Bringing a bit of Gaeilge into your home through the power of reading is a wonderful way to keep the language alive.
There is something so amazing about hearing people speak the Irish language - whether they are líofa or they just know their cúpla focail, it is wonderful to witness a conversation in our own language.
Bringing the Irish language into your home through reading is not only a fun pastime but it also a great way to help preserve our national language and culture.
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Whether you're a family of Gaeilgeoirs or you want to give your little one a helping hand with their Irish in school, these books are a helpful and fun way to bring some Irish into your everyday life.
PERCY PÉACÓG written by GEMMA BREATHNACH illustrated by TARSILA KRÜSE
Percy is a shy peacock - one who does not enjoy being the centre of attention with all eyes on him. However, this can prove difficult when you have a tail as colourful and as magnificent as his! This is a wonderful story about bravery and kindness told through simple, easy-to-read language.
BEAG BÍDEACH written by SADHBH DEVLIN illustrated by RÓISÍN HAHESSY
Nína loves her little brother Jimí but little siblings can be annoying, can't they? Life would be wonderful if she could be tiny so that she could go and play with her dolls in her doll's house, right? This is a fun tale that many kids will be able to relate to.
MO THEACHÍN GAN CHUMA GAN CHAOI written by JULIA DONALDSON and TADHG MAC DHONNAGÁIN illustrated by AXEL SCHEFFLER
A Squash and a Squeeze is a wonderful fable that tells the story of a woman who thinks her house is way too small, written by the award-winning team of Donaldson and Scheffler, who wrote the Gruffalo. In this Irish version by Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin, everyone can enjoy the wonderful tale while also brushing up on their Gaeilge.
SCÚNC AGUS SMÚIRÍN written by MUIREANN NÍ CHÍOBHÁIN illustrated by PADDY DONNELLY
This little Scúnc (Skunk) is completely inseparable from Smúirín (Sniffy), his comfort toy. Smúirín's special smell offers comfort and safety for Scúnc whenever he feels scared or anxious - but what happens one day when Smúirín somehow loses his smell?
MÓR AGUS MUILC written by JOHN ÓG HIÚDAÍ NEIDÍ Ó COLLA illustrated by KIM SHARKEY
This is a thought-provoking tale told in beautifully simple language that touches on themes of life and death. According to an article in the Irish Times, "in the 1930s, old people around Gaoth Dobhair told versions of it to school children collecting yarns for the Irish Folklore Commission."
LÍSÍN: NÍ BANPHRIONSA MÉ! written by PATRICIA FORDE illustrated by JOELLE DREIDEMY
This is the second book in the funny and heartwarming Lísín series. Lísín is a feisty pirate - not a pink princess. But when she has to don her fancy clothes for her Posh School play, what can she do?
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