Children's book awards in French?

In the USA where I live, children's books sometimes get prestigious awards like the Caldecott medal for illustrations or the Newberry medal for authors.

Are there similar awards given to books written in French? I would like to read some picture books and books for adolescents, but it's hard for me to determine if a book is going to be good or not.

From Wikipedia:

The Randolph Caldecott Medal annually recognizes the preceding year's "most distinguished American picture book for children", beginning with 1937 publications. It is awarded to the illustrator by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.

The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. The award is given to the author of "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."

The Caldecott and Newbery Medals are the most prestigious American children's book awards.

April 20, 2019


Lrtward, there is an excellent series. Not sure if they have received any awards but they have been around for a very long time. I believe they publish monthly like a magazine. The name is J'aime Lire. An excellent means to increase vocabulary, reinforce grammar, etc.. They are picture books, well written and aimed at teaching. They have a website. You can most likely find used books. Not sure if they are available through local libraries. Best of luck with your language journey.

April 20, 2019

Have you tried the Max et Lili series? I think these books are better written and aimed at slightly older children (theme-wise at least) (:

April 20, 2019

I like books in Kindle format, and these are not available for Kindle, but they are available used for around $3 each - c'est magnifique! Merci.

April 20, 2019
April 22, 2019

Malheureusement, Ce n'est pas magnifique parce que:

I've been an Amazon 3rd party book seller for a long time. Tip: if you buy used, you'll pay at least $4 more per book for shipping, so each used book will cost more than a new one. If you buy from Amazon and spend more $25 on eligible books, you'll get free shipping.

Below are some free resources.

Bibliothèque de Amériques

You can search for children's books by age.

Reading A-Z

You probably know about these already, but here they are for those new to the site:

For just online reading from basic to advanced for Spanish, French, or English try:

Click on the level, and the list of books will appear below.

I am able to read them online free with the following procedure:

  1. Right click on the book title and choose "open link in a new tab".

  2. Then by using my touch screen I just enlarge the book, like Tom Cruise in Minority Report.

Now the book is big enough to read online.

To look up words, use google translate and click the star in google translate to keep a list of the vocabulary.

Review the google vocabulary/phrasebook anytime. Notice the speaker button next to each word in the list to listen to the pronunciation.

TumbleBiblio Enfants

  1. To access, go to the link above and click on the books tab.

  2. Then click on TumbleBiblio Enfants

Although I'm not a child, I recently read the following eAudiobooks:

La malediction petits pois

La princesse aux mains blanches

I used video speed controller to slow down the speech because sometimes they read quite fast. I also connect an HDMI cable from my laptop to the TV, and the books play like short 10-min movies on the TV.


  • Go to this site: Library
  • Then click the books tab.
  • then click on TumbleBiblio Enfants icon.
  • then click the "Romans graphiques" tab.

These are the available titles:

  • Archie Collection #1 (Graphic Novel)
  • Betty Collection #1 (Graphic Novel)
  • Jughead Collection #1 (Graphic Novel)
  • Veronica Collection #1 (Graphic Novel)

Each comic book is long containing five chapters.

To see everything available on the Tumble site, click the index link in the top left corner. There are lots of books with audio.

Note that one must enter the site through the library every time or else Tumble will not work.

Boukili (Baby books)

These are free books from a Canadian library everyone is welcome to create an internet access account. When I started learning French, I read them all.

April 20, 2019

You need to look at the bottom line price for books,, including shipping. I probably buy several dozen books on Amazon every year, about half of them used.

Most of the resellers are pretty good about notating the quality of their used books, and I've bought more than a few books where I couldn't have told you the book was 'used' just by looking at it.

Books being shipped from another country (as is likely to be the case for books in French) are often much more expensive to ship.

April 21, 2019

No. Are they part of the J'aime Lire collection? They do have a series aimed at 9-13 year olds...

April 20, 2019

XynnAN, I just looked them up, they look delightful. I believe that these types of publications are very helpful for beginners to early intermediates. Afterwards, Slow News in French is a wonderful tool as pronunciation and an expanded vocabulary are featured. Fortunately there are many complementary tools available to augment Duolingo. Good luck with your language studies.

April 20, 2019

I've used Slow News in Spanish and it was excellent. Haven't tried Slow News in French yet. Coffee Break French is also good for anyone looking for a podcast.

