How the Queen Found the Perfect Cup of Tea

How the Queen Found the Perfect Cup of Tea


I love finding a book that combines my fave things: children and tea! If you’ve been around a minute you’ll know that I host literary themed tea parties for kids. You can imagine how excited I was to learn that there was a book called How the Queen Found the Perfect Cup of Tea by Kate Hosford and Gabi Swiatkowska that involved a queen wearing a tiara.

Why is  a queen wearing a crown so important? Why else? This gives me a chance to share the book with my friends during a story time video on YouTube. You can’t tell in the video but I’m totally wearing my tutu.


Wasn’t this a great story? The queen learned to make tea AND how to become a friend. I love love love love this book; so many teachable moments.

I have a YouTube channel where I read books to kids; maybe you’ll find a story that you like. Check out An Unconventional Librariantube!

Don’t have time to visit YouTube? No worries, you can check out my videos here on An Unconventional Librarian. Just click over to 070 New Media: Videos.  Let Pammy Pam read to the  kiddos by watching a video or two!

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Tea Parties in Winter @Townebookcenter Fancy Nancy Mermaid Ballet

Fancy Nancy is one of our fave parties to host. Here are some pics from a Fancy Nancy Mermaid Ballet party we hosted recently:


MermaidBallet Collage

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Tea with Santa at Towne Book Center

Not long ago we had the pleasure of hosting a tea party for SANTA!!

TeawithSanta Collage

It was so much fun: we made picture frame crafts, played “Guess That Holiday Tune”, and stuck the 12 Days of Christmas on the tree.

The best surprise of all was when Santa arrived!

The kids didn’t make a peep while he read Twas the Night Before Christmas“!

I even got my picture taken with Santa!


Do you take your holiday photos with Santa?


How The Grinch Stole Christmas Tea Party

We recently hosted a Grinch Tea Party to celebrate Small Business Saturday. The party was so much fun that I forgot to take photos of the kids making their crafts and playing games! Author Kit Grindstaff read How the Grinch Stole Christmas to the little partygoers.  Here’s a collage of some of the revelry.


And of course, we had a visit from The Grinch!

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Book Themed Halloween Party!

I’ve been very busy hosting parties lately. Just recently we hosted a Witches and Warlocks tea party! Everyone came dressed in costume, even a few parents; kids love it when parents participate in dress up. So do I!

Halloweenparty Collage


We had so much fun at the party. The book I read  (see lower right) is called I Want to be a Witch by Ian Cunliffe.

want to be a witch


We tossed potions into a witches hat, picked creepy bugs and other gross things to put into the tea, and made a delightful owl craft.  Oh and how could I forget pin the nose on the pumpkin?

What a great way to combine Halloween and books!

What is your favorite Halloween book?

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Olivia Saves the Circus SPECIAL TEA PARTY

You might know that one of the fun parts of my job at the bookstore is to host book themed tea parties! We recently hosted a grand event; an Olivia Circus party!

OliviaCircus Collage

The tea party was inspired by Olivia Saves the Circus by Ian Falconer.  The party was so much fun! If you look at the collage, you’ll notice we had a contortionist/gymnast, a juggler, a hula hooper, a magician, a tattooed lady (me) and a ring mistress (ring master)! I was even able to incorporate my manners lesson into the tea party, as you can see by the photos of me with my feet on the table and the napkin on my head.  These are big no nos at parties. Kids will tell you.

The circus party was so much fun, we’d love to do it again. Have you ever hosted a circus party? What did you do at yours, tell me!

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Garden Parties are the Perfect time to discuss #diarrhea #Blogust

I recently had the chance to share my love of books and tea parties with a lovely group of littles in an outdoor garden party!

gardenteaparty Collage


Aren’t these little partygoers adorable??? Many thanks to my friend Darla at HeartWork Organizing for opening her home and sharing her littles and their friends with me. We raised money for [email protected] which I’m proud to say will help protect children by providing necessary vaccines so they can have a shot at life.

Wouldn’t it be FABULOUS if I could travel the world and have tea parties for kids all over the globe?

Give a kid a [email protected] Parties by donating.

Thanks, from the bottom of my teacup!


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Bookish Tea Party Fun: Mother’s Day

I’ve had the pleasure of celebrating two Mother’s Days this year! Each time I was able to host a Mother’s Day tea party for others. It’s very rewarding to be able to bring a smile to someone’s face!  On Mother’s Day, we hosted a tea at the historic Brinton Lodge, on the banks of the historic Schuykill River, where the likes of William Penn, Benny Goodman, Elizabeth Taylor, and Frank Sinatra are rumored to have walked.

What beautiful weather we had for our party.


We played games, took a tour of the historic (and possibly haunted) house, and ate until our faces came off. hahaha Not really. That was just me. So much for my diet.

We are thinking our next party might be a Great Gatsby party…what do you think?

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Bookish Tea Party Fun: Tea Party Games

Tea parties are made more fun with appropriate themed games. Here’s Pin the Nose on Olaf.

Pin the Nose Olaf
Pin the Nose Olaf

and Find Sven’s footprints

Find Sven’s footprints

and a book themed pictionary game



I think the title of this book was Alice in Wonderland..?

So much fun!

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May is a Great Month for Tea Parties

It’s May! May is a month full of celebrations and birthdays and that can only mean one thing:


What you don’t know about me is that when I’m not reading books or writing about books or selling books (I work in a bookstore: yes a librarian in a bookstore), I’m partying with books! Very very often on Saturdays and Sundays, I host tea parties at the bookstore.

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Here we are at our Frozen party set up. This is our latest birthday obsession: we’ve hosted at least 3 since March! Bookish tea parties are so much fun; we’ve been doing this for over a year now and they never cease to amaze me how fun they are. Girls AND boys love to dress up, play games, make crafts and drink tea. I even teach a bit of a manners lesson with each party.

Over the month of may I’ll be sharing some of the fun parties we’ve had. Hopefully it will inspire you to host your own bookish tea party!