Since the birth of my Sweet Pea almost two years ago a new dimension has been added to my Paris in July experience (not to mention a lot less time to read and blog, but that’s another post…). I have loved introducing her to books and reading but I have especially loved sharing my passion for travel and far flung places with her through our reading time together. And there are plenty of Paris based children’s books to keep us busy…
Sweet Pea’s absolute favourite (and mine) is Kiki and Coco in Paris, a gorgeous story about a young girl, Kiki and her beautiful rag doll, Coco and their simple, but glorious, trip to Paris. The story is sweet and the photos that accompany it are the real heart of the book – bright, colourful and expressive. Sweet Pea and I could read this one over and over (and we do!).
Sweet Pea’s favourite page of the book below “puppy dog”!
Another book that I purchased before Sweet Pea was born is Pom Pom Where Are you? This book involves another delightful romp around Paris, this time by an adventurous little dog named Pom Pom. I really get caught up in Pom Pom’s escapades – the drawings throughout the book are fresh and sweet (and I love the little touch where Pom Pom’s owner is just out of sight of her puppy in each scene).
A classic that belongs in every Paris loving child’s book case is Madeline. I love this gorgeous little story, and the precocious and adorable Madeline herself. Sweet Pea isn’t quite on board with this one just yet though – I feel that compared to the other two books poor little Madeline doesn’t quite grab the attention of a toddler with an eye for gorgeous photos and colours! I will persist however (mainly because I just love reading this one!)
A book that was given to Sweet Pea as a Christmas present last year is waiting for her to get a little older (but that doesn’t mean I haven’t read it yet!). Ruby Red Shoes Goes to Paris is the story of a cute little rabbit who visits Paris with her grandmother. The unique aspect of this book is the quirky, sweet illustrations – it really is a treasure of a book.
What about you? What are your favourite Paris based children’s books? I can always add more to Sweet Pea’s shelves!