Kids’ Books Set in Paris
Kids’ Books Set in Paris: Read Before You Go
Make the MOST of any trip:
To make the most out of any trip with kids you need to prepare them by letting them become familiar with what they will see and experience. Reading kids’ books set in Paris is the very best way to do just that! Get little minds thinking of all the wonderful things to see on the family’s adventure! Have them use critical thinking skills and discuss questions like: What will be the same as the way we do things at home? What will be different?
Don’t let this happen to you!
Some people go on a trip, come home, look at the photos and think….where was that taken? Which church was that?? Or even worse, spend time on a guided tour thinking, “Another Madonna and child painting?? Another museum? Another cafe?” and have no idea what they are seeing or why.
Improve your trip AND your child’s intelligence:
We want children to remember, internalize, and make these experiences part of their core being! When a child learns something they add to their schema, or background knowledge, which will help them in their education until the end of time. Layering the learning by introducing information and then showing it to them on a vacation is the best way to internalize information. Use travel to get smarter and improve skills for the kids in the family!
“Reading is at the heart of all formal education.”
A GREAT way to get the wheels turning and introduce information about your adventure destination AND improve your child’s intelligent and academic educational success is reading. Stories with familiar characters or beloved animals will pave the way for learning – really learning about the new culture they are going to experience. Read kids’ books set in London or listen with an audio book. Check out my lists for other destinations, too like Italy and New York.
Need more proof that reading is valuable? A study published in the Economic Journal, shows that ‘boys with easy access to books tend to have higher incomes when they become adults than their counterparts who grow up with few or no books by their side’ and “Men who grew up in households filled with books earn 21 percent more..”. So, read before your trip! It will be fun AND will make your kiddo smarter and wealthier in the long run.
Read at bedtime and have sweet dreams about your upcoming trip! Or download to an IPAD or Kindle and read on the loooooooooooong flight over. These are perfect for any storytime before, during, and after a trip, too.
There are gazillions of kids’ books set in Paris and France,but don’t despair! I have spent literally hours and hours and hours reading books, reading reviews, reading summaries, reading about authors, and reading about all things related to Paris to make this comprehensive list SO YOU DONT HAVE TO! This list will have you thinking , “Vive La France!” Choose based on your child’s interests or favorite character. Get started learning and daydreaming about your trip now.
Books to read before you visit Paris
Love to cook? You will enjoy these kids’ books set in Paris.
Dash of Magic by Kathryn Littlewood – Follow the adventures through Paris of the Bliss family as they search across the city of light for their missing magical cookbook. Perfect for the tween set (8-12 years) at 384 pages Lexile Measure: 810
Recipe for Adventure Paris! by Giada De Laurentiis The second in a series about Zia Donatella and her magical recipes that transport a family to the location from which the food came. This hot chocolate recipe sends the kids Alfie and Emilia to Paris where they explore the city of light and spend time at a French cooking school. Great read! Age range 7-10 years Lexile score: 730L Length: 144 pagesPastry School in Paris by Cindy Neuschwander Twins, Matt and Bibi, are off to the International Pastry Academy in Paris for a class in candy making class. They use their math skills to make lollipops. What a fun way to combine math and reading – and of course, lollipops! The comedy is slapstick and fun for ages 7-11 years. Lexile Score: Not available Length: 32 pages
Madame Pamplemousse and Her Incredible Edibles by Rupert Kingfisher This fun book has a Harry Potter goes to cooking school flavor which will delight kids in the 8-12 age range. Madeline hates working in her uncles restaurant, but has a wonderful time when sent to work as a ‘spy’ in the famous Madame Pamplemousse’s restaurant. Lexile Measurement: 970L Length: 144 pages
FYI: The word pamplemousse means ‘grapefruit’ in French, but it can also be used as an insult like ‘dummy’. So be careful tossing that word around.
Do your kids like a particular animal? Use animals that your children already love in kids’ books set in Paris to help get them interested in the City of Light.
