Provence Reads for Children

It’s easy to get a bit caught up in adult activities focusing on Provence’s cultural and historical aspects. However, there is plenty to interest children in the region. Many museums offer separate kid-friendly audioguides. These books are written for children and deliver a magical first glance at the South of France. Kids can learn about places, key characters, Roman history and Provencal customs.

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Coco Blignaut’s childhood home was South Africa, and she now lives in the hills of Los Angeles. It is Provence that stole Coco Blignaut’s heart long ago. Blignaut’s second children’s book, Puss in Boots in Provence, is filled with beautiful images and collages of landscapes and people’s faces.  Read more background on this story – her love letter to Provence here.

Ashley Davidson-Fisher & Martinique Louise Fisher published La Petite Josette en Provence in September 2018 after a lengthy international collaboration project. This charming tale is about the family’s visit to see the perched village of Les Baux de Provence.

The weather and pace of life in the South of France convinced Tracy Rawles and her husband to relocate from the United Kingdom in 2012. Enchanted by her surroundings, Rawles wrote her first book, Charlie’s World of Glittering Powers. The story of a cigale named Charlie and Sevi, an adventure-seeking girl who is spending the holidays in Provence with her family.

Who doesn’t love the idea of a trip to Aix-en-Provence, France, and the chance to solve an art mystery? Rachel Selle’s characters head to Aix-en-Provence in her second novel, The European Adventures: Aix Marks the Spot, A Mystery Adventure Book for Kids, in pursuit of Mr. Aix.

The European Adventures series follows four ex-pat children who live in Frankfurt, Germany. They travel all over Europe from their base in Germany, finding themselves pulled into mysteries and intrigues. This book is fun for children and adults alike, with a chance to discover Aix and the surrounding area while the characters solve the mystery.