Your kids will love checking out these 30 St. Patrick’s Day Read Aloud Books!Nothing says luck of the Irish like reading these St. Patrick’s Day books and enjoying a little treat afterwards! If you’re looking for some lucky books to pair with a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration check out my St. Patrick’s Day Book recommendations.
The Best St. Patrick’s Day Book List
St. Patrick’s Day Theme Books!
I love to check out library books on a theme for Madeline. Logan is a little bit over that (depending on the subject of the books, being nearly 11 and all), but Madeline still enjoys that. It is fun to read several different books each week on a certain topic of choice.
Last time we went to the local library we check out a whole stack of St. Patrick’s Day themed books – the perfect theme for March and this Irish Holiday. The kids had fun learning about Irish Culture, mischievous Leprechauns and traditional Irish Folklore, and Patron Saint of Ireland which was perfect for our Geography obsessed guy!
Here are our lucky day book suggestions based on what our library had to offer. If you have any other favorite St. Patrick’s Day or Irish themed books for kids, I’d love to see your recommendations in the comments section!
St. Patrick’s Day Reading List
Since St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, I thought that I’d share some fun St. Patrick’s Day Read Aloud picks with you. Here are 30 super lucky books to read this St. Patrick’s Day that have become some of my kids’ favorite books!
St. Patrick’s Day Bingo
Play a round of book bingo using this Christmas Book Bingo Game; you can easily adapt this simple holiday game for St. Patricks Day!
Use Rolos to resemble a pot of gold for marking the bingo spots as you read stories of classic folktale, the Irish countryside, and mythical creatures. Then, when someone gets a bingo, pretend they found the end of a rainbow. Winner gets gold coins!
Fun Kid-Friendly Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day Traditions
Are you wondering what to make for St. Patrick’s Day Dinner? Try celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day at home with these Irish and Green-themed dinner ideas with a side of Irish Folktale books.
St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to be all Guinness, Green Beer, or Corned Beef. With kids at home, this Irish holiday can be a day focused on family fun and connections. These Slice and Bake Rainbow Cookies are so fun for kids to make (and enjoy during a lucky leprechauns themed story time!).
More St. Patrick’s Day Ideas for Young Readers
Set a Leprechaun Trap
Funny Read Aloud Picture Book or St. Patrick’s Day Fiction Books
Learn about a classic folk tale or classic Irish legend
Search for Leprechaun’s Gold
Fun crafts with St. Patrick’s Day Theme – green shamrocks, rainbows, gold.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Wishing you the luckiest St. Patrick’s Day this March 17th. May you and your little readers find plenty of four-leaf clover and gold coins at the end of the rainbow to give you good fortune this year!
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The luck of the Irish has waned after the greedy Leprechaun King has taken all the good fortune in Ireland and locked it away. It is up to one cunning girl, Fiona to come up with a plan to get the luck and good tidings back from the leprechauns to help the people of Ireland. Through clever charades, Fiona uses her wit to outsmart the powerful Leprechaun King and restore luck to the Emerald Isle.
Did you ever wonder how Ireland became known as "The Emerald Isle?" Or why four-leaf clovers are magical and lucky? In this wonderful story, read how Shamus - a misfit amongst the other clovers - deals with bullying and acceptance, and watch something new and magical happen on a lonely little hill of clovers.
Who's having a lucky day is in this clever, hilarious trickster tale?When a delicious-looking piglet knocks on Mr. Fox's door "accidentally," the fox can hardly believe his good luck. It's not every day that dinner just shows up on your doorstep. It must be his lucky day! Or is it?
This classic book provides the perfect antidote for readers of all ages who are feeling a bit down in the dumps. Thanks to Dr. Seuss's trademark rhymes and signature illustrations, readers will, without a doubt, realize just how lucky they truly are - no leprechaun required!
Though it may only be a small emerald isle in the middle of the sea, Ireland’s heritage is very large indeed. Its rich history of literature and lore has inspired imaginations for hundreds of years. Created for families, this anthology compiles classic and rare examples of Irish culture, including stories, poems, songs, recipes, and even a little blarney. From legends of leprechauns and fairies to the classic poetry of Yeats and Joyce, the treasures herein invite you to share the wonders of Ireland.
Every year on March 17th, people all over the world celebrate St. Patrick's Day! In this bright picture book, you'll learn the story of Patrick's life, legends about the saint, and the history of the holiday. A perfect introduction to the customs surrounding the holiday--filled with facts, legends, and traditions, this book is ideal for kids learning about the holiday, Irish culture, and history.
