12 Best St Patrick’S Day Books For Preschoolers Update 05/2022

For St. Patrick’s Day this year, you could dye your OJ and wear an orange velvet double-breasted blazer (with matching shamrock tie) as you lead the parade in your chartreuse dune buggy, making it one of your favorite days. Or maybe you’re in a different camp. Maybe you were tired of looking for four-leaf clovers as a child, and now you hide under the Blarney Stone to avoid people who want to pinch you. Even if you don’t like St. Patrick’s Day stories, you can’t help but enjoy their charm and energy. People who have hearts of gold and leprechauns you can try (but, inevitably, fail) to hate are all over this place, and the stories of gold seekers who talk a lot are unforgettable. In this rainbow of St. Patrick’s Day stories, you don’t have to be lucky to find the best one. So, finish your corned beef and pull up a chair. It’s time for stories!

The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day, by Natasha Wing

When it’s the night before St. Patrick’s Day, Tim and Maureen are busy making leprechaun traps all over their house. There’s a pot of gold at stake, after all. Tim and Maureen are surprised to learn that one of their traps worked. They had to eat green eggs for breakfast and listen to their dad play the bagpipes that were not very good. What will they do with this little magic man?

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

When it comes to decorating for St. Patrick’s Day, Tralee and Tralah are always in a close race with each other. This year is going to be different, though, because Fiona Riley, who has lived in Tralah her whole life, has an idea! But she hasn’t thought about a little “extra” help from a little person with a questionable goal. Check out this story every year and make sure to make it part of your annual tradition!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Curious George, by H.A. Rey

During St. Patrick’s Day, you can add one more mischief-making character to the mix: Curious George! Is he going to make it to the parade? During your next story time, invite your favorite Curious George fan to celebrate the holiday with you.

The Irish Cinderlad, by Shirley Climo and Loretta Krupinski

When Becan’s father remarries, a stingy old woman and her three selfish daughters move in. They start treating him unfairly right away, and he doesn’t know what to do. Instead of kind words, only bread crusts are thrown the boy’s way, and he has to clean all day. Soon, he runs away, and the real fun starts. This is how it works: This Cinderella story is full of heart and imagination, so pick it up today!

How to Catch a Leprechaun, by Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton

There is a manual here that shows how to get hold of the little green guy who’s been unrolling toilet paper rolls and putting roller skates on your stairs for years. Booby traps and rhymes to get him to come to you are included with no extra charge.

That’s What Leprechauns Do, by Eve Bunting and Emily Arnold McCully

Everyone knows what leprechauns do. They’re in charge of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and that’s what they do. But all that responsibility can be a lot, so they like to have a little treat now and then. They will want to read and see this St. Patrick’s Day story all year long!

Jamie O’Rourke and the Pooka, by Tomie de Paola

People are sorry for Jamie O’Rourke. A bag of potatoes isn’t lazy enough for him. He’s dirty, too. In a week, his wife leaves him alone. It doesn’t take long for Jamie and his friends to start making a mess. Fortunately, a magical pooka shows up, and he turns out to be a very good housekeeper. The magic will last how long? And will Jamie O’Rourke ever learn his lesson? Find out tonight!

Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk, by Gerald McDermott

Tim O’Toole is the poorest farmer in the area, so when he comes across a group of leprechauns, he takes advantage of it right away and makes a lot of money. Once his ears are full of golden eggs, the treasure he owns will be more than he could have ever dreamed of. But will his neighbors find out? Ass, table, and stick: This retelling of one of the best-known folk tales has vivid color and lively dialogue. It’s great for a read-aloud!

The Clover Curse (The Adventures of Sophie Mouse), by Poppy Green, illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell

The Clover Curse, the seventh book in the Sophie Mouse series, is great for young readers and fans of mice and rodents. She can’t believe how lucky she is when she comes across a four-leaf clover on a mild Spring day. In fact, she only finds bad luck. Is it possible for Sophie to break her Clover Curse with the help of some good friends?

Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato, by Tomie dePaola

When dePaola was a child, he told the world about Jamie O’Rourke, “the laziest man in all of Ireland.” He was the son of immigrants from Ireland and Italy, and his story was warm and funny. When it comes to moral lessons, this re-telling of an Irish folk tale isn’t very good. However, it has a lot of humor, resourcefulness, and that signature dePaola charm! Make sure it is in your St. Patrick’s Day pile today!

O’Sullivan Stew, by Hudson Talbott

In the end, this clever and colorful story is a real treat. As soon as the Witch of Crookhaven’s horse goes missing, she curses a nearby village where Kate O’Sullivan lives with her family. In the end, Kate doesn’t get the horse back on her own. She goes in a new direction, and her ability to tell a good story comes in handy. Kate’s story-telling soon gets her family and the village in even more trouble. A unique twist and a lot of blarney will make this dish a hit in your home.

Fiona’s Luck, by Teresa Bateman, illustrated by Kelly Murphy

Ireland had a lot of luck a long time ago, before the potato shortage. He took this luck away from the Leprechaun king because he was jealous. He put it in a chest and put a powerful curse on his treasure to keep it safe. If the countryside looked like it had been burned, then his plan worked. Then a girl named Fiona decided to use a little magic of her own to stop him. Bateman tells a hopeful story about a greedy green king and a young girl’s ingenuity set against the grim backdrop of the Irish Potato Famine. This is a great story for a read-aloud.

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