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First French Picture Dictionary, 2nd Canadian Edition. Dorling Kindersley Publications, $15.99

Featuring more than 2000 words and phrases, and hundreds of pictures, this appealing visual dictionary is an ideal introduction to French vocabulary for Canadian children.


French-English Picture Dictionary. Catherine Bruzzone & Louise Millar, $8.50

A simple, colourful picture dictionary for young language learners with over 350 useful words clearly illustrated and translated. A simple pronunciation guide is given for each word.


French Made Easy 10 Minutes a Day, Canadian Edition. Charlotte Tomson & Andrea Davidson, $10.99 (Grades 4-5)

This engaging practice book supports the French language curriculum taught in Canadian schools. The book includes a timer to help boost confidence in speaking, reading, and writing French by encouraging 10 minutes of daily practice at home.

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French Playground CD. Putumayo Kids, $14.95


Horton entend un zou! Dr Seuss, $14.50


Les ouefs verts au jambon. Dr Seuss, $14.50


Magnetic Poetry Kids' French Kit. $17.95

This box contains over 140 big, thick word magnets just right for little fingers. Your kids break the magnet sheets into separate tiles and install them on your fridge, a cookie sheet or any steel surface and watch a love of language emerge. Includes a special kid's guide to Magnetic Poetry. Great fun for families and educators.

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My Bilingual Book - Touch/Le toucher. $10.95


My First Bilingual Book Series (English/French) $8.95 each

  • My First Bilingual Book - Animals
  • My First Bilingual Book - Colours
  • My First Bilingual Book - Clothes
  • My First Bilingual Book - Feelings
  • My First Bilingual Book - Fruit
  • My First Bilingual Book - Home
  • My First Bilingual Book - Numbers
  • My First Bilingual Book - Plants
  • My First Bilingual Book - School
  • My First Bilingual Book - Tools
  • My First Bilingual Book - Vegetables
  • My First Bilingual Book - Vehicles

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My First Book of French Words. Katie Kudela, $9.95


My First French Book: At Home. Charlie Gardner, $10.99

My First French Book: Words. Dawn Sirett, $10.99


My First French Phrases. Jill Kalz & Daniele Fabbri, $9.95

Colourful illustrations help make learning French fun — from the basics to cool phrases, this book will give you lots to talk about!


Pull the Tab — My First Words in French. Sally Delaney, $11.99

Look at the pictures, read the English labels, then pull the tab to reveal the French translations!

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Putumayo Kids Presents: French Dreamland. CD, $14.95

Bonne nuit et dors bien!


Scholastic Children’s French-English Visual Dictionary. Scholastic Canada, $12.99 

With thousands of words on a variety of topics, the Scholastic Children's French-English Visual Dictionary provides a comprehensive guide to common words in French and English. Bright, modern illustrations featuring engaging characters and familiar topics are labeled in both languages. Each word pair has been selected by expert lexical translators and language consultants.

This dictionary covers a wide range of subjects — from food and clothing to plants and animals, and even outer space! It also includes an introduction to the language and information on how to get the most out of the dictionary, as well as pages on opposites, numbers, time, and calendar words, plus full indexes in both French and English — perfect for 6- to 9-year-olds who are learning and using French!


Un Deux Trois: First French Rhymes. Opal Dunn, illustrated by Patrice Aggs, $10.99


Very First Words in French. Keith Newell, illustrated by Jo Litchfield, $10.95

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For Parents and Educators

Bilingual by Choice: Raising Kids in Two (or More) Languages. Virginie Raguenaud, $23.95

In Bilingual by Choice, Virginie Raguenaud guides parents on how to introduce a second language to their children. She also provides insights, resources, and activities for raising children who will go on to become bilingual adults. This book is the first of its kind to address bilingualism from the cradle through adolescence.

Raguenaud uses practical strategies and techniques for any family or instructor to ensure that kids stay engaged and active in every language available to them. By using creativity, consistency and commitment in the classroom (as well as the living room), teaching children a second language can be fun as well as beneficial.


The Bilingual Edge: Why, When, and How to Teach Your Child a Second Language. Kendall King & Alison Mackey, $17.95

Many parents want their children to have the lifelong cultural and intellectual advantages that come from speaking more than one language. The Bilingual Edge translates the latest research into interactive strategies and quick tips that will help parents wade through the hype and provide clear insights into what actually works.


Complete FrenchSmart: the Ultimate Workbook for Mastering French, Grade 4. $19.95
Complete FrenchSmart: the Ultimate Workbook for Mastering French, Grade 5. $19.95
Complete FrenchSmart: the Ultimate Workbook for Mastering French, Grade 6. $19.95
Complete FrenchSmart: the Ultimate Workbook for Mastering French, Grade 7. $19.95

Complete FrenchSmart provides ample practice for learning and mastering French. Concise explanations with examples guide children along and ensure that they learn with confidence. The systematically-designed activities cover the key areas of learning — vocabulary building, grammar, reading, and usage — grades four through seven. Working through Complete FrenchSmart is a fun and rewarding experience!

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Preschool FrenchSmart Activities. $12.95

Preschool FrenchSmart Activities comprises systemically-developed collections of educational games and fun activities in French to help children develop the basic skills and concepts, as well as stimulate their interest in learning. One board game and three sheets of colourful stickers are included.


7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child. Naomi Steiner, $17.95

For families whose children are learning a second or third language, this book offers insightful and powerful strategies to help with this enriching experience - at home and at school.


You Make the Difference in Helping Your Child Learn. Ayala Manolson et al, $24.95 (also available in French, Spanish, Dutch, Chinese, and in an Aboriginal version); DVD format $54.00

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