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Friday, July 12th, 2013

Travel to Paris with 5 Children’s Books

5 children's books that travel to Paris

If you’ve already exhausted the Babars, Fancy Nancys and Madelines, here are a few more to take your kids to Paris whether you have your tickets booked or not. Even without any travel plans, books are one of the best ways to travel to new cities without spending a cent.



Everybody Bonjours! by Leslie Kimmelman





What’s not to love about a girl going around the city seeing everyone greet each other? And isn’t the title charming enough to get young children excited about Paris? The illustrations cover all important landmarks and simple text points to different places and people who Bonjour. Toddlers and preschoolers will love this introduction to sightseeing in the beautiful City of Lights.



Come Fly With Me by Satomi Ichikawa





Tired of being contained to a toy box, Cosmos—a wooden airplane—decides to take off. Woggy, his stuffed doggy companion encourages him, navigates and rides along. They fly over tall buildings and also survive a cloud monster. At one point, they even get wet and hit the earth. But they are in the air again and don’t stop until they settle down for a good view of the Eiffel Tower from the top of the Panthéon dome. Now, that’s how we get to sit in the comfort of our home and fly over Paris!



A Spree in Paree by Catherine Stock





Let’s set aside the image of high fashion and modern art for a bit and travel to a barn in the French countryside. That’s where Monsieur Monmouton is preparing to finally visit Paris after hearing fascinating urban stories from Parisians he’s been hosting in his farm for many summers. But why is his trip a disaster? What is his horde of farm animals doing at the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe and on the Seine? A riot is an understatement. But now that he is back in his farm house, does Monsieur Monmouton miss city life?



Dodsworth in Paris (A Dodsworth Book) by Tim Egan





This is an early chapter book series featuring Dodsworth, the globetrotter, and his silly companion, Duck. And in this one they take us to the street cafés and all major attractions in Paris. Kids will love to see the city through their funny experiences and will learn a few words in French along the way. As in every book in the series, Duck is up to mischief of all sorts and the story twists and turns until all ends well.


Belinda in Paris by Amy Young




It’s rather odd not to have a ballet one in a pile of books on Paris. So here’s one from the Belinda series in which the ballerina’s pointe shoes are still missing while the entire city is gearing up for her performance that night. But little Gabrielle helps out a worried Belinda. The two hit the streets of Paris to find Belinda the perfect shoes. Read and find out how a couple of baguettes, a piece of fine silk and a talented cobbler come together to make Belinda’s recital a grand success. All while taking a quick tour of the city. If you love Belinda, you’ll also love “Eloise in Paris” and “Charlotte in Paris.”


Interested in more ways you can travel to France?



How about cooking something French with your child?. Make a whole unit of learning out of it!


croques monsieur thumbnail Try some croque monsieurs.


Lango’s French CD is an excellent introduction to or reinforcement for French. It’s not clear though if you can buy their CD without enrolling in their class but their classes are a great introduction for children to learning another language.

© 2013, Meera Sriram. All rights reserved.

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Meera Sriram has been reviewing and recommending diverse children’s literature for about ten years now. She loves to pass on a title or an author to a friend (or a stranger, for that matter). Picture books particularly appeal to the inner child in her. She moved to the U.S. at the turn of the millennium from India. After graduate studies and a brief stint as an electrical engineer, she decided to express herself in other creative ways, primarily through writing. She has co-authored four books for children, all published in India. Her writing interests include people and cultures, nature, and life’s everyday moments. She also runs an early literacy program for toddlers and preschoolers in her neighboring communities. She lives in Berkeley, CA, with her husband and two kids. Curling up to read a good book with her children is something she looks forward to every day. She constantly fantasizes about a world with no boundaries over hot chai, to help her stay warm in foggy Northern California. More at

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  1. CommentsGrateful Mom   |  Friday, 12 July 2013 at 11:51 am

    Thanks Meera! A charming one my young ones enjoy is “Adèle & Simon” by Barbara McClintock, set in early 20th century Paris.

  2. CommentsJennifer Fischer   |  Friday, 12 July 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Love this post! I’m doing a travel book post tomorrow as part of a series I’ve been doing all year called Project 101: Weekly Library Challenge, in which I share favorite library books. Right now, we’ve been reading a lot of travel books. Please let me know if it’s okay to share this post — I will have a proper link!

  3. CommentsThe Editors   |  Friday, 12 July 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Of course, please do Jennifer!

  4. CommentsKali   |  Sunday, 14 July 2013 at 7:48 pm

    These books look so fun! Thanks for sharing!

  5. CommentsMeera Sriram   |  Thursday, 18 July 2013 at 11:32 am

    Early 20th century Paris? Oh, I’ll remember to look for that! Thanks Grateful Mom. And thank you Jennifer Fischer and Kali!

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    […] far in our summer travel series, we have journeyed to Paris then Mumbai and now Beijing. Here are five books to introduce your little one to China whether to […]

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