From pop-up explorations of its skyline to exciting adventures set during the French revolution, there’s a wealth of books to introduce children to the delights of ParisI’m taking my two children of 12 and eight to Paris for the August bank holiday. What books would be good for them to read to give them a feel for the city?Paris is the star of many books for children; its iconic buildings, violent history and romantic associations make a perfect wellspring for picture books and fiction. To familiarise them with the major sites, Sarah McMenemy’s Paris is a three dimensional expanding city skyline that introduces some of the most famous buildings including the Eiffel Tower, Pompidou Centre and Musee D’Orsay in an attractive concertina foldout. For adventure, the French revolution provides so much action that it is a great draw for authors. Jennifer Donnelly’s Revolution is a brilliant time-slip novel which takes Andi, a contemporary New York girl, on a visit to her father in Paris to escape difficulties at home. But once there, through her father’s work, Andi is drawn to the tragic story of the lost Dauphin, Louis-Charles. For Andi, as for all who visit Paris, the call of history …read more

Via: The Guardian | Books