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40 French Books To Help Your FI Child

French Books


Why French Books?

Reading in French is the best way for any French language-learner to broaden their vocabulary and challenge their comprehension skills.

But finding a French book that keeps your child so engaged that they forget they’re reading French can be a challenge – especially if you don’t speak the language. So we polled our Camp Tournesol teachers to get the scoop on their students’ most-loved French books. 

Thanks to their input, we have a great list of French books hand-picked for FI students of every age…just in time for the holiday season!!:

French Books: 5 to 6 years old (grade 1)

  1. Toupie et Binou-  Dominique Jolin
  2. Non David ! (collection) – David Shanon (translation) 
  3. Jouons avec Leon  – Annie Groovie
  4. Monsieur son -(collection) – Bellebrute édition Dominique et compagnie
  5. Collection Rat de bibliotheque – varied authors
  6. Mademoisielle Nancy – Jane O’connor
  7. Galette – Lina Rousseau
  8. Frisson L’écureuil – Melanie Watt
  9. Collection de Laura Numeroff

French Books: 7 to 9 years old (grade 2-3)

  1. Zut (collection) – Alain M. Bergeron
  2. Collection Noémie -Gilles Tibo
  3. Collection “mes petites questions “ on careers
  4. Magazine Tralalire Bayard
  5. Magazine Belles Histoire Bayard
  6. Aubergine (collection)   – Roselyne Cazazian
  7. Léon et les grands mystères – Annie Groovie (collection des expressions )
  8. Collection de Robert Munsch (translation)
  9. Monsieur /Madame – Roger Hardgreaves (translation)
  10. Captain static (collection) – Alain M. Bergeron
  11. Les Dragouilles  (collection) – Mazim Cyr
  12. Journal d’un dégonflé – Jeff Kinney (translation)
  13. Mercy Watson (collection) – Kate DiCamillo (translation)
  14. Geronimo Stilton (translation): Roman and “Bandes Dessinées”
  15. L’arbre généreux – Shel Silverstein

French Books: 10 to 12 years old (grade 4-6)

  1. Captain static (collection ) – Alain M. Bergeron
  2. Les Dragouilles  (collection) – Mazim Cyr
  3. L’agent Jean (collection “Bandes Dessinées”) – Alex A.
  4. Cabane Magique (collection) –  Mary Pope Osborne (translation)
  5. Chris Riddel (collection ) – Chris Riddell
  6. Brad Collection – Johanne Mercier
  7. Le journal d’Alice (several volumes)  – Sylvie Louis
  8. Asterix “Bandes Dessinées” – Goscinny
  9. Tintin “Bandes Dessinées” – Hergé
  10. Tom Gates (collection) – Liz Pichon (translation)

French Books: 12 to 14 years old (grade 6-8)

  1. Harry Potter Collection – J.K. Rowling (translation)
  2. Le petit Nicolas (collection) Sempé – Goscinny
  3. Le journal d’Aurelie Laflamme (collection) – India Desjardins (collection)
  4. Les jeux de faim – Suzanne Collins (translation)
  5. Le labyrinthe (translation of Maze Runner – collection of 4 books) – James Daschner
  6. La 5ième vague (collection of 3 books) – Rick Yancey

Where you can buy these French Books

If you’re not sure where you can buy a French book, try your local library, several municipality stock a large inventory of French books. If your child has an iPad, you can even download the Kindle or Ibooks App for free and download the book instantly through one of the online stores listed below.

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When you’re done, don’t forget to read our popular article The importance of reading from our teacher’s corner category.

Do you know of any other French books your child loved that you want to add to the list? Share your top picks with us in the comments below!

Written by: Martine Brouillet

About Martine: Driven to make an impact in second-language learner children in their quest to become bilingual, Martine Brouillet founded Camp Tournesol in 2001 in Ontario, Canada. The company’s flagship French camps have since become leaders in this market, welcoming tens of thousands of children and spawning sister products servicing these families such as the Brouillet French Academy. Her passion and concern for the environment inspired her to create a new brand of eco-friendly camps, workshops, and summits: Love My Plant. To learn more about Camp Tournesol, visit www.campt.ca

Contact Martine Brouillet at martine@campt.ca | 905-891-1889



  1. I love all of your French

    Comment by Julia Wood on Thursday June 22nd, 2017 at 06:51 PM
  2. I love all of your French
    books , they are so interesting!

    Comment by Julia Wood on Thursday June 22nd, 2017 at 06:52 PM
  3. Thank you!, Glad this article is of help!

    Comment by Martine on Friday June 23rd, 2017 at 10:08 AM
  4. Bravo pour la liste. Voici une belle facon d’encourager les gens a trouver des livres en francais pour leurs enfants.

    Melanie Watt est francophone. Est-ce donc vraiment une traduction?

    Comment by Valerie on Tuesday July 18th, 2017 at 07:45 AM
  5. Merci beaucoup! Nous réviserons cet entrée.

    Comment by Martine on Tuesday July 18th, 2017 at 08:44 AM
  6. Il était une fois is a French book store in Oakville that also has an online store. Lots of great books and games.

    Comment by Andrea bourgeois on Monday March 25th, 2019 at 08:13 PM
  7. That was of great help now I have books at my level of reading

    Comment by Claire on Thursday May 2nd, 2019 at 10:57 PM
  8. love your books

    Comment by love on Thursday April 9th, 2020 at 12:28 PM