Here's a little personal tidbit for you: I spent three months (not warm ones, might I add!) in the Magdalen Islands just north of P.E.I. for a cultural-linguistic student exchange when I was in high school. I haven't made it back as an adult, but perhaps one day!

4 personal photos of Les Iles-de-la-Madeleine

To explore this unique and beautiful region of Quebec in the classroom, also known as les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, here is a round-up of several books that an Extended French or French Immersion teacher might wish to borrow or buy for use with their students:

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six livres au sujet des Iles-de-la-Madeleine

Tatiana au pays du vent
I've used this one in my own classroom. I recommend it for grade 5-6 since it ties nicely into the Energy and Global Issues content of those grades, but with the current focus on Ukraine in current events, it would work nicely with other grades as well. 

Les Iles magiques (+ Tome 2 et Tome 3) 
These are picture books rather than chapter books or novels.

Mystère aux Iles de la Madeleine
This selection is a little older - but who knows? That may mean it's been in your own collection and you weren't sure how you might use it, aside from offering students free choice reading material.

Les baleines des Iles de la Madeleine
This one is about 75 pages. Some ideas for additional learning activities can be found on the Fous de lire site.

La Sirène des Îles de la Madeleine
This one is also available on Epic for free during school hours). The text is a bit more advanced 
and it's in the form of a legend.


These book suggestions could be helpful for literature circles or differentiated reading with a unifying theme. They might be of interest to the French Immersion Teacher-Librarian looking for display ideas. Francophone or francophile librarians or French lead teachers needing to suggest a book list for purchasing decisions can also benefit from this curation. 

+ Roukie en cavale T1 (This novel is definitely more advanced than the other books I've listed here, being over 225 pages long, but I recently came across it and wanted to include it)

Check out some of the beautiful photos on their travel website with your students. Learn a bit about other parts of the Gaspésie region of Quebec. It ties beautifully into learning about Acadian culture as well

Another idea is to use them throughout the year, comparing the cultural or physical geography and other aspects between this francophone region in Canada and another francophone location in the world, or in North America.

Bonne lecture!