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Photo: Richard Asch.


...happiest of holiday seasons!

We had a lovely time on our holiday outing yesterday. (Thanks, cruise director Cindy!) Our day started at the 22nd annual "Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature" exhibit at the Concord Museum. From the museum's website:

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.


The trees are amazing, ranging in size from teeny-tiny to enormous and displaying a wide variety of picture-book styles and subjects. All of them are incredibly creative and clearly decorated with love. Here are just a few that we admired.

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Each tree is accompanied by a copy of the featured book, and some of the installations include thematic activities such as writing a wish to put on the wish tree. Maybe next year we'll decorate one! It looks like a lot of hard work, though...

We took a quick lap around the shops downtown before heading to Main Streets Cafe for lunch, which was delicious (if chilly -- we were in a private function room with a draft, and ate still bundled up in coats and scarves!).

Photo: Lolly Robinson.


We hope, as Shoshana said, that your holidays and new year are "bookish and bright."

Katie Bircher

Katie Bircher, formerly editor of The Horn Book Guide, is a freelance children’s and YA editor. She's also a former bookseller who holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons University. She served as chair of the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committee. Follow Katie on Twitter @lyraelle.

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Sam Juliano

Happy Holidays to All! Here's to the best year ever in 2018!

Posted : Dec 20, 2017 01:37


Rob Dunlavey

This is so nice: to think of your holiday outing. Good fun. Other folks might like to know that this year's Festival of Trees was curated by the one and only D.B. Johnson!

Posted : Dec 20, 2017 11:17


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