I love reading and I love St. Patrick’s Day. When I was a little girl, my mom used to take my three little sisters and me to our local library every summer for the summer reading program. Now that I am a mother, I frequently take my children to our local library. They love being able to check out a book with their library card. And I love being able to teach them about holidays through books.
With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, here are some holiday books that you can share with your kids. We found them at our local branch of the Lexington County Public Library; starred titles are also available through the Richland Library.
*Leprechaun Gold by Teresa Bateman
Donald O’Dell helps save a leprechaun who’s trapped in a stream. When the leprechaun tries to repay Donald for his deeds (with a pot of gold), Donald refuses. The leprechaun can’t believe that Donald won’t take the gold, and he tells Donald that he’ll have to accept it whether he wants to or not.
I like this book because it encourages children to do nice things for others without expecting anything in return.
Lucky Tucker by Leslie McGuirk
Little dog Tucker starts off his St. Patrick’s Day with a case of bad luck. His luck changes when he rolls in a bed of lucky clovers while being watched by a leprechaun. The book then goes on to tell about the rest of Tucker’s lucky St. Patrick’s Day.
This book is best for children under 5. It is a fun read once Tucker’s day turns around for the better.
*A Fine St. Patrick’s Day by Susan Wojciechowski
Two towns compete for a trophy each St. Patrick’s Day. Tralee and Tralah decorate their towns every year but Tralah always wins. Will this year be any different?
Fiona, a six-year-old girl from Tralee, has an idea for everyone in town to paint everything Limerick Lime (except the fire hydrants and mailboxes). While the two towns are decorating, a little man on a white horse arrives in Tralah to ask if the townspeople could help him rescue his cows which are stuck in the mud. The people of Tralah slam their doors in his face because they’re too busy preparing their town for the competition. When the little man goes to Tralee to ask for help, the townspeople help him rescue his cows. But will the townspeople get their decoration finished in time for the annual competition?
This is now one of my favorite St. Patrick’s Day books. It is a wonderful story about how a little girl made a big difference for her community. Little Fiona’s caring spirit shines as she encourages her town to help the man with the cows.
*The St. Patrick’s Day Shillelagh by Janet Nolan
This book begins in Ireland during the potato famine of the 1840s. A young boy named Fergus cuts a branch from a tree and takes it with him when his family has to leave their beloved Ireland for America. On the journey, Fergus carves the branch into a shillelagh — a wooden walking stick.
When Fergus starts his own family, he tells the story of the shillelagh every year on St. Patrick’s Day. When his son grows up, Fergus passes the shillelagh down to him. Then his son tells the story on St. Patrick’s Day every year, and when he grows old he passes the shillelagh to his own child.
I like this story because it recognizes Irish-American immigrant families. The Irish sadly had to leave their homeland because of famine and start a new life in America. I like that Fergus thought to take a piece of home with him when he left to pass on to his children as a reminder of their heritage.
You don’t have to go out to a book store and spend a lot of money on books. Check out your local public library’s holiday section! You might be surprised.
Do you have a favorite St. Patrick’s Day book? Share in the comments.