I think reading is one of the most important thing you can do with your child, whatever age they are. We started reading bedtime stories to our daughter when she was 6-months old. To this day we must have missed only about a couple of days!!
I am always on the lookout for good books. Speaking a minority language (or three) at home often means having to purchase books from abroad or relying on family gifts. Not always easy. So I thought I'd share our favourite French book collections: L'ecole des Loisirs.
"l'école des loisirs is an independent family-owned publishing group founded in 1913. First specialising in school books, l'école des loisirs has expanded to become one of the two largest publishing houses for children's books in France. Entirely dedicated to children's books since 1965, our main ambition is to "make reading a pleasure for children"." from their website.
They publish quality independent children's books. I have nothing against Mickey and Minnie but nothing beats a well-written story beautifully illustrated. Books come in all formats, shapes and sizes. Variety is key to their collection. Some have lots of text, others not. They publish books from French authors as well as translations from foreign authors from all over the world, so that your kids get small tastes of foreign culture too.
|An example of a translated Japanese book aimed at 3 year olds - love the fact that there are culturally different kids names|
What we like best is the annual subscription. It is not cheap, but quality is expensive. Kids receive a book a month for 8 months of the year. They ship worldwide and if you get together with friends, you can get a substantial discount. There are subscriptions for kids from 0 to young adults.
I really couldn't recommend them highly enough. If you are looking for French books, they are well worth the expense in my opinion.
N.B.: I was in no way paid to write all of this! I really do love this publisher. The quality of their books, stories and collections is one of the best around.