St. Patrick’s Day Books to Share

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and that means it is time for shamrocks, rainbows, leprechauns and pots of gold. Besides being Irish, I also enjoy the holiday because I love the bright colors of St. Patrick’s Day, especially after the gray and snowy days of January and February. To get you in the spirit, I gathered this list of great books on leprechauns, luck and lots of mischief!

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Can you trap a leprechaun?

The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day was written by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Amy Wummer. Like her New Years Eve story, which I have recommended before, this one puts another festive spin on Clement Clarke Moore’s The Night Before Christmas. In this story, Tim and Maureen are a young brother and sister who hope to catch a leprechaun on St. Patrick’s Day. They set up traps before bed, and they are surprised the next morning to discover that they have captured one! Can they convince him to tell them where his gold is? This is a very cute story with vibrant illustrations that kids will love!

How to Catch a Leprechaun was written by Adam Wallace and illustrated by Andy Elkerton. This quick rhyming story follows a tricky leprechaun while he moves from house to house, wreaking havoc and avoiding clever traps. The illustrations are bright and colorful and also show a lot of creative ways that kids may try to catch a leprechaun. Kids will love looking at all the ways the leprechaun causes trouble while the ending leaves an opening for them to create their own clever leprechaun traps!

Can you outsmart a leprechaun?

Fiona’s Luck was written by Teresa Bateman and illustrated by Kelly Murphy. This is the story of Fiona, a smart little girl who lives in Ireland. When the greedy leprechaun king decides that humans have too much of the leprechaun’s luck, he orders it to be gathered up and hidden away. As Ireland falls into despair with no luck, no food and no milk, Fiona decides to match wits with the king and try to win the luck back. This is a great story about the importance of using your smarts to win a battle. Fiona is a strong role model for young girls, as she isn’t afraid to go after what she wants, and she also uses her intelligence to get it! The pictures are striking and the story is a good lesson, although it is a longer one, so it may be better for older kids.

The Story of the Leprechaun was written by Katherine Tegen and illustrated by Sally Anne Lambert. This book tells the story of a little leprechaun shoemaker whose shoes are desired by everyone. He collects gold as payment for his shoes, and keeps it in a pot. When a greedy man named Tim comes to the leprechaun for shoes, he decides to try to steal the gold. The leprechaun decides he must hide his gold and trick Tim. This is a cute introduction to leprechauns while giving a great reason behind the idea that there is a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. The illustrations are cute and colorful, and kids of all ages will enjoy this story.

Having fun with leprechauns

The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever was written by Teddy Slater and illustrated by Ethan Long. This story follows a leprechaun family as they celebrate the holiday with a parade, a feast and some festive music. The peppy rhyming pattern and bright and bold illustrations will entertain even very young readers while introducing them to some of the traditions of the holiday.


That’s What Leprechauns Do was written by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully. This story follows three leprechauns as they go on a mission to bury a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. However, these tricky leprechauns just can’t help but cause a little mischief along the way! Kids will love the little leprechauns and the jokes they play. The illustrations are colorful and entertaining, and the story ends with a challenge to kids that there is gold waiting out there for the right person to find!

Ten Lucky Leprechauns was written by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook and illustrated by Jay Johnson. This is a great counting story for young readers. The bright and cheerful illustrations add to the peppy rhyming text. In this fun tale of friendship, kids will count from 1 to 10, while they see some familiar symbols of St. Patrick’s Day.

Learning the traditions and symbols of the holiday

Jack and the Leprechaun was written by Ivan Robertson and illustrated by Katy Bratun. This story follows Jack Mouse as he travels to Ireland to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with his cousin Sean. While Sean introduces Jack to the symbols of St. Patrick’s Day, he tells him to keep an eye out for Liam the Leprechaun. Jack is determined to catch him, so he can get his pot of gold. This is a great introduction to many of the traditions behind St. Patrick’s Day, told through adorable illustrations and a cute story. Kids will enjoy learning some Gaelic words and phrases, as well as the meaning behind some of the traditions and symbols of the holiday.

Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland was written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola. (If you are a regular reader of this blog, you knew I had to include one of his!). This book follows the story of Patrick, from his birth to his reported miracles. The story is illustrated in Tomie dePaola’s classic style, and the text is simple enough for younger readers to understand. This is a great book to introduce readers to the religious background of the holiday.

St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday full of music, food and colorful symbols. For some fun activities for the holiday, check out my previous post on another great St. Patrick’s Day read The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow written by Sean Callahan and illustrated by Nancy Cote. Do you have a favorite St. Patrick’s Day book in your family? Please share in the comments so I can expand our library!


  • Denise Hill

    March 9, 2017 at 8:07 am Reply

    Thanks girl! I’m adding How to Catch a Leprechaun to my list!! I love that our lists only overlap by ONE! ?☘️

    • Vicki

      March 9, 2017 at 12:51 pm Reply

      That’s awesome! I hope you enjoy How to Catch a Leprechaun!

  • Kia

    March 9, 2017 at 8:11 am Reply

    Wow, who knew there were so many books about leprechauns!

    • Vicki

      March 9, 2017 at 12:51 pm Reply

      There are a lot of great books out there for St. Patrick’s Day!

  • Melissa @ Disco Bumblebee

    March 9, 2017 at 9:37 am Reply

    Wonderful suggestions! Adding these to our library list 🙂

    • Vicki

      March 9, 2017 at 12:52 pm Reply

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy them!

  • Kiley

    March 9, 2017 at 9:45 am Reply

    I am always looking for fun St. Patrick activities for my family. These books are so fun and would be perfect to add to our list.

    • Vicki

      March 9, 2017 at 12:53 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you have a lot of fun with them!

  • shan walker

    March 9, 2017 at 9:51 am Reply

    I LOVE this! Great fun!

    • Vicki

      March 9, 2017 at 12:53 pm Reply

      Thank you!

  • Elizabeth Voyles

    March 9, 2017 at 10:09 am Reply

    I love St Patrick’s Day! These stories all look very cute. My daughters would enjoy them. They probably don’t know much about St Patrick’s Day-these would be a fun way to introduce it.

    • Vicki

      March 9, 2017 at 12:56 pm Reply

      I love introducing my daughter to new holidays through great books. There are so many great stories to share.

  • Aundrea

    March 9, 2017 at 10:37 am Reply

    We are going to enjoy a few of these reads while we share this Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip. Thanks! You always share the best material

    • Vicki

      March 9, 2017 at 12:57 pm Reply

      Thanks! That sounds like the perfect snack to go with them!

  • Lexi @That Fit Fam

    March 9, 2017 at 5:49 pm Reply

    I’m soo glad I came across this! Such perfect timing! I was looking for St Patrick’s Day stories to get my pre-schooler excited to try to catch a leprechaun this year! Thanks!

    • Vicki

      March 9, 2017 at 6:52 pm Reply

      I’m so glad to help! How to Catch a Leprechaun and The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day are great books for that!

  • Nicole Banuelos

    March 9, 2017 at 6:51 pm Reply

    These are great suggestions for St. Patricks Day, I’ll be checking some of these out with the kids.

    • Vicki

      March 9, 2017 at 6:54 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you all enjoy them!

  • Ewa

    March 9, 2017 at 7:08 pm Reply

    Wow, I had no idea that there is so many books about St. Patrick.
    I have to finally see how people celebrate this day 🙂

    • Vicki

      March 9, 2017 at 9:55 pm Reply

      There are a lot of great books for the holiday!

  • Tricia

    March 9, 2017 at 10:55 pm Reply

    These look great! I bet my son would love them. I need to get him some St. Patrick’s Day books before the holiday passes us by!

    • Vicki

      March 9, 2017 at 11:31 pm Reply

      I hope he enjoys them!

  • Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries

    March 10, 2017 at 12:03 am Reply

    I used to love dePaola’s Patrick! Haven’t thought about that book in a while!

    • Vicki

      March 10, 2017 at 1:16 pm Reply

      I love Tomie dePaola everything, haha. I’m a big fan of his books.

  • Casey

    March 10, 2017 at 5:42 am Reply

    I didn’t knwo there were so many Leprechaun books out there. What a fun collection of books! We will be checking these out!

    • Vicki

      March 10, 2017 at 1:19 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you find some new family favorites!

