22nd Annual Family Trees: A Celebration Of Children's Literature

Concord Museum
200 Lexington Road
01742 Concord, MA
Phone: 978 369 9763
Contact: Carol Thistle
Photo Album: Concord Museum
Monday, January 1, 2018 -
9:00am to 5:00pm

Join the Concord Museum to celebrate the 22nd Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature opening to the public on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 through January 1, 2018.  Admire 37 fancifully decorated Holiday Trees throughout the Concord Museum inspired by favorites from children’s literature, contemporary and classic.  Renowned children's book author and illustrator D.B. Johnson will serve as this year's Honorary Chair of the 22nd Annual Family Trees. With the publication of his first illustrated children’s book, Henry Hikes to Fitchburg, D.B. Johnson made a distinct mark in the world of children’s literature. In the picture book, Johnson introduced one of the most endearing characters: Henry the Bear. Henry is based on Henry David Thoreau, who advocated a simple way of life unencumbered by material possessions. D.B. Johnson will present his newest edition Polly Wolly Willy Woggle and Other Rhymes from Walden on December 10th.

A love of books and reading is a lifelong treasure passed from adult to child, from generation to generation.  The focus on children’s literature makes the Concord Museum’s Family Trees beloved among the many holiday events in Greater Boston.  Each tree serves as a canvas for the creations of a dedicated team of decorators.  Inspired by the storyline, the illustrations, the characters or setting of a particular book, the decorators let their imaginations take flight.  From tree decorators, program book editors, visiting authors and beyond, Family Trees is a volunteer effort and all funds raised benefit the educational programming initiatives at the Concord Museum.  Family Trees gives Concord’s renowned literary tradition a creative twist with fanciful trees of all shapes and sizes, decorated with original ornaments inspired by acclaimed children’s storybooks. 

Family Trees: A Celebration of Children's Literature Opens

Wednesday, November 22, 2017- January 1, 2018.


Thanksgiving Weekend Crafts

Friday, November 24, 2016 - Saturday, November 25, 2016, 11:00 am- 3:00 pm

Bring the Kids!

Visiting Family Trees this Thanksgiving weekend? Get crafty with your family with special projects related to the children’s books featured in the galleries during Family Trees. Free with Family Trees admission.


The Fete

December 1, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Enjoy an evening with signature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a visit to the 22nd annual Family Trees. Organized by the Guild of Volunteers. This event is organized by the Guild of Volunteers and helps support the Museum’s educational initiatives. Tickets required.


7th Annual Holiday House Tour: Saturday, December 2, 11:00 am. – 4:00 pm

Tour a selection of Concord’s most beautiful private homes, professionally decorated in the holiday spirit by local and nationally renowned interior designers.  Doors open at 10:00 a.m. to pick up programs for the day at the Wright Tavern.  Discount advanced ticket price through December 1 online at concordmuseum.org or by calling 978 369 9763 x 216. Concord Museum Members $40, General $45.

With Santa! 

Bring the Kids!

Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 10:00am- 12:30pm

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 Volunteer. Reservations required. Members; $25 child, accompanying adults free; Non-Members: $30 child, $10 adults. 


Exploring the Animated Picture Book with D.B. Johnson

December 10, 11:30am- 12:30pm

Author/Illustrator D.B.Johnson presents the newest addition to his “Henry series of picture books,” titled Polly Wolly Willy Woogle and Other Rhymes from Walden. Reservations required. Space is limited. Adults $18, (Children 4-18) $8; Family Trees admission included.

An Afternoon with Authors and Illustrators: Sunday, December 4, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Bring the Kids!

Meet some of the talented authors and illustrators whose books are featured in the 22nd Annual Family Trees at the Concord Museum.  Authors and Illustrators include:


(Please see the attached 2017’s list of Family Tree’s books with authors and illustrators. Each one of these children’s books represents a themed-tree on display at the Concord Museum through January 1, 2018 !)


Costumed Character Days

December 16 & 17, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Meet Adam Rubin’s taco-loving dragon and find out what happens next to Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel! Free with Family Trees Admission, Members free.

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