Books and music

Post great books and music that you think other parents and kids will enjoy.

16 Comments

  1. Merry Susiarjo said,

    October 28, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Hello everyone, I’m new here and I’m still trying to figure out how to use this site. How should I do to post something here? Anyway, I’m an English-speaking mom living in Brest, Finistère (29200). I have 2 children of 6 and 3 yrs old, both of them speak English and French very well. I also write books for children and my first picture book for 3-5 yrs old will be published in UK soon. I will talk more about it later. Cheers to everyone.

  2. Nicole B said,

    November 27, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Check out my marketplace for amazing children’s books in English;

    http://www.nicole-bekdache.barefootbooks.com

    Barefoot Books have an amazing collection of beautifully illustrated stories for children full of learning and adventure from classical stories to contempory plus so much more. If you are interested to order I can offer you free postage if I have the books in stock and if you order from my marketplace I can offer you 20% discount to cover your postage costs. Everything can be delivered anywhere in Europe.

  3. amyfoxwell said,

    February 9, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    The House in the NIght is currently our favourite read. With a lilting, almost mystical rhythm and magical illustrations we can’t get enough. Not only a Caldacott Medal winner, but two thumbs up from my little ones.

  4. amyfoxwell said,

    September 24, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    We are back from the US and have stacks of books to help us through this winter. My favourite finds this year for parents are the books by Dr Brazelton. In addition to his classic Touchpoints, he has small guides about specific issues such as Sibling Rivalry or Discipline. I love his philosophy of helping your child help themselves and his advice has already been a lifesaver.

    In addition I love ‘How to Talk so Kids Will Listen, and Listen So Kids Will Talk’, a classic, but ever so useful (even when dealing with adults!)

    And last but not least is ‘The Magic Years’.A classic to help you with understaning the world through your children’s eyes. Things make so much more sense after reading this book.

    Happy reading!

  5. amyfoxwell said,

    June 21, 2009 at 11:40 am

    If you haven’t discovered any of the Metropolitan Museum of Arts’ kids books, well, then, you should. It warms the old cockles of the heart to think that there are still people interested enough in producing great resources for kids to discover the arts. My children (and I) have adored every book that we have from the Met; a collection of traditional worldwide lullabyes paired with wonderful artwork, a poem matched to Mary Cassett paintings, or our latest find, Can you hear it?, a book that helps children discover classical music. Bravo!

    http://www.metmuseum.org/store/st_family_browser.asp/categoryID/%7BEF58F4EC-8B11-11D3-9367-00902786BF44%7D/FromPage/catForKids

  6. amyfoxwell said,

    June 17, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    I’m not big on using DVDs or videos as a babysitter, and we don’t spend much time in front of the tele. With the exception of the fantastic Sesame Street Old School DVDs. My children are enthralled and really (no, really) learn from them, and I am happy they are getting a big dose of English speaking. And you know, I truly enjoy snuggling up with them and spending some down time together.

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw_1_13?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=sesame+street+old+school&sprefix=sesame+street

  7. amyfoxwell said,

    June 3, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Playbac has to be one of my favorite children’s book publishers. They do a great range of books, and I love every single one of them. They do some great coffee table style books with amazing photos that my kids have loved for years. They also do some fantastic products and collections such as educational flashcards (the very successful ‘Incollables’ in France which my kids also adore), kids magazines, stationary, and activities such as Lilly Chantilly, which is basically Paperdolls on steroids. My daughter loves Lilly Chantilly and I love it too as it is the perfect activity for long plane rides and the like. It’s a French company (and do everything with that ever present French panache), but they also do their products in English. Check them out:

    http://www.playbac.fr/

  8. Eve Bould said,

    May 26, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Artist: Laurie Berkner

    Album title: We are the dinosaurs

    This is a fun CD for babies and kids alike. My 10-month-old and my 3-year-old both adore it, and it saved me on a recent road trip to Cannes. Berkner’s lyrics are very imaginative and playful. The title track “We are the dinosaurs” is great for getting the kids up and dancing around, marching like dinosaurs. “These are my glasses, this is my book” is a fun pantomime song as well. “What would we do without trees?” inspired a great conversation with my son about preserving the environment. Highly recommended.

