Several organisations have French-lending libraries. Find a location near you below:
- Edmonton Public Library: Idylwylde Branch
- Bibliothèque Saint-Jean, open to the public through a The Alberta Library (TAL) card
- Institut Guy Lacombe de la Famille
- Calgary: Alliance Française of Calgary Centre de Ressources Francothèque
- Grande Prairie public library has an extensive French collection as part of the French Language Resource Centre
- Lethbridge: Médiathèque francophone Emma Morrier
- St. Isidore: the public library is located within the francophone cultural centre
Alberta’s French bookstore is always happy to assist non-Francophone parents:
Librairie le Carrefour (now a part of the University of Alberta’s online Bookstore). Their hours vary, so please contact them for further information!
8406 rue Marie-Anne Gaboury
Campus Saint-Jean Pavillon McMahon 1-33,
Edmonton, Alberta T6C 4G9
There is also the French Language Resources bookstore in Calgary:
370, 5222 – 130th Ave. SE
Suite #302 Calgary , Alberta T2Z 0G4
Phone : (403) 719 -3660 or 1- 888 – 545 – 5155
Fax : (403) 719 – 3662 or 1- 855 – 395 – 0045
Email : [email protected]
L’école des loisirs is a publisher in France which offers annual collections of 8 French books for all age groups. The children receive one each month from November to June. “Max” subscriptions can be ordered individually, and there are special rates for group orders. Contact Gaëlle Lecoq at 587-216-7109 for further information or assistance.
Sabita et les mots magiques mêlés (Sabita and the magic mixed-up words) is a children’s storybook, written in the present tense, for emerging readers. Tara Natter (B.Ed., former Calgary immersion teacher) created this book to present French sounds (like eau = o, ph = f) through a story of wizards, potions and magic. The accompanying story on CD helps children to practice their reading at home even when their parents don’t know French. The package is also designed for use in the classroom.
Usborne Books offers French editions of many of its English titles, books to introduce French vocabulary at the primary level, and reference books. On the online catalogue, search for “French titles.”
A variety of magazines for students of all ages can be ordered through Bayard Presse.
For hundreds of other ideas click here.
Discounts for CPF members:
Some companies offer discounts on books and other materials ordered by CPF members. Click here and scroll down to “CPF Member Savings.”
Alex Mahé – children’s performer and former early childhood educator from Alberta has recorded for young audiences
Charlotte Diamond – music for the 5-10-year-old crowd – look for Qu’il y ait toujours le soleil, Bonjour l’hiver, and Nous sommes tous comme les fleurs
Educorock Productions – offers educational music designed to motivate and reach students with a current beat
Gregg LeRock – “teaching and inspiring kids primarily through music”
Songs That Teach – CDs that teach French vocabulary, grammar, etc. from Sara Jordan Publishing
Will Stroet – high-energy, interactive and educational music in English and French
Lulu et le Matou (Lulu and the TomCat) are a bilingual, award-winning entertainment group who encourage active audience participation.
Are you a member of CPF interested in engaging your child, children or student(s) with the French language outside of a school setting? The Mary Joyce Booth Endowment Fund provides students across Canada with thousands of dollars towards French-second-language extracurricular opportunities. Click here for more information on our national website.