I’ve just updated my Top 10 Kids’ Books Full of French Charm in time for the holidays. Though that post is a year old, not much has changed—I still love all those books! This year however, I have some very important additions. I’ve discovered even more children’s books starring Paris, and I can’t let them go unnoticed! Here goes part two of my favorite Paris children’s books!
- Julia, Child (Kyo Maclear, Julie Morstad) This fictional children’s book is loosely based on Julia Child. I suppose Paris isn’t the star here, but I think we can all agree that Julia Child’s life is one of the best real-life American-in-Paris stories, so this book definitely deserves its spot on the list. The story and illustrations are just as adorable as their cover. The perfect choice for foodies. You could throw in a mini apron from Anthro or a play baking set (which is awesome for playing with play dough!) to make it a bigger gift.
- Henri’s Walk to Paris (Leonore Klein, Saul Bass) Oh, how I love this book! The illustrations are bright and lively, and I love all the little details of Henri’s voyage à pied from his home in Reboul. It flows beautifully and is guaranteed to capture your child’s attention.
- The Red Balloon (Albert Lamorisse) Based on the Academy-Award winning film The Red Balloon, this book uses photographs from its filming to tell the story. I’m really into children’s books that use photography ever since reading Kiki & Coco in Paris (also on this list). The Red Balloon will charm you with its beautiful images of Paris in the 60s.
- Oops! (Jean-Luc Fromental, Joëlle Jolivet) Follow a chain reaction of catastrophes through the streets of Paris with the fun, retro illustrations of Jolivet. It’s a visually stimulating way to teach your child about cause and effect.
- Anatole (Eve Titus) Follow Anatole the bicycle-riding mouse around Paris as he searches for delicious food. Sound familiar? I believe this book was the inspiration behind the Pixar film Ratatouille (this is just my opinion, though!). This is a favorite in our home. The illustrations are so charming, and the writing style is energetic and exciting.
- Eloise in Paris (Kay Thompson, Hilary Knight) First published in 1957, Eloise in Paris was an instant hit, and it still is nearly 60 years later! I love the celebrity cameos by Christian Dior, Yves Saint-Laurent, and Lena Horne.
- Paris Up, Up and Away (Hélène Druvert) This book is just plain gorgeous. Its ornate lasercut designs take you on a journey flying over Paris from Notre Dame to Opéra and beyond.
- A Lion in Paris (Beatrice Alemagna) This is the story of a lion from the savanna who escapes to the City of Light for a bit of excitement, but nobody seems to notice him. I love the illustrations in this book.
- Everybody Bonjours (Leslie Kimmelman, Sarah McMenemy) Yet another favorite, Everybody Bonjours has adorable illustrations of Parisian monuments, and the short, sweet text makes it perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.
- Kiki & Coco in Paris (Nina Gruener, Stephanie Rausser) I’m in love with the photography in this book, which aside from being unique and aesthetically pleasing also does a brilliant job of capturing the city and the story of Kiki and her BFF ragdoll Coco. You can get a Coco doll of your own to go along with the book, each doll completely handmade and cut-to-order by Jess Brown.
Don’t forget to check out Part One: The Top 10 Kids’ Books Full of French Charm!
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