Books about France – Picture Books about Paris and Beyond
Bonjour! Bienvenue! The season for visiting the City of Lights is upon us – so grab a good picture book and begin reading on a journey to France.
This is a collection of the best books about France – from dogs climbing the Eiffel Tower to stolen paintings from the Louvre to a girl named Madeline. Discover France like never before in this collection of picture books about Paris and other delightful books about France.
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Want books about France for older kids? Continue the journey with us next as we discover Children’s Chapter Books about France.
Books about France: Touring Through Paris
The Amazing Adventures of Aya and Pete in Paris by Serena Minott and Asha Gore, illustrated by Caroline Buzio
This picture book of France follows Aya and Pete on their adventures through Paris.
Poppy Take Paris: A Little Girl’s Adventures in the City of Lights, by Allison Pataki and Marya Myers
Adele and Simon by Barbara McClintock
Mr. Leon’s Paris by Barroux
Mr. Leon spends his days driving a taxi through Paris. He goes from the Eiffel Tower to the North Pole and to the Congo (locations within Paris itself).
Mr. Leon decides to go beyond Paris – he sells his taxi, and he goes to see the places in the world for which the streets of Paris are named.
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Mirette on the Highwire by Emily Arnold McCully
Anatole by Eve Titus
A winner of the Caldecott medal for its illustrations, this book is likely the inspiration for the movie Ratatouille. Humans don’t like seeing mice tasting their food as leftovers, so Anatole decides to help out the cheese factory by tasting all the cheeses, leaving notes on which cheeses taste good and which ones need more attention.
The humans at the factory love his help, but they don’t know who is leaving these notes. Eventually Anatole’s role is discovered and he is appreciated for his culinary talent. Again, a perfect book complement to watching the Ratatouille movie.
Books in Paris: A Walk Through The City
Let’s Go Hugo by Angela Dominguez
A Lion in Paris by Beatrice Alemagna
Emma in Paris by Claire Frossard, photographs by Christoph Urbain
The Cat Who Walked Across France by Kate Banks, illustrated by Georg Hallensleben
Everybody Bonjours! by Leslie Kimmelman
This is Paris by Miroslav Sasek
Books on France: History Books
The Grand Mosque of Paris: A Story of how Muslims saved Jews During the Holocaust, by Karen Gray Ruelle and Deborah Durland Desaix
Six Dots: A Story of Louis Braille by Jen Bryant illustrated by Boris Kulikov
Paris in the Spring with Picasso, by Joan Yolleck, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman
This book’s illustrations are a snapshot of 1920s Paris, at the time when Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso, and Max Jacob are in town. The theme is that Gertrude Stein is having a dinner party – where the guests are described and charaterized in illustrations.
For young readers, they will be captivated by the pictures. Older readers with an interest in 1920s Paris might get a chuckle out of the soiree that is had, with famous artists and writers in attendance in a house near Luxembourg Garden. (This is not a book about Picasso).
Long-Armed Ludy and the First Women’s Olympics by Jean L. S. Patrick
The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot: July 25, 1909 by Alice Provinsen and Martin Provinsen
Louis Bleriot was the first person to cross the English channel by plane, as he went from France to England that day in 1909.
The illustrations won the Caldecott Medal.
A Giraffe That Walked to Paris by Nancy Milton
Claude Monet by Mike Venezia
The cartoon drawings in the margins add to the informational descriptions of Monet, the impressionist painter.
Books about France with Animals
Madame Martine by Sarah S. Brannen
Madame Martine is an elderly woman who is set in her ways, living a life of predictability. She lives in Paris but avoids the Eiffel Tower – until she meets Max. She adopts the stray dog and puts him on a schedule, but then he doesn’t follow it – causing Madame Martine to follow him through the streets of Paris. The dog heads up the Eiffel Tower, causing Madame Martine to see her town from another perspective. This picture book is a perfect story about a dog.
Hudson and the Puppy Lost in Paris by Jackie Clark Mancuso
Gastón by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Christian Robinson
E is for Eiffel Tower: A France Alphabet by Helen L. Wilbur
The Way to the Orsay Museum by Hyo-Mi Park illustrated by Jae-seon Ahn
On the Way to the Orsay, there are panaramic views of Paris from overhead. The pictures carry this book about France, not so much the story.
The Girl and the Cathedral by Nicholas Jeter
Marielle in Paris by Maxine Rose Shur, illustrated by Jeanne B De Sainte Marie
Linnea in Monet’s Garden by Christina Björk and Lena Anderson
This book takes Linnea through beautiful French gardens and pretty Paris streets. It also takes her to the bridge in Claude Monet’s garden, where she learns about the French impressionist painter. This is a fictional book that contains a lot of historical and non-fiction information about impressionist art, Paris, and Claude Monet.
It is a picture book, but it is a long picture book. This may be a book you read in two sittings, or “look at the pictures” with a small toddler. But for a first grader, capable of listening to chapter books, this could be powered through in two sessions – with a break in the middle. Designed for children 7 to 10.
The Adventures of Hildie and Carlos: We Are Going to Paris! by T.S. Edwards
Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau by Jennifer Berne, illustrated by
What are your favorite books about France? One of these – or any not mentioned on this list?
And check out these chapter books about France for older children and for family read-alouds.