I Love Paris in the Springtime

Okay, I’ve never actually been to Paris, but dream of it often, and am sure I will love it.  Lucky for us there are some fantastic books all about Paris that will help to pass the time until we can get there in person.


An Armadillo in Paris by Julie Kraulis is a delightful story of Arlo who is an armadillo from Brazil, he sets out on an adventure, using travel journals his grandfather wrote – he loves Paris and all of the adventures he has there.

A Walk in Paris by Salvatore Rubbino are on a walking tour of Paris, to the top of Notre Dame, with charming tidbits of trivia as you go.  This book is beautifully illustrated and absolutely wonderful.

Everbody Bonjours! by Leslie Kimmelman is a sweet book about a little girl traveling through Paris, with a fun rhythmic cadence which makes it really fun to read.  The story is all about saying hello and that Paris is a really fun place for petites to explore.

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans a true classic, if you’ve yet to purchase a Madeline book for your petites collection, this is the perfect one to start with.

Paris in the Spring with Picasso by Joan Yolleck is a really beautiful story of with all the characters you will remember, Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso, Max Jacob, Guillaume Apollinaire and Alice B Toklas.  I love the vibrant illustrations from Marjorie Priceman.  A really fun and stunning read, probably more suited to older petites as it is a little long.

The Iridescence of Birds: a Book about Henri Matisse by Patricia MacLachlan with illustrations from Hadley Hooper is a completely lovely book.  I adore this story, it is so sweet as it depicts Henri Matisse’s childhood and how he grew into the artist we all know and love.

Adele & Simon by Barbara McClintock is an incredibly cute book that has an old school feel to it.  There is so much to see in the early twentieth century pen and ink illustrations.  It is a sweet story about a sister and brother looking out for each other as they travel through Paris.

This is Paris by Miroslav Sasek these books are stunning in their illustrations and put together in a way that is basically an illustrated travel guide pleasing to petites and adults alike.  What I find so fun about the This is series is that Sasek died some thirty years ago and his illustrations are being reissued and enjoyed by so many.  This is the World came out last year and is stunning if you have a globe trotting petite you might really enjoy this title.

Linnea in Monet’s Garden by Christina Bjork is a beautiful book that celebrates a child’s love of impressionism and Monet’s beautiful gardens.  This book is quite lovely, it is rather long though and probably better suited to slightly older children.

All of these stories have one thing in common they inspire a love of adventure and wanderlust.  If you can’t get to Paris then you might as well enjoy some lovely stories in the meantime.

Friday Five: Oldies but Goodies

Oldies but Goodies

I share a lot of books that have been published within the last few years, but there books that my girls adore that we read all the time that are classics.  These same books were read to me as a child.  I wanted to share six (I had to have six, I couldn’t possible cut one out) of our favorites that are oldies but definitely goodies.


Ferdinand (1936) this was a favorite of mine when I was little and now I get to share it with my own petites.  A fabulous story by Munro Leaf with illustrations by Robert Lawson about a bull who just wants to sit under his favorite tree and smell the flowers.

Kermit the Hermit

Kermit the Hermit (1965) by Bill Peet was one of my very favorites as a child, I loved this greedy little crab, his treasure trove of things.  My favorite part of the story is when his friend the pelican helps him to learn the value of sharing.  An excellent story.

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are (1963) Maurice Sendak’s book has sold over 19 million copies worldwide.  This book is a must for your petites library.  A story of a little boy who is having a terrible day and is sent to his room and that is when the wild rumpus begins.


Blueberries for Sal (1948) written by Robert McCloskey is a darling story about a mother and her daughter Sal who are picking blueberries and happen upon a bear and her cub who are eating blueberries on the very same hill.  I also love that the mother and child are written with his own wife and daughter Sally in mind.


Madeline (1939) by Ludwig Bemelmans, I love a story with a little redhead who is brave and outgoing don’t you?


Strega Nona (1975) by Tomie dePaola is a favorite in our house.  Strega Nonas helper uses her magic pot and creates so much pasta that it is all over the town, she returns and stops the pasta, but there are consequences for Anthony, he must eat all of the pasta.

These books are timeless and truly belong in your petites library.  What are some of the timeless tales that you read with your petites on a regular basis?  I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.