If you’d like to do the same, you can find my favorites en français for beginners and kiddos below!
The Fable Cottage and The French Experiment are two collections of fairy tales and fables created by the same team. Each offers beloved stories retold for an audience learning French - they even offer an option to see the translation while reading. You can read through by scrolling with images or decide to play a video of the story to see the action unfold. I recommend The French Experiment as it lets users play the audio and video without becoming a member of their site (we did read some of these stories as part of two story time events here and here if you really want to hear them aloud). Personal favorites: Le Petit Chaperon Rouge, Petit Poulet, Boucles d’or et les Trois Ours.
Designed for adult learners of French, LanguageGuide.org offers a variety of short form stories that play on audio and offer the sentence translation by hovering over the punctuation. They have three categories of options including, beginning readings, jokes, and advanced readings. Their first two sections show which are easiest, medium difficulty, and harder using an * system. To listen: Une conversation à l'école, la guillotine, Deux Amis by Guy de Maupassant.
Radio-Canada is a favorite here at the library, as you might know if you’ve been reading our blog for a bit. If you’re looking for even more recommendations than the 14 included in our previous post, look no further: 752 lapins, Frida, c’est moi (a book that is also available through Curbside Pickup for our members!), Tyranono une préhistoire d’intimidation, Une patate à vélo (by favorite author, Elise Gravel.)
Culturethèque is the largest e-library available on this list, with many options for children and language learners of all levels of French. If you don’t yet have an account through your membership with the Center, you can sign up here. Some recommended selections: Easy readers with audio components, bilingual bandes dessinées with audio in French, audio picture books.
Let us know your favorite audio books in the comments below!
Ingrid began her passion for French through the immersion program in Milton, MA, and has followed it around France and the world. She took a break from this first love to pursue a B.A. in English with a minor in Irish Studies at Boston College and a Masters of Library and Information Sciences at Simmons College. She is thrilled to meld her excitement for libraries and French language and culture in her position at the Center!