Topic Guides: Children's Books in French
To find children's books written in French, go to the library catalog and do a Subject search for French language books -- Juvenile fiction. Unless otherwise noted, books can be found on the second floor of the library in the Youth Collection.
Bear at Home = L'ours à la Maison by Stella Blackstone --- LANGUAGE PZ23.B5152 Ber 2010
Bear gives a tour through each room in his house, describing what he likes, such as the comfortable chair in the study.
Bear in Sunshine = L'ours au Soleil by Stella Blackstone --- LANGUAGE PZ23.B5152 Bes 2009
Bear likes to play in all kinds of weather.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears = Boucle d'Or et les Trois Ours by Ana Lomba --- LANGUAGE PZ23.L66 Gol 2006
Goldilocks comes across a cottage in the woods and explores.
Five Meters of Time = Cinq Metres de Temps by Lena Hesse and Philipp Winterberg --- LANGUAGE PZ23.H477 Fiv 2014
A small snail crosses the street and makes traffic stop for half a day.
Hiéronyme de Carmot et ses Drôles d'Animaux = Hieronymus Betts and His Unusual Pets by M.P. Robertson --- LANGUAGE PZ23.R63 Hie 2008
Hieronymus Betts lives with some very unusual pets. All are dreadfully disgusting, but Hieronymus knows of something slimier than the Slugapotamus, more gruesome than the grizzly hare, and greedier than the Saber-Toothed Rhino Toad . . . and it's living right in his house!
Je Suis Petite, Moi? = Am I Small? by Philipp Winterberg --- LANGUAGE PZ23.W5 Am 2015
"Am I small?" Tamia is not sure and keeps asking various animals that she meets on her journey. Eventually she finds the surprising answer...
Leo le Chat Comes to Play! A First French Story by Opal Dunn --- LANGUAGE PZ23.D86 Leo 2004
Leo le Chat, the naughty cat who only speaks French, is off on a skateboarding adventure, and he wants young English-speaking readers to come along. His trip takes him, with his mouse pal, through village and forest, and in one sequence he tumbles head over heels.
L'Arbre Généreux [The Giving Tree] by Shel Silverstein --- LANGUAGE PZ23.S588 Ar 2010
The story of the relationship between a boy and a tree.
Astérix Chez les Belges by Goscinny --- LANGUAGE PZ23.G63 Ast 1979
Chief Vitalstatistix has learned that Caesar has called the Belgian tribes, and not the Gauls, the bravest he knows. Along with Astérix and Obelix, the chief goes to confront the Belgians--who, to his surprise, turn out to be very like the people in his own hometown.
Astérix et Cléopâtre by Goscinny --- LANGUAGE PZ23.G63 Asv 1995
To impress Julius Caesar, Queen Cleopatra promises to build the Roman Emperor a magnificent palace in just three months. Of course, Astérix has to get involved. By the time his feisty group from Gaul have finished, they've outwitted the Roman army, too.
Astérix le Gaulois: Une Aventure d'Astérix by Goscinny --- LANGUAGE PZ23.G63 Asx 1992
When Roman Centurion Crismus Bonus finds out about Getafix's magic potion, he kidnaps the druid to force him to reveal the recipe. So Astérix joins his friend in captivity and together they two plan to whip up a surprise with truly hair-raising effects.
Babar et le Pere Nöel by Jean de Brunhoff --- LANGUAGE PZ23 .B747 Bab 1991
Babar’s children have caught wind of a fellow in Man's country named Father Christmas who brings joy and toys to little children. “If only we could bring him here,” they wish. So they write the Christmas saint a letter inviting him to visit them.
Bonsoir Lune [Goodnight Moon] by Margaret Wise Brown --- LANGUAGE PZ23.B8163 Bon 1981
Throughout the book, the main character says goodnight to all the things he/she sees around the house.
Le Chat Chapeauté [The Cat in the Hat] by Dr. Seuss --- LANGUAGE PZ23.G276 Cha 2004
Poor Dick and Sally. It's cold and wet and they're stuck in the house with nothing to do . . . until a giant cat in a hat shows up, transforming the dull day into a madcap adventure and almost wrecking the place in the process!
