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St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! Or as we call it in our house Clover Day! One of our favorite ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is by reading St. Patrick’s Day picture books. We read a couple of books each night leading up to St. Patrick’s Day.
The list of 20+ St. Patrick’s Day Picture Books are perfect for read-alouds. They are also great for budding readers who are just beginning to practice reading on their own or with someone. The books are about St. Patrick’s Day themes. Some of the books have the added bonus of including numbers, colors, the alphabet or a history of St. Patrick’s Day.
20+ St. Patrick’s Day Picture Books
St. Patrick’s Day by Anne Rockwell – Mrs. Madoff’s class is participating in holiday-related activities for St, Patrick’s Day: wearing something green, writing reports, acting in a play, dancing a jig. Preschool – 3rd Grade
The Story Of Saint Patrick by Ann Carroll – This is the third story in the Irish Myths & Legends In A Nutshell series. This one focuses on the story of St. Patrick. Kindergarten – 4th Grade
St. Patrick’s Day by Dorothy Rhodes Freeman – Read about the history of St. Patrick, and find out why there is a celebration for this saint 3rd – 4th Grade
The Itsy Bitsy Leprechaun by Jeffrey Burton – A magical St. Patrick’s Day twist on the popular nursery rhyme “The Itsy Bitsy Spider!” Preschool
How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace – A fun rhyming story that gives kids ideas on how to catch a leprechaun. Preschool – 1st Grade
S is for Shamrock: An Ireland Alphabet by Eve Bunting – Introduces the history and culture of Ireland using the alphabet, including Blarney stone, Dublin, fairy rings, leprechauns, St. Patrick, and riverdance. 1st – 3rd grade
The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing – An Irish and St. Patrick’s Day twist on the Christmas classic. Preschool – 3rd Grade
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover! by Lucille Colandro – The Old Lady is swallowing items to make the perfect rainbow to hide a pot of gold. Preschool – Kindergarten
St. Patrick’s Day by Gail Gibbons – The story of Patrick’s life and how the day is celebrated. Kindergarten – 2nd Grade
Ten Lucky Leprechauns by Kathryn Heling – Count from one to ten as one little leprechaun looking for treasure magically becomes ten silly leprechaun friends at the end of the rainbow! Preschool
The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever by Teddy Slater – Share in this leprechaun family’s charming St. Patrick’s Day celebration, complete with a fun parade and an Irish feast! Preschool – 3rd Grade
The Story of Saint Patrick by James A. Janda – Tells of the young fourth-century Irish boy who grew up to be a priest, and who was canonized as St. Patrick after his death. Preschool – 3rd Grade
That’s What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting – Besides burying pots of gold, mischief is what leprechauns do. Preschool – 3rd Grade
Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie de Paola – An Irish folktale about the laziest man in all of Ireland who after a chance encounter with a leprechaun ends up growing the biggest potato. Preschool – 3rd Grade
Paddy and the Wolves by Steve Nagel – Imagines Saint Patrick as a young boy, weaving a story that uses the saint’s childhood adventures to foreshadow events in Saint Patrick’s adult life. Preschool – 2nd Grade
The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow by Sean Callahan – When rain threatens to ruin the St. Patrick’s Day parade, Roy G. Biv, a leprechaun, appears and asks Colleen to help save it by rebuilding his lost rainbow. Preschool – 2nd Grade
Hooray for St. Patrick’s Day! by Joan Holub – In this lift the flap book, explore 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. Preschool
St. Patrick’s Day Alphabet by Beverly Vidrine – From jig to shamrock and from bodhran to Yeats, learn all about the stories and legends behind the annual celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Preschool – 3rd Grade
Jack and the Leprechaun by Ivan Robertson – It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and Jack Mouse is visiting his cousin Sean in Ireland. Sean tells Jack about the myth of leprechauns, and Jack is determined to catch one for himself! Preschool – 2nd Grade
A Fine St. Patrick’s Day by Susan Wojciechowski – Neighboring towns compete in a St. Patrick’s Day decorating contest. A stranger arrives—a funny little man with pointed ears and boots trimmed with bells—who will turn the contest upside down! Preschool – 2nd Grade
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Curious George by H. A. Rey – George loves a celebration, and St. Patrick’s Day means plenty o’ music, dancing, and feasting fun! Preschool
How to Trap a Leprechaun by Sue Fliess – On the night before St. Patrick’s Day, leprechauns show up to steal your treasures and then disappear as quickly as they came. However, if you’re careful you might be able to catch one and then he’ll grant you a wish. Preschool – Kindergarten
Be sure to stop by my Homeschool Totschool Preschool page where I will be linking all our books lists and other resources. And if you are looking for kid-friendly St. Patrick’s Day crafts, make sure you check out my Kids Crafts page where I link all our crafts.
Do you have any fun St. Patrick’s Day picture books to recommend to us for next time? Share them in the comments below!
Have a blessed day!
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