But I want my kids to read in French (and to enjoy doing so)! And I always can use more books for my storytimes and tutoring!
So imagine my delight when I saw that "J'aime lire," which publishes several magazines and series of (mostly) original, contemporary stories for children, is currently offering 100 of their e-books for 99 cents apiece!!!
But now, throwing caution to the vent, I went on a shopping spree--and still only spent $17!
(And husband and bookcases breathe sighs of relief.)
The sale runs through August 7, and I can't believe you're still reading this blog post instead of rushing to the website or the App Store to double or triple your own collection of French books for kids! (I would recommend downloading the free app onto your device of choice, then buying the books as in-app purchases, but it looks like you can do it online and read the e-books on the computer too.)
Wondering where to start? I recommend trying one from each of the following, exploring it with your children, and then downloading more from the collections that best fit you and your children's interests and abilities:
Petit ours brun, sold in collections of three stories about the friendly bear and his family (very short, content is ideal for toddlers/preschoolers, but easy for older kids as they're learning to read in French; you can also watch Petit ours brun videos on YouTube)
The Histoires pour les petits collection (the equivalent of picture books to be read aloud to children, these were published in earlier issues of the magazine; some of them are avec audio, with professional actors and music--so fantastic for kids learning French and/or learning to read!)
The Les belles histoires pour tout-petits collection (slightly shorter picture books from a different magazine for younger kids, some avec audio or avec animation) and/or Les belles histoires (geared for ages 4-8)
BDs (bande dessinée--comic book), such as La famille Choupignon (aventures of a family and their pet turtle, good for younger kids) or Ariol (adventures of mischevious animals at school; see a preview in English here)
J'apprends à lire (similar to the stories in Histoires pour les petits, but designed for children who are reading independently, featuring avec audio and also hyperlinked quickie definitions for words here and there)
J'aime lire (longer chapter books) (but still short)
Moi, je lis (slightly longer chapter books, mystery-themed)
And not (currently) on sale, but highly recommended:
Devinettes maxi pas bêtes (collections of 25 bad puns gathered from Youpi magazine, which my eight-year-old has loved for three years now and still delights in reading aloud, even though he has them nearly memorized by now)
Isn't this exciting?! Please leave a comment to let us know which one(s) you tried and liked!