Books About St. Patrick's Day

Fun stories and tales about March 17 to read

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day while teaching your little one what it is all about with this assortment of books geared at preschoolers. From fictional stories with friendly characters to non-fiction accounts that explain the holiday on a basic level, you are sure to find something that will be both entertaining and educational.

Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola

Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland [Paperback] Tomie dePaola
Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland [Paperback] Tomie dePaola. Holiday House/PriceGrabber
Who exactly was St. Patrick? And why is there a holiday celebrating him? These questions and more are explored in this book from Tomie dePaola, an accomplished author and illustrator. The saint's backstory are explained in an exciting way, accompanied by illustrations in dePaola's classic style. With details on St. Patrick's five well-known legends, preschooler are sure to be raptured by this true tale.

St. Patrick's Day Alphabet by Beverly Vidrine

St. Patrick's Day Alphabet by Beverly Vidrine
St. Patrick's Day Alphabet by Beverly Vidrine. Pelican Publishing/PriceGrabber

Everything St. Patrick's Day-related from accordions to Yeats, from the Book of Kells to shamrocks are covered in this interesting, educational read for older preschoolers. This does a great job of explaining all aspects of the holiday, not just leprechauns and wearing green although they are in there too! Colorful illustrations enhance the facts and help little ones better comprehend what they are reading.

The Luckiest St. Patrick's Day Ever by Teddy Slater

The Luckiest St. Patrick's Day Ever by Teddy Slate
The Luckiest St. Patrick's Day Ever by Teddy Slate. Scholastic/PriceGrabber
Great for young preschoolers, this book by Teddy Slater is a lighthearted, rhyming tale about March 17 and all the fun that goes with it. The illustrations are colorful, bright, and bold and the text is easy to follow along, telling the story of the Leprechaun family as they get ready to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a parade, music, dancing, and more.

Jack and the Leprechaun by Ivan Robertson

Jack and the Leprechaun by Ivan Robertson
Jack and the Leprechaun by Ivan Robertson. Random House Books for Young Readers/PriceGrabber
Teach your preschooler about a wee bit of Irish culture in this story that follows a mouse named Jack who travels to Ireland to visit his cousin Sean. There he learns about leprechauns and decides he'd like to try to catch one. Filled with folk tales and stories of Irish customs and traditions, this book is a nice introduction to a foreign culture.

The Story of Saint Patrick's Day by Patricia A. Pingry

The Story of Saint Patrick's Day by Patricia A. Pingry
The Story of Saint Patrick's Day by Patricia A. Pingry. Candy Cane Press
This basic introduction to St. Patrick's Day is great for younger preschoolers. Not only does it offer up an explanation of some of the symbols associated with St. Patrick's Day, such as shamrocks and harps, but it also tells the story of St. Patrick and his life as a shepherd, a missionary, and a teacher.

The Leprechaun's Gold by Pamela Duncan Edwards

The Leprechaun's Gold by Pamela Duncan Edwards
The Leprechaun's Gold by Pamela Duncan Edwards. HarperCollins/PriceGrabber
A retelling of a classic Irish legend, this story follows two harpists -- Old Pat and Young Tom -- as they try to determine who is the finest in all of Ireland. When Young Tom tries to sabotage the results, he is thwarted by a clever leprechaun. A good story that imparts an important lesson about being kind. A great read-aloud book with lush illustrations. As a bonus, when you are finished reading the book, challenge your preschooler to find the 16-four-leaf clovers cleverly hidden throughout the pages.

That's What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting

That's What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting
That's What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting. Sandpiper/PriceGrabber
After the storm has passed and a rainbow appears, three little leprechauns are charged with the task of placing gold at the end. But while they take their job seriously, they get a little tripped up along the way and somehow a cow winds up with red hooves and a chicken has laid a tennis ball. It's OK though, because that's what leprechauns do. A funny tale with illustrations to match that will have both you and your preschooler laughing.

Hooray for St. Patrick's Day! by Joan Holub

Hooray for St. Patrick's Day! by Joan Holub
Hooray for St. Patrick's Day! by Joan Holub. Puffin/PriceGrabber
This lift-the-flap book with fun, rhyming text offers up a "day-in-the-life" look at St. Patrick's Day, exploring all March 17 has to offer, including food, parades, and crafts. Cheerful illustrations with hidden leprechauns add to the reading experience and a five-word glossary at the beginning of the book explain new words your preschooler might not have heard of just yet.

Emeraldalicious (Pinkalicious) by Victoria Kann

Emeraldalicious (Pinkalicious) by Victoria Kann
Emeraldalicious (Pinkalicious) by Victoria Kann. HarperCollins/PriceGrabber

Pinkalicious is back and this time she's on a mission -- a green mission. While not exactly a story about St. Patrick's Day, Emeraldalicious talks to kids about thinking green and about the greater good. On a visit to their favorite park, Pinkalicious and Peter find that it's filled with garbage. To help make the park beautiful again, Pinkalicious makes a wand and a wish. A great story about responsibility and thinking about the community.

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