Just a little over two weeks until St Patrick’s Day! Last year I did a round up of St Patrick’s Day books to read with your children and this year I have another list of books for you!
Themed books are the perfect way to teach children about upcoming holidays and other specials days. They’re always some of my favorite books because it keeps things exciting. Once the holiday is over I usually pack them away in a special box that I have for all of our holiday books.
This makes it even more exciting because they don’t have them all year long to read, it keeps the books fresh!
St Patrick’s Day Countdown by Salina Yoon
Count along with the forest friends in this shimmery board book! Five bright green holographic shamrock tabs and fun rhyming text make this a St. Patrick’s Day treat!
The Story of the Leprechaun by Katherine Tegen
In a faraway village lives a talented little shoemaker—who also happens to be a leprechaun. He keeps the gold that he earns from making shoes hidden away in his home, where he thinks it will be safe. But one day a greedy man named Tim spies the leprechaun’s pot of gold and tries to steal it! How can the little leprechaun outsmart Tim and make sure his pot of gold will be safe forever?
Emeraldalicious (Pinkalicious) by Victoria Kann
When Pinkalicious and Peter decide to visit their favorite park, they find that it’s no longer their favorite place—the park is now filled with stinky trash! Pinkalicious has an idea and makes an extra-special wand out of a stick and some flowers. Now whenever Pinkalicious makes a wish, adds a little love, and recites a pinkatastic rhyme, something amazing happens: Everything turns greenerrific!
Ten Lucky Leprechauns by Kathryn Heling
Fiddle-de-fizz, ’tis magic, it is!
When leprechauns find each other.
Count from one to ten as one little leprechaun looking for treasure magically becomes ten silly leprechaun friends at the end of the rainbow! A humorous, rhyming celebration of St. Patrick’s Day!
Green Shamrocks by Eve Bunting
Rabbit is growing shamrocks in a pretty yellow pot–he’s getting them ready for St. Patrick’s Day so he can wear them for the parade! When his pot of beautiful green shamrocks goes missing, he goes searching . . . will he find them in time?
This is Ireland by Miroslav Sasek
This is Ireland, first published in 1964, brings the Emerald Isle to life, where the shamrock grows and a leprechaun stands at the end of every rainbow, guarding a crock of gold. There’s Dublin with its bustling crowds, tall steeples, and Trinity College; there’s Clonmacnois, the burial place of kings; there’s the Blarney Stone to kiss for eloquence, and much, much more in this verdant, friendly land filled with enchanted lakes and mountains that fall steep to the sea.
The Leprechaun’s Gold by Pamela Duncan Edwards
In this classic Irish legend, two harpists — merry-hearted Old Pat and ill-spirited Young Tom — set off for a contest to name the finest harpist in all of Ireland. When Young Tom realizes that Old Pat is truly the better musician, he schemes to be the winner — but he doesn′t reckon with the clever trickery of a mischievous little leprechaun.
St Patrick’s Day by Gail Gibbons
In addition to the story of St. Patrick’s life, here is information about how St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated. There are decorations from shmrocks to shillelaghs. People give cards, share meals, and wear green to honor Ireland, the Emerald Isle. And there are parades! Included are six legends about Patrick. Full color.
Today is George’s lucky day—St. Patrick’s Day is here! George loves a celebration, and St. Patrick’s Day means plenty o’ music, dancing, and feasting fun! He dresses up in his festive finest, looks for leprechauns, and learns some Irish dance steps. But can George make it to the parade without causing any trouble? See if his lucky four leaf clover will come through .
What do leprechauns do? They bury a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, of course. But as Mrs. Bally Bunion’s ox, Miss Maude Murphy’s hen, and Old Jamie soon find out, they can’t resist having a little fun along the way. For, besides burying pots of gold, mischief is what leprechauns do!