A Giraffe Goes to Paris by Mary Tavener Holmes This sweet 32 page picture books about Belle, the giraffe, making her way from Egypt to Paris as she was a gift for the King of France. Giraffes have particular needs and so the ship has a hole cut in the roof to make room for her height and she had custom made boots. No one in France had ever seen such a wonderful creature! Excellent story time reading for the younger set though the factual story is interesting for kids of all ages. Lexile Measure: 760L Length: 32 pages
The Giraffe That Walked to Paris by Nancy Milton Follow the interesting story of the very first giraffe to live in Europe. Destined as a gift for the King of France from the Pasha of Egypt, getting a giraffe to Paris in 1826 is no easy feat. Enjoy the interesting historical details and lovely illustrations. Curious enough to appeal to kids of all ages. Lexile Measure: Not available. Length: 32 pages
A Lion in Paris by Beatrice Alemagna Join a lion on his journey through Paris after leaving his home in the Savanna for more interesting surroundings. The unusual illustrations throughout the book will engage readers of all ages. The lion feels out of place which is a great jumping off place to discuss being a traveler in a foreign destination. Excellent book! Lexile score: Not Available Length: 32 pages
A Poodle in Paris by Connie Kaldor This book is for the younger set – ages 2-7. The main character, Fifi, has one home where she officially ‘lives’ but has 4 other homes where she visits daily. (Reminds me of the character Tramp in Disney’s Lady and the Tramp) A fantastic PLUS to this book is that it comes with a CD full of songs a young kiddo will love hearing over and over and over. Enjoy watching your little one dancing to the Can-Can! Lexile Score: Not Available Length: 32 pages
Pansy in Paris: A Mystery at the Museum by Cynthia Bardes This series is about Pansy, the poodle, who lives in CA but she and her owner, Avery, are off on a holiday to Paris. While there they discover that art is being stolen from an art museum. Your young kiddo who loves mysteries and/or poodles will really enjoy this book. Ages: 3-8 Lexile Score: Not Available Length: 32 pages
Sweet picture book for the young travelers in your life about Emma who visits Paris from her hometown of New York City. She meets other birds and has delightful adventures after using problem solving skills and the help of a friendly cat to find her cousin, Amelie. The enchanting illustrations and adorable story will delight travelers young and old. Written for ages 5 and up. Lexile Measurement: Not Available Length: 56 pages
Mr. Chicken Goes to Paris by Leigh Hobbs The humor in this book will have your travelers laughing and enjoying Mr. Chicken’s adventure in Paris with his friend. Mr. Chicken gets into silly situations while practicing his french and visiting Paris’ sights.
Mystery animal …the friend is a duck but the main character is a _____________ ???? Ask your kids, maybe they’ll know what animal the main character is!
Dodsworth in Paris by Tim Egan The main character, Dodsworth, and his friend the silly duck, take on Paris in this book in the Dodsworth series. Duck manages to get into crazy situations while exploring the city and seeing new things like mimes, painters and people with berets. A few French words are added in for flavor! Written for ages 6-8 years though younger would enjoy, too. Lexile Measurement: 340L Length: 48 pages.
An Armadillo in Paris by Julie Krauslis Arlo is a lucky Armadillo who loves to travel with his grandfather’s journals as a guide. Using the guide to Paris he explores the city while looking for the Iron Lady. Who is the Iron Lady? Read the clues on each page to find out! Written for the younger elementary aged set grades 1-4, this lovely book is nice for all ages – even tweens would enjoy it. The story is delightful and the art is not to be missed. Lexile Measure: Not Available Length: 32 pages
Do your kids enjoy a favorite character or book series? See if there is a kids’ book set in Paris that includes a beloved character.
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans The original Madeline book is set in Paris! Read the award winning classic that has had little girls dreaming of Paris since it was written in 1967. Will be enjoyed by kids of all ages! Lexile Measure: AD480L Length: 54 pages
Thea Stilton and the Mystery in Paris by Thea Stilton While in Paris to see a friend’s fashion show Thea and her sisters realize a thief is stealing fashion designs. Follow the clues to see how the girls catch the thief while touring the city of Paris. Mystery lovers ages 7-10 will love this book. Lexile Measure: 650L Length: 176 pages
Minnie in Paris
Minnie in Paris by Sheila Sweeny Higginson Minnie Mouse loves fashion and is headed to Paris for a fashion show! Enjoy the antics that are created when Minnie’s suitcase is accidentally switched with a magician’s bag! The youngest travelers will love the silliness in this story. Lexile Measurement: Not Available Length: 40 pages
Magic Treehouse: Night of the New Magicians by Mary Pope Osborne This adventure finds Jack and Annie back in time more than 100 years to the city of Paris. There they explore the 1889 World’s Fair and it’s centerpiece, the Eiffel Tower looking for a magicians. Lexile Measure: 590L Length: 128 pages
American Girl Doll: Samantha
“Be Forever” Danger in Paris: A Samantha Mystery by Sarah Masters Buckey The American Girl doll fan in your house will love reading this mystery featuring the American Girl Doll, Samantha. Don’t forget to create a passport for your own American Girl doll and bring her along on your family adventure! Lexile Measure: 740L Length: 215 pages
