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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.

    Paris
Central
  Ile-de-France
    The Loire
North
  Alsace
  Normandy
  Brittany
Southwest
  The Dordogne
    Gascony (Gers)
    Atlantic Coast - Cote d'Argent
    Pyrenees
Southeast
  Languedoc-Roussillon – Carcassonne
  Provence
Cote d'Azur
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Take a custom itinerary family trip through France sights of Paris including treasure hunt in museums, explore Loire Valley castles, Normandy D-Day beaches, prehistoric caves of the Dordogne, visit local markets, cheese and wine makers, go biking and kayaking, this tour company will arrange an unforgettable family vacation:

Quivertree Family Expeditions
 

Provence is full of good food and wine, and this is one place where you'll want to go wine tasting or take a cooking lesson, while kids will have fun exploring prehistoric caves and enjoy kayaking under a Roman aqueduct. Here's a family tour that offers the best of both for kids and adults:

    Classic Journeys
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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)

 

     
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)

 

 
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Adele & Simon explore paris kids  
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)

 

     
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)

Also chaper book Who Was Joan of Arc?

 

 
biography Joan of Arc history kids france
     
The Three Musketeers easy reader adventure kids france  
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 abridged chapter book : The Three Musketeers

 

     
Who Was Napoleon?
Jim Gigliotti

Illustrated biography of Napoleon, growing up on the island of Corsica, he was an excellent student (good at math, loved history), went on to become conquering hero, emperor, one the most famous military commanders in the world. (Chapter book)

 

 
     
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)

Also, illustrated biography: Who Was Marie Antoinette?

 

     

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 French Impressionist paintings. (Picture book)

 

 
     
Monet and the Impressionists for Kids france  

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)

 

     

Pop-up biography of Henri Matisse, from "the moment I held the box of colors in my hands, I knew this was life," to his paintings of pink oceans, yellow houses, and in later years, giant paper cutouts and stained glass windows. (Activity book)

Also, Matisse's Garden and The Iridescence of Birds

 

 
meet the artist henri matisse
     
 
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)

 

     

Illustrated history of the Eiffel Tower – how Gustave Eiffel built a tower out of metal, opening in 1889 for the World's Fair, first reactions to this new landmark, and today a symbol of France and the most visited monument in the world. (Chapter book)

 

 
where is the eiffel tower
     
Cathedral David Macaulay  

How French Gothic cathedrals were built – from the foundations to the flying buttresses and vaulted ceiling. Find out how the buttresses were constructed, incredibly heavy stones were lifted up to make the ceiling, and stained glass was made. Wonderfully detailed drawings. (Illustrated chapter book)

 

     
Coco Chanel
Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Ana Albero

Story of Coco Chanel, the most famous French designer. She was different growing up – while other girls played, she sewed. Coco turned her talent and imagination into clothes everyone wanted to wear. (Picture book)

Also, this will take you to Paris: Along Came Coco

 

 
     
 
Recipe for Adventure: Paris
Giada De Laurentiis

The smell of hot chocolate, and Emilia and Alfie are whisked to Paris, where they find themselves in a young chef's cooking school. Which team will cook the best meal, and win dinner at the Eiffel Tower? Everywhere you go in France, kids will want to try hot chocolate and crepes, and two recipes to make at home. (Chapter book)

 

     
Paris City Trails
Lonely Planet Kids

Nineteen different themed trails through Paris – under the streets, mysteries and legends, surprising food, city shapes, smells of Paris, magicians and alchemists, unexpected sights, French Revolution "off with their heads," chic fashion, ghostly tales, lights after dark, and more. (Illustrated chapter book)

 

 
paris city trails
     
france panorama pops  

France: Panorama Pops
Trisha Krauss

Open the box and fold out a colorful miniature France – 14 different sites, such as the Eiffel Tower, Versailles, Mont Saint Michel, Pont du Gard, Carcassonne,and fun facts about each landmark. (Mini pop-up book)

 

(More children's books on other France pages)
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