13 top books to learn French for children

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French is fun with Serge, the cheeky monkey !

An introduction to french for people from 5 to 10 years old. You will study the language with two animals : Serge, the cheeky monkey, and Pascale the parrot, these two characters have different opinions. A lot of activities divided in different topics : greetings, colors, sports, likes and dislikes, food and drink. It is to improve both hearing and speaking french. It contains : DVD, Activity book, Audio CD, Pictures cards, song sheets and a parent’s guide. Very quickly the yougsters will reply to the following questions : Comment allez-vous ? (How are you ?) / Comment vous appelez-vous ? (What’s your name ?) / Quel âge avez-vous ? (How old are you ?) / Où habitez-vous ? (Where do you live ?). The songs are fun with very catchy tunes. It is a fantastic way to introduce boys and grils to the french language with funny jokes.

My First Bilingual Book–Animals

Good to enrich the list of words of your little ones.  

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The Cat in the Hat in English and French

The use of repetition makes it very good to learn new words. A book in both english and french on each page. You can use it with the pupils at school, they will enjoy it. It is for a child to learn simple words. It is very well illustrated.

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Children’s French Book: My Daddy is the Best. Mon papa est le meilleur

Another book for a child. It is a bilingual english french picture book about Dads.Ted and Tia love their dad, it is Father’s Day, so they make a special card for their daddy. It contains color illustrations about Ted and Tia who are deciding what they love the best about their dad. It has the english and french version on each page which make it easier to learn. It describes how the young people think of their daddy in the best.    

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Monsieur Farceur

It is a classic. The book Monsieur Farceur belongs to the 96 books collection Monsieur Madame. It is a serie of books for youngsters by Roger Hargreaves. Eache books of the collection set the scene of a funny situation with characters that have a specific behavior : lent (slow) / propre (clean) / farceur (koker) / … The pictures are colorful and made in a simple way and very understandable for everyone. The stories are funny and very simple so it is suitable for the first time readers.

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Idiomplanet – Illustrated idioms, English-French

It contains more than 50 illustrations to discover french expressions. Each idioms is introduced in french and in english. It gives an interesting insight of the difference and the similarities between the english and the french culture. Learn and use some of them on your next visit to France. One more simple resources to learn french.

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My Mummy does weird things / Maman fait des choses bizarres

It is a colourful bilingual book for young people. The text is given in both english and french.   A little boy relates the surprising things his mother does on a daily basis. You will find examples of french expressions that shows that literal translations don’t work. Being readers of that kind of content makes better the discrimination between the two languages.

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Jonathan Livingston le goéland

One of the very famous novels of the french literature. Jonathan Linvingston is not a seagull like the others, his passion is to fly always faster and higher. This book talks about the dream we have. It is amazing, it is a compelling story. This is a very suitable book for the adults as well. One of the good resources for both improve your french and motivates you to go further.

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Le Chevalier à l’armure rouillée

One of the very famous novels, less famous of the french literature, but the story is very simple and easy to understand. This is the tory of a knight, he fought the bad guys, killed the dragons and saved the damsels in distress. He thought he was nice and full of love, he was proud of his armor which shone brightly, he never quit it. One day he wanted to remoev it but he could not do it, so he began to follow the pathway of discovering his identity. As the previous one, this story is very suitable for the adults.

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French Speaking Activities-Fun Ways to Get Ks3 Pupils to Talk to Each Other in French

To make the pupils having meaningful conversations in french with each other. It contains 60 activities to practice the oral communication, so to improve your pronunciation. You will find role plays, which is very efficient because it gives pleasure so the memorization is better. You will find as well quizzes and games, games are a very good way to improve confidence, and confidence is a basis to learn well and fast. Everything is set up to encourage pupils to practice speaking on their own. It gives a fun and enjoyable way to get better in speaking the language.   

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At Home/À la Maison: French Words Picture Book (with Audio by NativeSpeakers

It is a funny and colorful book, with pictures and audio. It contains the name and the pronunciation of 38 house objects in french. It is also good for the parents who not know the language but they want their boys and girls having a good way of talking. The little ones can early developp language skills, and to do so they can use printable games to practice. And having an immersion-like feeling.

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Sleep Tight, Little Wolf – Dors bien, petit loup

Tim can’t sleep. His little wolf is missing! Perhaps he forgot him outside? He heads out alone into the night and meet some friends. It is a bedtime story. You will listen to the story which is read by native french people. In the book you will find a free access to audiobooks in french (to prepare your immersion in a french speaking country !) and translations in english. The story helps to understand better the words. The illustrations are nice.

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Children’s French: Where is Santa. Ou est le Pere Noel

This is an illustrated christmas picture book for toddlers, in french and english. It is a game, searching for all the Santas which are hidden on each page. It is very simple to read and all the images are based on the christmas theme.

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