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Paris Booklist and a Journey to France with Little Passports

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Little Passports is sending your child to France!

OK, not literally…but if you have  subscribed to Quick recap of Little Passports:

Little Passports is your child’s ticket to an exciting global adventure. Inspire a love and understanding of the world as your child learns about a country’s geography, history and culture in a fun and memorable way. This winner of the Parent’s Choice Awards they introduce country and culture to kids every month. It’s a way to offer the world to your kids within  a budget that most parents can work with.

Little Passports intro package includes an adorable suitcase, a large and colorful world map, a postcard and letter from Sophia and Sam (the little explorers who are taking a magical adventure around the globe on a transporting scooter) explaining what Little Passports is all about, a passport to document our travels, stickers, and a fun worksheet (called a boarding pass) filled with letter puzzles and activities to learn more about Sam and Sophia’s adventure.

Little Passports

This month’s boarding pass has a France concentration game that could work well for a number of ages, France trivia game, and a map activity with a tour of France (which includes a printable photo album). The online activities are recommended for ages 5-10, although younger child could easily be included in the France concentration game and photo album activities.

Something To Do

I’ve put together an ooh-la-la booklist that, even if you’re not planning to go to Paris, you will wish you were! Included are some great travel guides and very fun stories.  So my friends, it’s off to Paris !

Fun and Helpful Travel Guides~

Foder’s Around Paris with Kids:Plan 68 great days with kids! Local moms Jennifer Ditsler-Lerdonne and Emily Emerson LeMoing have handpicked 68 simply fabulous things to do and places to eat in and around Paris, with a child in tow. You’ll look at old favorites in a new light, from the Arc de Triomphe to the Musée du Louvre—and blaze new trails all over town, from Paris Canal to Les Égouts. Every page is loaded with fun facts and helpful information.

There’s a Place in France, A kid’s Guide to Paris by Penelope Dyan:Paris is a fun place for kids if you know where to look. And our photographer and writer certainly do know where to look for things kids will really like to see. After all, it is all in the presentation! So whether you want to travel vicariously though Paris or prepare for a trip, this is the book for you.Enjoy the photographs of John D, Weigand and the poetry of Penelope Dyan and see Paris through their eyes and camera lens.


Lonely Planet Not for Parent Paris by Klay Lamprell:This is a fantastic book. It covers a mighty 199 countries, grouped by region/continent: every country you can think of, from North Korea to San Marino, Saint Lucia to East Timor. Each country gets one full colour page which contains a small map, some key facts (size/population/language/currency) and then interesting facts about that country.


 A Real Moms Guide: Paris with Kids:“Paris in a nutshell so you don’t go nuts” approach to traveling with your family from infants to teens. This book strives to help you navigate your trip to create a less stressful and more joyful time in the city of lights with your family. With over 13 years of experience traveling with my own family and with many trips to Paris with our children throughout the years, learn a few of my tricks to help you manage time, money and more.This book contains suggested family friendly hotels, restaurants, main attractions and out of the normal activities for a family of all ages.


Timeless and Classic Tales of Paris

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans: Nothing frightens Madeline-not tigers, not mice, not even getting sick. To Madeline, a trip to the hospital is grand. A true classic, Madeline continues to enchant readers more than sixty years after its first publication. 


Madeline’s Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans: One day on a walk through Paris (a “twelve little girls in two straight lines” kind of walk), Madeline slips and falls off a bridge right into the Seine. Everyone feared she would be dead, “But for a dog / That kept its head,” saving her from a “watery grave.” What choice do Madeline and the girls have but to take the heroic pooch home, feed her biscuits, milk, and beef, and name her Genevieve?


Madeleine says Merci: The Always-Be-Polite by John Bemelmans Marciano: Madeline loves adventure and is not afraid of mice. She loves winter, snow, and ice. And she also knows the secret of being polite is simply to be kind to others. With help from her friends–Miss Clavel, the girls, and even Pepito-Madeline introduces basic ideas such as please and thank you, sharing, cleaning up, and so much more. With its charming illustrations and humorous verse, this new book is a must-have for Madeline fans of all ages.


The Three Musketeers (Illustrated Young Reader’s Edition) by Clarissa Hutton: When daring young swordsman d’Artagnan travels to Paris seeking honor and fortune in the king’s Guard, he quickly befriends the famed three Musketeers—Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. Loyal servants to the crown, the four friends cross swords with street criminals, face the cardinal’s Guards in duels to the death, and save the honor of the queen by unraveling treasonous schemes in a race against time. It will take epic courage, chivalry, and skill to thwart the plots against them and achieve victory at last.


