Favorite Picture Books for St Patrick's Day

Holidays are the perfect times to enjoy special read aloud times. When my children were little, I would gather bunches of themed books for each holiday and we would have “story time” at home. As they’ve gotten older, we don’t do this as much. But I still enjoy finding great holiday-themed books.

Gather the kids together and check out some of these read alouds as we approach St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick's Day books for kids

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How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace– This book about a mischievous leprechaun is a rhyming story that will be fun for kids. (preschool- elementary aged)

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Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk by Gerald McDermott- This is an Irish adaptation of an old European folk tale. In this version, Tim stumbles on to some “wee folk” who give him gifts of great fortune…with some conditions. (kindergarten and early elementary)

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Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie dePaola- I absolutely love anything from Tomie dePaola. This is an adaptation of an old Irish tale. Jamie O’Rourke seeks the help of leprechauns when his wife is injured and can’t do all of the work around the house. Trouble starts when their help results in a giant potato. (preschool and early elementary)

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Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola– This is another great read aloud from Tomie dePaola. This one is based on the true story of Patrick from Ireland and the history of St. Patrick’s Day. (elementary)

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The Story of St. Patrick by James A. Janda– This is another picture book based on the real life story of a boy named Patrick who grew up to be St. Patrick. (elementary)

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St. Patrick’s Day by Gail Gibbons- This picture book has the usual wonderful illustrations from Gail Gibbons’ books. It tells the story of St. Patrick but also gives information about how the holiday is celebrated.

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The St. Patrick’s Day Shillelagh by Janett Nolan– This picture book relates a story about the Irish potato famine. When a family leaves Ireland and heads to American, a young boy carves a shillelagh (a walking stick or club) from a blackthorn tree from his home.on the way. As he grows and has his own family, he relates the story of Ireland to them each St. Patrick’s Day. (elementary)

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The Leprechauns Gold by Pamela Duncan Edwards- This is an old Irish tale about two harpists who are competing to discover who’s the best. The story is one of sacrifice, and the kind, helpful person will win the day. (preschool to elementary)

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St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting- Jamie wants to prove that he is big enough to march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade. The beautiful illustrations are by Jan Brett. (preschool and up)

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Hooray for St. Patrick’s Day by Joan Holub- This is a cute lift-the-flap book about how children are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. (kindergarten)

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Choose a few of these great St. Patrick’s Day books and enjoy your story time!

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