‘From Picking to Sipping’ Coffee and Tea Booklist

Book List , Kids

The Blessing Cup

Title: The Blessing Cup
By: Patricia Polacco
Published: 2013

A single china cup from a tea set left behind when Jews were forced to leave Russia helps hold a family together through generations of living in America, reminding them of the most important things in life.

Age Range: 4-8

Call Number: JPicture Polac.P


The Blue Table

Title: The Blue Table
By: Chris Raschka
Published: 2020

The blue table becomes more than just a blue table, as plans are made, families gather, and food is served, and gratitude is felt.

Age Range: 4-8

Call Number: JPicture Rasch.C


Chirri & Chirra

Title: Chirri & Chirra
By: Kaya Doi (Translated by Yuki Kaneko)
Published: 2016

Two young girls take a bicycle ride through the forest where they find a cafe to have tea and coffee, a bakery to enjoy a snack, and a hotel where they join in a concert with forest animals.

Age Range: 2-8

Call Number: JPicture Doi.K


Cloud Tea Monkeys

Title: Cloud Tea Monkeys
By: Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham
Published: 2010

When her mother becomes too ill to harvest tea on the nearby plantation, Tashi attempts to carry on her mother's work in order to earn the money for a doctor. However, Tashi is unable to manage the huge basket and picking of tea leaves. But when she tells the monkeys she has befriended why she is sad, they bring her a basket filled with rare and valuable wild tea.

Age Range: 5 and up (reviewer's opinion- due to parent illness, and length of story)

Call Number: J Peet.M


Delicious!

Title: Delicious!
By: Orange Sherbet (Musical Group)
Published: 2012

A tasty, jazzed-up, seventeen-song musical celebration of the joys of growing, preparing, and enjoying nourishing, delicious, local, seasonal meals. The song "Tea Time" is a special treat.

Age Range: 3 and up

Call Number: JUV CD ZM ORAN DEL


Ella Sarah Gets Dressed

Title: Ella Sarah Gets Dressed
By: Margaret Chodos-Irvine
Published: 2003

Despite the advice of others in her family, Ellah Sarah persists in wearing the striking and unusual outfit of her own choosing in honor of a special event.

Age Range: 4-8

Call Number: JPicture Chodo.M


Growing Peace: A Story of Farming, Music, and Religious Harmony

Title: Growing Peace: A Story of Farming, Music, and Religious Harmony
By: Richard Sobol
Published: 2016

Inspired to build a peaceful, religiously diverse community in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, J.J. Keki returns to his Ugandan village and proposes a coffee growers collective.

Age Range: 7-10

Call Number: x334.683373 Sobol.R


The Hummingbird Sings and Dances: Latin American Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes

Title: The Hummingbird Sings and Dances: Latin American Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes
By: Recordings by Grupo Cantaro
Published: 2018

An extraordinary collection featuring 19 traditional nursery rhymes and lullabies in Spanish (with English translations) originating from Latin America that have withstood the test of time. Warm, colorful illustrations with earth-toned backgrounds provide the setting for this endearing repertoire of family-friendly songs from 17 different countries. Solid musicianship supporting lively vocal performances transport the young listener into a playful, fanciful world inhabited by singing frogs and dancing skeletons! Make sure to listen to sweet and silly "Te, chocolate, cafe"!

Age Range: 5-7

Call Number: JKit Spanish x398.8 Humming


Japan: Follow Me Around

Title: Japan: Follow Me Around
By: Wiley Blevins
Published: 2018

Have you ever wanted to experience a new country from a local's point of view? Meet up with your guide, Satchiko, as she takes you on an amazing journey across Japan. Along the way, you will find out what it is like to live and go to school there, you will visit important landmarks, you will learn about Japan's history and traditions (like tea ceremonies), and more.

Age Range: 8-9

Call Number: x952 Blevi.W


Japan: Tradition, Culture, and Daily Life

Title: Japan: Tradition, Culture, and Daily Life
By: Michael Centore
Published: 2016

Though its urban centers are some of the fastest-paced, most technologically connected areas on the planet, Japanese culture values patience, serenity, and a sense of balance in all things. Something as simple as brewing a pot of tea or preparing a meal can become an aesthetic experience.

Age Range: 11-14

Call Number: x952 Cento.M


Miss Spider's Tea Party

Title: Miss Spider's Tea Party
By: David Kirk
Published: 1994

When lonely Miss Spider tries to host a tea party, the other bugs refuse to come for fear of being eaten!