La Chenille Qui Fait des Trous [The Very Hungry Caterpillar] by Eric Carle --- LANGUAGE PZ23.C21476 Che 1999
Follows the progress of a little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep and turns him into a...
Clovis Ecrevisse et Ses Amis by Mary Alice Fontenot --- LANGUAGE PZ23.F73575 Clo 1985
A curious crawfish, Clovis always wants to know why and what things are. He wonders why his bayou is called "Tail of the Frog," when frogs don't even have tails. Bertile Butterfly couldn't care less—she's interested in only one thing-flowers.
Horton Entend un Zou! [Horton Hears a Who] by Dr. Seuss --- LANGUAGE PZ23.G276 Hor 2009
Horton hears a small cry for help but no one believes him. He does everything he can to help them and prove to the others that the Whos are real. He quickly learns that you can not teach everyone the greatest lesson of all. "A person is a person no matter how small."
L'ile Noire by Hergé --- LANGUAGE PZ23.H47 Ile 1984
A gang of international forgers leads Tintin to the Scottish town of Kiltoch, where a dreaded beast is rumored to live.
Je Vais Me Sauver! [The Runaway Bunny] by Margaret Wise Brown --- LANGUAGE PZ23.B8163 Je 1999
A little bunny keeps running away from his mother in an imaginative and imaginary game of verbal hide-and-seek.
Le Lotus Bleu by Hergé --- LANGUAGE PZ23.H47 Lot 1974
Tintin travels to Shanghai where he and his dog, Snowy, encounter Japanese spies, sabotage, and opium smugglers.
Madeleine by Ludwig Bemelmans --- LANGUAGE PZ23.B45 Mad 1985
Set in picturesque Paris, this tale of a brave little girl's trip to the hospital is as appealing today as it was in 1940.
Max et les Maximonstres [Where the Wild Things Are] by Maurice Sendak --- LANGUAGE PZ23.S47 Max 1988
All different animals are asked what they see with the answer being another animal.
La Princesse Dans un Sac [The Paper Bag Princess] by Robert Munsch --- LANGUAGE PZ23.M96 Pr 2008
The Princess Elizabeth is slated to marry Prince Ronald when a dragon attacks the castle and kidnaps Ronald. In resourceful and humorous fashion, Elizabeth finds the dragon, outsmarts him, and rescues Ronald—who is less than pleased at her un-princess-like appearance.
Simon et le Vent D'automne by Gilles Tibo --- LANGUAGE PZ23.T52 Si 1999
Simon tries to use the wind to fly. As he blows bubbles into the breeze, he thinks he can make one large enough to carry him. His friend Marlene brings him a cardboard box, and Simon asks the birds to carry it like a plane across the sky. Finally, Simon learns he cannot fly, but discovers a game he and his friends can play with the wind.
À L'eau, les Superhéros! by Marie-Hélène Vézina --- LANGUAGE PZ23.V49 Al 2008
Bidule, a fairy that is quite unusual, decides to go to summer camp.
À l'Éco... l... e de Monsieur Bardin by Pierre Filion --- LANGUAGE PZ23.F54 Et 1998
Wacky professor Mr. Bardin makes school fun--but how long can it last?
Alexa Gougougaga by Dominique Demers --- LANGUAGE PZ23.D46 Al 2005
Alexis Dumoulin not very happy about the arrival of a new baby at home.
Annette et le Vol de Nuit by Élise Turcott --- LANGUAGE PZ23.T87 An 2000
Usually going home is comforting. But one night upon returning home, someone has been there...
Au Boulot, Marie-P! by Martine Latulippe --- LANGUAGE PZ23.L38 Au 2008
Marie-Paillette conducts an investigation to find a stolen object at school.
Cassiopée by Brigitte Marleau --- LANGUAGE PZ23.M37 Ca 2008
William's grandmother comes to babysit and tells him the story of the wicked queen, Cassiopée, who locks up all the stars in her castle.
