10 St. Patrick’s Day Picture Books for Your Kids

4 years ago

St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner. Here are 10 terrific St. Patrick’s Day books your kids are sure to love.

  • O’Sullivan Stew (Picture Puffins)
  • A Fine St. Patrick’s Day
  • The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow
  • The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day
  • That’s What Leprechauns Do
  • Shamrocks, Harps, and Shillelaghs: The Story of the St. Patrick’s Day Symbols by Arndt, Ursula; Barth, Edna published by Sandpiper Paperback
  • Leprechauns Never Lie
  • The Leprechaun’s Gold
  • Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland
  • Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk (Picture Puffins)

O’Sullivan Stew (Picture Puffins): Someone has stolen the witch of Crookhaven’s horse, and there will be no peace in the village until it is returned. So bold, brassy Kate O’Sullivan takes matters into her own hands. But instead of saving the day, she manages to land herself -- and her family -- in trouble with the king. So Kate sets out to save their hides the only way she knows how -- with a good story.

A Fine St. Patrick’s Day: 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!

The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow: 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.

The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day: Natasha Wing puts an Irish twist on a Christmas classic. 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?

That’s What Leprechauns Do: 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!

Shamrocks, Harps, and Shillelaghs: 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.

Leprechauns Never Lie: Ninny Nanny and Gram are in a bad state. The thatch on their roof is broken, the rain barrel is empty, the potatoes need digging, and all they have to eat is rainwater soup. But Ninny Nanny is lazy and not inclined to work. So she decides to catch a leprechaun and find out where he has hidden his fortune! The idea is splendid, but finding the pot of gold turns out to be much more than Ninny Nanny and Gram bargained for!

The Leprechaun’s Gold: 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.

Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland: 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.

Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk (Picture Puffins): 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.

Honorable Mention:

  • The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever
  • The Story of Saint Patrick’s Day
  • Bright Baby Touch and Feel St Patrick’s Day
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