France Picture Books

Learn about the sites, sounds, and landmarks of France with these French picture books.

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France Picture Books

Mr. Leon’s Paris by Stephanie Barroux

Mr. Leon is a taxi driver in Paris. Each day on the job he encounters people from all over the world and his taxi becomes a hub of interesting people and conversations.

Eloise in Paris by Kay Thompson

The excitable Eloise travels to Paris, eager as always to take in the sights and do everything! She shares her humorous adventure with the readers as well as Nanny, Weenie, and Skipperdee.

The Mighty Lalouche by Matthew Olshan

When Lalouche gets fired from his job as a postman, he begins to looks for alternative means of supporting himself. He takes up boxing, hoping that quickness of foot from his previous career will help him become successful in the ring. 

This is Paris by M. Sasek

A delightful introduction to the sights, sounds, and culture of this bustling city. 

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Madeline lives in a home for girls in the heart of Paris. Young readers will love this delightful, rhyming tale and the charming Madeline. 

Adele and Simon by Barbara McClintock

On their walk home from school, Adele and Simon pass by all of the notable parts of the city. At each stop, Simon drops an item, and the reader is encouraged to find the missing things on the pages as the story continues. 

The Red Balloon by Albert Lamorisse

A boy, clutching tightly to the string of a red balloon, goes about his day in Paris. Along the way, he has to contend with bullies and friends, bouts of loneliness and moments of sweet connection. 

The Mona Lisa Caper by Rick Jacobson

The Mona Lisa herself breaks her silence to tell the story of the time she was stolen from the Louvre in 1911. 

The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau

An artist paints a masterpiece of a duck and enters it into a gallery exhibition. Soon, however, trouble begins to brew when the duck quacks its way off of the canvas. Other paintings follow, and Paris is promptly transformed into a living piece of art. 

Mirette on the High Wire by Emily McCully

The Great Bellini teaches Mirette his tricks on the high wire, but soon Mirette is the one teaching Bellini how to have courage in the air. 


Chasing Degas by Eva Montanari

After Degas accidentally leaves his paints in the dance studio and takes a ballerina’s tutu, the ballerina rushes across town to return the paints in time for her evening recital. 

Degas, Painter of Ballerinas by Susan Goldman Rubin

In this nonfiction book heavily filled with Degas’ pictures, learn about Degas’ beautiful artwork. There is not a lot of text on each page, but there is enough to accurately describe Degas and his work.

Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors by Jane O’Conner

With this well-designed book, discover 20 of Matisse’s books and why he is one of the most notable artists of the twentieth century.

Artist Books for Children Series by Laurence Anholt

I love this series because it tells the stories of famous authors from the point of view of children. Additionally, each book is illustrated in a style similar to the author.

Learn more about France by creating this France interactive notebook!

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