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France, famous for painters, food, medieval cathedrals and much more. You may have been to Paris before, but exploring Paris with your kids will be new and exciting, as they uncover unexpected delights, such as a boulangerie with the Eiffel tower as bread sculpture. (It was delicious!) As you travel through France, kids can see for themselves landscapes immortalized by the Impressionist painters, and let your children soak up the French joie de vivre.

Tip for traveling to France with kids: Don't miss our top picks for children's books, see below.
    Paris
Central
  Ile-de-France
    The Loire
Northwest
  Normandy
  Brittany
Southwest
  The Dordogne – Lascaux
    Gascony (Gers)
    Cote d'Argent - Atlantic Coast
    Pyrenees
Southeast
  Languedoc-Roussillon – Carcassonne
  Provence
Cote d'Azur
kids books france
     
The Cat Who Walked Across France childrens books fiction  
The Cat Who Walked Across France
Kate Banks, Georg Hallensleben

Irresistible journey of a cat through France, past chateaux and shaded canals, dodging cars in Paris, roaming across lavender fields, to return to his home a stone house by the edge of the sea. Fabulous double-page illustrations. (Picture book)

 

     
Who Stole Mona Lisa?
Ruthie Knapp, Jill McElmurry

Delightful story of the Mona Lisa, told by the painting herself. Who was the young woman, why was this painting special to da Vinci, how did Mona Lisa end up in the Louvre, and what happened when she was stolen. "Now you know why I am smiling." (Picture book)

 

 
 Who Stole Mona Lisa? true story kids france
     
This is Paris kids  
This is Paris
M. Sasek

Paris, old and new – two Arc de Triomphes, the oldest church and oldest bridge in Paris, 1,665 steps to climb the Eiffel tower, pleasure boats on the Seine, Notre Dame Cathedral, bistros and cafés, Street of the Fishing Cat, and more. Whimsical illustrations, fun facts, this is a classic. (Picture book)

 

     
Adèle & Simon
Barbara McClintock

Take a walk with Adele and her little brother Simon on their way home from school, stopping at a street market, the Jardin du Luxembourg, a patisserie, the Louvre, and everywhere, Simon forgets something. Flavored with watercolor illustrations of Paris a century ago, this is an absolutely delightful tour around the city. (Picture book)

 

 
Adele & Simon explore paris kids
     
biography Joan of Arc history kids france  
Joan of Arc
Diane Stanley

Joan of Arc – her youth in a country village, the great siege of Orleans (the English are sent packing), miraculous victories in the Loire. Richly illustrated in the style of medieval manuscripts. (Picture book)

 

     
The Three Musketeers
Alexandre Dumas, Deborah Felder

Classic swashbuckling, swords-flashing adventure of d'Artagnan and the musketeers, sworn to protect King Louis. The musketeers uncover a plot by the scheming Milady de Winter and Cardinal Richelieu to betray the queen. Fun for new readers. (Easy reader)

Kids will also enjoy reading the longer The Three Musketeers abridged version, and the sequel, The Man in the Iron Mask. (Chapter books)

 

 
     
The Bad Queen historical fiction marie antoinette kids france  
The Bad Queen (Young Royals)
Carolyn Meyer

Rules and instructions for Marie Antoinette – from No. 1 "Marry well, to " No. 68 "Embrace your fate." Noted for her style and extravagance, an encompassing novel of the famous French queen, her first days as a teenager at Versailles to the end of the monarchy. (Chapter book)

 

     
The Lacemaker and the Princess
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Isabelle is a young lacemaker, but she also plays at Versailles with the daughter of Marie Antoinette, the princess Therese. The life of luxury in the palace is quite different from Isabelle’s, lavish meals, fine clothes, pony riding and playing in the gardens, but change is coming to France. A super novel of life at Versailles. (Chapter book)

 

 
 The Lacemaker and the Princess historical fiction kids france
     
The Palace of Versailles kids france  
The Palace of Versailles
Christian Heinrich

Spend the day with Louis XIV in his grand palace of Versailles – look for emblems of the Sun King, find where the king sleeps, receives visitors, and holds fancy dress balls, then explore the gardens decorated with topiary and fountains. (Picture book)

 

     

Little Katie gets in the picture, when she climbs into an Impressionist painting, and joins the family eating lunch in the garden. She picks a bouquet to bring back, but her adventures have only begun. A delightful story about paintings you'll see in Paris – The Luncheon and Fields of Poppies by Monet, and The Blue Dancers by Degas, and fun for little kids. (Picture book)

 

 
Katie Meets the Impressionists france childrens books artists
     
 Monets Impressions artist kids france art  
Monet's Impressions
Claude Monet, Metropolitan Museum of Art

"Flowers in the spring, trees against the blue sea." Claude Monet's own words, paired with his paintings, are a magical combination. Poetic phrases focus on light and nature in each picture – the morning mist, a passing cloud, red sunset like a fireball – make the paintings really come alive. A fabulous book for all ages, kids and adults alike. (Picture book)

 

     

Pictorial history of the Impressionists, artists Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cassatt, Cezanne, Seurat, Gaugin, plus 21 activities – paint the sky like Monet, cut out paper water lilies, bake cookies with sprinkles like Seurat, and learn how to spot each artist's work. Filled with lots of Impressionist paintings, good for older kids. (Chapter book, with illustrations)

 

 
Monet and the Impressionists for Kids france
     
 Portraits: Dancing Through Fire ballet kids france fiction  
Dancing Through Fire (Portraits series)
Kathryn Lasky

Step into 1870, as France is invaded by Prussia. Sylvie Bertrand yearns to advance in the Paris Opera Ballet, but there's no food to eat, an ethereal ballerina vanishes, and her older sister has joined the rebellious communards. An absorbing novel that weaves together historical events, art, and the world of Paris at that time. (Chapter book)

 

     

Monsieur Saguette's trip to the bakery is full of adventure, in this whimsical tale of a delicious baguette. With the baguette, Monsieur rescues at cat in a tree, wedges it into an alligator's jaws, disarms a robber and saves himself from a flooding street. Playfully illustrated. (Picture book)

 

 
Monsieur Saguette and his Baguette toddlers books france
     
Let's Learn French Coloring Book kids  
Let's Learn French Coloring Book
Anne-Francoise Pattis

Loads of pictures to color – from l'arbre (tree) to le bateau (boat), le chat (cat), la fleur (flower), seasons of the year, days of the week, animals and food. (Coloring book)

 

     
Getting to Know France and French
Nicola Wright, Kim Woolley

Fun illustrated overview of France – maps and regions, a typical French town, school life, what the French like to eat and drink, history, famous places and festivals, useful French words. (Picture book)

 

 
kids books Getting to Know France and French
     
Un Deux Trois songs in french kids  
Un Deux Trois
Opal Dunn, Patrice Aggs

Et voilà les petits,
Et voilà les gros,
Et voilà les petits patés tout chauds.
Listen and look at this charming book of French rhymes – on the farm, around the market, in the house, at the cafe – delightfully illustrated.
(Book + CD)

 

(More children's books on other France pages)
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