Best Children's Books About French

8 Children's Books About French

Updated Jan. 18, 2019
Love Is a Tutu book
#1
Love Is a Tutu
Written by Amy Novesky and illustrated by Sara Gillingham
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

This beautifully designed and playfully illustrated novelty board book is the perfect starting point for tiny ballerinas and parents alike. Sweet and spare rhymes prance across the pages, engaging the reader with real ballet terms and plenty of pink. Parents and toddlers together will sigh Bravo as they turn off the light.

Les Miserables book
#2
Les Miserables
Written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Introduce your bébéto the world of Victor Hugo with 10 words and phrases from the classic Les Miserables.Colorful, eye-catching illustrations of characters and objects from the novel pair with French translations you’ll want to hear your baby say again and again.

Pénélope, la poule de Pâques book
#3
Pénélope, la poule de Pâques
Written by Hubert Ben Kemoun and illustrated by Jess Pauwels
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Pénélope, la belle poule en chocolat, attend avec impatience que les enfants viennent la chercher.

King Louie's Shoes book
#4
King Louie's Shoes
Written by D.J. Steinberg and illustrated by Robert Neubecker
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Get to know the hilarious true story of King Louis XIV of France and his famous high-heeled shoes! King Louie was a very BIG king in all ways but one: He was five-feet-four-inches short. So Louie and his royal cobbler cooked up the perfect high-heeled solution to help Louie appear taller. But after an embarrassing tumble (on the dance floor, no less!) Louie learned that his subjects were loyal no matter how big—or how shrimpy—their beloved Louie might have been. Readers young and old will relate to this silly and sweet story of King Louie XIV—a man who had it all, but still felt small.

On a un Problème Avec Lilou la Loutre book
#5
On a un Problème Avec Lilou la Loutre
Written and illustrated by Orbie
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Lilou la loutre est mignonne, agile et enjouée. Le problème, c’est qu’elle aime un peu trop glisser… La seule et unique mission de cet album ? Faire rire ! Argumentaire • Un album résolument drôle, où la folie prend le dessus. • Une histoire racontée d’abord et avant tout par les illustrations, où chaque mot est choisi. • Orbie, une illustratrice aimée et reconnue, qui fait ici ses premiers pas comme auteure.

Zeraffa Giraffa book
#6
Zeraffa Giraffa
Written by Dianne Hofmeyr and illustrated by Jane Ray
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This is the astonishing true story of Zeraffa, a giraffe who was sent as a gift from Egypt to France in 1826. A young boy, Atir, takes care of Zeraffa on her epic journey and the sailors sing songs as she gazes down at them. In France, Atir leads her through the countryside, and thousands of people marvel at Zeraffa. Paris falls in love with Zeraffa. The King builds her a special house in the Jardin des Plantes. On warm nights, the young princess visits, while Atir whispers stories to Zeraffa of a hot land far away. The amazing story by an award-winning author of a giraffe’ s extraordinary voyage from Africa to Paris.

Madeline Christmas Activity Book book
#7
Madeline Christmas Activity Book
Written by Ludwig Bemelmans and illustrated by Jody Wheeler
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Now children can celebrate a Parisian Christmas with Madeline, Pepito and all their friends. In this activity book, children will have hours of fun using the seventy-five reusable stickers to fly the twelve little girls on magic carpets over the banks of the Seine, decorate a Christmas tree, or tuck the girls into bed in the old house in Paris. Sixteen pages of Christmas crafts and games, including an ornament to make, and the entire text of Madeline’s Christmas are included. When children are done, they can simply put the stickers back on their sheets to play with Madeline and her friends year round.

Madeline Paper Dolls book
#8
Madeline Paper Dolls
Written by Ludwig Bemelmans and illustrated by Jody Wheeler
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

For everyone who loves paper dolls, here’s an irresistible treat—Madeline and Pepito, straight from the old house in Paris, with outfits for school, party time and play. Featuring two punch-out dolls and six pages of cut-out clothes and accessories, there’s even a very French armoire to keep clothes in when you’re finished playing!

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