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A Reading Wonderland

12/12/2019 04:25PM ● By Jessie Monsivais
By: Jessie Monsivais   Photos via: Art Museum of South Texas

Celebrate the season and literacy by exploring the 10th Annual Christmas Tree Forest at the Art Museum of South Texas. A Reading Wonderland brings the pages of children storybooks to life with themed decorations on 30 Christmas trees. The theme of children’s books brings an opportunity for visitors to nurture an appreciation of reading and creativity through a stunning display of award-winning literature and illustrations.

“This is such a special project, it involves every kind of sector of the community – the nonprofit, the business, the volunteers, and the schools that get to participate and bring this to our community,” shares Linda Rodriguez, AMST Curator of Education. “It is a learning opportunity from the beginning, the students get to read the books and rediscover them as they decorate ornaments and it gives the public the opportunity to discover the stories.”

Explore the forest on Saturday, December 14, from 10 am – 2 pm for a free family day event presented by HEB, the Junior League of Corpus Christi, and hosted by the Art Museum of South Texas. The first 2,000 children will receive an H-E-Buddy goodie bag and H-E-B lighted Christmas necklace.  There will be photos with Santa, live holiday music, hands-on art projects, story time with Mrs. Claus, food trucks and more. 

While on display, patrons are encouraged to vote for their favorite tree; H-E-B gift cards will be awarded to the 3 winners. The trees and decorations are donated to area families in need to enjoy for the remainder of the holiday season.

“The family gets the book with all the ornaments and the tree, which adds another layer of learning and discover. It’s such a special thing to get to enjoy the story together as a family,” Linda says. “It’s such an encapsulation of this theme. It has been the theme for the past 5 years of bringing literacy and creativity to the community.” 

The exhibition will be on display at the Art Museum of South Texas until December 16th. For more information, contact the Art Museum Education Department at