  • Katie

    March 10, 2017 at 7:36 am Reply

    These are great suggestions!

    • Vicki

      March 10, 2017 at 1:20 pm Reply

      Thank you!

  • Stephanie

    March 10, 2017 at 8:39 am Reply

    These all look great! So hard to choose which will be our Saint Patty’s day reads, guess I’ll let the kids pick ?

    • Vicki

      March 10, 2017 at 1:21 pm Reply

      I hope they like them! There is a little something for everyone!

  • Tabitha Blue

    March 10, 2017 at 9:51 am Reply

    Such fun books!! I need to grab up a couple for my kids since it’s so close!

    • Vicki

      March 10, 2017 at 1:22 pm Reply

      I hope you enjoy them!

  • David Elliott

    March 10, 2017 at 10:07 am Reply

    I love all of these St. Patrick’s Day ideas of kids. The books look beautiful and have amazing illustrations. And I love your description of them as well.

    • Vicki

      March 10, 2017 at 1:23 pm Reply

      Thank you! There are a lot of great stories to celebrate the holiday!

  • Meredith

    March 10, 2017 at 10:36 am Reply

    These books all sound awesome!! I’ll have to bookmark this for next year when my daughter is (maybe) able to understand St. Patrick’s day. I bet she’ll love it!

    • Vicki

      March 10, 2017 at 1:25 pm Reply

      I hope you enjoy them! These are a great way to introduce the holiday to little ones.

  • Melissa

    March 10, 2017 at 10:51 am Reply

    St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorites. I think it is so fun! I love these book ideas. We currently don’t have any SPD books so I will have to check these out.

    • Vicki

      March 10, 2017 at 1:25 pm Reply

      I hope you like them! I love the fun and the colors around St. Patrick’s Day!

  • Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons

    March 10, 2017 at 11:37 am Reply

    I love this list! Keep the lists coming-we LOVE to read!

    • Vicki

      March 10, 2017 at 1:25 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you enjoy these!

  • Justine

    March 10, 2017 at 12:40 pm Reply

    We don’t “celebrate” St Patricks Day at my house, per se. But we do acknowledge t with books and religious references and all that. But as an elementary school teacher, OMG.. we go ALL. OUT. for St. Patricks Day! LOL My poor kids. My students though, have a blast – we read how to catch a Leprechaun and create leprechaun traps in groups. We integrate math and a story for literacy. That is one of my favorite books ever.
    I’m pretty sure that I’m giving my actual children the short end of the stick since we don’t do anything fun like that at home for St Patricks Day hah!

    • Vicki

      March 10, 2017 at 1:28 pm Reply

      Aw! I know St. Patrick’s Day has become even bigger in the past few years since I stopped working in schools. I can’t imagine how big it will be by the time my daughter is in school!

  • Elizabeth Brico

    March 10, 2017 at 1:43 pm Reply

    Wow, I never knew there were so many books about St. Patrick’s Day. Fiona’s Luck looks especially nice.

    • Vicki

      March 10, 2017 at 2:50 pm Reply

      I really like that one! I hadn’t heard of it before this year, but it is definitely a new favorite.

  • Meg | The Many Little Joys

    March 10, 2017 at 3:57 pm Reply

    I’ve read Fiona’s Luck and That’s What Leprechaun’s Do, but several of the others are new to me. I just discovered The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow this year, and my kids are really enjoying it. I LOVE holiday books!

    • Vicki

      March 10, 2017 at 9:21 pm Reply

      I do too! It is so much fun to get into the holidays with some great stories!

  • Julie

    March 11, 2017 at 9:31 am Reply

    My boys make a trap to catch a Leprechaun every year! These books are great fun for kids!!

    • Vicki

      March 11, 2017 at 6:48 pm Reply

      That sounds like so much fun!

  • Kate

    March 11, 2017 at 10:56 am Reply

    Thanks for the suggestions! Our Irish family needs to get some St. Patrick’s Day books like these!

    • Vicki

      March 11, 2017 at 6:55 pm Reply

      I hope you enjoy them! We are a pretty Irish family and I was surprised we had so few St. Patrick’s Day books!