  9. Rachel Lisle said,

    May 24, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    A book recommendation simply for enjoyable (adult) reading : ” The Horse Boy” by Rupert Isaacson. I first heard about it on BBC but it is now more widely marketed so you should not have any trouble finding it. It is a brilliant story about a father and mother investing in a trip to Outer Mongolia to find a way to reach their autistic son through the empathy of horses and the remarkable abilities of the Mongolian Shamans to have a positive effect on “healing” their son. The end result was a wonderful revelation both for the parents accepting that while their son will always have some autisitc tendencies, he seems to be so much happier with his world, his new friends, his relationship with horses ( now riding on his own), and accepting the little speed bumps life throws at us everyday. For those of us who know the incredible sensitivity of horses ( and all of our lovely pets) and those of us who will go to the ends of the earth to help our children, you will find this book both interesting and heartwarming.

  10. amyfoxwell said,

    May 20, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Making sure my children are exposed to the richness of English literature is a daunting challenge, but one I relish as I have always loved books and reading.

    However doing this in French is another story. I’m not French, but my kids are. So I need a little extra help to find the ‘livres incontournables’ for French kids. You know, the French equivilent of books like ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ and Doctor Seuss.

    I was having a hard time getting anywhere until a librarian recommended the following website to me: http://www.ricochet-jeunes.org/sommaire.asp. This is quite simply a fantastic resource for children’s literature. And not just Francophone literature. They have just about any information you could be looking for about children’s literature, including music and magazines from countries around the world. They have selected their favourites, listed the classics and prize winners (always a good lead for choosing good books) and have referenced thousand of books by theme, author, age, you name it. While they call it a European portal, I can’t seem to find it in any language but French. However the content is so good I recommend even the anglophones to try stumbling through it.

    In the meantime, please feel free to submit a list below of your children’s favourite books.

  11. valvec said,

    May 19, 2009 at 11:50 am

    You’re children speak English ? Your children speak French ? They speak both languages ?

    Nevermind, if they are aged between 1 and 5, I really recommand you Oops & Ohlala, a lovely series of 8 totaly bilingual and colourful books.

    For more details, it’s here : http://www.lesyeuxenmirettes.fr/loisirs-activites-sorties-enfants-paris-culture-anglais-bilingues-talents-hauts-oops-et-ohlala/

  12. Meighan Merono said,

    May 14, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Wee Sing

    This is actually the same series that I listened to as a child! Of course back then it was a cassette, but the concept is the same! Each version has a CD, and a book which has all of the lyrics, musical notes, and pictures. It is really fun music that is educational as well, and I always find myself singing along! I received a great package from home with Wee Sing America, which is my favorite, and also Wee Sing Fun and Folk, Wee Sing Around The World, Wee Sing Baby, and Wee Sing Children’s Songs and Fingerplays. Below is the official website for Wee Sing if you would like to see what it’s all about!

    http://www.weesing.com/homepage.htm

  13. Meighan Merono said,

    May 14, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Rockabye Baby!

    This is a collection of CD’s that takes contemporary music, and creates a baby friendly version. It is without lyrics, and uses very soft sounds (glockenspiel, vibraphone, mellotron) to keep the same melody. I have the Bob Marley version, but the series has everything from Radiohead to the Rolling Stones. My copy was a gift, but check out the company website for more information:

    http://www.rockabyebabymusic.com

  14. amyfoxwell said,

    May 14, 2009 at 10:57 am

    This is a great collection of English children’s songs that are matched with their French counterparts. The songs are beautifully done, there is a book with translations and even all the movements (such as to ‘This Little Piggy’). My kids listen to this CD endlessly – and for one I don’t mind when they say ‘Play it again Mama’.

    http://www.amazon.fr/belles-comptines-anglaises-livre-audio/dp/2278053140/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1242298455&sr=8-5

    • Heidi Johnson said,

      May 27, 2009 at 7:36 pm

      This book/CD of English/French childrens songs just fab!!! My daughter is also listening to it endlessly!!! I would recommend to everyone!!!

  15. amyfoxwell said,

    May 14, 2009 at 8:23 am

    I’ve just found a great parenting book. It’s a bit dated in some places, but the overall philosophy is great. The part about getting them out of tantrums, etc is pure magic. Plus there is a great list of books and toys for each age that has inspired me when I’m at a loss of how to keep the kiddies occupied.

    You can find it for peanuts on Amazon in English:
    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=how+to+parent+dodson&x=8&y=27

    or in French:
    http://www.amazon.fr/s/ref=nb_ss_w_0_13?__mk_fr_FR=%C5M%C5Z%D5%D1&url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=tout+se+joue+avant+six+ans&sprefix=tout+se+joue+

    Personally I think I’m going to start giving this book as a baby shower gift! Every parent needs a copy.


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