Thursday, June 30, 2011

whimsical and catchy French music videos for kids

Meet musician and teacher Alain Le Lait, a Frenchman who now lives in Colorado and sells recordings of his original songs in French, English, and Spanish. 

I can't remember how I first heard of him, but I can remember playing his albums for my nephew when he was a baby (five years ago now!) and using his song "Les poissons" in a French play I produced (because we put fish in every scene in one way or another).  Oh, and lately I've been recommending his songs in my articles for Multilingual Living.

His songs cover a range of concepts such as food, bugs, colors, body parts, and lots of general goofiness--they never feel didactic.

Now Griffin loves Le Lait's music and often requests it in the car, which can be a problem, because the songs are so bouncy and upbeat that you just want to dance to them--not a good idea if you're the one driving and also trying to watch an impish toddler boogying in his car seat via the rear view mirror!

To my delight, Le Lait has slowly been releasing YouTube videos of some of his French songs, some animated, some live action, some with photos, some with lyrics at the bottom of the screen.  And they're all fun!

So without any further ado, I bring you these six SEVEN silly songs (update 8/25: he just released the traditional "Alouette"):


J'ai faim, j'ai soif

En voici, en voilà

Les poissons


Avec un gros nez

L'alphabet en français

Bonne Ecoute!  Click here to see more of my YouTube recommendations for French children's songs.  What are your kids' favorites?


  1. Okay dear Sarah...I am going to copy some of these videos for our library. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. Another great recommendation, Sarah. Thanks.

  3. Any other French YouTube videos that your kiddos enjoy?

  4. Just added to this post: Alain Le Lait's newest video, "Alouette."