My recent visit to the Concord Museum in Concord, MA to see their annual literacy trees (my words), trees decorated in the theme of a children’s book, was outstanding. Each tree makes a book come alive. But first, here is the museum.
The Concord Museum is steeped in history. After all, this is the birthplace of America’s Revolutionary War. It houses artifacts from the town’s famous authors and artists. It is a treasure trove of paintings, furniture, clocks, silver – all local, from the Revolutionary War forward.
Ralph Waldo Emerson’s writing chair.
A highboy and stunning art that knocked my socks off.
A museum of this quality also showcases some of the best in children’s literature each year by decorating trees in the theme of a book. Alongside the tree is a chair and the book itself, so children and adults can read the book, and become enveloped in the story.
This book about the beginning of the universe has glorious illustrations.
“This seamless blend of science and art reveals the composition of our world and beyond – and how we are all the stuff of stars.”
Children write notes to adorn the “I Am Human: A Book of Empathy” tree.
“This comforting book shows that it’s okay to make mistakes and that we can show compassion by offering a kind word or smile.”
The tree decorations are hand painted birds – so lovely!
“Young Ava and her mother prepare to become citizen scientists in the annual New England Christmas bird count.”
The bird photos also line up across the snowy bottom.
And the best part of all is reading aloud to your child.
With over thirty trees and their books on display, there were many families and children doing just that – reading aloud- and also discovering parts of every book adorning the trees.