Yay! Who doesn’t love a holiday? Moreso, one where you get to have all the fun in the world while still learning something memorable. St. Patrick’s Day has been around for decades and is a fun way of celebrating Irish culture. The holiday celebrated annually on March 17 is an open display of love, luck, and laughter.
You can paint your face green, eat corn beef, put on a shamrock accessory, or join a parade. Also, you may want to put on a green custom throughout the day or risk getting pinched by a Leprechaun!
There are various kids’ books for St. Patrick’s Day celebration, from classic to contemporary tales. We’ve compiled a stellar list for you, whether you want to teach your kids about the holiday or have fun by following the leprechaun on his many adventures.
Below are our top kids’ books for St. Patrick’s Day, suitable for toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary kids.
St. Patrick’s Day Books for Toddlers
The following books are great for toddlers during St. Patrick’s Day.
Baby’s First St. Patrick’s Day
Author: Dawn Sirett
This book has a lucky leprechaun, four-leaf clovers, and a massive pot of gold. Baby First St. Patrick’s Day is the best gift to teach and have fun with a toddler. It is a board book that contains touch-and-feel images per page. Each text is short and can be read aloud to a toddler.
Peppa Pig Loves St. Patrick’s Day
Author: Scholastic Corporation
This book will be more relatable to your toddler if they are a Peppa pig fan! Here, Peppa goes on an adventure in Ireland to learn about St. Patrick’s Day. She joins in celebrating the day with a fun dance festival. Also, there are fun activities for your toddler in the special fact sheet at the back.
The Littlest Leprechaun
Author: Brandi Dougherty (Illustrated by Michelle Todd)
The Littlest Leprechaun is an addition to the bestselling Littlest Series. The book tells the story of Liam, the smallest leprechaun in the enchanted forest. He feels too little to be helpful in the village but eventually proves that you can make a difference no matter how small you are. It is a cute book to read aloud.
The 12 Days of St. Patrick’s Day
Author: Jenna Lettice (Illustrated by Colleen Madden)
Inspired by the popular 12 Days of Christmas, this visual book takes your toddler on a 12-day journey of finding a new item associated with the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Each item is represented on detachable stickers. Your toddler will have so much fun choosing which sticker is appropriate for each day and pasting it into the pages.
St. Patrick’s Day Books for Preschoolers
The following books are great for preschool kids during St. Patrick’s Day.
How to Catch a Leprechaun
Author: Adam Wallace
How to Catch a Leprechaun is one of the most exciting books to engage your preschoolers during St. Patrick’s Day. You have fun by learning how to set leprechaun-catching traps in your home or school. The book is laced with fun pictures for kids to learn and explore.
The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day
Author: Natasha Wing (Illustrated by Amy Wummer)
The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day is a fun read-aloud story that will grab your kids’ attention and get them laughing so hard! Natasha Wing gives an Irish remodeling to the traditional Christmas rhyme. It narrates the story of Tim Maureen staying up late the night before St. Patrick’s Day, laying traps to catch a leprechaun!
St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning
Author: Eve Bunting
St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning is a classic telling the story of Jamie, a young, determined boy. Jamie wakes up early in the morning and challenges himself to march from his house to Acorn Hill in the huge St. Patrick’s Day parade. The illustrations are done with pen and ink and have a pleasantly rounded feel. Jamie’s story teaches kids that they are not too young to make a difference. It is a perfect book for St. Patrick’s Day.
St. Patrick’s Day Books for Elementary Kids
The following books are great for kids in elementary during St. Patrick’s Day.
The Luckiest Leprechaun
Author: Justine Korman (Denise Brunkus)
Bestselling Author and Illustrator Justine and Denise collaborate to produce an astonishing tale of friendship and trust. In this story, a leprechaun becomes friends with a scruffy dog and discovers in him a hidden nature of love and care. The book is full of visuals that illustrate the scenes described in the texts. It is an excellent choice for a read-aloud book to elementary kids during St. Patrick’s celebration.
Fiona’s Luck by Teresa Bateman
Author: Teresa Bateman (Illustrated by Kelly Murphy)
Set in Ireland, Fiona’s luck is one of the fascinating original folklores that fit St. Patrick’s Day. It tells of a duel of wits between the clever Fiona and a Leprechaun king. Fiona outsmarts the mighty king, who locks away all of Emerald Isle’s luck to restore the Isle’s good fortune and thus bring liberation to the people. The storytelling contains so much wit, and the use of imagery is in abundance.
St Patrick’s Day
Author: Gail Gibbons
Written by Non-fiction writer Gail, this is a colorful book that gives your kids details on the life of St. Patrick and why people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. It is a well-written story that perfectly describes the holiday using pictures. It also shares six legends about St. Patrick.
Other Kids Books for St. Patrick’s Day
Several other top picks about the celebration are suitable for kids across different age brackets. They include:
- Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie dePaola
- O’Sullivan Stew by Hudson Talbott
- The Little Leprechaun Who Loved Yellow! by Sally Huss
- Green Shamrocks by Eve Bunting
- That’s What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting
- There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover by Lucille Colandro
- Hooray for St. Patrick’s Day by Joan Holub
Our top kids’ book for St. Patrick’s Day comprises fiction, non-fiction, classic and contemporary stories. These books are the perfect combinations of fun and learning for your kids during St. Patrick’s Day.
It doesn’t matter what age or grade the kids are in – the Irish luck is available to anyone interested in St. Patrick’s Day! While some books tell stories centered on the saint of the day, others write about magical fantasies to add to the colorful celebration of the day.
You can light up your kids’ imagination with this variety of books and keep them excited and engaged throughout St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.