Age Range: 4-8

Call Number: JPicture Kirk.D


Senegal: Cultures of the World

Title: Senegal: Cultures of the World
By: Elizabeth Berg
Published: 2019

The westernmost country in mainland Africa, Senegal has a complex and varied history. Home to one of Africa's earliest recorded kingdoms in the early ninth century, Senegal was later colonized by both the Portuguese and the French. Since its independence in 1960, the country has managed to unite its various cultures and language traditions into a peaceful and stable society. Informative sidebars and colorful photographs accompany the text and allow readers to learn more about Senegal's rich culture. Find out what goes into their bissap tea (and use the recipe in the back to make some to try!)

Age Range: 8-12

Call Number: x966.3 Berg.E (Available at Robert Crown Library)


Soul Food Sunday

Title: Soul Food Sunday
By: Winsome Bingham
Published: 2021

Granny teaches her grandson to cook the Sunday family meal in this loving celebration of food, traditions, and gathering together at the table.

Age Range: 4-8

Call Number: Read along video available digitally through Hoopla


The Story of Coffee

Title: The Story of Coffee
By: Sultan Mohamed
Published: 2004

An Abyssinian shepherd boy, Nuru, brings some mysterious beans home which are too bitter to eat; but when roasted, ground into powder, then boiled in water, the beans make a new aromatic hot drink.

Age Range:

Call Number: JPicture Moham.S


Sun and Moon Have a Tea Party

Title: Sun and Moon Have a Tea Party
By: Yumi Heo and Naoko Stoop
Published: 2020

The sun and the moon argue about what the world is like until Cloud suggests they stay up past their bedtimes and see for themselves what the other experiences.

Age Range: 3-7

Call Number: JPicture Heo.Y


The Tale of Tea

Title: The Tale of Tea
By: Shalini Vallepur
Published: 2021

Sipping warm tea can make a cold, dreary day a little bit cozier. But how do those tea leaves make it to your mug? Join the Tea Pot food truck to find out!

Age Range: 4-8

Call Number: x641.3 Valle.S


The Tea Dragon Society

Title: The Tea Dragon Society
By: Katie O'Neill
Published: 2017

From the award-winning author of Princess Princess Ever After comes The Tea Dragon Society, a charming all-ages book that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons.

Age Range: 7-12

Call Number: JGraphic Oneil.K


The Tea Party in the Woods

Title: The Tea Party in the Woods
By: Akiko Miyakoshi
Published: 2015

As Kikko goes through the woods to bring a pie to her grandmother, she happens upon a home full of animals and joins their tea party.

Age Range: 3-7

Call Number: JPicture Miyak.A


Tea Party Today: Poems to Sip and Savor

Title: Tea Party Today: Poems to Sip and Savor
By: Eileen Spinelli
Published: 1999

An original collection of poems about tea and tea-time, including recipes and tips.

Age Range: 2-5

Call Number: x811 Spine.E


Tea Rex

Title: Tea Rex
By: Molly Idle
Published: 2013

Cordelia and her brother host a tea party for an unusual guest--a T-Rex!

Age Range: 3-5

Call Number: JPicture Idle.M


Teatime Around the World

Title: Teatime Around the World
By: Denyse Waissbluth
Published: 2020

With poetic text and sidebars that overflow with scrumptious facts, "Teatime Around the World" celebrates a beloved drink--tea!--and all the wonderful ways we can enjoy a cup (or two!).

Age Range: 3-7

Call Number: J 641.3 WA at Wilmette Public Library


Ten Cents a Pound

Title: Ten Cents a Pound
By: Nhung N. Tran-Davies
Published: 2018

A young girl is torn between her desire to stay home with her family and her desire to go to school and discover the world beyond the mountains that surround them.

Age Range: 5-9

Call Number: JPicture Trand.N


Three Cups of Tea: Young Reader's Edition

Title: Three Cups of Tea: Young Reader's Edition
By: Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin, Adapted by Sarah Thomson
Published: 2009

An adaptation of the bestselling book about the American Greg Mortenson's building of over 60 schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. In 1993 Greg Mortenson tried to climb K2. On the way down he became lost in the mountains of Pakistan and stumbles into a poor village. The villager chief offers him three cups and tea and his villages nurse Mortenson back to health. Moved by their kindness, he promises to return and build a school for their children. Despite death threats, a kidnapping and more, Mortenson has built over sixty schools, especially for girls, in Pakistan and Afghanistan. This special ed. includes a new foreword by Jane Goodall, new illustrations, a glossary and a special interview with Mortenson's twelve-year-old daughter Amira.

Age Range: 8-12

Call Number: x371.822 Morte.G


Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass

Title: Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass
By: Dean Robbins
Published: 2016

This story imagines what it was like when Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass got together for a cup of tea and discussed their struggle for civil rights.

Age Range: 4-8

Call Number: JPicture Robbi.D


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