St Patrick’s Day Books for Children

Below are some of the best St. Patrick’s Day children’s books. As teachers, we love how we can use the excitement about this holiday — leprechauns, rainbows, pots of gold, shamrocks — to get kids engaged in writing and math and all kids of learning activities. It’s amazing how much writing you will get out of a kid when their prompt is “How do you catch a leprechaun?” or “If you had a pot of gold, where would you hide it?”  The books below are great introductions to these activities…. great for stirring up the excitement and interest.  And, they’re just plain fun to read!

Best Children’s Books

Here are some recommended books in the Southfield Public Library catalog from the Best Children’s Books and the Jenny Evolution websites with commentary by the article’s writers. If you don’t see a copy available, contact a librarian to place an item on hold for you!

A Fine St. Patrick's Day
Wojciechowski, Susan
Welcome to the rival towns of Tralee and Tralah, where the annual St. Patrick’s Day decorating contest is under way. Every year, Tralah defeats Tralee. This year, though, little Fiona Riley has a wonderful idea that will help Tralee win the contest for sure. But neither town has counted on a stranger arriving—a funny little man with pointed ears and boots trimmed with bells—who will turn the contest upside down!
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The Leprechaun Who Lost his Rainbow
Callahan, Sean
When a leprechaun appears and asks Colleen’s help in saving the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, she offers items of different colors to rebuild his lost rainbow.
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That's What Leprechauns Do
Bunting, Eve
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!

1st-3rd Grade

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Shamrocks, Harps,and Shillelaghs
Barth, Edna
Shamrocks, shillelaghs, reed pipes, and leprechauns—these are some of the many symbols that remind us of St. Patrick’s Day. Who was St. Patrick? And what is this early spring holiday all about? With warmth and vitality, Edna Barth tells the colorful stories, legends, and historical facts behind St. Patrick’s Day and shows how the spirit of this ancient Irish holiday is still alive in many countries.
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The Leprechaun's Gold
Edwards, Pamela Duncan
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.

Preschool-4th Grade

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Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland
DePaola, Tomie
The story of Patrick’s life, from his noble birth in Britain, to his being captured and taken to Ireland by a group of bandits, to the “dreams” that led him to convert the Irish people to the Christian faith. DePaola also retells several well-known legends, including the story of how Patrick got rid of all the snakes in Ireland.
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Time O'Toole and the Wee Folk
McDermott, Gerald
When the evil McGoons trick Tim O’Toole out of his fortune, he teams up with his benefactors, the Little People, to regain his treasure. McDermott’s illustrated books (including Caldecott winner Arrow to the Sun) and animated films have earned him international recognition.

Kindergarten-3rd Grade

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St. Patrick's Day
Rockwell, Anne
Mrs. Madoff's students celebrate Saint Patrick's Day by giving class presentations about the history of the holiday and Irish traditions and culture.

Kindergarten-2nd Grade

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Leprechaun in Late Winter
Osbourne, Mary Pope
Jack and Annie travel back to 19th-century Ireland to inspire a young Augusta Gregory to share her love of Irish legends and folktales with the world.

2nd-5th Grade

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Jamie O'Rourke and the big Potato
DePaola, Tomie
The laziest man in all of Ireland catches a leprechaun, who offers a potato seed instead of a pot of gold for his freedom.

Preschool-3rd Grade

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Fiona's Luck
Bateman, Teresa
A clever woman named Fiona must pass the leprechaun king's tests when she tries to get back all the luck he has locked away from humans.

Kidnergarten-5th Grade

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