While these books are made for children, they’re also fantastic resources for adults looking to learn Gaelic! Utilize childrens books to ease yourself into learning the language in simple, easy to follow ways.
Fionn MacCool and the Salmon of Knowledge
Available in both English and French, Fionn MacCool and the Salmon of Knowledge teaches children the story of the great Gaelic hero Fionn MacCool and why he sucks his thumb. Containing two versions of the action story, the first in English and the second in English featuring nine Scottish Gaelic words, this story will help get kids introduced to Gaelic and build awareness of the language. Written by former educator Terri M. Roberts, this book also has free teaching resources, Gaelic vocabulary pronunciation videos, and read-aloud demonstration videos to help plan out how to move forward with the lesson.
Available from the Nova Scotia Board of Education’s Book Bureau for teachers.
G is for Gael
Learn more about the diverse and beautiful Celtic heritage of Nova Scotia through is alphabet style picture book, G is for Gael. Written by Nova Scotia educator, Shelayne Hanson, this book is a first step to understand and connect with Gaelic history, culture, and identity in Nova Scotia.
Gaelic Language Revitalization Concepts and Challenges
This collection of essays focus on a number of interconnected themes on the revitalization of minority language. Gaelic Language Revitalization Concepts and Challenges is perfect to reference for academic papers, to utilize in courses, or to help better understand the revitalization of minority languages. Suitable for undergraduate and graduate-level courses in multiple fields including linguistic anthropology, sociolinguistics, Celtic studies, and education.
Are you a student hoping to utilize this book in your courses? You can recommend the book to your university library for purchase by filling out this request form and submitting to your institutions library.
Raithean airson Sireadh / Seasons for Seeking
This collection of poetry takes you through the Gaelic calendar year, following the works of the Sufi mystic Rumi, interpreted by Coleman Barks, and translated into Gaelic way Lewis MacKinnon. This series of poems will help you explore the works of a 13th century poet and how timeless his work can be. Coupled with some of MacKinnon’s own works, this collection is sure to delight and enchant you.
Available as an enchanting and culturally diverse audiobook and a paperback, this will be the perfect break from your studies or perfect for poetry analysis, with both the Gaelic and English translations available within the work.
Getting more comfortable reading Gaelic? Then Anna Ruadh is perfect for you and a fantastic break from academic works. Relive the childhood classic, Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, through this Gaelic translation.