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Billy Beg and His Bull - An Irish Tale Billy Beg and His Bull: An Irish Tale
by Ellin Greene
  Favorite Fairy Tales Told in Ireland

Although there are only five tales in this book of retellings from Irish storytellers by Viriginia Haviland, each story is a gem. They include “The Bee, the Harp, the Mouse, and the Bum-Clock” and “The Widow’s Lazy Daughter.” All of the stories are full of wit and wisdom and make excellent read-alouds or read-alones for 8-12 year olds. (HarperTrophy, 1994. ISBN: 0688125980)


Crafts for St. Patrick's Day
by Kathy Ross, Illustrated by Sharon Lane Holm
Twenty easy craft projects including a shamrock bird, leprechaun face mask, a shillelagh, a rainbow bracelet, and a pot of gold table decoration.

by Michael Scott
Irish Books & Media
ISBN: 0853428689
Ages 9-12
164 pages

Several traditional Celtic figures appear in this book of heroes --- Cuhullain, Finn MacCumhal, and Lugh. These short but vividly told stories are written in easy to understand language but still ring with magic.

Caitlin, The Irish Dancer, Sticker Paper Doll Caitlin, The Irish Dancer, Sticker Paper Doll
by Barbara Steadman

 Fair, Brown & Trembling: An Irish Cinderella Story

This tale is an Irish variant of the traditional Cinderella story. A widower has three daughters: Fair and Beauty, who are spoiled and mean, and Trembling, whose sisters mistreat her. The henwife acts as Trembling’s fairy godmother, sending her, not to a ball, but to church. Her lost slipper and a prince willing to fight for her result in a “happily ever after” ending. Jude Daly’s strong folk-art style paintings add interest to the story.

The Prince of Ireland and the Three Magic Stallions

According to the author’s note, this story “…is one of those very old stories that can be found in hundreds of different versions.” This picture storybook retelling by Bryce Milligan, with illustrations by Preston McDaniels, is full of drama and adventure. It involves a jealous stepmother, a giant, the brave young Prince of Ireland, a good deed, and more. McDaniels’ whimsical illustrations add to the enjoyment for 6-10 year olds. (Holiday House, 2003. ISBN: 0823415732).

SHAMROCKS, HARPS, AND SHILLELAGHS: The Story of the St. Patrick's Day Symbols
by Edna Barth
illustrated by Ursula Arndt
Clarion Books
ISBN: 0618096515
Ages 9-12
96 pages

There are many symbols that remind us of St. Patrick's Day. Who was St. Patrick? And what is this early spring holiday all about? Read the colorful stories, legends, and historical facts behind St. Patrick's Day in this nicely illustrated book.

St. Patrick's Day Countdown by Salina Yoon (Board book - Jan 19, 2006)
Children's Irish-English Dictionary Children's Irish-English Dictionary
Cover art of Tales from Old Ireland Tales from Old Ireland

Malachy Doyle's book is a fascinating anthology of Irish folk- and fairy tales, greatly enhanced by the artwork of Niamh Shakey. The seven stories include "The Children of Lir," a well-known folktale, "Fair, Brown, and Trembling," an Irish Cinderella story, and "The Twelve Wild Geese," a tale of family love and loyalty. Some of the tales are unsettling, some are sad, some have satisfying conclusions; all have a depth missing in many modern retellings. (Barefoot Books, 2000. ISBN: 190228397X)


Tales for the Telling: Irish Folk & Fairy Stories

There are twelve tales in Edna O’Brien’s collection, each of which is illustrated with the watercolor paintings of Michael Foreman. I wish that the 127-page book provided background information on the tales. However, O’Brien is an excellent storyteller and her retellings, along with Foreman’s entertaining artwork, will engage children eight and older as well as adults. The stories include “Two Giants,” “The Leprechaun,” “The Swan Bride,” and “The White Cat.” (Atheneum, 1986. ISBN: 0689313187)

IRISH STEP DANCING (Welcome Books: Let's Dance)
by Mark Thomas
Children's Press
ISBN: 051623143X
Ages 4-8
24 pages

Anyone interested in step dancing should take a look at this informative book. The easy-to-understand instructions should help you decide if step dancing is for you.


