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St. Patrick’s Day Book Selections for Children

Put on your lucky green and follow the rainbow to your local library to choose from this magical pot of books!

Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850 by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Pick up a copy of this moving, true story about the Great Irish Famine and learn more about an important time in Ireland’s history. Not only is this a strong narrative of the Great Irish Famine, but it is also a winner of the 2002 Robert F. Siebert Medal for its significant contribution to children’s literature. This excellent resource for middle school scholars who are researching Ireland features an impressive bibliography and timeline.


Fiona’s Luck by Teresa Bateman

Sometimes cleverness, though, is worth more than strength.” This enchanting story about a mighty and smart girl is sure to entertain children of all ages. Whimsical, mixed-media illustrations and rhythmic text make this a great pick for young readers or a fun selection for a family read aloud. Children who enjoy folk and fairytales are sure to love this story.


King Puck by Michael Garland

This fun-filled book about adventure and an extraordinary friendship between Finny the Goat and Farmer Seamus is sure to delight your young reader or storytime audience. Children will enjoy the colorful illustrations that highlight the lush landscapes of the Irish countryside and finding the hidden fairies throughout the book.  Plus, any story that touches on the importance of books is sure to be solid gold.


Ten Lucky Leprechauns by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook

Count the leprechauns and see if you can spot the pot of gold! Repetitive text and playful illustrations make this adventurous tale fun to read aloud to your little one. Children will beg for you to share this magical St. Patrick’s Day story with them over and over again.


Ireland by Julie Murray

This is a terrific non-fiction selection for students writing school reports on Ireland or simply looking to learn more about this lovely country. This book features fun “Did You Know?” boxes throughout and is full of interesting factoids and sensational photographs. Ireland is sure to be a hit with your elementary school scholar.


Fiona’s Lace by Patricia Polacco

Travel from the small village of Glen Kerry, Ireland to Chicago, America in this charming and heartwarming story about courage, family, home, and the immigrant experience.  Be sure to pick up a copy of this beautifully written and illustrated story for your young one this St. Patrick’s Day or any day of the year. And don’t forget to read the author’s endnote!


St. Patrick’s Day by Anne Rockwell

On March 17, we all wear something green. That’s because it’s St. Patrick’s Day. And St. Patrick’s Day comes just before spring. The sprouts that come in spring are green. That day, we are all a little bit Irish.” Join Mrs. Madoff’s class and learn about Irish traditions and St. Patrick! Pre-school and early elementary students are sure to enjoy this festive book that features diverse characters and appealing illustrations.

Jessica Gonzalez

Jessica is a Librarian at the Downtown Library. Her passions include historic home remodeling, gardening, travel, cooking, and spending time with her husband and their adorable animals, Stella and François.

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