C'est ta Fête! by Danielle Simard --- LANGUAGE PZ23.S56 Ce 2008
Viper is a little girl in search of attention, wedged between a big brother and an angelic little brother. Angry, selfish, and jealous, her clumsy attempts to carve a place in the family cause more trouble than they help.
L'étoile Tombée du Ciel by Alain M. Bergeron --- LANGUAGE PZ23.B47 Le 2009
What a night for Virginia Vanelli! First, she attends the Perseids, a beautiful meteor shower ... But she must also try to avoid a disaster ...
J'ai Vendu Ma Soeur by Danielle Simard --- LANGUAGE PZ23.S56 Ja 2002
A young boy sells his horrible sister to a man at the playground.
Jason et la Tortue des Bois by Françoise De Luca --- LANGUAGE PZ23.D45 Ja 2011
Jason is quite happy living with his mother. He loves life and life loves Jason. But then one day his mama makes a friend, Anna, who becomes first a friend of Jason, and then a rival for his mom’s attentions. A touching tale about a little boy and his feelings, both positive and negative, and how they impact his mother’s private life.
Le Petit Prince [The Little Prince] by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry --- LANGUAGE PZ23.S14 Pet 2001
The Little Prince describes his journey from planet to planet, each tiny world populated by a single adult.
La Sculpture de Nestor l'Alligator by Annie Langlois --- LANGUAGE PZ23.L363 Sc 2007
Florent and Florence must help their uncle to draw an alligator who will dance in a vitamin drink advertisement. Unfortunately, Nestor the alligator is rather sluggish. He spends his time sleeping—can Florence make him dance?
Les Aventures d'Alice au Pays des Merveilles [Alice's Adventures in Wonderland] by Lewis Carroll --- LANGUAGE PZ23.C37 Ali 2010
Young Alice falls into the rabbit hole, discovering a magical world called Wonderland.
Charlie et la Chocolaterie [Charlie and the Chocolate Factory] by Roald Dahl --- LANGUAGE PZ23 .D1515 Ch 2007
Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way.
Harry Potter à l'École des Sorciers [Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone] by J.K. Rowling --- LANGUAGE PZ23.R79835 Har 2007
In the non-magical human world—the world of "Muggles"—Harry is a nobody, treated like dirt by the aunt and uncle who begrudgingly inherited him when his parents were killed by the evil Voldemort. But in the world of wizards, small, skinny Harry is renowned as a survivor of the wizard who tried to kill him. He is left only with a lightning-bolt scar on his forehead, curiously refined sensibilities and a host of mysterious powers to remind him that he's quite different from his aunt, uncle, and spoiled, pig-like cousin Dudley.
Journal d'un Dégonflé: Ça Fait Suer! [Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days] by Jeff Kinney --- LANGUAGE PZ23.K6232 Dun 2011
In the latest diary of middle-schooler Greg Heffley, he records his attempts to spend his summer vacation sensibly indoors playing video games and watching television, despite his mother’s other ideas.
Le Petit Monde de Charlotte [Charlotte's Web] by E.B. White --- LANGUAGE PZ23.W58277 Pet 2007
This is the story of a little girl named Fern, who loves a little pig named Wilbur—and of Wilbur's friend Charlotte, a beautiful large grey spider who lives with Wilbur in the barn. With the help of some friendly farm animals, Charlotte saves the life of Wilbur, who is Some Pig.
Le Petit Nicolas by Sempé-Goscinny --- LANGUAGE PZ23 .S46 Pet 1960
Nicholas and his friends always seem to end up in some sort of mischief. In the school room, at home and in the playground, their exuberance often takes over and the results are calamitous—at least for their teachers and parents. Whether confusing the photographer hired to take the class picture, rescuing a 'stray' dog, or trying desperately to help the teacher when the school inspector pays a visit, Nicholas always manages to make matters worse.
Les Récrés du Petit Nicolas by Sempé --- LANGUAGE PZ23.S46 Rec 2007
Petit Nicolas and his friends get into mischief and adventures during breaks.