Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature

28 trees & wreaths of all shapes & sizes ornamented with inspiration from children’s picture books November 25, 2020 - January 3, 2021

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Family Trees is organized by the Concord Museum Guild of Volunteers.

Nicole Tadgell

"When children see themselves in books, imagination sparks and potential grows in surprising and unexpected ways. I hope my art helps inspire kids to reach for the stars, to become, to create, to learn, and to love life in whatever they choose to do."

Award-winning illustrator Nicole Tadgell, Honorary Chair, Family Trees 2020

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For 25 years, Family Trees has been a beloved holiday tradition, inspiring imaginations and fostering a love of reading for children and adults alike.  Help us continue to inspire the next generation of readers by making a gift today!

Consider making your gift in memory or in honor of someone special in your life—a favorite teacher who ignited a love of reading, a caretaker or friend who read stories together with you or your children, or even a favorite author or illustrator.



Family Trees Memories

Generations of families have enjoyed Family Trees over the past 25 years.  Though fashions and hairstyles may have changed, Family Trees still celebrates the many joys of reading and the creativity of our community.

Whether you’ve visited once or twenty-five times, we want to hear your memories!  Share your stories and photos with us for a chance to be featured in our social media and/or at the Museum.  Please send materials to


Family Trees at Home

Join in the fun of Family Trees at home!  Select a favorite book and make an ornament based on the story.  It could show your favorite character, an event that happened in the book, or your favorite quote from the book.  Get creative, and send a photo of you with your ornament to for a chance to be featured in our social media and/or at the Museum.

2020 Family Trees Booklist

Read through the Family Trees Gallery Guide to learn more about each book.
Here is complete listing of 2020 Family Trees Books.

COMING SOON!!! This year due to Covid protocols books will not be available for reading next to each tree. Click on the bookcover below for a reading of each book to enjoy before or after your visit. Books will be for sale in the Museum Shop in collaboration with the Concord Bookshop

Shining Sea Bikeway

Written by: Cindy V.H. Reynolds
Illustrated by: Swapan Debnath
Mirror Publishing

Snow Globe Wishes

Written by: Erin Dealey
Illustrated by: Claire Shorrock
Sleeping Bear Press

Seven Golden Rings

Written by: Rajani LaRocca
Illustrated by: Archana Sreenivasan
Lee & Low Books, Inc.

No Two Alike

Written by: Keith Baker
Illustrated by: Keith Baker
Beach Lane Books


Written by: Sarah Lynne Reul
Illustrated by: Sarah Lynne Reul
Sterling Children's Books

Layla’s Happiness

Written by: Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie
Illustrated by: Ashleigh Corrin
Enchanted Lion Books

Keeper of Wild Words

Written by: Brooke Smith
Illustrated by: Madeline Kloepper
Chronicle Books

In a Jar

Written by: Deborah Marcero
Illustrated by: Deborah Marcero
G.P.Putnam's Sons

How to Read a Book

Written by: Kwame Alexander
Illustrated by: Melissa Sweet
Harper Collins

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Written by: Kelly Barnhill
Illustrated by: Kelly Barnhill
Algonquin Young Readers

Fix That Clock!

Written by: Kurt Cyrus
Illustrated by: Kurt Cyrus
Houghton Mifflin

Emily’s Idea

Written by: Christine Evans
Illustrated by: Marta Alvarez Miguens
Sounds True

The Day You Begin

Written by: Jacqueline Woodson
Illustrated by: Rafael Lopez
Nancy Paulsen Books

The Cow Loves Cookies

Written by: Karma Wilson
Illustrated by: Marcellus Hall
Margaret K. McElderry

Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire

Written by: Susan Tan
Illustrated by: Dana Wulfekotte
Roaring Book Press

The Button Book

Written by: Sally Nicholls
Illustrated by: Bethan Wollvin
Tundra Books

The Bread Pet: A Sourdough Story

Written by: Kate DePalma- video to come!
Illustrated by: Nelleke Verhoeff
Barefoot Books

A Big Bed for Little Snow

Written by: Grace Lin
Illustrated by: Grace Lin
Little, Brown & Company

Baking Day at Grandma’s

Written by: Anika Aldamuy Denise
Illustrated by: Christopher Denise
Philomel Books

Baby Bear Sees Blue

Written by: Ashley Wolff
Illustrated by: Ashley Wolff
Little Simon Publishers

Azban’s Great Journey

Written by: Brian A. Chenevert
Illustrated by: Allison Gedman

Astronaut Annie

Written by: Suzanne Slade
Illustrated by: Nicole Tadgell
Tilbury House Publishers