French Language Learning

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Featured Books 

For Children

ABC French. Daniel Roode, $16.95 (boardbook)

ABC French is a gorgeously illustrated, engaging book that pairs each letter of the French alphabet with a French word and its English translation. The included pronunciation guide helps teach the proper pronunciation of each word, making this book a perfect introduction to the French language. With colorful, engaging illustrations from children’s book author and illustrator Daniel Roode, both children and adults will love learning a new language with ABC French.

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.

First French Words. Sam Hutchinson & Clare Beatonugard, $19.99 (ages 3 and under)

More than 100 useful words beautifully illustrated with bright, cheerful pictures, and cuddly teddy bears. This large, durable format perfect for sharing with little ones to start their first steps in French, and is ideal for kindergarten.

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First Thousand Words in French. Illustrated by Stephen Cartwright, $12.95

Those learning French will have great fun spotting and memorising one thousand French words in this classic word book. Each scene features colourful illustrations by the much-loved Stephen Cartwright, including a Little Yellow Duck to spot on every page. Readers can listen to every word read by a native French speaker at the Usborne Quicklinks Website. Words are divided into themes including ‘At Home’, ‘Actions’ , ‘Food’ and ‘Colours’. The Usborne First Thousand Words in French is a fun way to learn key French vocabulary!

French-English Picture Dictionary. Catherine Bruzzone & Louise Millar, $10.95

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.

French Playground CD. Putumayo Kids, $14.95

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Friends at School/Les amis à l'école. Mary Birdsell & Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, $12.95 (PreK-3)

It's very fun to have a friend at school. What do you like to do with your friend? What do you have in common? How are you different? Learn all about friends in a 1st grade class from Canada. You'll have extra fun learning new words in English and French.

Les Animaux Petit et Grand: un livre sur lea contraires. Scolastic Canada, $13.99

Une introduction amusante et interactive aux contraires. Les jeunes enfants s'émerveilleront devant les images resplendissantes et adoreront soulever les rabats pour identifier les animaux. En grandissant, ils s'amuseront également à comparer les contraires et à faire des liens avec le monde qui les entoure.

A fun interactive introduction to opposites. Young children will enjoy looking at the bright, colourful pictures and opening the flaps and sliders to reveal even more animals. As they grow, they will also love comparing the opposites with each other and making connections with the world around them.

Magnetic Poetry Kids' French Kit. $24.95

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) $11.99 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 French Phrases. Jill Kalz & Daniele Fabbri, $11.95

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

Opposites at School/Les contraire à l'école. Mary Birdsell & Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, $13.50 (PreK-3)

How would you teach someone what is little or big?  Matteo and Cristian have fun ways to teach you many opposites at their school.  It's even more fun learning them in English and French.

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Places at School/Les endroits à l'école. Mary Birdsell & Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, $12.95 (PreK-3)

Why did Aaron have to go to the office? There's a lot that can happen in different places in school. 1st grade students in Canada have fun sharing news about places in their school. They make it extra fun by telling you in both English and French.

Play Card Games In French. Marie-Therese Bougard, $22.99 (ages 6-9)

Use the flashcards in the book to play card games or do magic tricks, all while learning some new French words and phrases. Perfect for homeschooling, some extra practice, or engaging a whole classroom at school. Written by a professional languages teacher and tutor.

Pourquoi j'aime le Québec: Célébrer le Québec, à travers les mots des enfants. Daniel Howarth, $12.99 (ages 3-5)

Tout le monde aime le Québec — surtout toi!

Pull the Tab — My First Words in French. Sally Delaney, $12.99

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!

The Rainbow Fish / Arc-en-ciel. Marcus Pfister, $12.95 (ages 4-8)

For over twenty-five years the little fish with the sparkling scales, who learned to conquer his vanity, has charmed children and grown-ups all over the world. A great way to introduce a second language to very young children, be they English — or French — speaking, this bilingual edition of Marcus Pfister's classic tale is an enchanting tale of friendship.

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

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For Parents and Educators

Bilingual by Choice: Raising Kids in Two (or More) Languages. Virginie Raguenaud, $22.95

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.

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, $21.95

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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