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Leprechauns: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about leprechauns?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to leprechauns. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about leprechauns.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about leprechauns, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Clever Tom and the Leprechaun: An Old Irish Story to popular sellers like Fiona’s Luck to some of our favorite hidden gems like The Itsy Bitsy Leprechaun.

We hope this list of kids books about leprechauns can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

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The Itsy Bitsy Leprechaun
Written by Jeffrey Burton & illustrated by Sanja Rescek
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

The itsy bitsy leprechaun is ready for a St. Patrick’s Day adventure as he searches for a lucky four-leaf clover. This magical twist on the classic nursery rhyme “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” encourages little ones to find the perfect four-leaf clover hidden within the book. Full color.

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Shannon and the World's Tallest Leprechaun
Written by Sean Callahan & illustrated by Kathleen Kemly
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Shannon is a stepdancer with a broken shoe. How can she ever win the Saint Patrick’s Day stepdancing contest? Enter Liam, the world’s tallest leprechaun. A leprechaun grants wishes, right?

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How to Trap a Leprechaun
Written by Sue Fliess & illustrated by Emma Randall
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Legend has it that if you catch a leprechaun, he’ll grant you a wish. But, be careful! Leprechauns are full of trickery. To catch one, you’ll need to be clever in crafting your trap. Grab some glitter and glue and get prepared for your wily holiday visitors! On the night before St. Patrick’s Day, leprechauns show up to steal your treasures and then disappear as quickly as they came. However, if you’re careful you might be able to catch one and then he’ll grant you a wish. You’ll have to be sneaky and set just the right trap to trap a leprechaun. Sue Fliess’s read-aloud text and Emma Randall’s whimsical illustrations will provide much fun for young readers eager to catch their very own leprechaun! But beware: leprechauns may leave you with nothing but a cardboard box and a shoe or two. Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers—picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

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Fiona's Luck
Written by Teresa Bateman & illustrated by Kelly Murphy
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-0

An original folktale full of wit, magic, and leprechauns, that is sure to delight for St. Patrick’s Day as well as all year round. 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.

Luminous and enchanting illustrations add to the wonder of this original folktale, that is sure to charm readers young and old who are looking for a bit of magic to spark their story time.

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The Leprechaun's Gold
Written by Pamela Duncan Edwards & illustrated by Henry Cole
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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. Noted picture book creators Pamela Duncan Edwards and Henry Cole have imagined a joyful and fanciful tale with a priceless lesson.

Three Ways to Trap a Leprechaun book
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Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase book
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Clever Tom and the Leprechaun: An Old Irish Story book
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How to Catch a Leprechaun book
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  • Three Ways to Trap a Leprechaun - Three Ways to Trap a Leprechaun, inspired by the leprechaun trap phenomenon made popular in elementary school classrooms, includes tips on how to trap your very own leprechaun—just be sure to let him go! Maker-girl Claire is determined to catch a leprechaun to prove that these magical, mischievous, miniature marvels are real. This picture book romp puts Claire head-to-head with her rival, Finn the Leprechaun, with hilarious results. Will this leprechaun be caught once for all, or will he give her the slip?

  • Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase - New York Times bestselling author and artist James Dean takes us on a St. Patrick’s Day adventure with Pete the Cat as Pete discovers how lucky he actually is! 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. Will luck be on Pete’s side? Or will Pete learn luck is actually something earned? Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase also comes complete with a poster, stickers, and twelve punch-out St. Patrick’s Day cards.

  • Clever Tom and the Leprechaun: An Old Irish Story - Clever Tom Fitzpatrick thinks his fortune is made when he captures a leprechaun and forces him to reveal the hiding place of his gold, but the leprechaun is clever too

  • How to Catch a Leprechaun - You’ve been planning night and day, and finally you’ve created the perfect trap! 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 book. How to catch a leprechaun? It’s tougher than you think! He’ll turn your whole house upside down. He’s quicker than a wink!

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Discovery in the Woods
Written & illustrated by Sandy Barton
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

What is all the fuss about? What could be in that deep dark hole under the tree? And what in the world has happened to Sophie’s poor nose? A St. Patrick’s Day surprise is discovered in the woods one soggy March day. Come join the fun! Then when you want another episode of leprechaun adventures, buy Room For One More, as the magic continues! And after that … you can read Leprechauns in Disguise and Forever Friends to complete the series!

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The Littlest Leprechaun
Written by Brandi Dougherty & illustrated by Michelle Todd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Liam is the littlest leprechaun in the Enchanted Forest and he wants to have a big, important job. He’s too little to cobble shoes, help make pots for gold, mail packages at the post office, or carry gold to his family’s pot. But when a unicorn needs help, Liam might be the perfect size to save the day!

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That's What Leprechauns Do
Written by Eve Bunting & illustrated by Emily Arnold Mccully
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

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!

From this amazing picture book duo comes a lively fun tale that’s perfect for mischief makers of all ages!

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The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School
Written by Laura Murray & illustrated by Mike Lowery
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A leprechaun is causing all kinds of trouble on St. Patrick’s Day—but our popular Gingerbread Man is back to save the day!

After a mischievous leprechaun makes a mess of the band room, the Gingerbread Man vows to catch him. He follows the leprechaun’s clues all around the building finding chaos everywhere—even in the library! But then he finds the worst clue of all. It says the leprechaun’s next target might be a house made of gingerbread!

Luckily, the Gingerbread Man makes it to his classroom in time to set a trap for the leprechaun. He’ll show that mischief maker that he messed with the wrong cookie this time.

“I’m on a mission! I’ve got a good plan.
I can catch him! I’m the Gingerbread Man!”

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A Fine St. Patrick's Day
Written by Susan Wojciechowski & illustrated by Tom Curry
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

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 Night Before St. Patrick's Day book
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There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Clover! book
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How to Build a Leprechaun Trap book
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10 Lucky Leprechauns book
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  • The Night Before St. Patrick's Day - 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?

  • There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Clover! - 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.

  • How to Build a Leprechaun Trap - Learn how to catch a leprechaun in this exciting companion to the New York Times bestselling book, How to Catch a Leprechaun! This companion book will have kids and parents tripping over themselves to catch a leprechaun! With colorful, engaging instructions for 16 different traps plus 13 bonus activities and fun stickers in the back, How to Build a Leprechaun Trap is perfect for structures lesson plans or rainy days at home.

  • 10 Lucky Leprechauns - Fiddle-de-fizz, ‘tis magic, it is! When leprechauns find each other. Count from one to ten as one little leprechaun looking for treasure magically becomes ten silly leprechaun friends at the end of the rainbow! A humorous, rhyming celebration of St. Patrick’s Day!

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