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G is for Gael: An Alphabet of Nova Scotia’s Gaelic Culture

Fàilte means “welcome”—welcome to the world of Nova Scotia’s Gaelic culture! This picture book is a first step for children and adults looking to understand and connect with Gaelic history, culture, and identity in Nova Scotia. Through joyful illustrations and creative concepts, readers will have the opportunity to explore and celebrate what it means to be a Gael. The book is for children, teachers, parents, grandparents, and anyone who wants to learn more about Gaelic language and culture in Nova Scotia.


Shelayne Hanson has been an elementary school educator in Nova Scotia for over 25 years. Grandparents and great-grandparents on both sides of her family spoke Gaelic, but as in so many families, the language was not passed on. Her appreciation of her own heritage deepened through her daughters’ learning experiences, and Shelayne supports her girls in sharing the traditions of their Gaelic heritage with others through music and education.


Etta Moffatt has been working as a designer and illustrator for 35 years. Through her work with museums, she rediscovered her own Gaelic roots. Named after her Gaelic-speaking grandmother, Etta carries on her storytelling tradition through illustration. Today she enjoys every opportunity to create designs and images that tell the stories of Nova Scotia Gaels to a new generation.


Pronunciation video coming soon
Teachers’ guide PDF coming September 2020
Book launch video
Free colouring page (PDF)
Free colouring page (Google Doc)


Format: Paperback, 11 x 8.5 inches, 32 pages, colour
ISBN: 978-1-988747-44-6
Retail price: $14.99 CDN
Publication date: May 2020

Format: Hardcover, 11 x 8.5 inches, 32 pages, colour
ISBN: 978-1-988747-45-3
Retail price: $22.99 CDN
Publication date: September 2020

Nova Scotia readers and educators: Place orders with Tattletales in Dartmouth or Woozles in Halifax, or the Gaelic College Craft Shop in Cape Breton.

Order online: [links coming June 2020] | | | |

Wholesale: Book sell sheet [coming soon] | In Canada place orders with Nimbus. Rest of world, contact Bradan Press directly.


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