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Easy reading for beginning French students

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Are you or your students ready to try reading in French? Here is a selection of French readers for beginning to intermediate students, including short stories, novel exerpts, non-fiction, and poems chosen or written especially with beginning students in mind.

1. Beginner's French Reader, Anne Topping

More than two dozen simple stories about everyday situations with pictures, exercises, and a complete glossary. For absolute beginners.
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2. Easy French Reader, by R. de Roussy de Sales

Learn French as you read fiction and non-fiction: short stories, historical sketches of France, biographies of famous French people, and more. Includes margin translations and comprehension exercises. This progressive reader can be used by absolute beginners to intermediates.
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3. Poursuite à Québec, by Ian Fraser

Part of the "Aventures canadiennes" series - a mystery and adventure story with simple vocabulary and sentence structure, illustrations, exercises, and a glossary. Beginning French.

4. Dialogues sympathiques: A Reader for Beginning French Students, by Anne Moreau

Thirty brief, humorous dialogues and stories, with illustrations, exercises, and depictions of cultural characteristics of Francophone countries. Beginning French.
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5. Joie de lire!, Harcourt School

This series of three books aimed particularly at children includes a reader for each level: beginning, intermediate, and advanced.
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6. Danger dans les Rocheuses, by Ian Fraser

Part of the "Aventures canadiennes" series - a mystery and adventure story with simple vocabulary and sentence structure, illustrations, exercises, and a glossary. Beginning French.

7. Graded French Reader, Camille Bauer

A collection of simplified exerpts of French novels, with pre- and post-reading activities, grammatical explanations, and footnote translations. Beginning to intermediate French.
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8. Petits Contes Sympathiques, by June K. Phillips

For high-beginning French students: more than two dozen humorous short stories about everyday situations in simple, authentic language.
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9. Cinq ans dans la vie d'une petite fille, 1940-1945

Looking for a short book written in relatively easy French? Interested in reading a new perspective on World War II? Cinq ans dans la vie d'une petite fille, 1940-1945 might be just what you need.
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