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If you enjoyed reading about Grace Thomas, the American Girl character who visits Paris and wants to start her own bakery, you might be interested in these titles.


The 12 dares of Christa by Marissa Burt

Thirteen-year-old Christa's plans for her favorite holiday are derailed when her parents announce their divorce and Christa spends Christmas in Europe with her mom, but even though her dad remains in Chicago, he sends Christa on a scavenger hunt made up of dares that send her all over Florence, Paris, and London.

Kiki takes the cake by Laura Dower

Twelve-year-old Kiki Booker is looking forward to the contest that is run by the Future of Tech and Science, a local television show; but at the moment she is also concerned about saving her local bakery, Daisy's Desserts, which may be driven out of business by a big superstore.

Successful businesswoman Fortune A. Davies has announced a new website where "kidpreneurs" can upload ads for their businesses and Cleo and her friend Caylee are sure this is the their big break to get funding for their personalized barrettes, but producing an internet ad using their classmates is proving difficult.

Forced to work in her unpleasant uncle's horrible restaurant, a Parisian girl finds comfort and companionship in a shop nearby that sells otherworldly foods prepared by a mysterious cook and her cat.

Charlotte in Paris by Joan Knight
Also available in: e-book | e-audiobook

The young daughter of American artists living in Giverny, France, in 1893, records in her journal her exciting trip to Paris to attend an Impressionist art exhibition. Includes biographical sketches of the artists featured in the story.

Ten-year-old Poppy will do anything to realize her dream of becoming a baker, although her parents insist she attend Ruthersfield, the exclusive girls school for witchcraft, where she excels despite her dislike of magic. Includes baking tips and recipes.

A dash of trouble by Anna Meriano

Wanting to be a part of her family's Dia de los Muertos preparations, Leonora sneaks out of school to discover her mother, aunt, and older sisters have been keeping a secret.

Cupcake queen by M. Peschke

Kylie Jean needs to find a way to make some spending money, and she decides that baking cupcakes for people--and dogs--and selling them at garage sales is the perfect solution.

The Teashop Girls by Laura Schaefer

Fourteen-year-old Annie, along with her two best friends, tries desperately to save her grandmother's beloved, old-fashioned teashop in Madison, Wisconsin, while she also learns to accept the inevitability of change in life. Includes proverbs, quotations, and brief stories about tea, as well as recipes.

It's Raining Cupcakes by Lisa Schroeder

Twelve-year-old Isabel dreams of seeing the world but has never left Oregon, and so when her best friend, Sophie, tells her of a baking contest whose winners travel to New York City, she eagerly enters despite concerns about her mother, who is opening a cupcake bakery. 

My secret guide to Paris by Lisa Schroeder

Twelve-year-old Nora has always dreamed of going to Paris with her grandmother, but when her grandmother dies it seems like Paris is gone with her--until Nora finds three airline tickets in a trunk, and sets out to persuade her mother to use them.

When Katie's best friend Callie leaves her for a clique called the Popular Girls Club on the first day of middle school, Katie decides to find a group that she can join.

Paris for two by Phoebe Stone

Twelve-year-old Petunia is used to living in the shadow of her fourteen-year-old half-sister, Ava, their mother's favorite, but now that the whole family has moved to Paris for a year, Pet finds herself stepping into the light, making new friends, uncovering secrets, and, inspired by the classic French dolls she has found, revealing an unexpected talent for designing dresses.

Pie by Sarah Weeks

Alice's Aunt Polly passes away and entrusts the recipe for her world-famous pie crust to her cat, which she leaves in Alice's care, and as everyone, including Alice, tries to discover the secret ingredients, Alice learns some important lessons about faith, love, and family.


A practical guide to money smarts for girls, offering advice on how to identify spending style, tips on running a business, and information on saving and investing, and including 101 moneymaking ideas.

When Rae witnesses an ice cream-and-doggie mishap, she's inspired to create a big-scale solution to help get dogs clean. Rae draws on her determination, resilience, and courage until she--and everyone else in her community--learns just what it means to be an entrepreneur.

Perrault's fairy tales. by Charles Perrault

Original versions of "Cinderella," "Sleeping Beauty," "Little Red Riding Hood," and more. Charles Perrault was born in Paris on January 12, 1628. 

French bulldog : the Frenchie by Joyce L Markovics

Provides an overview of French bulldogs, with information on their behavior, history, and physical characteristics, and profiles Bugsy, a French bulldog who befriended a baby orangutan.

A French cookbook for kids by Rosemary Hankin

Many of the world's most famous chefs have been influenced by the decadent sauces and rich desserts associated with French cooking. This eye-catching book uses vivid, color photographs and engaging text to explore French cuisine.

While Julia is in the kitchen learning to cook up elaborate, delicious dishes, the only feast Minette is truly interested in is that of fresh mouse. Includes biographical information about Julia Child.

Run your own bake sale by Emma Carlson Berne

Many motivated youngsters are always trying to think up new ways to make some extra money. Running a bake sale can be a simple and lucrative business with the proper planning and organization. 

Women in business by Kristen Rajczak

Discusses the changing role of women in business from the nineteenth century to the present, and profiles such notable individuals as Gabrielle Chanel, Indra Nooyi of PepsiCo, Sheryl Sandberg, and Oprah Winfrey.

Tells the story of how women throughout the ages have responded to situations confronting them in daily life by inventing such items as correction fluid, space helmets, and disposable diapers.

Paris city trails by Helen Greathead

Shares themed trails that reveal Paris' best-kept secrets, including the carousel in the Jardin des Plantes, the Paris Plages, and Le Cimetière des Chiens.

Where is the Eiffel Tower? by Dina Anastasio

Learn about the Eiffel Tower, the beloved and iconic symbol of Paris, France, and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. 


Goldman Rubin traces Coco's development as a designer and demonstrates how her determination to be independent helped her gain worldwide recognition. Chanel faced many challenges as a financially independent woman in an era when women were expected to marry.

The story of how Joyce Chen, a girl born in Communist China, immigrated to the United States and popularized Chinese cooking.

Julia Child knew how to have fun, and she also knew how to whip up a delightful meal. After traveling around the world working for the U.S. government, Julia found her calling in the kitchen and devoted her life to learning, perfecting, and sharing the art of French cuisine. 

Provides an account of the life and accomplishments of the efficiency expert, the first woman elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and the first female psychologist to have a postage stamp issued in her honor.

Follow the story of entrepreneur Handler's early work with her husband Elliott making and selling plastic products, their collaboration with Harold Matson to form Mattel, Handler's inspiration for a new kind of doll, and the company's introduction of Barbie in 1959. 

Maya Lin : thinking with her hands by Susan Goldman Rubin

This accessible biography tells the story of Maya Lin, from her struggle to stick with her vision of the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial to the wide variety of works she has created since then. 

Presents the life of Sarah Breedlove Walker who, though born in poverty, pioneered in hair and beauty care products for black women, and became a great financial success.

Alice Waters and the trip to delicious by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Also available in: audiobook

Follows Alice Waters's work to educate children about healthy food by starting the Edible Schoolyard, and showing that good food starts in the fields with good soil and caring farmers.