Saint Patrick’s Day books
Saint Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday for all ages to celebrate, and a simple way to do that is to read Saint Patrick’s Day books!
There are plenty of festivities for adults, and so many rainbows, pots of gold, leprechauns and shamrocks to make up all sorts of Saint Patrick’s Day activities for kids!
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Why read Saint Patrick’s Day books?
Saint Patrick’s Day might feel like it’s all rainbows and shamrocks, but it’s so much more than that! This is a great article that helps explain who Saint Patrick was and why we celebrate him today.
Saint Patrick was a real person and Saint Patrick’s Day started as a religious holiday. Now it’s a widespread celebration of Irish culture, and there are plenty of interesting facts and traditions about the holiday.
We celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with the color green because the green shamrock is associated with Saint Patrick’s teachings and Ireland is sometimes known as the Emerald Isle.
Tradition says that wearing green makes you invisible to leprechauns, who like to pinch people they can see. Wearing green meant that you wouldn’t get pinched! Now people wear green on Saint Patrick’s Day because they believe it brings good luck or they wear it to honor their Irish ancestry.
Rainbows and pots of gold are also associated with Saint Patrick’s Day because of their connection to leprechauns. Leprechauns are said to hide their gold in a pot at the end of a rainbow.
Reading Saint Patrick’s Day books helps communicate the significance and celebration of the holiday as well as fostering awareness of other cultures.
The Best Saint Patrick’s Day Books for Kids
There are lots of Saint Patrick’s Day books for kids. I have a great list and I’ve broken it up by age group to make it easier to find the books that are best for young readers.
Saint Patrick’s Day Board Books for Babies and Toddlers
The Itsy Bitsy Leprechaun board book by Jeffery Burton
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Curious George board book by H.A. Rey
St. Patrick’s Day Touch & Feel board book by Roger Priddy
St. Patrick’s Day Countdown board book by Salina Yoon
The Story of Saint Patrick’s Day board book by Patricia A. Pingry
Saint Patrick’s Day Books for Preschool (and Kindergarten)
Ten Lucky Leprechauns by Kathryn Heling
Green Shamrocks by Eve Bunting
Hooray for St. Patrick’s Day! a lift-the-flap book by Joan Holub
Lucky Tucker by Leslie McGuirk
The Leprechaun’s Gold by Pamela Duncan Edwards
St. Patrick’s Day Alphabet by Beverly Vidrine
That’s What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting
A Berry Lucky St. Patrick’s Day by Mickie Matheis
Saint Patrick’s Day Books for Kindergarten and up (and preschool)
Jack and the Leprechaun by Ivan Robertson
How to Trap a Leprechaun by Sue Fliess
The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever by Teddy Slater
Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk by Gerald McDermott
Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie dePaola
St. Patrick’s Day by Anne Rockwell
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover! by Lucille Colandro
Leprechauns Never Lie by Lorna Balian
A Fine St. Patrick’s Day by Susan Wojciechowski
Saint Patrick’s Day Books for First Grade
The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing
St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting
The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow by Sean Callahan
The Leprechaun Trap: A Family Tradition for St Patrick’s Day by David Clinch
Saint Patrick’s Day Books for Second Grade
This is Ireland by Miroslav Sasek
St. Patrick’s Day by Gail Gibbons
Fiona’s Luck by Theresa Bateman
Fin M’coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill by Tomie dePaola
Leprechaun in Late Winter (Magic Tree House) by Mary Pope Osborne
Leprechauns and Irish Folklore by Mary Pope Osborne
Saint Patrick’s Day books for All Grade School Ages
This category includes Saint Patrick’s Day books for first grade, second grade and up!
How to Build a Leprechaun Trap by Larissa Juliano
King Puck by Michael Garland
Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola
The Story of Saint Patrick by James A. Janda
O’Sullivan Stew by Hudson Talbott
The St. Patrick’s Day Shillelagh by Janett Nolan
Discovery in the Woods: A St. Patrick’s Day Surprise by Sandy Barton
The Story of the Leprechaun by Katerine Tegen
Brigid’s Cloak by Bryce Milligan
Clever Tom and the Leprechaun: An Old Irish Story by Linda Shute
Amazon’s bestseller lists are some of my favorite ways to discover new reading material, and this list of bestselling Saint Patrick’s Day books for kids doesn’t disappoint. Be sure to check out that list for more great Saint Patrick’s Day books!
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