Monday, March 16, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Books For Kids

Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day! To celebrate the day I put a list of some St. Patrick Day books for kids. Some of these we've read, and some we haven't, though they look like good reads. Check out the list below, and let me know, what are some your favorite St. Patrick Day books for kids. I linked each book back to Barnes & Noble, though I imagine you can find these books off Amazon as well or other favorite online/book retailers. I did Barnes & Noble, as they had a bigger selection of St. Patrick's Day books. 

By: Patricia A. Pingry
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This is a great book I bought when my kids were younger, than tells the story of St. Patrick, and a brief history behind the St. Patrick day celebrations, as well as the story behind the Leprechaun tradition. We have always enjoyed this book, though if you're a household who believes in Leprechauns, skip over the page that mentions that Leprechauns aren't real.

By: Janet Nolan
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A family retells the story of the shillelagh that was whittled from a tree. During the Irish potato famine, Fergus and his family left for America. But first Fergus cut a branch from a blackthorn tree to take a piece of Ireland with him.
On his way from Ireland to America to escape the potato famine, young Fergus carves a shillelagh from his favorite blackthorn tree, and each St. Patrick's Day for generations, his story is retold by one of his descendants.
By: Beverly Vidrine
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This beautifully illustrated storybook dictionary explains 26 Irish traditions.
For each letter of the alphabet, presents and defines a word relating to Saint Patrick or to the holiday that celebrates him. 

By: Anne Rockwell
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On St. Patrick's Day, come dance a jig with the students in the classroom ALA Booklist calls "a lively place."
Today in Mrs. Madoff's class we all wore something green to school. Kate played the fiddle and we danced to Irish music. Then we learned about St. Patrick and many Irish tales and traditions. Now we know why there are no snakes in Ireland. Not every-one in school is all Irish like me, but we all can celebrate St. Patrick's Day together!
By: Joan Holub
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It's Saint Patrick's Day, and time to join in the celebration. Children can lift the flaps for interactive fun as they see the children in this book make holiday crafts, taste traditional Irish food, perform a play about Saint Patrick, and even march in a Saint Patrick's Day parade. As an added bonus, they can search for the hidden leprechaun on each spread. A great way for young readers to learn about and enjoy the holiday.
While a group of children celebrates Saint Patrick's Day, the reader is invited to lift paper flaps and search for a hidden leprechaun.

By: H.A. Rey
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Today is George’s lucky day—St. Patrick’s Day is here! George loves a celebration, and St. Patrick’s Day means plenty o’ music, dancing, and feasting fun! He dresses up in his festive finest, looks for leprechauns, and learns some Irish dance steps. But can George make it to the parade without causing any trouble? See if his lucky four leaf clover will come through . Jaunty poems make for a fun, read-aloud celebration! A fine holiday gift for fans of Curious George.
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