission, Members free.

Morning with Santa
Saturday, December 12
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, 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: $25 child, $10 adults; reservations required. Purchase tickets online.

Costume Character
Saturday and Sunday, December 19 and 20

Meet Deborah Diesen’s dreary-weary Pout Pout Fish and try to get him to turn his frown upside down! This larger-than-life costume character welcomes you to Family Trees at 1:30 and 2:30. Read the book and try your hand at some activities that will surely keep the dreary-wearies away! Included free with Family Trees admission, Members free.