3,000 books in French awarded to dual language and immersion programs across the US

In partnership with Bibliothèques Sans Frontières’s (BSF) program “Des livres pour votre bibliothèque” the Cultural Service of the French Embassy has awarded 3,000 French language books to ten American dual-language schools. With the help of BSF, the French Embassy was able to bring gently used French language children’s books to the U.S. in response to the great need by dual-language programs for French children’s books. The recipient schools were selected following a drawing competition in which schools were invited to submit drawings of students’ favorite characters from Francophone youth literature. Priority was given to schools most in need, based on Title 1 and free and reduced lunch indicators, and to recently opened French dual language/immersion programs in US public schools.

Thirty-six schools in 16 states and the District of Columbia participated, submitting more than 170 drawings!

Thank you to all the schools and students who submitted their artwork, and congratulations to the following selected schools:

  • Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans (New Orleans, LA)
  • Richard Riordan Primary Center (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Grantsville Elementary School (Grantsville, UT)
  • Lake Ridge Elementary School (Riverdale, GA)
  • Gaithersburg Middle School (Gaithersburg, MD)
  • Lou Henry Elementary School (Waterloo, IA)
  • George School (Brockton, MA)
  • Elsie Whitlow Stokes- East End Campus (Washington, D.C.)
  • New York French American Charter School (New York City, NY)
  • Robious Elementary (Richmond, VA)

The partnership between BSF and the French Embassy helps resolve the most widely cited obstacle in creating a French library for American dual-language schools: shipping costs and finding authentic Francophone resources. A diverse library of French books allows students in dual-language programs to increase their French literacy while also learning more about French and Francophone culture.