Fables and Fairytales in French for Families
Reading aloud to your kids in French can help them internalize the sounds and structure of the language, as well as showing them that reading books, in any language, is important. And, of course, there’s no better family time than story time.
Eventually, your kids will take pride in knowing so much French that they can be the ones to read aloud... or to grab a book and scurry off to their favorite reading spot all by themselves.
To help you build your family's French library, we’ve rounded up some beloved stories in French. Some of these will be familiar, coming from Aesop, the Brothers Grimm, and Hans Christian Andersen. Others might be new to you, like traditional African or Mexican tales, or stories from literary giants James Joyce and Eugène Ionesco.
The age guidance given here is based on the publishers’ recommendations for French children. You might find that your own children enjoy the added challenge of reading in French, even if the book’s intended age range is a little bit below their usual level.
As always, the books below are available on our website, with free shipping worldwide.
Does your family have its own favorite stories en français? Please add your suggestions in the comments below. Thanks.
Image: taken from one of Étienne Delessert's illustrations for Contes 1, 2, 3, 4 by Ionesco.