Children’s Books for Saint Patrick’s Day

Weekly Trip to the Library

St. Patrick’s Day, although not a legal holiday in the United States, is a widely recognised and celebrated holiday. It is primarily observed as a celebration of Irish and Irish American culture.

Celebrations include prominent displays of the color green, feasting, copious consumption of alcohol, religious observances, and numerous parades. Here are some great books to share with kids this Saint Patrick’s Day.


Crafts For St. Patrick’S Day (Holiday Crafts for Kids by Kathy Ross, Illustrated by Sharon Lane Holm
Twenty easy craft projects including a shamrock bird, leprechaun face mask, a shillelagh, a rainbow bracelet, and a pot of gold table decoration.

Irish Night Before Christmas and A Leprechaun’s St. Patrick’s Day by Sarah Kirwan Blazek
An Irish Night Before Christmas tells a satirical version of Father Christmas’ yearly visit. A Leprechaun’s St. Patrick Day is the day in the life of one family’s celebration of the holiday on the Emerald Isle.

A Leprechaun’s St Patrick Day by Sarah Kirwan Blazek, Illustrated by James Rice
Five little leprechauns set out to make mischief for a rather large family during the St. Patrick’s Day parade.

O’Sullivan Stew by Hudson Talbott
The king’s men take a beloved horse from an outcast witch but the Crookhaven community doesn’t know what to do. Kate O’Sullivan, her two brothers and father take matters into their own hands, determined to return the horse to it’s rightful owner. Unfortunately, they get caught trying to take the horse back and are sentenced to hang for their deeds. Kate cooks up a delicious story to save their lives.

Shamrocks, Harps, and Shillelaghs: The Story of the St. Patrick’s Day Symbols by Edna Barth, Illustrated by Ursula Arndt
Who was St. Patrick? And what do leprechauns, shamrocks, shillelaghs, and reed pipes have to do with it? These questions and more are answered about this early spring holiday.

Mary McLean and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade by Steven Kroll, Illustrated by Michael Dooling
“In 1849, the potato famine forces Mary’s family to leave their farm in Ireland and cross the ocean to settle in a basement room in New York City. Living in the drab surroundings, Mary dreams of the grand St. Patrick’s Day parade, in which their local storekeeper, Mr. Finnegan, drives a gaily decorated horse-drawn cart. Mary can ride in the cart only if she finds a shamrock–an unlikely event, given the snow-covered ground. The appearance of a leprechaun finally helps her fulfill her dream.”

The St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Mystery by Marion M. Markham, Illustrated by Karen A. Jerome
First a mysterious shamrock appears on Miss Wink’s front door. Then Kate and Mickey find a sign on their new clubhouse: “The Green Shamrock Gang Was Here.” Will the Dixon twins be able to solve this mystery?

Hooray for St. Patrick’s Day by Joan Holub

It’s Saint Patrick’s Day, and time to join in the celebration. Children can lift the flaps for interactive fun as they see the children in this book make holiday crafts, taste traditional Irish food, perform a play about Saint Patrick, and even march in a Saint Patrick’s Day parade. As an added bonus, they can search for the hidden leprechaun on each spread. A great way for young readers to learn about and enjoy the holiday.

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