Today is your lucky day! Let your little leprechauns flip through these green reads while you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

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

St Patrick’s day means a lot of celebrating for this curious little monkey. Join George as he feasts on traditional Irish cuisine, learns Irish dance steps and looks for leprechauns, and see if he makes it to the big parade!

2. Discovery In The Woods: A St. Patrick’s Day Surprise
By Sandy Barton

Complete with ideas for before and after reading, this cute book is the perfect “chapter book” for all ages–especially those who believe in magic!

3. St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning
By Eve Bunting

With over 200 books under her belt, Eve Bunting does it again. Every child has felt “too little” to participate in something, especially if they have older siblings. Cheer for Jamie as he embarks on his quest to prove to his family that he’s big enough to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

4. This Is Ireland
By Miroslav Sasek

Updated and reprinted from the original 1960s edition, this book remains classic. Sasek’s narrative provides a peek into Ireland’s landscape and culture, while his delightful watercolors can captivate even the youngest readers.

5. Jack and the Leprechaun
By Ivan Robertson

Join Jack the Mouse on his journey to Ireland to visit his cousin Sean. Sean teaches Jack (and readers at home!) about Irish folk tales, traditions and the customs of St. Patrick’s Day in a way that’s easy for children to understand.

6. A Pot O’ Gold: A Treasury Of Irish Stories, Poetry, Folklore, And (of Course) Blarney
By Kathleen Krull

A collection of the most classic tales to the most unique traditions, this book is perfect for families that are familiar with St. Patrick’s Day and those who are celebrating their first one. Krull includes examples of Irish culture such as poems, songs, recipes, and even a little blarney!

7. The St. Patrick’s Day Shillelagh
By Janet Nolan

Nolan teams up with illustrator Ben Stahl, whose lush and lifelike illustrations bring the book to life. In a Polacco-esque tale that captures an important part of history and heritage, Nolan writes about a young boy who travels from Ireland to American during the potato famine, and how he keeps his rich family history alive today.

8. The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day
By Natasha Wing

Kids will recognize this classic poem, now with an Irish twist! Tim and Maureen set out to catch a leprechaun, but what happens when they find one? Will he lead them to his pot of gold?


About Danielle Steinberg

Danielle Steinberg

Danielle received her Masters in Education which led her to a spot on the PBS Parents team in 2011. She now works full time as a producer of content and social media for PBS Digital Studios and continues to work as a web producer for PBS Parents.

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