Holidays are a wonderful time to introduce new books to your children. Most importantly, every time that you read to your child, you are encouraging their language and literacy development! Here I have collected ten great books about St. Patrick’s Day for you to share with your children.
- “St. Patrick’s Day Countdown” is a ten page board book written by Salina Yoon. It is appropriate for children ages three and older according to Amazon, but I would also recommend it for older infants and toddlers. The pages are colorful and eye-catching. St. Patrick’s Day Countdown focuses on the early math concept of numbers and counting. Actually, counting backwards from the number 5 to the number 1!
- “That’s What Leprechauns Do” written by Eve Bunting, is recommended for children ages four years and older. This is an adorable story of the mischief some leprechauns pull on some farm animals.
- “Green Shamrocks” is another St. Patrick’s Day story by Eve Bunting. Joelle Dreidemy is the illustrator. Green Shamrocks is thirty-pages in length. It is recommended for children ages four and older. On Amazon’s site, School Library Journal recommends Green Shamrocks as a “nice introduction to nature studies.”
- “St. Patrick’s Day Bright Baby Touch and Feel” by Roger Priddy is a board book of twelve pages that is recommended for children ages one year and older, but I would suggest sharing it with babies even younger than one year. This book encourages the sensory concept of touch. Your little one will love feeling the various textures.
- “8 Fun St. Patrick’s Day Stories for 4-8 Year Olds” by Sharlene Alexander, includes tales of leprechauns, gold coins, the Lochness monster and more! It even has some games included.
- “Hooray for St. Patrick’s Day!” is a lift-the-flap book by Joan Holub. It is sixteen pages of St. Patrick’s Day fun for children ages three and older. Included on each page spread is a hidden leprechaun for your little one to find!
- “The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever!,” by Teddy Slater, illustrated by Ethan Long, is a story of a leprechaun family’s activities on their favorite day of the year, St. Patrick’s Day. The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever! is thirty-two pages long and recommended for children ages four and older
- “St. Patrick’s Day,” by Dorothy Goeller, is an All About Holidays book. It is a twenty-four page book that is recommended for ages four and up, but I would suggest reading it to even younger children, as well. This book will encourage discussion on the St. Patrick’s Day holiday and the eye-catching pictures will engross all children
- “The Story of Saint Patrick’s Day” is a board book written by Patricia A. Pingry and illustrated by Pamela R. Levy. It is twenty-six pages long and suggested for children ages two and older. This brightly colored book tells about various St. Patrick’s Day symbols such as leprechauns and shamrocks. It also gives a description of St. Patrick himself.
“Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland” is written by famed author and illustrator, Tomie dePaola. This book is appropriate for preschool children on up. This book gives biographical details about St. Patrick, as well as expounding on various legends.
Read, read, read to and with your young children throughout the month of March! These books are sure to be enjoyed and appreciated.