French Books for Babies and Toddlers
Babies love books! French baby books are the perfect way to introduce a new language to your little one.
Babies love the colours, the textures and the sound of the spoken words…but most of all, they love the special time spent with you reading to them.
We’re currently spending a year in France and I have to say that we’re hooked on our local book store and library!
They’re both set out perfectly for kids. Colourful cushions and bean bags scattered everywhere and all the books are just perfect!
We’ve compiled a list of our favourite French Baby Books to share with you. (If you’re interests we also have a post about our favourite French baby toys here)
As they’re for babies, we’ve chosen books that are durable, colourful, textured and fun!
We hope you like these French baby books as much as we do…
French Baby Board Books
These L’imagerie board books are a collection of brightly coloured images with the corresponding word next to it.
As babies get older they will start to point to each picture as you read the words…’tracteur’…’vache’. They’ve really helped me to improve my French vocabulary too!
Our boys have a few from this fun collection of French baby books. Just look at them all…
This babylit series introduces your little one to some of the classics of the literary world. This is a baby version of the novel by Victor Hugo! Les Misérables includes 10 words and phrases and is full of colourful illustrations.
These make great gifts for parents who love literature.
Où est mon..?
Another firm favourite in our house. These little Oú est mon books are full or fun textured pictures.
These are a brilliant way of introducing new vocabulary. Each picture has a different texture and adjective describing it.
Just look at how many of these French baby books there are to collect…
La Chenille Qui Fait Des Trous.
This board book is the French version of the old favourite “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”.
As baby gets older, this book will help them to learn food names, numbers and days of the week.
Devine Combien Je T’aime.
Most people will recognise these cute bunny illustrations from the book “Guess how much I love you.”
This French version is lovely to read to bilingual babies.
Mon Livre Des Visages
Young children love looking at other children’s faces. This book is full of different expressions and is a lovely way of talking about emotions.
A beautiful book to make your little ones feel loved no matter what.
The toddlers in this lovely story are happy and silly, sad or angry but they are always loved from head to toe.
Paperback French Baby Books
These books have soft covers so aren’t as baby proof as the board books above. I included them because they make lovely keepsakes.
I like to buy a special book each Christmas that we write a special message in for our boys. We hope that they’ll treasure them as they get older.
The books below are great to read to babies. They have lovely rhythmic text and beautiful messages. We just store ours on a different shelf to the board books so they don’t get ripped to p pieces!
We actually bought this book in English first following a recommendation. We loved it so much that we bought a copy in French for Daddy to read too.
It follows the antics of a child from birth to adulthood and how they’re loved no matter what havoc they cause.
But there’s a powerful underlying message that only adults will properly understand. That children grow up, leave home and make their own families. Their parents get older and the roles are reversed somewhat…it is the parent who needs the tenderness and affection that they showed their child.
A sweet book that will probably have you in tears by the end!
Not technically a baby book but a very popular book to gift a little one or a new parent.
This Dr. Seuss book has been translated brilliantly and retains the charm and uniqueness of Dr. Seuss. Definitely a book for every bookcase!
Noisy Baby French Books (with CD’s or buttons!)
This little book includes a CD with 25 traditional French rhymes for baby to enjoy.
Do you have any other favourite French Baby Books?