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French Picture Books: Not Just for Children


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Tina, Preston | December 1, 2018

If you’ve read any my previous ideas, you may know that I run a French conversation circle on Wednesday evenings in Preston. A couple of regulars told me that they really enjoy listening to the children’s picture books that I read aloud. I decided to make sure I include a story each week.

Bonjour Canada!Quel demenagement!Pat le chat

The list below encompasses the books I chose along with the theme we were discussing that week:

  1. Basic Conversation - Bonjour, Canada! by Andrea Lynn Beck
  2. Food - Cora, veux-tu un crêpe? by Laura Numeroff
  3. Household - Caillou aime sa maman by Joceline Sanschagrin
  4. Opposites - Ça commence ici by Caroline Merola
  5. Family - Papa et Maman sont les meilleurs by James Dean
  6. Games - Méchant Minou n’aime pas les jeux vidéo by Nick Bruel
  7. Halloween - Cinq petites citrouilles by James Dean
  8. Neighbourhood - Quel déménagement! by Robert Munsch
  9. Grammar - Le collectionneur de mots by Peter H. Reynolds
  10. Travel - Zig Zag en voyage by Ted Arnold

I’ve recently asked the volunteers and the participants to let me know why they enjoy coming. I was so touched to read their replies!


  • “I love volunteering here because of the atmosphere. Everyone is passionate and ready to learn!”
  • “I love volunteering at this program because everyone is so friendly and I get to practice French.”
  • “I enjoy volunteering for this program because it gives me a chance to speak French in a conversational setting and there isn’t a lot of places for that in Cambridge.”
  • “I enjoy the conversational French program because the adults who participate are so enthusiastic and work really hard to learn French.”


  • “The lessons are very well done, the conversations are perfect to help learn how to make yourself feel comfortable, and the people are very friendly.”
  • “A very welcoming atmosphere, people work together to help one another. It has been a very positive learning experience!”
  • “Very well run program. There are all levels of participants and we all feel welcome. Lots of time to practice one on one.”
  • “Excellent practice for conversational French. The librarian, volunteers and participants are all very enthusiastic and helpful. I hope these sessions continue indefinitely!”