St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday to celebrate, even if you are not Irish. For kids the magic of leprechauns and a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow make this day extra special. Below we have gathered 10 books that are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. We hope March 17th is full of good luck, leprechauns, gold and rainbows.
FIND EVEN MORE ST. PATRICK’S DAY IDEAS IN OUR PRINTABLE ST. PATRICK’S DAY THEME LESSON PLANS.
More Resources for Little Book Lovers
The best way to encourage a love of reading is to provide kids with many opportunities to engage with a wide variety of books that are of interest to them. That’s why we share so many books lists on Fantastic Fun and Learning. We want to make it easy for you to find great books your kids will love. Over the years we’ve also discovered some helpful tools for connecting kids and books.
Digital libraries are one very handy way to do this. Epic! is one of our favorite online libraries. It’s full of over 25,000 books, learning videos, quizzes and more for kids 12 and under…and it’s free for educators. Click here to learn more and sign up.
Book Boxes are another fun way to get kids excited about reading. What kid doesn’t love to get a special delivery in the mail?! The crew over at Bookroo finds the best little known books that you won’t already have in your library, and they send them to you each month. Take a peak inside a Bookroo Box here.
Book-Based Activities are also a lot of fun for kids. Jodie over at Growing Book by Book has saved us all a ton of time and created a full year of Book-Based Activity Calendars so that you can extend the fun with a special book each week.
Books About Leprechauns & St. Patrick’s Day
Mary McLean and the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade by Steven Kroll
Mary McLean and the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is a wonderful story of an immigrant family in New York in the 1850s. Mary McLean wants to ride in the parade but must find a shamrock first. This story gives a true glimpse of what life was like during this time but also includes a bit of Irish magic.
The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow by Sean Callahan
In the story The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow, Colleen is excited and hoping the rain will stay away so the St Patrick’s Day parade can start. As she waits, Colleen meets a leprechaun that is on the hunt for the perfect colors to create a rainbow. This is a cute story that is great to read on St Patrick’s Day.
That’s What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting
That’s What Leprechauns Do tells the story of Ari, Col and Boo, three leprechauns that are up to no good. As the leprechauns cause mischief they also hid their pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. This is a cute story with a silly side that little readers will enjoy.
The Story of the Leprechaun by Katherine Tegen
In a village lives a little shoemaker who is a leprechaun. He works hard making shoes that everyone pays for with gold. When a man spies the shoemaker’s pot of gold he tries to trick the leprechaun out of his gold.
The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever by Teddy Slater
On the Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day a family of leprechauns head to the parade ready to celebrate. This is a great book for young readers, the illustrations are colorful and the story is simple.
The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing
In The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day Tim and Maureen are very excited. They decorate the house and set up a trap to catch a leprechaun. This a great book for little ones to read before St. Patrick’s Day.
St. Patrick’s Day by Gail Gibbons
St. Patrick’s Day by Gail Gibbons tells readers who St Patrick was, how the day is celebrated and other legends that people share on this day. The book is a classic Gibbons style with easy explanations for kids and colorful pictures.
Ten Lucky Leprechauns by Kathryn Heling
Ten Lucky Leprechauns look for each other in this rhyming tale. The text and rhyme are great for little ones; they can also count as each leprechaun is found.
Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola
Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland is a beautifully written story by Tomie dePaola that tells the true story of St. Patrick. During his life he was captured by bandits, worked as a slave while praying to be freed. Years later, once he returned to Britain, Patrick felt God calling him back to Ireland to show God’s love.
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover! by Lucille Colandro
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover is a great book to read around St. Patirck’s Day. The illustrations are colorful and silliness is all around. Little Bit loves all the books in this series.
MORE ST. PATRICK’S DAY THEME FUN WITH PRINTABLE LESSON PLANS
Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme, and we’ve provided different versions for home preschool families and classroom teachers so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.
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St. Patrick’s Day Activities
After you’ve picked out your St. Patrick’s Day books visit our collection of St. Patrick’s Day activities and choose some to try this year.