Join us for tea

Tiny cups and saucers are a passage of childhood.


Two hamsters and a squirrel play Downton Abbey.

When my twins were two or three, we held a tea party with Woody, my old Skipper doll, and some stuffed animals in attendance.

Last year, we used one of my childhood tea sets and invited a stuffed squirrel and hamster to attend.

Akiko Miyakoshi’s book The Tea Party in the Woods takes animals and tea to a new level.

Her black and white drawings with touches of color depict Kikko taking a pie to her grandmother. She thinks she’s following her father through the woods but finds it’s really a bear on his way to a tea party.


Kikko realizes she’s at a tea party. The lamb in the coat gives it away.

It’s charming. Both Max and Calvin were thrilled to read about a Kikko – we have a friend named Kikko, from Japan, like the author.

“Her name is Kikko!”

Kikko isn’t quite sure what to think when she sees a table of animals having a lovely tea.

Neither is Max.

“I would be afraid that that guy would head butt me,” he said of the buck.

I wonder if this is my constant warning to be careful of the bucks that wander through our yard? Keep in mind, my husband calls me “Safety Mace.”


The animals escort Kikko safely through the woods. 

Kikko and Max realize the animals are nice. In fact, they are so kind they replace the pie that she has accidently squashed with an assortment of their own pies.

Calvin, my food lover with a sweet tooth, loves this part.

“They love all that pie!” Max agrees.

With help from her new friends, Kikko makes her way to grandma’s, pie in hand.

And her family must believe in safety too, because Miyakoshi’s characters – animals, dad, and grandma- all express concern that she was in the forest alone.

But she wasn’t, was she?

It’s a blog birthday!

In the last year, you’ve read about worms, Star Wars, underwear, glasses, pets, stuffed animals, lost friends, books, and my little muses, Max and Calvin.

We’re gonna party like it’s a birthday!
I Love Kids Books is one year old!  I’m a little amazed I’ve kept up with a writing project for a year. I’ve been working on my writing since I was 23 and joined Women Writing for (a) Changeyou do the math – but several projects have been left unfinished and that was back when I had loads of time.

Thanks for keeping me going! I’m happy that 33-blog posts later; I have a permanent record for my kids and an ongoing writing project for myself. I appreciate all of the encouragement and feedback.

Here are some personal highlights from the year:

Most sentimental blog post

Ode to my friend Mr. Frank, who we lost in 2014

Words of wisdom from Mr. Frank, "The two pillars of civilization: sunglasses and pick-up trucks."

Words of wisdom from Mr. Frank, “The two pillars of civilization: sunglasses and pick-up trucks.”

The post that got lost
My friend Mary and I thought the post Things have been gross but we’re still reading was funny but it didn’t get much action. Give it a chance? 

Facebook love
I’m not the only one who is sentimental. Unlocking memories with The Secret Garden and Stuffed animals are a kid’s best friend got a lot of comments.

A mansion, a frat house, a new library had a lot of likes.

Calvin and Max at the new library.

Calvin and Max at the new library.

Favorite guest writer
I can’t pick favorites, so let’s get statistical.  I got to interview Jennifer K. Mann! had the most views. But writer Brandon Snider got a lot of Facebook love.

Most risky to share
Sending my kids into the world

And just because
I not only share about my own kids, my nieces and nephews are pretty funny. Please try
Kissing cousins and being weird is cool.

Margot and Calvin love each other. They also love Two Speckled Eggs.

Margot and Calvin love each other. They also love Two Speckled Eggs.

Thanks again and lots of love!