April 20, 2019

Excellent ! Merci. Je vais chercher "J'aime lire".

EDIT: They are about 6 or 7 Euros per month; 72 - 84 Euros per year. Plus they will charge an additional 2 Euros each month to mail to the USA. That's a bit steep for me but it does look very good. I will think about it. I have created an account :)

For anyone else interested, here is their website:

April 20, 2019

Have a look on EBay... you might find a bundle at a greatly discounted price.

April 20, 2019

In Canada, the Governor General's Literary Awards are given in several categories (including children's and YA) and in both English and French. You can find a list of all nominees and award winners here:

and then use the filters for the categories you're interested in :)

April 21, 2019

There you go: I gotta say, I know none of these. But sometimes books that can be read by children receive awards meant for books read by adults. I read Chagrin d'école by Daniel Pennac when I was a kid and it was awarded the Prix Renaudot.

April 20, 2019

Merci beaucoup.

April 20, 2019

Hey mate, I'm French and I'll tell you that what has been recommended to you is quite good. But I also want to recommand you the classics of the french written comics. What's good in it it's that they're quite entertaining and you will see new words that aren't shown on the site as they may be less common. I don't really know your level in French but if you are thinking about reading books then you should try comics too, they're all very nice too read. You'll easily find a lot of refs on the internet searching for "french famous comics" (here is a link ) and without difficulty "free" pdfs of "Tintin", "Asterix" and many others. Here is a link so you can check it out : Hope I was useful to you. Bonne journée.

April 20, 2019

For those who decide to download these, note that there are 23 of them. So you can change the URL from 1 ... 23 to see each one.

April 20, 2019

Yeah you're right, I haven't searched much, just put the first one I remembered. Here is an incomplete list of those which I enjoyed reading : "L'île noire" "tintin et les picaros" "tintin au pays des soviets" "le lotus bleu" "les 7 boules de cristal" "le temple du soleil" "tintin au tibet" "le secret de la licorne" "le trésor de rackham le rouge" "on a marché sur la lune" "tintin au pays de l'or noir" "l'étoile mystérieuse" (I have read only half of his work since there is a lot, others are surely good too : Edit : there is two things to know about Hergé who has written the Tintin series, first he is belgian .. but also he wrote between the two WW and after the second one, his first comic beeing "Tintin au pays des soviets" in 1929 and his last one being "Tintin et les Picaros" in 1976. This has some importance in the way he draw the storyline. Bonne lecture. PS : the Tintin series is a culture that almost all common french above his 30's have, they will be amazed to talk to a stranger about these (I am 18 and I like those but people of my generation don't read them much sadly).

April 21, 2019

While not award winning another great site to find children's stories online is I like that you can search by time to read and genre. There is also a nice selection of stories with audio.

April 21, 2019

Hi, Lrtward!

The "book awards" question has been answered already . . .

If you list a few books that you're comfortable reading--not too hard, so that you can read them with enjoyment, not slogging through looking up loads of words, gritting your teeth--and list the subjects you enjoy reading, maybe people can suggest suitable books.

01LearnFrench01's suggestion of Reading A - Z is very good. With that site you can figure out just the level you're comfortable reading at--that is so you are not reading very slowly, using a dictionary every third word, but are actually enjoying your reading. It gives a good way to zero in on what level you should be reading. Do a binary search through the difficulty levels until you find one that is easy for you, then read at that level on through Z. (Binary search: start reading a selection at the middle level; if it's too difficult, go halfway back to the beginning and read another selection; if it's too easy, go halfway to the end; keep sampling, moving halfway along to easier or harder, until you find what's good for you.) How hard the reading should be is described here (around 12 minutes and 45 seconds in is a good place to start). Also this graphic by the same person is also helpful.

BD's, as has been suggested, are also a good (usually) easier reading. My favorites are about history, the "Alix" series about Ancient Rome, etc., by Jacques Martin, and the « Astérix le gaulois » series.

April 21, 2019

Hi ! I study english and I do the same thing. So try "J'aime Lire" ! It is a magazine available everywhere in France. You can have a CD for pronunciation and stories are very funny with explanations for difficult words. Good luck !

April 22, 2019
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