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St. Patrick's Day: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about St. Patrick's Day?

When St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, you should be sure to wear some green (so you don’t get pinched!) but there are also lots of other ways to celebrate . . . dye your milk green, set a leprechaun trap, go hunting for four leaf clovers . . . the list goes on. While success may vary for many St. Patrick’s Day exploits, sitting down with a stack of festive books is never a bad way to go, and here’s a list of our favorites. There’s a great mix here of more historically accurate books (like Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland), Irish folk-ish tale books (like Fiona’s Luck) and some newer contemporary stories (such as Shannon and the World’s Tallest Leprechaun)—we hope our list guides you to a new favorite!

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Shannon and the World's Tallest Leprechaun
Written by Sean Callahan & illustrated by Kathleen Kemly
Thoughts from Mom of Boys
I really enjoyed this story. It was such a darling book about wishing for things an wanting things we don't have. As Shannon luckily meets a Leprechaun, he teaches her that wishes are granted by hard work and not just given to us. I loved this lesson. Such a fun one to read during the St. Patrick's Day holiday and the lesson is great all year long.
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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Fiona's Luck
Written by Teresa Bateman & illustrated by Kelly Murphy
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
Beautifully illustrated and with the feel of a good, solid Irish folk tale. With the Irish setting and leprechauns, it's a fun read for St. Patrick's Day or really any time of year with the message that using your wits is better than relying in luck.
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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Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato
Written & illustrated by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
The laziest man in all of Ireland catches a leprechaun, who offers a potato seed instead of a pot of gold for his freedom.
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The Leprechaun's Gold
Written by Pamela Duncan Edwards & illustrated by Henry Cole
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
With messages about giving freely of yourself and your talents, and putting others first, this is an enjoyable, folksy, and slightly moralizing tale set in Ireland. With it's little bit of Leprechaun intervention, this is a fun read for St. Patrick's Day.
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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.
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Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland
Written & illustrated by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
An illustrated tribute to the Irish patron saint from the best-selling author of Quiet, Strega Nona, and many others. Beloved children's book author-illustrator Tomie dePaola recounts the life of Saint Patrick—from his noble birth in Britain, to his captivity in Ireland, to the visions which led him to return and found the first Christian church in Ireland. With his signature bold illustrations and engaging prose, Tomie dePaola recounts a number of legends about the Saint—including the well-known story of how he drove the snakes from Ireland, and his association with the shamrock. This timeless picture book is a perfect introduction to these important Irish legends, and an ideal St. Patrick's Day gift— perfect for sharing with your family.
Three Ways to Trap a Leprechaun book
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The Irish Cinderlad book
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Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase book
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Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk book
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  • Three Ways to Trap a Leprechaun - The Goodfather -

    Kids interested in STEM will delight in Claire's resilient determination to engineer an effective trap to catch a leprechaun.

  • The Irish Cinderlad - A hero’s feats? Ever since he was a baby, Becan’s only worry has been his big feet—until his widowed father remarries. His new stepmothr and her three daughters feed him crusts of bread and banish him to work in the fields. So Becan runs away. With the help of his only friend, a magical bull, he defeats a giant, slays a dragon, and rescues a princess. But before she can thank him, Becan disappears, leaving behind him one of his enormous boots. The princess scours the kingdom for the owner of the giant boot. Will Becan’s feet give him away? And what will his fate be if they do? Folklorist Shirley Climo retells an age-old Irish tale that is an unusual twist on the popular Cinderella story. Just like his female counterpart, Becan has a mean stepmother and stepsisters. Unlike Cinderella, Becan has large feet and a magical bull for a fairy godmother. He defeats a sword-swinging giant, slays a fire-breathing dragon, and rescues a princess. But before the princess can thank him, he runs off, leaving her with only an enormous boot to aid her in the search for her rescuer. And, as in all Cinderella stories, true love prevails. Folklorist Shirley Climo retells an age-old Irish tale that is an unusual twist on the popular Cinderella story. Just like his female counterpart, Becan has a mean stepmother and stepsisters. Unlike Cinderella, Becan has large feet and a magical bull for a fairy godmother. He defeats a sword-swinging giant, slays a fire-breathing dragon, and rescues a princess. But before the princess can thank him, he runs off, leaving her with only an enormous boot to aid her in the search for her rescuer. And, as in all Cinderella stories, true love prevails.

  • 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.

  • Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk - 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. . . .

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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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O'Sullivan Stew
Written & illustrated by Hudson Talbott
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9
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. Filled with imagination, wit, and a healthy helping of good old-fashioned Irish blarney, this is a hilarious tale that will keep readers coming back for more.
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Good Luck Bear
Written & illustrated by Greg Foley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Bear and Mouse are looking for luck. Four-leaf clover luck. Will they find it? Monkey says there's no such thing. Turtle thinks it'll take too long. And Groundhog wonders if they'll be unlucky if they can't find one! Suddenly Bear isn't sure if he should keep looking or give up . . . until Mouse sees something unusual."Does it have four leaves?" asks Bear. "No . . ." says Mouse. Maybe Bear and Mouse's luck has changed. But which way? Greg Foley gives us another wonderful, heartwarming surprise with Good Luck Bear.
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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 Night Before St. Patrick's Day
Written by Natasha Wing & illustrated by Amy Wummer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
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?
The St. Patrick's Day Shillelagh book
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10 Lucky Leprechauns book
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Green Shamrocks book
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The Itsy Bitsy Leprechaun book
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  • The St. Patrick's Day Shillelagh - A family retells the story of the shillelagh that was whittled from a tree. During the Irish potato famine, Fergus and his family left for America. But first Fergus cut a branch from a blackthorn tree to take a piece of Ireland with him.

  • 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!

  • Green Shamrocks - A lucky St. Patrick’s Day paperback! Rabbit is growing shamrocks in a pretty yellow pot—he’s getting them ready for St. Patrick’s Day so he can wear them for the parade! When his pot of beautiful green shamrocks goes missing, he goes searching . . . will he find them in time?

  • The Itsy Bitsy Leprechaun - 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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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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Clever Tom and the Leprechaun: An Old Irish Story
Written by Linda Shute
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9
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
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How to Catch a Leprechaun
Written by Adam Wallace & illustrated by Andy Elkerton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
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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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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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!"**
A Fine St. Patrick's Day book
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Georgia's Greatness book
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How to Build a Leprechaun Trap book
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There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Clover! book
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  • 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!

  • Georgia's Greatness - As the Huit octuplets prepare for a St. Patrick’s Day parade, Georgia discovers her powers and uncovers the substitute teacher’s secret.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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