Books That Inspire Travel to France

Books that Inspire-2Before we visit new countries with our children, we like to discover literature that inspires travel. Here are books we would recommend sharing with your children (or reading yourself) before you visit France.

Books for young readers and to read aloud

Cezanne and the Apple Boy by Laurence Anholt

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

A Walk in Monet’s Garden by Francesca Crespi

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery and Richard Howard

Dodsworth in Paris by Tim Egan

Eloise in Paris by Kay Thompson

Anatole by Eve Titus

E is for Eiffel Tower: A France Alphabet by Helen L. Wilbur


For grade school readers

Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures #11: Framed in France by Jeff Brown

The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson

Secret Agent Jack Stalwart: The Mystery of the Mona Lisa: France Book 3 by Elizabeth Singer Hunt

Night of the New Magicians, Magic Treehouse #35 by Mary Pope Osborne

The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot by Alice Provensen

Thea Stilton and the Mystery in Paris by Thea Stilton


For middle school/high school students

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver by E.L. Konigsburg

The Royal Diaries: Marie Antoinette, Princess of Versailles by Kathryn Lasky

The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins, A World War II Soldier by Walter Dean Myers

Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick


My favorites

The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Chocolat by Joanne Harris

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

Captive Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Alison Weir

This post may contain affiliate links, however, all recommendations are my own.

One comment on “Books That Inspire Travel to France

  1. Looks like we are on the same wavelength! These are great books that we have recommended as well. Glad to find someone else that travels the way that we do. Looking forward to swapping book ideas.

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