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Our Favorite St Patrick's Day Books for Children!

Learn the history and culture behind St. Patrick’s Day! This book list includes children’s books (ages 4-8) to read together that will bring the holiday to life.

It's St. Patrick's Day, Dear Dragon

Hillert, Margaret.

These Beginning-to-Read books capture the imaginations of beginning readers and help them on their way to independent reading. They could also be read aloud to young children who are not able to read yet. This book is an excellent addition to a family library or a primary classroom.

How to Catch a Leprechaun

Wallace, Adam.

A talented leprechaun is not impressed by the traps laid out by kids and even the grown up's who try to catch him, and the book keeps the reader guessing, will they find him? This book offers up a lot of ideas for Rube Goldberg and inventor types, see if you can make your own leprechaun trap. Can you catch a leprechaun?

Pete the cat : The great leprechaun chase

James Dean.

In Pete's usual fashion, Pete learns a lesson and also saves the day for all of his friends. Pete chases Clover, the leprechaun all through the book trying to catch luck for his friends. In the end, Pete learns that he makes his luck and works hard to help his friends with theirs as well.

Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk

Gerald McDermott

This is an amusing Irish folk tale about a man named Tim O'Toole and the antics that occur as he attempts to support his family.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover

Lucille Colandro

She's back! That lovely old lady has returned just in time for St. Patrick's Day. Now she's swallowing items to make the perfect rainbow to hide a pot of gold.

Fiona's Luck

Therese Bateman

Is there anything better than a sassy Irish lass who uses her noggin to outwit and outsmart a pack of self-centered leprechauns?

Tales from Old Ireland

retold by Malachy Doyle

This enchanting collection of favorite Irish folk tales deserves to be read aloud at every hearth.

Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato

by De Paola, Tomie

Jamie O?Rourke is the laziest man in all of Ireland, far too lazy to help his wife on their farm. Then, after a chance encounter with a leprechaun, Jamie finds himself growing the biggest potato in the world. But what will happen when the potato grows too large for Jamie and the villagers to handle?

Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland

by Tomie dePaola

With his signature bold illustrations and engaging prose, Tomie dePaola recounts a number of legends about the Saint—including the well-known story of how he drove the snakes from Ireland, and his association with the shamrock.  This timeless picture book is a perfect introduction to these important Irish legends, and an ideal St. Patrick's Day gift— perfect for sharing with your family.

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