Books for Exploring St. Patrick’s Day

Books for Exploring St. Patrick’s Day


I started to gather books about St. Patrick’s Day, I had no idea I would find
so many! Among the nonfiction books, I found that many were similar in their
approach and levels of reading difficulty and content. I’ve grouped them




Common Elements:
easy text, basic information, photos

St. Patrick’s Day by Carmen Bredeson

St. Patrick’s Day by Josie Keogh (sorry, no link) 


Common Elements:
history, traditions, illustrations (photos and/or paintings), glossary, resources

I’ve listed the extra elements for each book.


St. Patrick’s Day by Ann Heinrichs, illustrated by Joel Snyder

Includes several


St. Patrick’s Day: Day of Irish Pride by June

Includes a craft:
Leprechaun Trap


St. Patrick’s Day by Jennifer Blizin Gillis

Includes a St.
Patrick’s Day timeline


What is St. Patrick’s Day? by Elaine Landau (sorry, no link)

Includes a project:
Grow a Cup of Green


Happy St. Patrick’s Day by Abbie Mercer

Includes a recipe:
How to Cook Irish Soda Bread


St. Patrick’s Day: Parades, Shamrocks, and Leprechauns by Elaine

Includes a craft:
Leprechaun’s Pot of Gold


Shamrocks, Harps, and Shillelaghs: The Story of the St.
Patrick’s Day Symbols
by Edna Barth, illustrated by Ursula Arndt

more detailed information than the books above



The St. Patrick’s Day Shillelagh by Janet Nolan, illustrated by Ben

in the mid-1800s, this story tells about a shillelagh (wooden walking stick) as
it gets passed from generation to generation. On St. Patrick’s Day, each owner
passes it on to a son or daughter as he/she becomes old enough to appreciate


Shannon and the World’s Tallest Leprechaun by Sean
Callahan, illustrated by Kathleen Kemly

loves to stepdance but she doesn’t have the clothes and shoes she thinks she
needs to win a stepdance contest. When her shoe breaks, she decides to summon a
leprechaun and ask him for help. One comes, but he’s tall—is he for real?


A Fine St. Patrick’s Day by Susan Wojciechowski, illustrated
by Tom Curry

year, on St. Patrick’s Day, the towns of Tralee and Tralah hold a competition:
which town is the best decorated? Every year, Tralah wins. So one year, Tralee
has a new idea—paint the whole town green. Things are going well until a
stranger comes with a request for help.


The Luck of the Irish by Margaret McNamara, illustrated by
Mike Gordon

makes each of her classmates a paper shamrock with three heart-shaped leaves.
On St. Patrick’s Day, her teacher brings in the shamrock she’s made—with four
leaves. Katie thinks her shamrocks are all wrong and leaves them in her bag.
Katie’s teacher decides it’s time for some research. Which shamrock is correct? This is a Robin Hill
School level 1 reader.


Green Shamrocks by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Joëlle

few weeks before St. Patrick’s Day, Rabbit grows some shamrocks. He’s planning
to weave them into a shamrock chain to wear at the St. Patrick’s Day parade.
But on parade day, his shamrocks are gone. Will he find them in time?



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