Kids' Books About France

Want to introduce your kids to France and famous landmarks like the cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris, the Eiffel Tower, and the Pont Neuf without leaving your couch? These books are just the ticket. From spunky girls lake Madeline and Eloise to brave, compassionate dogs like Hudson, who zips around Paris on a Vespa, the characters in these books will give kids a glimpse of France and French food and culture through their exciting adventures. There are a couple of biographies and some historical novels, too. To find more out-of-the ordinary reads, check out our Great Books for Summer Travel and Adventure Books.

Adele & Simon Poster Image
BOOK

Adele & Simon

age 4+

Instant classic is like a kid tour of 1900s Paris.

By: Barbara McClintock (2006)
See full review
Anatole (50th Anniversary Edition) Poster Image
BOOK

Anatole (50th Anniversary Edition)

age 4+

Well-aged tale of an epicurean mouse.

By: Eve Titus (2006)
See full review
Antoinette Poster Image
BOOK

Antoinette

age 4+

Fun with pups in Paris as girl pooch saves the day.

By: Kelly DiPucchio (2017)
See full review
Eloise in Paris Poster Image
BOOK

Eloise in Paris

age 4+

Eloise's enthusiasm for Paris is delightful.

By: Kay Thompson (1958)
See full review
Madeline Poster Image
BOOK

Madeline

age 4+

Rhyming classic is a sure winner with kids.

By: Ludwig Bemelmans (1977)
See full review
Madeline and the Bad Hat Poster Image
BOOK

Madeline and the Bad Hat

age 4+

A little heavy-handed, but still a charming book.

By: Ludwig Bemelmans (1957)
See full review
Madeline and the Old House in Paris Poster Image
BOOK

Madeline and the Old House in Paris

age 4+

Madeline helps a ghost get his wish in charming tale.

See full review
Madeline's Rescue Poster Image
BOOK

Madeline's Rescue

age 4+

An exciting adventure in humorous verse.

By: Ludwig Bemelmans (1953)
See full review
Jazz Age Josephine Poster Image
BOOK

Jazz Age Josephine

age 4+

Jazzy bio of Josephine Baker inspiring, bittersweet.

By: Jonah Winter (2012)
See full review
Hudson in Provence: Paris-Chien, Book 2 Poster Image
BOOK

Hudson in Provence: Paris-Chien, Book 2

age 4+

Hudson tries to be a working dog in South-of-France romp.

See full review
Paris-Chien: Adventures of an Expat Dog: Paris-Chien, Book 1 Poster Image
BOOK

Paris-Chien: Adventures of an Expat Dog: Paris-Chien, Book 1

age 4+

Terrier adapts to new Paris home in charming dog tale.

See full review
Hudson and the Puppy: Lost in Paris: Paris-Chien, Book 3 Poster Image
BOOK

Hudson and the Puppy: Lost in Paris: Paris-Chien, Book 3

age 5+

Dog helps homeless pup in charming Paris adventure.

See full review
I, Crocodile Poster Image
BOOK

I, Crocodile

age 6+

Kids love funny crocodile and outrageous citizens.

By: Fred Marcellino (1999)
See full review
Linnea in Monet's Garden Poster Image
BOOK

Linnea in Monet's Garden

age 6+

Wonderful intro to art and Monet through a kid's eyes.

See full review
The Story of Diva and Flea Poster Image
BOOK

The Story of Diva and Flea

age 6+

Beautiful art befits charming friendship story set in Paris.

By: Mo Willems (2015)
See full review
Django: World's Greatest Jazz Guitarist Poster Image
BOOK

Django: World's Greatest Jazz Guitarist

age 7+

Moving bio of jazz guitarist has poetic text, gorgeous art.

By: Bonnie Christensen (2009)
See full review
Mac Undercover: Mac B., Kid Spy, Book 1 Poster Image
BOOK

Mac Undercover: Mac B., Kid Spy, Book 1

age 7+

Rollicking spy adventure is loaded with humor.

By: Mac Barnett (2018)
See full review
A Dash of Magic: Bliss, Book 2 Poster Image
BOOK

A Dash of Magic: Bliss, Book 2

age 8+

Young cook battles wicked aunt in fun, Paris-set sequel.

By: Kathryn Littlewood (2013)
See full review
Rooftoppers Poster Image
BOOK

Rooftoppers

age 8+

Soaring, quirky adventure has unforgettable characters.

By: Katherine Rundell (2013)
See full review
Monstrous Devices Poster Image
BOOK

Monstrous Devices

age 9+

Toy robots come to life in fun, creepy European adventure.

By: Damien Love (2018)
See full review