Best Children's Books About St. patrick's day

The Best 19 Books to Read With Your Kids for St. Patrick's Day

Updated Feb. 10, 2019

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) and we hope you enjoy them all!

Shannon and the World's Tallest Leprechaun book
#1
Shannon and the World's Tallest Leprechaun
Written by Sean Callahan and illustrated by Kathleen Kemly
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
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.

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?

Fiona's Luck book
#2
Fiona's Luck
Written by Teresa Bateman and illustrated by Kelly Murphy
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-0
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.

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.

The Leprechaun's Gold book
#3
The Leprechaun's Gold
Written by Pamela Duncan Edwards and illustrated by Henry Cole
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
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.

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.

Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato book
#4
Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato
Written and 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.

Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland book
#5
Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland
Written and 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.

The Irish Cinderlad book
#6
The Irish Cinderlad
Written by Shirley Climo and illustrated by Loretta Krupinski
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk book
#7
Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk
Written and illustrated by Gerald McDermott
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

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. . . .

Good Luck Bear book
#8
Good Luck Bear
Written and 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.

That's What Leprechauns Do book
#9
That's What Leprechauns Do
Written by Eve Bunting and 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!

The Night Before St. Patrick's Day book
#10
The Night Before St. Patrick's Day
Written by Natasha Wing and 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?

10 Lucky Leprechauns book
#11
10 Lucky Leprechauns
Written by Deborah Hembrook, Kathryn Heling and illustrated by Jay Johnson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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 book
#12
Green Shamrocks
Written by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Joelle Dreidemy
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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?

How to Catch a Leprechaun book
#13
How to Catch a Leprechaun
Written by Adam Wallace and 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!

There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Clover! book
#14
There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Clover!
Written by Lucille Colandro and illustrated by Jared D. Lee
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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.

Emeraldalicious book
#15
Emeraldalicious
Written and illustrated by Victoria Kann
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When Pinkalicious and Peter decide to visit their favorite park, they find that it's no longer their favorite place—the park is now filled with stinky trash! Pinkalicious has an idea and makes an extra-special wand out of a stick and some flowers. Now whenever Pinkalicious makes a wish, adds a little love, and recites a pinkatastic rhyme, something amazing happens: Everything turns greenerrific! Join Pinkalicious as she turns an ordinary place into an Emeraldalicious world! Kids will love this colorful picture book with a message about doing our part to keep our world clean and beautiful. Supports the Common Core Learning Standards

Discovery in the Woods book
#16
Discovery in the Woods
Written and 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!

The St. Patrick's Day Shillelagh book
#17
The St. Patrick's Day Shillelagh
Written by Janett Nolan and illustrated by Ben F. Stahl
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

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.

O'Sullivan Stew book
#18
O'Sullivan Stew
Written and 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.

Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase book
#19
Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase
Written and illustrated by James Dean
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

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