Here is a list of books that may open children's minds to the land to which they are traveling. It is certainly not complete, and any suggestions for additions are welcome!

Travel Guides

Take your Kids to Europe by Cynthia W. Harriman (The Globe Pequot Press)

Kidding Around Paris (John Muir)

Eyewitness Travel Guide Paris (Not necessarily for children, but will familiarize them with their destination...lots of photos!)

Kids' Paris (Dorling Kindersley Travel Guides)

Around Paris with Kids (Fodor's)


Younger Children

Some of these are even appropriate for older children to read, just to give them an overview of the subject. Excellent right before a trip to jog their memories!

The King in the Window by Adam Gopnik  (Hyperion Books for Children)

Linnea in Monet's Garden (Raben and Sjogren, a Swedish publisher, imported by Ragged Bears in the UK)

Katie Meets the Impressionists by James Mayhew (Orchard Books)

Katie and the Mona Lisa by James Mayhew (Orchard Books)

The Inside-Outside Book of Paris by Roxie Munro (Dutton Books)

A Day in the Life of the Sun-King by Jean-Marie Ruffieux (Archimede)

The King's Day: Louis XIV of France by Aliki (Crowell)

Joan of Arc by Angela Bull (Dorling Kindersley Reader)

Joan of Arc by Diane Stanley (Morrow)

Charlotte in Paris by Joan MacPhail Knight (Chronicle Books)

A Walk in Monet's Garden by Francesca Crespi (Bulfinch)

 

Older Children

Mission Paris: A Scavenger Hunt Adventure by Catherine Aragon (Aragon Books) 

 The King in the Window by Adam Gopnik  (Hyperion Books for Children)

Marie Antionette: Princess of Versailles,The Royal Diaries Series by Kathryn Laskey (Scholastic)

Eleanor: Crown Jewel of Aquitaine, The Royal Diaries Series by Kristiana Gregory (Scholastic)

Betsy and the Emperor by Staton Rabin (McElderry Books)

Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

 

Reference Books for Children

Witness to History: The French Revolution by Sean Connolly ( Heinemann)

A True Book of France by Elaine Landau (Children's Press)

Q&A of France by Kremena Spengler (Capstone Press)

France the Land by Greg Nickles (Crabtree Publishing)

France the Culture by Greg Nickles (Crabtree Publishing)

France the People by Greg Nickles (Crabtree Publishing)

Monet by Jude Welton (Eyewitness Art: Dorling Kindersley)

First Book of France by Louise Somerville (Usborne)

Getting to Know France and French by Nicola Wright (Barron's)

France: Things to Make, Activities and Facts by Anita Ganeri and Rachel Wright (Watts)

First French by Kathy Gemmell and Jenny Tyler (Usborne)

French for Beginners by Angela Wilkes (Passport Books)

Paris: Great Cities Through the Ages by Renzo Rossi (Enchanted Lion Books)