Tea has inspired many art forms, including tea pots, paintings, pointless tea collages like my own, and…writing.  Yes, writing.  That’s what I’m talking about today.  Perhaps not surprisingly, there are quite a lot of books about tea, both nonfiction and fiction.

The Teashop Girls by Laura Schaefer

As kindergarteners, Annie and her best friends Genna and Zoe form a club called The Teashop Girls, inspired by her grandmother’s tea shop.  But as eighth graders, their interests begin to move elsewhere.  When Annie is hired on at her grandmother’s shop, she discovers that the shop’s money troubles may result in foreclosure.  So Annie and her two friends come up with a multistep plan to save the shop.  But will it be enough?

This great book, though targeted at adolescents, would be a fun read even for adults.  A great cast of characters and a great plot.  It teaches a lot about friendship and the importance of having friends you can rely on.  Throughout the book, there are also “tea tidbits” from the Teashop Girl Handbook, a fun supplement to the tea theme.

Spirituality of Tea: God’s Blessing for your Mind, Body, and Spirit by Jason Witt

Although I haven’t read this book by Jason Witt, who has written for T Ching, it has had great reviews and is on my to-read list.

If Teapots Could Talk: Fun Ideas For Tea Parties by Gloria Hander Lyons

This book has over 60 recipes, all designed to be perfect for an afternoon tea party.  From savory appetizers to delicious desserts, this book offers anything you could possibly want to serve your guests.  If Teapots Could Talk also includes ideas for 15 different party themes, with thoughts on invitations, activities, decorations, and even party favors.

This really does have a lot of great ideas for tea parties.  Some of the sandwich recipes are very good.  And you have to admire her theme ideas, each unique.

Miss Spider’s Tea Party by David Kirk

Miss Spider has prepared a perfect tea party, but has no one to share it with.  All of the other insects run in fear at the sight of her, not aware of her good intentions.  Perplexed and glum, Miss Spider is forced to return home, but a rainstorm brings a moth to her doorstep.  The moth spreads the word of her kindly manners and good intentions, and soon her humble abode has more tea guests than she could have possibly imagined.

I don’t care if this picture book is targeted at three-year-olds – it’s really cute and I still have a copy on my bookshelf.

This is no where near all the tea-related books.  There are tons more, including Tea Party: 20 Themed Tea Parties with Recipes for Every Occasion, from Fabulous Showers to Intimate Gatherings by Tracy Stern, The London Ritz Book of Afternoon Tea by Helen Simpson, and Afternoon Tea by Susannah Blake.

It is time to explore the world of tea books.  Get reading!

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