Monday, February 25, 2013

27 St. Patrick's Day Books for Kids

I'm excited to share a fun book list with you for one of our favorite holidays - St. Patrick's Day! Sometimes St. Patrick's Day is almost forgotten because it is sandwiched between Valentine's Day and Easter. We have two birthdays in March right before St. Patrick's Day, so it is a big deal around here! My kids love books about luck and leprechauns, and I don't even want to mention how many picture books I have checked out on my card right now (good thing I work at the library)! We have had so much fun reading these books, and here are some of our favorites. Scroll down to the bottom of the list to see which titles made our favorite five!

Fiona's Luck

The St. Patrick's Day Shillelagh

Luckiest St. Patrick's Day Ever

Ten Lucky Leprechauns

The Leprechaun's Gold

Shannon and the World's Tallest Leprechaun

The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow

The Luckiest Leprechaun

Tales from Old Ireland

Harp O' Gold

Traveling Tom and the Leprechaun

The Luckiest Kid on the Planet

The Leprechaun in the Basement

Leprechauns Never Lie

Lucky Tucker

A Fine St. Patrick's Day

That's What Leprechauns Do

Jack and the Leprechaun

St. Patrick's Day in the Morning

The Leprechaun Under the Bed


In this Irish folk-tale, two harpists are traveling to a competition to name the finest harpist in all of Ireland. With the help of a leprechaun we see that kindness and humility beats selfishness and greed.  The illustrations are beautiful and eye-catching, and they include "hide and seek" images that we love in picture books.

2. Fiona's Luck
We love this story of an Irish lass who is determined to use her wits to triumph over the leprechaun king and restore luck to the people of Ireland. Fiona is a clever heroine, and this charming original story is beautifully illustrated.

Foley draws the most wonderfully expressive bear with the simplest illustrations. Little Bear spends his day looking for good luck. He faces disappointment, but with the help of his friend Mouse he realizes that luck is what you make it.

4. Jack and the Leprechaun
I can't tell you how many times my four year old has asked me to read this story! Jack the Mouse travels to Ireland to visit his relatives and ends up chasing a famous leprechaun. Along the way we learned about shamrocks, soda bread, shillelaghs, and much more. Fun story, lots of Irish culture and history, and great illustrations!

5. The Story of the Leprechaun
How did the pot of gold get to the end of the rainbow? Find out in this entertaining and funny story about a leprechaun who outsmarts a greedy man after he catches the leprechaun in hopes of getting his pot of gold. This is a clear case of being careful what you wish for, with hilarious results. The illustrations are very colorful and complement the story nicely.

Did I miss any of your favorites? I would love to hear in the comments, if there are any more fun St. Patrick's Day books that you think are missing from our list! 

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  1. She is so cute reading the book!! Growing up in a jewish day school we never celebrated this and now teaching one I never knew how many cute St. Patty's day books there are!

  2. What a fun collection of books and such a clever way to display them on your blog.

  3. Wonderful list! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

  4. What a wonderful list! Thank you so much for sharing!