  • Dearlyndsey

    March 11, 2017 at 11:21 am Reply

    I always love your book lists. You always share the best books. =) Holiday books are so much fun to read especially paired with activities.

    • Vicki

      March 11, 2017 at 6:57 pm Reply

      Thank you so much! I love holiday books. They are so great for getting you into the spirit of each holiday!

  • Lisa

    March 11, 2017 at 3:05 pm Reply

    These are great! My daughter’s birthday is St. Patrick’s Day and when she was little, we’d read a new book every year. I missed some of these.

    • Vicki

      March 11, 2017 at 6:59 pm Reply

      Aw, that’s a fun tradition!

  • Sarah Clouser

    March 11, 2017 at 7:34 pm Reply

    As always, thanks for a fun collection to sort through. Fiona’s Luck looks good!

    • Vicki

      March 11, 2017 at 7:42 pm Reply

      I love a book starring a smart girl!

  • Brittany Ferrell

    March 11, 2017 at 11:47 pm Reply

    I always love your picks of such colorful, educational, and engaging books! These look perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. I would add “The Leprechaun Who Loved Yellow”. It’s a cute tale about a little leprechaun who dared to be different. I will definitely be gathering some of these picks for my daughter this year!

    • Vicki

      March 11, 2017 at 11:59 pm Reply

      Thank you! I have not heard of that one! I will definitely look it up because I love the concept. Thank you for the recommendation!

  • Danielle

    March 12, 2017 at 12:24 pm Reply

    This reminds me, I have to get out my St. Patricks Day books! 🙂

    • Vicki

      March 12, 2017 at 1:19 pm Reply

      It’s almost here!

  • Ayana

    March 12, 2017 at 3:39 pm Reply

    What a great list!! You always find some good ones!

    • Vicki

      March 12, 2017 at 8:36 pm Reply

      Thank you so much!

  • Jessica Peresta

    March 12, 2017 at 5:28 pm Reply

    How fun! I haven’t heard of any of these books before! You always have the best suggestions.

    • Vicki

      March 12, 2017 at 8:37 pm Reply

      Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy them!

  • Jennifer Corter

    March 12, 2017 at 7:14 pm Reply

    These all sound like amazing books! I think my son would love all of them!

    • Vicki

      March 12, 2017 at 8:38 pm Reply

      They are great! I hope he enjoys them!

  • Anna nuttall

    March 13, 2017 at 6:56 am Reply

    These are a great selection of books. My niece would like reading them. xx

    • Vicki

      March 13, 2017 at 12:12 pm Reply

      Thank you! They are a lot of fun!

  • Charissa | thenotsobusymom

    March 13, 2017 at 8:55 am Reply

    Jack & the Leprechaun looks like a good choice for facts and fun! Thanks for sharing, Vicki 🙂

    • Vicki

      March 13, 2017 at 12:20 pm Reply

      It is a really cute book!

  • Kate AL

    March 13, 2017 at 7:35 pm Reply

    The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day is one of our favorites! We love that whole series.

    • Vicki

      March 13, 2017 at 8:02 pm Reply

      I do too! They are so great at getting kids in the spirit of the holidays!

  • rachel

    March 13, 2017 at 8:14 pm Reply

    Such fun! My 4 year old keeps calling the day “School Patrick day!” 😛 😛

    • Vicki

      March 13, 2017 at 8:16 pm Reply

      Aw, that is adorable!

  • Hil

    March 13, 2017 at 8:45 pm Reply

    I love theme books for every holiday. Pinned this to my Children’s Literacy Board.

    Thanks for sharing at #bloggerspotlight

    • Vicki

      March 13, 2017 at 10:25 pm Reply

      I love themed books too! I think it really helps you get in the spirit of the holiday!

  • Innana

    March 14, 2017 at 9:08 pm Reply

    These are perfect! what fun books and perfect just in time for St. Patty’s day!

    • Vicki

      March 14, 2017 at 9:33 pm Reply

      Thank you! I love holiday themed books.

  • Kathy

    April 1, 2017 at 6:35 am Reply

    Some of these I know and some are new to me. Will have to add them to our list for St. Patrick’s Day 2018!

    • Vicki

      April 1, 2017 at 12:38 pm Reply

      I hope you enjoy them!

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