Kids and adults alike get excited for St. Patrick’s Day each year; there’s food, drink, costumes, and all kinds of other fun stuff! (Hint: Books!)
What began as a feast day honoring the patron saint of Ireland has evolved into a celebration of Ireland and Irish culture. If you’re looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your family this year, why not read a book or two together? Below are some great books for young ones, each embodying various aspects of St. Patrick’s Day—leprechauns, pots of gold, shamrocks and good luck, and, of course, Ireland! And if you’d like more information on the origins and traditions of this holiday, click here.
Tomie dePaola’s Irish BooksFor classic Irish tales, look no further than beloved children’s author and illustrator Tomie dePaola. On his website, dePaola explains that his half Irish and half Italian heritage meant that St. Patrick’s Day was a big deal in his house. As a result, he’s done quite a few Irish books—pictured above are Fin M’Coul, The Giant Of Knockmany Hill; Patrick, Patron Saint Of Ireland; Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato; and Jamie O’Rourke and the Pooka.
Lucky Tucker by Leslie McGuirk
This board book about a little dog who’s down on his luck is the perfect read for little ones. After rolling in a bed of clover (that just happens to belong to a leprechaun), Tucker is suddenly the luckiest dog in the world!
Ten Lucky Leprechauns by Kathryn Heling, Deborah Hembrook, & Jay Johnson
“Fiddle-de-fizz, there’s magic, there is, when leprechauns find each other.” Count from one to ten with this fun rhyming story as one leprechaun finds another, then two, then three… you get the idea!
Leprechauns in Late Winter by Mary Pope Osborne, plus Fact Tracker #21: Leprechauns and Irish Folklore
Have you been to the magic tree house lately? Travel with Jack and Annie to long-ago Ireland, where they must convince a girl named Augusta to share her creativity with the world. A great book for early readers, especially when you pair it with the corresponding Fact Tracker. Learn about Irish folklore, language, and more!
Too Many Leprechauns: Or How That Pot O’ Gold Got to the End of the Rainbow by Stephen Krensky
Leprechauns are lucky on St. Patrick’s Day. But have you ever wondered what they do for the other 364 days of the year? Turns out, they’re just a bunch of noisy neighbors! But Finn O’Finnegan has a plan—let’s just hope he gets lucky!
The Clover Curse by Poppy Green & Jennifer A. Bell
In the latest installment of the Sophie Mouse series, Sophie finds a lucky four-leaf clover out in the fields one day. Sophie is so excited, until she realizes her luck is getting worse instead of better. Is it possible that her clover is cursed? Find out with your early reader!
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
It might not be about St. Patrick’s Day specifically, but this Caldecott Honor Book is about the holiday’s most recognizable color: green! You’ll never believe how many kinds of green there are to be found.