hotTEAs of Children’s Literature: Ethan Long

Ethan Long is an internationally recognized children’s book author with over 70 titles to his credit, including the Geisel Award-winning Up, Tall and High, Chamelia and the New Kid in Class, and Tickle the Duck! He is also the creator of Tasty Time with Zefronk, which currently airs worldwide on the Disney Channel. Ethan lives in Orlando, Florida, with his wife and three children.


☕ CUPPA OF CHOICE: Tea is good. Coffee is ok if you put cream and sugar in it. But hot chocolate made from scratch…mmm. One heaping tablespoon of Hershey’s Cacao Special Dark and one and a half tablespoons of sugar, and of course, hot, hot water or milk.

☕ HOT OFF THE PRESSES: Fright Club (Bloomsbury, August 2015), Ms. Spell (Holiday House, July 2015); In, Over and On the Farm (Putnam’s, August 2015), and Good Night! (Abrams Appleseed, September 2015). Forthcoming: Thank You! (Abrams Appleseed, January 2016)Lion & Tiger & Bear: Tag! You’re It! (Abrams, March 2016). 


☕ FAVE FOODIE CHILDREN’S BOOK: Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola (Prentice Hall, 1975).

☕ Visit Ethan Long’s Official Website

☕☕ JUST ONE MORE SIP: Book Trailers for In, Over and On the Farm + Ms. Spell!



☕ ☕ ☕ CAN’T GET ENOUGH: Watch an episode of Tasty Time with ZeFronk — Ze Pancakes!



Copyright © 2015 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.

11 thoughts on “hotTEAs of Children’s Literature: Ethan Long

  1. I love Up, Tall & High from Ethan, but Fright Club is a favorite with my monster-loving granddaughters! I love homemade cocoa, glad to hear that someone still makes it! Thanks Ethan & Jama!


    1. Didn’t realize your granddaughters loved monsters! Cool! Looks like you have perfect homemade cocoa weather in your neck of the woods. Enjoy!


  2. Hah – yeah, coffee’s all right, if you MUST drink it, but chocolate – in a bull mug, no less – is where it’s at! A wise hotTea, indeed.

    I adore wordplay picture books, and playing with prepositions — and Ms. Spellings – and farm animals — looks really fun! I’m always so happy to see more books to collect for the youngest nephew, who just got bumped from Kindergarten to Grade 1, incidentally! I say it’s the books.


  3. Jama, this is a delightful post full of great books for the younger children. I have been looing for books for ELLs so thanks for Ethan’s choice book. Yummy on the hot cocoa recipe.


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