Easy French Reader, by R. De Roussy De Sales - This little book helped me tremendously when I was learning French. The stories are interesting and you will learn about France along with learning French.
Words in a French Life, by Kristin Espinasse - A must read for anyone that would like to learn more French. Collection of useful words and stories from the archives at French Word-A-Day. Full of fun and useful expressions as well as thoughtful French quotes.