Kindred Tea Time: Children's Books

 If we could sit down with you over a cup of tea (or coffee) each week, these are the tools and treasures we’d be excited to share with you. We’ll ask a question, share our answers, then invite you to join and share your own tools and treasures on a teatime break.


What are some of your favorite children’s books?


"The Book With No Pictures" by B. J. Novak


"This is the book that made my daughter fall in love with books. A book with no pictures might sound boring and serious. But not when the book makes grownups say silly words like BLORK and BLUURF."


"The Princess in Black Series" by Shannon Hale

"Prim and perfect Princess Magnolia has a secret. She’s actually the Princess in Black—a monster-fighting superhero—in disguise. Addie and I both want to be the Princess in Black when we grow up." 


"Give Me Grace: A Child's Daybook of Prayers" by Cynthia Rylant

"I received this as a baby gift for my girl and now regularly gift it in turn to others. A beautiful prayer book for kids that puts words to the simple (yet profound) things we can pray for each day of the week."


Pop-Up Books by Robert Sabuda

 "Robert Sabuda is an amazing illustrator and pop-up paper engineer extraordinaire! Every page is breathtakingly beautiful, magical, and a sheer work of art. I have never seen my 6-year-old handle something with such care. One of our favorites is Alice in Wonderland and we want the whole collection!"

"Strega Nona" by Tomie DePaola

"This was one of my favorite books as a child. I returned to this book a few weeks ago when I heard of Tomie DePaola’s passing, and it’s just as warm-hearted as it was when I was in Elementary school."


“This Is the Church” by Sarah Raymond Cunningham

"This book is based on the classic rhyme “This is the church,” but reframes the rhyme to remind us that going to church is important, but the “church” is really the people who carry the light of Christ wherever they go."

“Press Here” by Herve Tulle

"This was a gift from my long-time friend @robinabarnett when we were brand-new parents. Thankfully she knows about good books and little boys. Our boys LOVE following the instructions and playing with this book as we read it together."


“You Belong Here” by M.H. Clark  and illustrated by @isabelle_arsenault

"Another gift from my sister-in-law @caitlinanngiles on the occasion of our oldest son’s adoption day. It’s another one I’ve stocked up on for my gift closet when friends are fostering and adopting.  Beautiful poetry and immersive art for everyone needing assurance that they belong."


“The Mitten” by Jan Brett

"As an aspiring artist, I always loved the way Jan Brett’s charming illustrations brought this Ukrainian tale to life. I’ve now enjoyed reading this with my daughter, who loves to imitate the bear sneezing “AH-CHOO”."


"Redwall" by Brian Jacques

"The start of a wonderful series, Redwall captured my imagination as a child with its endearing animal characters, beautiful natural scenery, and food descriptions that will make your mouth water. My mother and I read this before bed when I was little, and I can’t wait to do the same when my daughter is old enough."