Monday, December 2, 2013

'Tis La Saison! + Big News: Bonjour Mama Physical (Holiday) Bookstore in Kensington, MD!!

Bonjour à Tous!

The Christmas countdown is officially underway and there are plenty of opportunities to get into the Holiday spirit en français.  

Joyeuses Fêtes! 

French Out & About

The big event this month is The Alliance Française Holiday Party on December 21 at 10:30am. Local author and music teacher Julia Tulloch, who is also raising her children bilingually (she founded Le Petit Groupe Français!)--will be demonstrating her method for teaching piano to preschoolers, "Couleurs sur mon piano".  Caroling, storytime, free treats from Paul Bakery, plus lots of books and treasures for sale -- beaucoup fun!

The Lycee Rochambeau will also have its annual Winter Fair this Saturday, December 7th with tons of games, activities and holiday vendors.  And there are also lots of storytimes and happenings about town. Below are the regularly scheduled storytimes. 

Looking for other events en français? Take a look at the following calendars: 

French at Home

Celebrate Christmas with Caillou!  I just found this long Caillou holiday special on YouTube -- fantastique!   Especially for the 2-5 year old age range, Caillou is wonderful. The dialog is simple and easy to follow, teaches lots of everyday language and is just the right speed for little ones.

Also check out l'Atelier du Pere Noel where you can decorate Santa's tree (sapin) and lots more.  

Decorate the Christmas tree by throwing snowballs, or  write a letter to Papa Noel with Boowa et Kwala. As usual Boowa et Kwala have TONS of amazing activities with lots of easy to understand French. Here is the directory of jeux de Noel.  Amusez-vous bien!

Be sure to learn some Christmas favorites like Vive le Vent and Petit Papa Noel then come sing with us at the Alliance on December 21st!

From the Bonjour Mama Bookstore

We have been accumulating lots of treasures! Here is a list of public events where Bonjour Mama will be selling books (as always, help is wanted in exchange for free books-- please get in touch if interested!) and slowly but surely they are making their way online. 

Saturday, December 7th 10am-5pm: Lycee Rochambeau Winter Fair - Bethesda, MD

Thursday, December 12th - 6:00-8:30pm: Playseum Christmas Party for a Cause - Bethesda, MD

Saturday, December 21st: Alliance Française Christmas Party - Washington, DC

Bonjour Mama Physical Holiday Bookstore!!!

For the holiday season (and hopefully beyond!!), Bonjour Mama will have our very own physical storechez the wonderful Kensington Row Bookshop in the heart of Antiques Row in Kensington, MD!

Friday, December 6th - Tuesday, December 24th.

Tuesday-Friday: 10am-3pm
Sunday: 12-5pm


The store is right in the heart of Antiques Row in Kensington, MD, home to one of the "best places for antiquing" in the DC Metro area. Visit us upstairs, and browse the rest of this wonderful shop - there is a dollhouse and great English-language children's section downstairs where we have found many wonderful, unique storybooks!  Other nearby attractions: Antiques Row, Safeway, the Kensington Caboose (kids toys and clothes consignment) and brand new drive-thru Starbucks (also has seating inside). Check out more about Kensington here:

Directions to Bonjour Mama Bookstore / Kensington Row Bookshop:
From downtown Bethesda: Go up Wisconsin Ave/Rockville Pike; turn right on Strathmore Avenue and follow about 2 miles to Connecticut. Turn left, then immediate right onto Howard Ave. 
From Chevy Chase: Go up Connecticut Avenue about 1.5 miles, turn right onto Howard Ave.
From Arlington, VA: 
From Georgetown, DC: 
From Alexandria, VA
From Rockville, MD
From Bethesda, MD
From Chevy Chase, MD
From Silver Spring, MD

We are also on the MARC Train (Brunswick line--runs on weekdays only)

We hope to see you in the store this month!!

Trade in your Treasures!
In addition to our growing selection of brand new French books, Bonjour Mama will be starting to offer "like new" and "very gently used" books, and need to build our stock. 

Please come by with all your French-language books you no longer need and trade in for credit in books!  If you have French-language games or toys (that speak French!) with all the pieces and in great condition, they are also bienvenusMerci!   

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