Beginning French Reading Resources

Easy reading for beginning French students

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 excerpts, non-fiction, and poems chosen or written especially with beginning students in mind.

More than two dozen simple stories about everyday situations with pictures, exercises, and a complete glossary. For absolute beginners.

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.
Part of the "Aventures canadiennes" series - a mystery and adventure story with simple vocabulary and sentence structure, illustrations, exercises, and a glossary. Beginning French. More »
Thirty brief, humorous dialogues and stories, with illustrations, exercises, and depictions of cultural characteristics of Francophone countries. Beginning French.
This series of three books aimed particularly at children includes a reader for each level: beginning, intermediate, and advanced.
Part of the "Aventures canadiennes" series - a mystery and adventure story with simple vocabulary and sentence structure, illustrations, exercises, and a glossary. Beginning French. More »
A collection of simplified exerpts of French novels, with pre- and post-reading activities, grammatical explanations, and footnote translations. Beginning to intermediate French.
For high-beginning French students: more than two dozen humorous short stories about everyday situations in simple, authentic language.