Concord Museum’s Family Trees celebrates children’s books

A popular annual family tradition, the Concord Museum’s 27th Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature opens to the public on Nov. 23, and runs through Jan. 2, 2023.

Families will enjoy 34 fancifully decorated holiday trees and wreaths inspired by acclaimed works of children’s literature.

“This exhibition is such a special time of year at the museum,” Director of Education Susan Foster Jones said. “Family Trees brings so many people together— we see grandparents connecting with grandchildren to read favorite books, friends enjoying a holiday outing, and students and teachers sharing in the joy of learning to read. We are so grateful to our volunteers and community partners who make this incredible event happen. Decorators, librarians, authors, schools, local bookstores, and more all help to make this month a memorable holiday tradition.”

Trees for this annual holiday event are decorated by dedicated volunteers from the Museum’s Guild of Volunteers as well as local organizations such as Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, Concord Carousel Preschool, Concord elementary schools, the Milldam Nursery School, and local libraries. The whimsical trees and wreaths bring children’s book characters and stories to life all while encouraging a love of books and reading in young visitors.

Many local and nationally known authors participate in Family Trees each year. The books are carefully selected by a team of volunteers, museum staff, librarians, and local authors to create a rich variety of classic stories and brand-new books.

In 2022, award-winning author and naturalist Sy Montgomery is serving as the Honorary Chair of the 27th Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature. Sy’s recently published children’s book Becoming a Good Creature is featured in this year’s celebration. One of the most celebrated writers of our time, Sy has been awarded the Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her contributions to children’s literature and has been a finalist for the National Book Award and an international bestseller for her work in adult nonfiction.

During this benefit event, Concord Museum admission is $18 adults, $15 seniors & students; $10 Youth (6-17); Children $8 (3 to 5); Children (2 and under) free. Members Free. Beginning Nov. 23, the Museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more at 27th-annual-family-trees and see the event calendar for special Family Trees programs, such as the Authors & Illustrators Day on Dec. 4.

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