Nancy Drew & Hardy Boys Super Mystery #6 The Paris Connection
Nancy Drew & Hardy Boys Super Mystery #6 The Paris Connection by Carolyn Keene Nancy heads to Paris to investigate mysterious pranks against a rock star, Johnny Rocket. While she is there she meets up with the Hardy Boys who are in town for an art exhibit and in no no time they join forces to solve mysteries left and right! Tweens love this stuff! Lexile Measure: Not Available Length: 224 pages
Eloise in Paris by Kay Thompson Eloise is a 6 year old girl who heads off to Paris with her nanny and they paint the town red – nail polish red! Eloise visits all the sights and enjoys them as only a 6 year old can. This story is for all kids and adults, too, as the humor is often lovely for adults, too, though it is written for kids ages 4-8 years. Lexile Measurement: Not Available Length: 72 pages
Learn about the City in Kid’s Books Set in Paris
A Walk in Paris by Salvatore Rubbino This multigenerational book is perfect for exploring the city before you go. Lay down the framework for you children and what they will see!! A girl and her grandfather explore the city and learn about the major sights like the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame while you are at it. Perfect for all ages. Lexile Measure: Not Available Length: 40 pages
Paris: A Book of Shapes
Paris: A Book of Shapes by Ashley Evanson The book full of colorful illustrations are perfect to introduce the sights in Paris and reinforce learning shapes! This book is perfect for the traveling toddler and preschooler in your life! Length: 14 pages Board Book
Coloring Books: Kids’ Books Set in Paris
Cats in Paris: A Magical Coloring Book by Won-Sun Jang If your traveler loves cat this coloring books will be a BIG hit. These detailed drawings of different types of cats in a Parisian flavored atmosphere. This coloring book is for ADULTS because the drawings are very fine and older teens and adults who enjoy coloring will love it. Note: This book is more about cats that the sights of Paris so better for someone who has been or an older teen who can appreciate the Parisian ‘feel’ rather than exact drawings of the sights. Length: 80 pages
Paris Coloring Book by Mio Heo This coloring book full of sinple drawings of famous Paris landmarks will be a fun way to discover Paris together with your little one. Designed for the youngest travelers, I think even up to tween could enjoy it – especially the page on Parisian ladies with hats, sunglasses, and dogs in their purses!
Pop Up Books! Kid’s Books Set in Paris
Pop-Up Paris by Lonely Planet Kids Who doesn’t love a pop-up book? They are so much fun for kids of all ages. Introduce the kids to the lovely sights of the city of light like the Arc de Triomphe, Pompidou Centre and Notre Dame Cathedral. Written for ages 5-8 but is sure to be enjoyed by all the kiddo travelers in your life! Lexile Measure: Not Available
Paris a 3D Keepsake Cityscape by Sarah McMenemy Enjoy the sights of Paris before you go or after you get home with this clever foldout book. Not a true pop-up, instead the very small (4×4) entire book folds out as a panorama view of the lovely city and includes so many of the wonderful sights like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and the opera house Palais Garnier. Written for ages 5 and up. Lexile Measure: Not Available Length: 20 pages
The Unusual Paris: Kids’ Books Set in Paris
Paris – City Trails by Lonely Planet Kids If off the beaten trail is your type of travel adventure then this book is the one for you and your young travelers! Enjoy a series of chapters on the usual things to see and do in Paris like: Paris Magic; Ghostly, Grim and Grisly; and Rats, Cats and a Hunchback. Written for the tween set: 8-12 years Lexile Measure: Not Available Length: 104 pages
Stamps and Postmarks: Kids’ Books Set in Paris
Postmark Paris: A Story in Stamps This story is told through the eyes of a nine year old girl who spends the year in Paris. She uses stamps and their postmarks to put together a journal of her adventure! While it visits all the usual tourist spots in Paris, this is told in a lovely and unusual way! Written for ages 8 and up. Lexile Measure: Not Available Length: 108 pages
Scariest Part of Paris: Kids’ Books Set in Paris
The Scariest Places on Earth: Paris Catacombs by Denny Von Finn Do you have tween or teen travelers whose tastes and interests run towards the creepy? If yes, this book will thrill them! Check out the creepiness that lies beneath the city! High interest reading here! Lexile Measure: 610L Length: 24 pages
Stickers: Kids’ Books Set in Paris
Bonjour Paris Luggage Labels by Laughing Elephant Publishing All children travelers love stickers! Use these large stickers (around 4×3) to decorate your luggage, carryon or journals. Note: all the stickers are of hotels – not the local sights, but fun none-the-less! All ages. Length: 20 pages
Mystery!! Kids’ Books Set in Paris
The Mystery at the Eiffel Tower: Around the World in 80 Mysteries by Carole Marsh Christina and Grant see the world with their grandparent and this time their destination is Paris. A mystery is never far away though! This time they tour the wonderful sights of Paris while searching for a lost statue and racing time before the Eiffel tower falls! Written for ages 8-10. Lexile Measure: 710L Length: 129 pages
A beautiful journey starts long before you go!
Daydreaming of your wonderful adventure is part of the fun! Use kids’ books set in Paris to get everyone daydreaming and planning for your adventure in Paris! All book images from Amazon.com
Happy travels and daydreaming,
Natalie, The Educational Tourist