Reading is a good way to learn a new language for children. Indeed, through the pages of a book, the child discovers new words, develops his imagination and arouses curiosity. Thanks to the Culturethèque platform, Alliance française members have free access to numerous online resources to discover French culture and language. Those who have not yet registered can take advantage of the first three weeks free of charge. In order to facilitate the use of this platform, we have selected 8 children's books on Culturethèque to read before bedtime.
Étranges créatures of Cristina Sitja Rubio and Cristobal Léon
Released in 2013, Étranges créatures by Cristobal Léon is a magnificent album illustrated by the talented Cristina Sitja Rubio. This book educates children about the environment, the justice and the living world through a simple story and a beautiful drawing style. The book Étrange créatures tells how animals living in the forest are left homeless after “their houses” have been stolen from them. So, they decide to investigate who did it.
Des oranges à la menthe by Marianne Alexandre and Mathilde Pascal
Published in 2013, Des oranges à la menthe by Marianne Alexandre is a touching children's book, which will also appeal to adults who tell it. Thanks to the beautiful watercolor illustrations by Mathilde Pascal, the reader is transported on a journey through time, thanks to the smells. This beautiful book with warm and soft colors tells us the story of Emilie who after exchanging friendly smiles with her neighbor, Mr. Farouk, is invited to have tea with him. Mr. Farouk passes his heritage from his grandmother on to her.
Un vent meilleur by Adèle Tariel and Caroline Taconet
Released in 2019, Un vent meilleur by Adèle Tariel tells of the solidarity of a family and the courage of a little girl who faced with the drama of migrants in Calais, in France. Illustrated by Caroline Taconet, Un vent meilleur is the story of Louise, who lives by the sea, in the north of France. One day on the beach, when she is engaged in her favorite pastime: seagull hunting, she meets Asaf, a young boy who fled the war with his family and who is homeless. Upset by this injustice, Louise will decide to act.
Tout là-haut by Morgane de Cadier and Florian Pigé
Published in 2015, Tout là-haut by Morgane de Cadier is a fresh and poetic book that invites you to travel. Thanks to the soft illustrations and the pretty blue palette of Florian Pigé, the reader is witnessing the thirst for knowledge of our polar bears, for the large balloons that fly over their ice floe. Like children exploring the world, our polar bears are trying by any means at all, to catch one of these balloons and to have the final word of their investigation.
Adala et son petit violon by Stéphanie Joire and Evelyne Mary
Released in 2010, Adala et son petit violon by Stéphanie Joire invites you to discover music, punctuated by Evelyne Mary’s illustrations. Through Adala's eyes, the reader is as amazed as she is for her little violin, received on her birthday. The book is punctuated with nursery rhymes that will allow your child to hear music.
Baron, l’école des super’nimaux by Ingrid Chabbert and Ashel
Published in 2014, Baron, l’école des super’nimaux by Ingrid Chabbert is the first volume in a series of books about the adventures of Baron and his friends. Baron, l’école des super’nimaux is the ideal book for very young readers, who will be accompanied by Ashel's illustrations. In the first volume, Baron meets lots of new friends and decides to set up a school together to become heroes!
Le parc de Marguerite by Sara Stefanini
Released in 2014, Le parc de Marguerite by Sara Stefanini is an invitation to a greener environment and to meetings. Le parc de Marguerite tells the surreal story of a little girl who wishes to bring a little lightness and escape for her mother, by recreating a pretty garden in their house. This girl’s love for her mother is beautifully illustrated by the author with a fresh and sometimes humorous style.
Mamie voyage by Anne Boussion, Léa Djeziri and Jean-Marie Robillard
Published in 2014, Mamie Voyage by Anne Boussion, Léa Djeziri and Jean-Marie Robillard highlights the stories and memories of our ancestors, those we loved to listen to before going to bed. Mamie Voyage is the grandmother of the neighborhood, the one with fabulous trips. Every day after school, she tells her stories to the children of the neighborhood, but one day, she is too tired. The children then decide to tell her a story.