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10 Great Reads in French for Grade Three

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Your third grader learning French has a world of fantastic books to explore. We’ve picked ten of our favorites, covering classic stories, tales of pure silliness, and some more serious fare.

What are your young reader’s top picks? Please let us know in the comments section below!


At first, it seemed like a normal game. But the lion in the box attacks for real, and the monkeys will ruin your kitchen! It’s a real nightmare for any kids who risk it, and the only way out is to play on ’til the end.

Les trois cochons

Once upon a time, there were three little pigs… a straw house, a wood house, a brick house… huffing and puffing… You know how this one goes. Unless...

Une figue de rêve

Mr. Bibot, the horrible, greedy dentist, lives in an immaculate apartment with his little dog. An elderly patient tries to pay her bill in magic, dream-fulfilling figs, and the nasty man throws her out. But that night, he eats one of the fruits, and his dream of becoming a millionaire turns into a nightmare..


A beautiful, powerful story told first-hand by Otto, a German-born teddy bear who is separated from his Jewish owner, lives through World War II, and is reunited with his original owner 50 years later.

L'incroyable Zanzibar

Zanzibar is the mushroom omelette champion, but that’s not going to get his photo into the newspaper. To deserve that kind of attention, you have to be really remarkable, the hero of an extraordinary exploit! Zanzibar decides that his feat will be to lift a camel with one wing, so the raven packs his bag and sets off toward the desert.

Mary Poppins

When the Banks family advertise for a nanny, Mary Poppins and her talking umbrella appear out of the sky, ready to take the children on extraordinary adventures. Needless to say, when at last she flies away, the children are devastated. But the magic of Mary Poppins will stay with the Banks family forever.

Bleu nuit

A storm is approaching, and Daniel is alone at home. Just before she left for the movies, Daniel’s mom read him a passage from the Little Prince. Daniel tries to fall asleep, but he can’t. Suddenly, he hears a whirring noise and is dazzled by light. A propeller plane just landed on his bed, and the pilot is beckoning him to board for a night flight...

Le Fermier Gilles de Ham

Farmer Giles of Ham did not look like a hero. He enjoyed a slow, comfortable life. Then, one day, a giant blundered on to his land. More by luck than skill, Farmer Giles managed to scare him away. The people of the village cheered: Farmer Giles was a hero. His reputation spread far and wide across the kingdom. So it was natural that when the dragon Chrysophylax visited the area it was Farmer Giles who was expected to do battle with it!

Touchez pas au roquefort !

Grasdouble froze as he reached the door of the warehouse. Stunned, he looked at the shelves: they were empty. Thieves had taken every last thing; there wasn’t a single piece of cheese left behind! “Only one thing to do,” thought Grasdouble, and he called Inspector Souris to the rescue.

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