Here are some good sites for families to find French Language stories and e-books (see below) online. Some of these sites give the option to download the audio version of the stories. This is an excellent collection of stories categorized by country: Contes et légendes de différents pays: mythes fondateurs. The stories come from many different countries and are not in audio but give a wonderful choice of founding myth stories. Grades 2 and up. Some of the links appear to not be working, but at large a good resource.
On Conte-Moi, You will explore stories from all over « la francophonie », with the option to listen to the story being read by people from the different regions and to download the audio version in MP3 format or listen directly from your browser.
The following site Il était une fois une histoire: faire grandir le plaisir de lire avec MAIF et la rue des Ecoles is subdivided in several types of books such as picture books , non-fiction, folk-tales, poetry, songs and nursery rhymes. It is easy to sign up and it is free. Once you are signed in, you can download some of the stories in MP3 format, print them as pdf documents or listen online. This would be the best site of this selection for the younger students in pre-school, pre-k and Kinder garden.
I also recommend the following site for books online in multiple languages. This site won the American Library Association President’s 2010 Award for International Library Innovation. It includes books in Farsi, Serbian, French etc…
An other excellent resource to continue the practice of French during the Summer if no one speaks or reads French at home, would be to get a subscription to the magazine « J’apprends à lire » or « Mes premiers j’aime lire » or « J’aime lire » published by Bayard Press. One of the options of this monthly subscription to all of these titles, includes a CD with the audio of the main story. Subscription pamphlets will be available at the FAIS Library this Fall. To subscribe right awayfor the Summer you can contact our West-Coast Bayard/Milan Presse representative :email@example.com
An excellent source of audio and interactive stories in French for the ipad is J’AIME LIRE STORE from the same publisher above. You can get the app from J’aime Lire Store for the iphone or the ipad and you can purchase and download interactive stories for all levels immediately. It is my favorite so far of all the options given above.
The following web site is a great compilation of ebook resources, including a section for French language ebooks (for children and grown-ups) Où trouver des livres numériques?
A few children books can be found on this Québéquois site: Livres Québécois You would have to select the epub books with no DRM (Digital Rights Management) to be able to purchase and download these titles. To read these on ipad and iphone, you would need to download Bluefire Reader on your device. You would need an Adobe ID which you can obtain by completing this form here: Adobe ID. Use Safari to go to the site to purchase and download the books. You will be asked which application you wish to use and you can select Blue fire (translated from: http://www.livresquebecois.com/aide.asp)
For quite a varied selection for the students of 2nd and 5th you can use the “Juvenile” section of Feedbooks. You would first register by creating an account in order to purchase and download the books.
The following site: Livres pour tous – Plus de 5300 livres numériques gratuits, offers books which are in the public domain or donated by contemporary authors. Mostly for 5th and 6th graders.
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