Anatole by Eve Titus: Anatole is a most honorable mouse. When he realizes that humans are upset by mice sampling their leftovers, he is shocked! He must provide for his beloved family–but he is determined to find a way to earn his supper. And so he heads for the tasting room at the Duvall Cheese Factory. On each cheese, he leaves a small note–“good,” “not so good,” “needs orange peel”–and signs his name. When workers at the Duvall factory find his notes in the morning, they are perplexed–but they realize that this mysterious Anatole has an exceptional palate and take his advice. Soon Duvall is making the best cheese in all of Paris! They would like to give Anatole a reward–if only they could find him…


Adele and Simon by Barbara McClintock: When Simon’s older sister, Adèle, picks him up from school, he has his hat and gloves and scarf and sweater, his coat and knapsack and books and crayons, and a drawing of a cat he made that morning. Adèle makes Simon promise to try not to lose anything. But as they make their way home, distractions cause Simon to leave something behind at every stop. What will they tell their mother?


Charlotte in Paris by Melissa Sweet:It’s 1892. Charlotte and her family have lived abroad in the famous artist colony in Giverny, France, for a year, when an exciting invitation arrives. The celebrated impressionist Mary Cassatt is having an exhibition in Paris. While in Paris, Charlotte dines at a cafe on the Champs-Elysees, watches a marionette show in the Tuileries gardens and celebrates her birthday at the Eiffel Tower. 


Eloise in Paris by Hilary Knight: Why is Eloise, 6-year-old resident of the Plaza Hotel in New York City, going to Paris? She and Nanny were summoned by a cablegram from Eloise’s mother, and, as we all know, “If you are going to Paris France / you have to turn into French and absolutely go wild / and put adhesive tape on you / and fall down a lot and sklathe the window / and stretch into the curtain and…” Ahh, the deliciously mad logic of Eloise. She promptly gets on the phone to tell everyone–including room service–that she is Paris bound. 


Everybody Bonjours! by Leslie Kimmelman: Shop a fancy France-y store. Eat a pretty petit four. Discover! Sightsee! Explore! On this fun and friendly tour, everybody says “Bonjour!” Whether at a soccer stadium (“players scoring”), a crêpe stand (“batter pouring”), or strolling the Champs d’ Elysee (where folks “bonjour” in every store), a little girl and her family are welcomed everywhere with the signature French greeting. Jump into these pages and enjoy the trip! Through lilting words and lively images, Everybody Bonjours welcomes young reader-travelers to a Paris that isn’t just for artists, grown-ups, and dreamers– it’s for kids!


This is Paris by Miroslav Sasek: This book, and the entire series of books by Miroslav Sasek, are just wonderful. The story introduces children (ideally from ages of about 3 – 7) to the magic of Paris. The book evokes a sense of wonder, while relaying facts about Paris that children will find very captivating.


Dodsworth in Paris by Tim Egan: Dodsworth and his (crazy) friend the duck have just arrived in Paris. It is their first time in the City of Lights, and they are ready for some adventures magnifique! Right away they see mimes, painters, and people wearing berets. They climb the Eiffel Tower, and the duck even finds some bent-over guy who rings bells for a living. It looks like it is going to turn out to be a great vacation in Paris . . . but trouble is never far from a misbehaving duck!


Has anyone read any of these titles? If so, which are your favorites and what about them did you like the best?

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6 thoughts on “Paris Booklist and a Journey to France with Little Passports

  1. I bought my kids a copy of This is Paris by Miroslav Sasek to try to convince them that Paris would be a fun place to visit! Love your list!

    1. That’s great. Mia, Paris is the greatest place to visit with kids. If ever you plan to go to Paris with your family please let me know, I have a great list of things to do with your kids in Paris. It’s magical place and I highly recommend it.

      1. Saw your reference to things to do in Paris. Would you be prepared to send it on? Planning a family trip to Paris for the first time (grownups have been before, but first time en famille), so would love some tips. Enjoyed your Paris book list too!

        1. Hi Alison, I’m happy to send you the Paris list. I’m currently in Paris writing this. Will send you an email shortly. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  2. Great list of books, we’re travelling with my three girls in June to Paris. Can’t wait, we will be having a read of these before we go on our adventure.

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