Ten Books to Help Your Kids Learn French
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It might be that you’re a native French speaker, or that your partner is. Maybe your grand-mère was Francophone, or maybe you spent a semester in Avignon, Brussels, or Casablanca and hope that your kids will have the same opportunity someday. In any case, you want to help your kids start learning French.
Right you are. There’s a constant stream of research telling us that our kids will benefit from learning another language. In fact, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages keeps a running list of the benefits of language learning, as shown by research studies. The advantages fall into three categories: language learning supports academic achievement, provides cognitive benefits, and affects attitudes and beliefs. In short: languages are seriously good for kids.
And why French? Any family link to the language is reason enough, but if you’re looking for more, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development offers 17 good reasons for parents and school principals to choose French. Their list features facts such as “French is, along with English, the only language spoken on all five continents,” it’s “an introduction to an incomparable cultural universe,” and it’s “the language of international relations.”
So, where to start? There are countless books available to parents who want to help their kids learn French at home. Here’s a roundup of ten of the best, covering an age range of two to twelve. Each book listed includes help with pronunciation—either written or audio—so that even if you don’t speak any French, you can make sure your child’s on the right track.
Have you and your child already started exploring French together? If you have any favorite books to recommend, please add them in the comments below. Thanks.