This book includes wonderful Irish traditions and activities boys & girls can enjoy at home and with their friends.
Not only that, but you’ll enjoy learning the history of St. Patrick, how he was captured and ended up as a shepherd in Ireland minding sheep on the mountains and later went on to become the patron Saint of Ireland.
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?
Tim O’Toole and his wife, Kathleen, are so poor they have not a penny or a potato between them. Even their cats are too skinny for the mice to chase! When Tim goes out to find a job, he stumbles upon “the wee folk”—a band of leprechauns who give him gifts to make his fortune. That is, if Tim can keep clear of the evil McGoon family.
What do mischievous 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!
Jack and Annie are on a mission to find (and inspire!) creative people. This time, Jack and Annie meet an Irish girl and go on a magical adventure that changes the girl’s life—she grows up to be Lady Gregory, who helped bring back the Irish legends, started a theater, and helped the Irish people regain both their heritage and their pride.
You've been planning night and day, and finally you've created the perfect trap with shamrocks, pots of gold, and rainbows galore! Now all you need to do is wait.
Is this the year you'll finally catch the leprechaun? Start a St. Patrick's Day tradition with this fun and lively children's picture book and get inspired to build leprechaun traps of your own at home or in the classroom!
Like many before him, Tom, a traveling minstrel, has fallen in love at first sight with the beautiful princess Kathleen. But Kathleen has vowed only to marry the man who can win a pot of leprechaun’s gold. Tom sets out with a clever plan to fool a leprechaun into giving up his fortune. Upon meeting one of the fair folk, Tom charms him with songs and stories. As it turns out, however, Tom’s tales hold more truth than trick.
It's St. Patrick's Day, but Michael doesn't feel like celebrating. His dad is out of work and has no money for new baseball shoes. As Michael heads into the basement on an errand, he hears someone singing--it's a leprechaun, complete with pot of gold!
It's the night before St. Patrick's Day, and Tim and Maureen are wide awake setting traps to catch a leprechaun! When they wake the next morning to the sound of their dad playing the bagpipes and the smell of their mom cooking green eggs, they're shocked to find that they've actually caught a leprechaun. But will they be able to find his pot of gold? Natasha Wing's sweet story is once again told in verse to the same meter of Clement Moore's classic
There was an Old Lady who swallowed things over and over, and now she's come back to swallow a clover! 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.
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!
Join Papa, Mama, and the cubs as Gramps introduces them to some of the traditions most associated with the holiday, from gathering to enjoy a parade down Main Street to leprechauns and pots of gold.
The silly fun starts with Gramps leading the family to dress all in green, with green cloverleaves to wear. After he introduces the legend of the leprechaun, the cubs dream of traveling to a green and pleasant land.
Wilford decides that sneaking up and startling friends on the farm is a fun way to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. With help from his best buddy, Blue, it doesn’t take long for Wilford to understand that having fun at the expense of someone else isn’t very nice and can come with consequences.
It's St. Patrick's Day, and it's also the grand opening of Pete the Cat's leprechaun catching business. Pete gears up to trap a leprechaun for his friends! But catching a leprechaun is never easy—especially if it’s Clover, who's full of tricks.
One day, a hat shop mysteriously appears in the main square of a little town. The townspeople are surprised by this new arrival. No one knows where it came from or why it appeared right there, in the middle of the town square. “Who needs a hat?”, some wondered.
Confusion and mistrust begin to reign in town, but Timid Tim, determined to reveal the mystery that the hat shop was hiding, decides to enter and reveal what is it that the shop offers. But then something happens that nobody expects: the first customers put on their hats, and make an amazing discovery.
Are you looking for St. Patrick's Day gift and a fun way to boost your child learning skills? This book will keep your little ones busy and entertained while having long hours of fun and learning more vocabulary about St. Patrick's Day.
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Do your kids love books about different cultures and places? I’ve found some winners that are as entertaining for the Geography Buff as his mom. Check out these Children’s Books for the Geography Buff.
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I love your book recommendations. My daughters loves "Jack the Leprechaun." I also wrote a book "When Irish I's Are Smiling" available on The Kindle and The Nook which I think you might enjoy. http://bit.ly/h1oo6H also available on amazon
Sunday 11th of March 2012
That last one looks like it has amazing illustrations - I am going to see if our library has it!