Saint Patrick’s Day is still a few weeks away, so you have plenty of time to reserve some St. Patrick’s Day books from the library and read them with your kids. I was amazed this year that I didn’t find any new Saint Patrick’s Day books to add to our book basket.
Clever Tom and the Leprechaun: An Old Irish Story – Clever Tom Fitzpatrick thinks his fortune is made when he captures a leprechaun and forces him to reveal the hiding place of his gold, but the leprechaun is clever too.
A Fine St. Patrick’s Day – A Fine St. Patrick’s Day
– Fiona’s Luck – The greedy Leprechaun King has locked away all the luck in Ireland and the whole country has fallen in to despair. Through clever charades, Fiona outwits the Leprechaun King and restores luck to the land.
Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato – Jamie is accustomed to his wife doing all the household and garden chores, so when she injures her back, he figures he’s sure to starve to death. But as luck would have it, he chances upon a leprechaun. The elfin man offers Jamie the biggest “pratie” in the world in exchange for letting him go.
The Leprechaun Trap: A Family Tradition For Saint Patrick’s Day – A children’s book that tells the story of the naughty Leprechaun that comes to visit an Irish-American family every Saint Patrick’s Day and the damage he causes when the children try to trap him and get his gold.
The Leprechaun’s Gold – In this classic Irish legend, two harpists — merry-hearted Old Pat and ill-spirited Young Tom — set off for a contest to name the finest harpist in all of Ireland. When Young Tom realizes that Old Pat is truly the better musician, he schemes to be the winner — but he doesn′t reckon with the clever trickery of a mischievous little leprechaun.
Leprechauns Never Lie – Ninny Nanny and Gram decide to catch a leprechaun and use his pot of gold to solve their problems. But finding the fortune is a lot of work!
Lucky Tucker – Lucky Tucker
O’Sullivan Stew – Someone has stolen the witch of Crookhaven’s horse, and there will be no peace in the village until it is returned. So bold, brassy Kate O’Sullivan takes matters into her own hands. But instead of saving the day, she manages to land herself–and her family–in trouble with the king. So Kate sets out to save their hides the only way she knows how–with a good story. Filled with imagination, wit, and a healthy helping of good old-fashioned Irish blarney, this is a hilarious tale that will keep readers coming back for more.
St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning – On March 17, young Jamie wakes up and realizes it’s St. Patrick’s Day. The green sashes are laid out on the table for his father and two older brothers–all ready for them to sport in the big parade. This is all very exciting, but Jamie’s family had told him he was too small to walk in the parade–too young to make it all the way up Acorn Hill. He decides to take matters (and his trusty flute) into his own small hands, and embarks on an early morning walk–all the way up Acorn Hill–with his dog Nell. What did they know? Sure enough, while the village is sleeping, he traverses the parade route to the top of the hill where he greets the sun with a hearty, “A happy St. Pat’s to you, sun.” And, he makes it home before breakfast!
The Story of the Leprechaun – In a faraway village lives a talented little shoemaker—who also happens to be a leprechaun. He keeps the gold that he earns from making shoes hidden away in his home, where he thinks it will be safe. But one day a greedy man named Tim spies the leprechaun’s pot of gold and tries to steal it! How can the little leprechaun outsmart Tim and make sure his pot of gold will be safe forever?
That’s What Leprechauns Do – What do leprechauns do? They bury a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, of course. But as Mrs. Bally Bunion’s ox, Miss Maude Murphy’s hen, and Old Jamie soon find out, they can’t resist having a little fun along the way. For, besides burying pots of gold, mischief is what leprechauns do!
There Once Was a Man Named Michael Finnegan – Poor Michael Finnegan’s violin playing is sorely underappreciated. It is only when he finds a dog he names Quinn-igan (who enjoys the awful “din-igan” of the “violin-igan”) that the man is truly happy. In this adapted and elongated version of the traditional song, verses have been added to create some semblance of a story.
Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk – Tim O’Toole and his wife Kathleen are so poor they have not a penny or a potato between them. Even their cats are too skinny for the mice to chase! When Tim goes out to find a job, he stumbles upon “the wee folk” – a band of leprechauns who give him gifts sure to make his fortune. That is if Tim can keep clear of the evil McGoon family…
Too Many Leprechauns – On St. Patrick’s Day, leprechauns are lucky. But on every other day of the year, they make for noisy neighbors — and they’re turning the entire town of Dingle upside down! Fortunately, Finn O’Finnegan always has a clever plan brewing, and this time, with a little luck of the Irish, it’s a scheme that just might fool even the cleverest of creatures.
Do you know of any good books for Saint Patrick’s Day that I forgot?