10 Books for Children about France
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Are you doing a unit on France? These children's books are a great way to study and introduce this culture to kids. There are both fiction and nonfiction books included in this list for early readers. Let's celebrate the culture and landmarks of France!
France is a large country with many unique customs and traditions. This country is full of interesting culture and famous people. Immerse your students in these fun children's books. Read the books to your students for an added level of connection. Or have your students read them by themselves if they are up to the task.
France: Travel for kids by Dinobibi Publishing
"Dinobibi and Ben will join you in every step of the journey. You will have so much fun discovering France– its history, geography, flags and symbols, wildlife, culture and more! Whether preparing for a vacation, or simply wanting to learn about France, this book gives you all you need to know, fun places to visit, tasty food to try, and fun, interactive pop quizzes throughout."
Escargot by Dashka Slater
"Bonjour! Escargot is a beautiful French snail who wants only two things:
1. To be your favorite animal.
2. To get to the delicious salad at the end of the book.
But when he gets to the salad, he discovers that there's a carrot in it. And Escargot hates carrots. But when he finally tries one―with a little help from you!―he discovers that it's not so bad after all."
Nailah & Nash Take Paris by Jawad Williams
"Not many people get to travel the world and experience different places, people or cultures. Take a trip with Nailah and Nash as they explore Paris, France. See the world and all it has to offer through the eyes of kids."
The Everything Kids' Learning French Book by Dawn Michelle Baude
"Bonjour, mon ami! So, you want to learn French but don't know where to start? Start ici, with The Everything Kids' Learning French Book. Inside, you'll find simple exercises, fun facts, tips on pronunciation, and popular phrases that enable you to read and speak French in no time at all."
Monet Paints a Day by Julie Danneberg
"In November 1885, impressionist painter Claude Monet vacationed in Étretat, France, where he spent his days outside, painting scenes of the seaside village. One morning he rose early and carried all of his supplies and half-finished paintings out to the cliffs and rocky beach, finally stopping to paint the arch called Manneporte. Eager to capture the scene before him, and aware that he must work quickly to catch the light, Monet became so engrossed in his work that he forgot to watch the incoming tide."
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
"Nothing frightens Madeline—not tigers, not even mice. With its endearing, courageous heroine, cheerful humor, and wonderful, whimsical drawings of Paris, the Madeline stories are true classics that continue to charm readers, even after 75 years!"
"Ludwig Bemelmans (1898-1962) was the author of the beloved Madeline books, including Madeline, a Caldecott Honor Book, and Madeline's Rescue, winner of the Caldecott Medal."
I am Marie Curie by Brad Meltzer
"This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great--the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of one of America's icons in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero's childhood influences. At the back are an excellent timeline and photos. Being a woman scientist in the 19th century meant Marie Curie faced plenty of obstacles, but she never let them dull her love of science and passion for learning."
The Three Little Pigs by Nathalie Goss
"Brought to you by the creators of the best-selling We All Belong children's book, this is a bilingual English French classic fairy tale, designed to help English, French and bilingual children learn new languages by reading a well-known and much-loved story."
"The French and English parallel text has been carefully translated to create consistency across the two languages, helping children learn new words and sentences in a familiar and fun way. This French language learning book has been designed to include repetition and easy-to-read vocabulary, and also introduce new words at the same time."
Lily & Baa in Paris by Sohanya R Cheng
"In this heartwarming and colorful story, a little girl named Lily travels around the world with her favorite companion, Baa - a little sheep with a curious mind and a big appetite! A great read for preschool and kindergarten kids who are sure to be drawn to Lily & Baa as they hop and skip, hand in hand, exploring the brightly colored sights, unique sounds and delicious treats of wondrous cities around the world, beginning in Paris, France."
France For Kids: People, Places and Cultures by Baby Professor
"Make the subject of geography fun and engaging by introducing picture books to children. Here, the topic is all about France. You get to meet the people, enjoy their culture and visit their best tourist spots but without leaving your country of residence. Knowledge acquired this way is most likely to be better retained because it was learned while having lots of fun."
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