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Tea: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about tea?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to tea. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about tea.

Our list includes board books and picture books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about tea, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Ruby’s Tea for Two to popular sellers like Miss Spider’s Tea Party to some of our favorite hidden gems like The Tea Party in the Woods.

We hope this list of kids books about tea can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Miss Spider's Tea Party
Written & illustrated by David Kirk
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF A BELOVED CHILDREN’S CLASSIC: In 1992, master toymaker, storyteller, and painter David Kirk created Miss Spider for his young daughter, Violet. Her fascination with the bug world and nature inspired him to create a story about a lonely spider who triumphs over rejection and fear through her goodness and love. Miss Spider’s Tea Party became an immediate bestseller and launched a book series that sold more than five million copies in twelve languages. “So why do insects run away, As they catch sight of me, When all that I am trying to do, Is ask them in for tea?” So wonders a solitary Miss Spider, unaware that her fellow bugs, terribly afraid of a creature so seemingly different, dare not even consider attending her party. Until, as events unfold, they see how gracious a spider she really is. For this story, his first picture book, David Kirk created 35 arresting paintings and original verse about an enticing arachnid and a host of other many-legged creatures. Readers of all ages can’t help cheering for Miss Spider in this engaging tale that may also be read as a counting book. Honors: Parenting magazine Best Book of the Year; National Parenting Publications Honor Book; Parents’ Choice Award-winner. Miss Spider and her family have won the hearts of children with their life-affirming outlook for a quarter of a century now. This gorgeous new edition of Miss Spider’s Tea Party celebrates Miss Spider’s success and welcomes the next generation of young readers.

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The Tea Party in the Woods
Written & illustrated by Akiko Miyakoshi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Kikko sets out after her father with a forgotten pie for Grandma. When she arrives at a strange house in the wintry woods, a peek in the window reveals that the footprints Kikko had been following did not belong to her father at all, but to a bear in a long coat and hat! Alice in Wonderland meets Little Red Riding Hood in this charmed tale.

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Teatime Around the World
Written by Denyse Waissbluth & illustrated by Chelsea O'Byrne
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Explore tea cultures around the world with vibrant images and sweetly simple text.

This poetic picture book takes children of all ages on an adventure around the world to discover new cultures and friends through tea. Did you know that po cha, the traditional tea in Tibet, is thick and salty like soup? Or that in Iran, tea is served with a rock? (A rock candy, that is!) Or that afternoon tea was dreamed up in England by a duchess who complained of being hungry between lunch and dinner? Teatime Around the World welcomes the youngest of readers with simple, vivid poetry complemented by unique facts about different tea cultures. Vibrant, detailed pictures by Chelsea O’Byrne bring to life debut author Denyse Waissbluth’s joyous celebration of diversity and deliciousness.

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Dollop and Mrs. Fabulous
Written & illustrated by Jennifer Sattler
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Make way for bunny Dollop and her sister, Lily (otherwise known as Mrs. Fabulous), in this rib-tickling sibling story by the popular creator of Chick ‘N’ Pug.

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Mr. Pumpkin's Tea Party
Written & illustrated by Erin Barker
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

“There’s a party at Mr. Pumpkin’s tonight. A banquet with friends in the autumn twilight. And at this soiree we’ll see and we’ll find ghoulish delights of every kind.” You are cordially invited to Mr. Pumpkin’s Tea Party–a delightfully quirky twist on a counting book, incorporating gorgeous, deep-hued watercolor illustrations, as well as spooky elements and unique characters at an unexpectedly charming tea party. A perfect read for when there is a crisp chill in the air.

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  • The Tea Party Book - Illus. in full color. Little girls will be inspired to have tea parties with this guide to the art of the tea party. Brimming with simple menus, kid-pleasing recipes, and lovely decoration and favor ideas, each party has a theme–from valentine and teddy-bear teas to rainy-day and garden teas.

  • Do Not Rake Your Garden in a Party Dress - A tea party in the garden becomes a cautionary tale in this lovely book featuring whimsical collage illustrations

  • Cloud Tea Monkeys - Carnegie Medalist Mal Peet and his wife, Elspeth Graham, team up for a captivating, lushly illustrated tale evoking a Chinese legend. (Age 4 and up) A Junior Library Guild Selection Tashi lives in a tiny village at the foot of the mountains, below the tea plantations where her mother works. When her mother falls ill, Tashi goes alone to the plantation, hoping to earn money for the doctor. But she is far too small to harvest the tender shoots, and her clumsy efforts anger the cruel Overseer. She is desolate, until — chack-chack-chack! — something extraordinary happens. Inspired by a centuries-old legend of tea-picking monkeys, here is a richly told tale full of vivid characters: the heartless Overseer, the enigmatic Royal Tea Taster, and — far away — an empress with a penchant for tea.

  • Fancy Nancy: Tea for Two - When Nancy is invited over to Bree's house for a special tea party, she has only one thing to say: oui! The girls enjoy a few charming cups of tea before a disaster occurs that sets the two at odds. Will Nancy and Bree be able to save their friendship?

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Tea with Grandpa
Written & illustrated by Barney Saltzberg
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

No matter how far apart they are, a little girl and her grandfather share a cup of tea every day at half past three.

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Tea Party Rules
Written by Ame Dyckman & illustrated by K. G. Campbell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

An award-winning book by a New York Times bestselling author!

When he follows his nose through the woods, Cub discovers a backyard tea party…with cookies! He is just about to dig in when the hostess of the tea party shows up. And she has several strong opinions on how Tea Party must be played. Cub tries to follow her rules . . . but just how much can one bear take, even for cookies?

A laugh-out-loud funny look at the required give-and-take of playtime, Tea Party Rules is an eventual friendship story that will delight grubby cubs, fancy girls, and cookie lovers everywhere.

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The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan
Written by Beatrix Potter
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

The Tale of the Pie and the Patty Pan features the houses, gardens and streets of the village of Sawrey, where Beatrix Potter lived, at Hill Top, her first farm. The inhabitants, however, are animals rather than people, and problems arise when Ribby the cat invites Duchess the dog to tea. The Tale of The Pie and the Patty-Pan is number 7 in Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit series.

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Ruby's Tea for Two
Written & illustrated by Rosemary Wells
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Everybody loves Max and Ruby-and what toddler could resist these adorable shaped board books? Cut in the shape of Rosemary Well’s beloved bunny siblings and filled with simple text and colorful illustrations on every page, these two books are guaranteed to delight the very youngest Max and Ruby fans, who can now follow the bunnies’ adventures on daily television.

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Madeline’s Tea Party
Written & illustrated by John Bemelmans Marciano
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-7

In this story, Madeline hosts a fabulously dainty tea party. Her naughty friend Pepito makes an appearance as well, and havoc ensues! This easy-to-read book is written in rhyme, and there are full-color illustrations throughout in the same charming style as the original Madeline books.

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  • The Furry-Legged Teapot - Yoshi the tanuki—a Japanese raccoon-dog—learns how to magically transform himself into anything, even a teapot. But what happens when he can’t change back? This is the tale of the teapot-tanuki’s adventures, from the day he leaves his family to the day he meets the Emperor himself. What will it take for this teapot to become a tanuki again? Only the Emperor’s grandson knows the answer. Asian-influenced illustrations using vibrant acrylic paints bring the mythical tanuki to life. An author’s note is included.

  • Angelina Ballerina and the Tea Party - Pirouette into Angelina Ballerina's enchanting world and join her for a tea party in this Level 1 Ready-to-Read!

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