Teatime Reading List

Tea Resources #

Any library will have a selection of poetry books that will be perfectly adequate for your teatimes. Below is a smallish list of perennial favorites in the Bogart house. Enjoy!

Books about Tea:

The Tea Party Book
Written by Lucille Recht Penner
Illustrated by Jody Wheeler
Published Random House 1993

I own this one. I've also seen it in both of our libraries (California and Ohio) which leads me to believe that it may be available where you live too. It is a delightful book. Penner describes how to plan and carry out ten simple themed tea parties including decorations and crafts. These are truly "easy to do" tea parties that require no shopping or even advance prepartion. Some of the themes include: A Full-Moon Tea Party, Tea by the Sea, and A Japanese Tea Party.

Let's Have a Tea Party
Written by Emilie Barnes
Illustrated by Sue Junk
Published by Harvest House 1997

This book by the popular writer, Emilie Barnes, is written for little girls. It has pretty drawings and more themes to choose from.

BW Powell

Poetry Books:

Read-Aloud Poems for Young People
Edited by Glorya Hale
Published by Black Dog & Leventhal 1997

This wonderful anthology includes poems from famous poets such as William Blake, Lewis Carroll, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, Robert Louis Stevenson and more. The poems are categorized: Nature, Family, Poems that Tell a Story, Laughing Lyrics and more.

You Read to Me...

You Read to Me, I'll Read to You
By, John Ciardi
Published by J. B. Lippincott Company

This book was given to me by my grandfather when I was in junior high. It is wonderful because the poetry is delightful, but also because it alternates color type face to encourage paired readingsâyou alternate reading poems as partners! A classic!

Dover Thrift Editions
Great Short Poems
Edited by Paul Negri

The best thing about the Dover Thrift Editions is that they only cost $1.00. There is a little paperback book for many authors. We've used the "Great Short Poems" the most for copywork and memorization.

Americans' Favorite Poems
Edited by Robert Pinsky and Maggie Dietz

I love this volume because it covers every great work of poetry you will want to read and experience. The poems are paired with letters from "fans" who describe how the poem spoke meaningfully into their lives. Highly recommended! I always turn to this one when we have teatime in our home.