Essential Summer Drink + Book Pairings

by Kirsti Granholm

Summer is flying by; I can’t believe it’s August! If you haven’t had a chance to relax, we have the perfect solution for you. Grab one of these drink and book pairings and sit back and unwind. You deserve to enjoy the last few weeks of summer.

Chamomile Tea + Solutions for Cold Feet and Other Little Problems by Carey Sookocheff (Tundra Books, 2018) 

Solutions for Cold Feet is a short, yet charming, board book that outlines an array of complications faced by a young girl and her dog. She searches for a missing shoe, tries to escape the pouring rain, and has to stop her melting ice cream.

Although it’s been a sizzling summer, we can’t forget the hot drinks! This cozy book is perfect to pair up with a cup of chamomile tea. Sip your tea and relax while you enjoy this easy read.


Coffee + Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (Groundwood Books, 2019)

Coffee may seem like an unlikely choice for Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, but hear me out. Have you ever noticed how many scenes coffee is featured in? Whether the characters are at a diner, visiting a psychic, or hanging out with friends at a café—the teens in this book love a good cup of joe! Grab a coffee and whip through this inviting graphic novel this summer.


Tomato Juice + The Vegetable Museum by Michelle Mulder (Orca Book Publishers, 2019)

In The Vegetable Museum,13-year-old Chloë’s life had just been uprooted due to her parents’ marriage troubles. Chloë and her father leave Montreal behind and move to Victoria to be closer to her grandfather. Chloë barley knows her grandfather, but she begins to help him in the garden to learn more about her families’ history. Soon, she discovers that her grandfather has been the keeper of rare seeds for decades. Why does the community trust him with the seeds? Why has her father avoided her grandpa for years?

This hearty book will definitely have you craving some vegetable juice! Whether it’s tomato, carrot or celery, it’s totally up to you.


Very Berry Smoothie + Bear for Breakfast / Makwa kidji kijebà wìsiniyàn by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Jay Odjick (North Winds Press, 2018)

In Bear for Breakfast,Donovan is fearlessly looking for a bear that his family can eat for breakfast. Donovan assumes catching a bear will be a breeze, and when he does find one he exclaims “I’m not scared of you, bear.”

Donovan’s luck runs short, as his breakfast chases him through the woods, all way the way home. If Donovan would have had a nutritious very beary smoothie, maybe he would have been able to catch that bear or at best, out run him.


Wildflower Honey Punch + The Honeybee by Kirsten Hall and Isabelle Arsenault (Atheneum, 2018)

Wildflower honey punch is a refreshing summer drink. The honey adds an unbeatable, natural sweetness that makes it perfect for a hot day! This delicious drink could not be made without the help of hard-working honeybees, which is why we dedicated this drink to the fabulous The Honeybeepicture book. Learn all about the life of a honeybee and why they buzz around collecting honey, in Hall and Arsenault’s beautiful 2018 release.


Raspberry Cordial + Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (1908)

In Anne of Green Gables, the protagonist Anne Shirley loves raspberry cordial. Not only was raspberry cordial a sweet summer drink in the early 1900’s, but it played a significant part in shaping Anne and Diana’s friendship in Anne of Green Gables. Live like Anne for a day and enjoy some freshly made raspberry cordial on a sunny day.


Lemonade + Four Seasons of Fun by Pamela Duncan Edwards, illustrated by Sylvie Daigneault (Sleeping Bear Press, 2019)

What is better than a glass of lemonade in the summer time? In Four Seasons of Fun, summer time is celebrated by backyard barbeques, swimming, fireworks and the essential lemonade stand. Enjoy the wonders of the seasons in the beautifully illustratedFour Seasons of Fun.