Na Gàidheil/The Gaels Childrens Gaelic Book Series

by Catrìona in Lanark, Scotland, United Kingdom

Na Gàidheil/The Gaels Childrens Gaelic Book Series
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On 11th October 2019 we successfully raised £165 with 5 supporters in 28 days

To help develop and publish a series of Illustrated Scottish Gaelic Childrens books aimed at inspiring young children to learn the language.

by Catrìona in Lanark, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Gaels/ Na Gàidheil are a series of Illustrated Childrens Books aimed at teaching Scottish Gaelic to young children through the magic of illustration and the introduction to simple words and names.

The first book in The Fairy Gaels series has been published and has had a fantastic response.  A smaller version was also introduced into schools in South Lanarkshire which I gave them licence to use for free as I wanted to do something to help spark an interest in our beautiful language for children. 

Eva enjoying the School Edition of the book

Na Gàidheil has received great feedback from the Gaelic community, Gaelic Books Council and Creative Scotland along with many others.

“Na Gàidheil is a visually appealing book that gives children an introduction to the Gaelic language through fun characters and enchanting images.” 

Professor Michael Newton, Gaelic scholar and author.

Lucy and Matthew reading the full edition..

I am looking to raise funds to help me develop and publish the next book in the series which there is already a demand for.  

Unfortunately places like Amazon take a huge percentage of book sales so I need to find other sources of funding to give me the time I need to work on the next one.  I would be using the funds raised for materials, marketing, editing, printing, the many hours it takes to illustrate each page, travelling to promote the books and so much more.  So much time and effort goes into creating these books so every penny raised will help. It is expensive to self publish so funds would help pay for all the costs involved and allow me to spend thr extra time I need on all the writing and illustrations as I plan for the next book to be longer, more illustrations and words and useful phrases for children to learn.

The Gaels are a family of Scottish Fairies and the book contains magical illustrations accompanied by simple Gaelic words and English translations to help parents enjoy the magic of learning this beautiful language with their children.

Original watercolour painting the fairy family..

I grew up in the North East of Scotland and am very passionate about preserving our native language whilst continuing to study it at the same time as creating and illustrating the books. My great grandparents were Gaelic speakers from both the Scottish Highlands and also the Isle of Jura and I want to bring a spark of magic to childrens imagination whilst teaching them an introduction to simple Gaelic words with the view to getting the books into schools, libraries, nurseries and bookbug sessions and beyond!

My first book had some fantastic feedback and reviews and was in Amazons bestsellers for a to have the time to spend on a longer, more intricate follow up.

The Official School launch of Na Gàidheil along with some of the children and local Snp Councillor, Julia Marrs who helped me a great deal in the early stages of my project.

You can find out more information, reviews etc. from the first book here.. 

Mòran Taing!

Many Thanks!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£100 or more

£100 or more Reward

For pledges of £100 or more you get a signed copy of both books, your name credited at the back of the new edition and a signed A4 print of a character or illustration of your choice..

£10 or more

£10 Reward, Half price signed copy of the new book

Half price signed copy of the new book.

£20 or more

£20 Reward, Signed Book and postcard size print.

Signed copy of first edition of the new book plus postcard print of any character of your choice.

£50 or more

£50 Reward, Both books and postcard size print.

A signed copy of both books and your name credited at the end of the second book. Also a postcard print of the character of your choice.

£200 or more

£200 Reward, Both books and childrens workshop

Signed copies of both books, a visit from myself, the author, to a school or childrens group within Scotland and a one hour workshop. Also a signed A4 print of your choice.

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