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!
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. . . .
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.
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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