Learning About France: Book List

france book list

I mentioned last week that we’re learning about France at our house this month. We’ve been working our way through the books we’ve rounded up from our library, and are sharing them with you today! Here is our list of children’s books that are either about France or take place in France (this post contains affiliate links):


1. Eiffel Tower (Now That’s Big!) by Kate Riggs

This book, all about the architecture of the Eiffel Tower, had some great pictures to show the perspective and really allow my preschooler to comprehend how BIG the Eiffel Tower is. The language and vocabulary was simple, so she was actually able to read the book to me, which is always fun for both of us.

thecat2. The Cat Who Walked Across France by Kate Banks

This book contains GORGEOUS pictures of France. The story is about a cat whose owner dies, so he walks across all of France looking for a new home. While I wouldn’t say it was the most informative book about France, if you have a working knowledge of some of the landmarks (Notre Dame, Versailles, etc.), you will be able to easily recognize them in the pictures and point them out to your child as you read.

exploringcountries3. Exploring Countries: France by Rachel Grack

Of all the books we read, this one provided the most information about France. This book is filled with fun facts, French vocabulary and information about recreation, school, holidays and art.


4. Madeline and the Old House in Paris by John Bemelmans Marciano

You didn’t think I’d do a book list about France and note include something from the Madeline series, did you? Madeline was a childhood favorite of mine, and I enjoy reading them with Yaya again as an adult. While these books won’t exactly teach your little one a great deal about France, the rhyming is fun and they always contain their fair share of French names and expressions.


5. Anatole by Eve Titus

This really is a lovely book, even if it makes you just want to gorge yourself on cheese after you’re done. The story of the mouse who provides for his family by helping to make the best cheese in all of Paris is fun for kids — and there is something inherently French about the illustrations.


6. Eloise in Paris by Kay Thompson

While Yaya and I both agree that Eloise is a bit of a spoiled brat, we still think her books are fun. In her typical, chaotic fashion, Eloise takes readers on a VERY complete tour of Paris, mentioning nearly every landmark you can think of.


7. E is for Eiffel Tower: A France Alphabet by Helen L. Wilbur

This alphabet book goes into quite a bit of detail about French history and culture. It can feel a little bit encyclopedic, and so we broke it up into a few sittings. Great information, but probably best for kids ages 7 and up.


8. This is Paris by Miroslav Sasek:

I love the books in this series, and collected a few of them back when I worked at Anthropologie. I think this one is a great option for kids from preschool to middle school — and it’s one I would actually recommend buying for your collection rather than just checking out at the library. With fun, vintage-like pictures, the book tells about Parisian culture, famous landmarks and paintings and important historical figures. The back of the book is updated with current facts and new information about Paris.



  1. This is a great selection of picturebooks! I’m glad you included this for the Kid Lit Blog Hop! I love France, and was just in Paris this past summer. I definitely would like to travel more frequently there, but it is a delight to “visit” France through these books!

    • Thank you so much! I went to Paris a few years ago, and reading these books with my 4-year-old made me nostalgic as well. I hope one day I’ll be able to take her there….(sigh)

  2. What a wonderful book selection! We traveled to Paris this summer and your post made me very nostalgic. It is so important for kids to get early exposure to different cultures!
    Saying hello from the Kid Lit Blog Hop

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