Books to read aloud for St. Patrick’s Day are often few and far between. Yet St. Patrick’s Day is a fun way to develop lively, engaging lessons in the classroom across all curriculum. What child doesn’t love a wee mischief-maker who likes to play tricks on them (hmm, that could be describing our students, am I right?)? Here are 9 fantastic books to jump start St. Patrick’s Day with your students.
Natasha Wing puts an Irish twist on a Christmas classic. It’s the night before St. Patrick’s Day, and Tim and Maureen are wide awake setting traps to catch a leprechaun! When they wake the next morning to the sound of their dad playing the bagpipes and the smell of their mom cooking green eggs, they’re shocked to find that they’ve actually caught a leprechaun. But will they be able to find his pot of gold?
I love all “The Night Before…” books. Full of catchy rhymes and colorful illustrations, they always suit the moment, especially for books about specific moments.
You’ve been planning night and day, and finally you’ve created the perfect trap! Now all you need to do is wait. Is this the year you’ll finally catch the leprechaun? Start a St. Patrick’s Day tradition with this fun and lively children’s book.
Teachers, use this book with a class project to create Leprechaun Traps! Combines literacy and STEAM activities, a win-win situation!
A great read-aloud to explain the traditions surrounding St. Patrick’s Day from an outsider visiting Ireland for the first time. Beautiful illustrations!
When Tucker the terrier wakes up on Saint Patrick’s Day, he gets off on the wrong paw. Nothing is going his way until he rolls in a bed of clover — a bed of four-leaf clovers, that is, which just happens to belong to a leprechaun! Lucky Tucker! From snatching a falling scoop of ice cream to wrestling with his best friends to getting a whole box of new toys, Tucker is now the luckiest dog around!
Cute and funny!
The St. Patrick’s Day parade is off to a very fine start.The Leprechaun family is marching with lots of heart!Share in their dancing, share in their fun.You’ll have the luck of the Irish when this day is done!Top o’ the morning! It’s March 17th, and the Leprechauns are gathered for their favorite day of the year. Join them as they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with music, dancing, and a parade!
Lots of rhyming and bright illustrations!
It’s raining, and Colleen is sad. How can her grandfather play his bagpipes in the St. Patrick’s Day parade? His music is so beautiful it makes people laugh and cry at once. Suddenly, a leprechaun appears before her. He says he can make the sun come out by creating a rainbow—but to build its colors, Colleen must give up the thing she holds most dear.
What child doesn’t like rainbows? Use this book to jumpstart a social studies lesson on the Emerald Isle. Combine with a Rainbow Experiment to add a touch of science.
There was an Old Lady who swallowed things over and over, and now she’s come back to swallow a clover! She’s back! That lovely old lady has returned just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Now she’s swallowing items to make the perfect rainbow to hide a pot of gold.
Lots of rhymes with a sing-song rhythm! Great example for a lesson on sequencing. Kids will have fun trying to remember the order of things the Old Lady swallowed. Use this book with Colandro’s other Old Lady books to compare and contrast.
Rabbit is growing shamrocks in a pretty yellow pot–he’s getting them ready for St. Patrick’s Day so he can wear them for the parade! When his pot of beautiful green shamrocks goes missing, he goes searching . . . will he find them in time?
Eve Bunting delivers again with an adorable story designed with preschoolers in mind! Read this book to your class and make these Coffee Filter Shamrocks!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In the United States, people wear green and hold parades to celebrate all things Irish. Readers will learn about St. Patrick’s Day traditions and the reasons for the holiday. Full-color photographs and carefully leveled text will both inform readers and help them understand how to celebrate. Age-appropriate critical thinking questions help build nonfiction reading skills.
A great non-fiction book about the customs of St. Patrick’s Day. Full of colorful and meaningful pictures designed to engage your students!
Here’s hoping your St. Patrick’s Day is fun and exciting!