It's St. Patrick's Day (Scholastic Readers) by Rebecca Gomez and Mary Morgan (Paperback - Feb 1, 2004)

  Daniel O'Rourke : An Irish Tale (Picture Puffins)
by Gerald McDermott
Join Daniel O'Rourke as he is whisked from a small brook to the moon and then to the sea.
Clever Tom and the Leprechaun: An Old Irish Story Clever Tom and the Leprechaun: An Old Irish Story
by Linda Shute

Finn MacCoul and His Fearless Wife: A Giant of a Tale from Ireland

This popular tale of two giants is presented in picture storybook format in this version. Retold and illustrated by Robert Byrd, the story puts more emphasis on magic and on Finn’s wife, Oonaugh, than some other versions, although the basic story of how the cowardly giant Finn and his wife scare away the fearful Scottish giant by pretending Finn is their baby, is the same. Byrd’s detailed whimsical ink and watercolor artwork is a treat. (Dutton Children’s Books, 1999. ISBN: 0525459715)

by Eve Bunting
illustrated by Jan Brett
Ticknor & Fields
ISBN: 0899191622
Ages 4-8
28 pages

Jamie wants to be in the St. Patrick's Day parade, but his family has told him he's too young to make it all the way up Acorn Hill, along with everyone else in the parade. Early the morning of St. Patrick's Day, Jamie decides to walk the parade route alone and see if his family is right. Will Jamie get to march in the parade? Can he prove his family wrong?

Jack and the Leprechaun (Pictureback(R)) by Ivan Robertson and Katy Bratun (Paperback - Jan 25, 2000)


  An Irish Night before Christmas / a Leprechaun's St. Patrick's Day Audiocassette
by Sarah Kirwan Blazek
An Irish Night Before Christmas tells a satirical version of Father Christmas' yearly visit. A Leprechaun's St. Patrick Day is the day in the life of one family's celebration of the holiday on the Emerald Isle.
Fair, Brown & Trembling : An Irish Cinderella Story Fair, Brown & Trembling : An Irish Cinderella Story
by Jude Daly (Illustrator)

THE NAMES UPON THE HARP: Irish Myth and Legend
by Marie Heaney
illustrated by P. J. Lynch
Arthur A. Levine
ISBN: 0590680528
Ages 9-12

This book has eight stories which talk of bravery, treachery, love lost and won, names earned and erased. The illustrations leap off the pages at you. Don't miss this one if you are interested in Irish myths and legends.


Hooray, for St. Patrick's Day! Hooray, for St. Patrick's Day!
by Joan Holub
Luckiest St. Patrick's Day Ever by Teddy Slater


Irish Dance Recital Sticker Activity Book Irish Dance Recital Sticker Activity Book
by Barbara Steadman
St. Patrick's Day Books for kids - Jack and the Leprechaun Jack and the Leprechaun
by Ivan Robertson, Katy Bratun (Illustrator)
Leprechaun Luck: A Wee Book of Irish Wisdom Leprechaun Luck: A Wee Book of Irish Wisdom
by Erin Gobragh
St. Patrick's Day Books for kids - Look What Came from Ireland Look What Came from Ireland
by Miles Harvey
St. Patrick's Day Books for kids - O'Sullivan Stew O'Sullivan's Stew
by Hudson Talbott
St. Patrick's Day Books for kids - St. Patrick's Day Alphabet St. Patrick's Day Alphabet
by Beverly Barras Vidrine, Patrick Soper (Illustrator)
St. Patrick's Day in the Morning St. Patrick's Day in the Morning
by Eve Bunting
St. Patrick's Day Parades, Shamrocks, and Leprechauns St. Patrick's Day Parades, Shamrocks, and Leprechauns
by Elaine Landau
St. Patrick's Day Books for kids - St. Patrick's Day St. Patrick's Day
by Gail Gibbons
That's What Leprechauns Do That's What Leprechauns Do
by Eve Bunting
The Ancient Celtic Festivals: And How We Celebrate Them Today The Ancient Celtic Festivals: And How We Celebrate Them Today
by Clare Walker Leslie
The King of Ireland's Son The King of Ireland's Son
by Brendan Behan
The Last Snake in Ireland: A Story About St. Patrick The Last Snake in Ireland: A Story About St. Patrick
by Sheila Macgill-Callahan
The Luckiest Leprechaun: A Tail-Wagging Tale of Friendship The Luckiest Leprechaun: A Tail-Wagging Tale of Friendship
by Justine Korman
St. Patrick's Day Books for kids - The Saint Patrick's Day Shillelagh The St. Patrick's Day Shillelagh
by Janet Nolan, Ben Stahl (Illustrator)
The St. Patrick's Day Shillelagh This Is Ireland
by M. Sasek
St. Patrick's Day Books for kids - Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk
by Gerald McDermott
  A Pot O' Gold

The content in this “Treasury of Irish Stories, Poetry, Folklore, and (Of Course) Blarney” was selected and adapted by Kathleen Krull. The charming watercolor illustrations are by David McPhail. The selections are divided into five categories: The Sea, The Food, The Music, The Pride, The Scholars, The Land, The Fairies, The Leprechauns, and The Blarney. Source notes are provided in this 182-page book, which has selections for all ages. (Hyperion Books for Children, 2004. ISBN: 0786806257)


A Treasury of Irish Stories

This book is a good read-aloud. Because a number of the words will be unfamiliar to children, it is not well suited for independent reading, although some of the individual stories are. What makes this collection of 17 tales unique is that the stories include both retellings of traditional tales and original contemporary tales by well-known Irish storytellers. This is a relatively small, softbound book with modest, but clever, black and white illustrations.(Kingfisher, 1995. ISBN: 1856975959)

