Quiet time activities are key to having a great summer. Getting lost in an epic novel, absorbing a new science lesson, learning about another culture–all are great ways to spend a summer break, and it can all be done in French!
The best place to start is at the libraries at school and in the community. Librarians hold a wealth of knowledge and can suggest their favourite summer picks for students and parents alike.
Do you or your child have a favourite book or series you’re looking forward to reading? Send us a message at [email protected] and we’ll share it with others through social media and this blog.
Chapters/Indigo offers a wide selection of French language books; it’s even broken down by grade-level to make searching easier. See a title that interests you? Ask your local library if they have it, or something similar!
Of course, there are lots of places online to read too.
- Bayard jeunesse
- Publisher of classic magazines such as J’aime lire, Bayard Jeunesse offers 10% off subscriptions for CPF members! They have magazines targeted to ages o-3, all the way up to 15+.
- Full of news, opinion, politics and culture, L’actualité is a great source for quick reads for high-school-aged students who are looking to engage with the world around them. Think of it as the French-language parallel to Maclean’s.
- The French-language parallel to Canadian Geographic magazine, Géographica offers readers in-depth explorations of Canadian cultures, history, ecology and, naturally, geography. For any older student interested in Canadiana, this is a great reading source.
- Other news and culture outlets
- The FIFA Men’s World Cup starts mid-June in Russia, and Canadian French-language sports broadcaster RDS will have the games live. Of course, they’ll also have match analysis and peripheral articles on their website too, all in French!
- La Presse, le Monde, TV5, Radio-Canada and many other outlets pump out new current affairs content every day. While it might not come with the same satisfying feeling as flipping through the pages of a book, reading articles from news sources is a fantastic way to grow one’s lexicon and understanding in another language.
Let us know what French-language book you or your French learner can’t put down this summer, and until then, bonne lecture!