The St. Patrick's Day Shillelagh

This picture storybook for 8-12 year olds is about the importance of passing on family stories and traditions from one generation to the next. Janet Nolan tells the story of young Fergus who immigrated to the U.S. with his family during the potato famine. His story and the shellelagh he carved from the branch of a favorite tree are shared every St. Patrick's Day. Ben Stahl's realistic paintings lend a feeling of authenticity to the story. (Albert Whitman & Company, 2002. ISBN: 0807573442)

by Tomie dePaola
ISBN: 0698116038
Ages 3-8
32 pages

It's a good thing that Jamie O'Rourke is married to a hardworking woman, because he is the laziest man in Ireland. And when his wife injures her back, Jamie wonders how he'll get by, having to do things for himself. Luckily, a leprechaun gives Jamie a magic seed that grows into the biggest potato anyone has ever seen. Pretty soon, the whole village is up to its eyeballs in potato dishes, as they find ways to cook the monster spud.

Jeremy Bean's St. Patrick's Day
by Alice Shertle, Illustrated by Linda Shute
Shy Jeremy Bean forgets, much as to his humiliation, to wear green to school for St. Patrick's Day.

by Teresa Bateman
illustrated by Rosanne Litzinger
Holiday House
ISBN: 0823413446
Ages 4-8
32 pages

When Donald O'Dell saves a leprechaun's life, he's entitled to the greatest reward: a pot of gold. But Donald turns the gift down. Unfortunately, the leprechaun won't accept no for an answer and finds all sorts of funny and clever ways to give Donald his gold prize.

A Leprechaun's St. Patrick's Day
by Sarah Kirwan Blazek, Illustrated by James Rice
Five little leprechauns set out to make mischief for a rather large family during the St. Patrick's Day parade.

O'Sullivan Stew: A Tale Cooked Up in Ireland
by Hudson Talbott
The king's men take a beloved horse from an outcast witch but the Crookhaven community doesn't know what to do. Kate O'Sullivan, her two brothers and father take matters into their own hands, determined to return the horse to it's rightful owner. Unfortunately, they get caught trying to take the horse back and are sentenced to hang for their deeds. Kate cooks up a delicious story to save their lives.

Patrick : Patron Saint of Ireland
by Tomie De Paola, illustrated by Tomie dePaola
A brief, straight forward summary of the known facts about the saint's life.

The Ring of Truth : An Original Irish Tale
by Teresa Bateman, illustrated by Omar Rayyan
When Patrick O'Kelly brags that his blarney exceeds that of the king of the leprechauns he finds himself suddenly without the ability to fib, boast, exaggerate, embellish, or lie. How will he ever make his living as a salesman, much less win the county's blarney contest?

Shamrocks, Harps, and Shillelaghs: The Story of the St. Patrick's Day Symbols
by Edna Barth, Illustrated by Ursula Arndt
Who was St. Patrick? And what do leprechauns, shamrocks, shillelaghs, and reed pipes have to do with it? These questions and more are answered about this early spring holiday.

St. Patrick's Day
by Dorothy Rhodes Freeman
Describes the celebration of Saint Patrick's Day which honors the patron saint of Ireland.

Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk : An Irish Tale (Picture Puffins)
by Gerald McDermott
When the evil McGoons trick Tim O'Toole out of his fortune, he teams up with his benefactors, the Little People, to regain his treasure.


Ages 9-12

The End of the Rainbow: A Story about the Meaning of St. Patrick's Day
by Louise Mandrell
First a mysterious shamrock appears on Miss Wink's front door. Then Kate and Mickey find a sign on their new clubhouse: "The Green Shamrock Gang Was Here." Will the Dixon twins be able to solve this mystery?

Let's Celebrate St. Patrick's Day : A Book of Drawing Fun
by Pamela Johnson
A simple how-to-draw guide using St. Patrick's Day as its theme.

Mary McLean and the St. Patrick's Day Parade
by Steven Kroll, Illustrated by Michael Dooling
"In 1849, the potato famine forces Mary's family to leave their farm in Ireland and cross the ocean to settle in a basement room in New York City. Living in the drab surroundings, Mary dreams of the grand St. Patrick's Day parade, in which their local storekeeper, Mr. Finnegan, drives a gaily decorated horse-drawn cart. Mary can ride in the cart only if she finds a shamrock--an unlikely event, given the snow-covered ground. The appearance of a leprechaun finally helps her fulfill her dream."

The St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Mystery
by Marion M. Markham, Illustrated by Karen A. Jerome
First a mysterious shamrock appears on Miss Wink's front door. Then Kate and Mickey find a sign on their new clubhouse: "The Green Shamrock Gang Was Here." Will the Dixon twins be able to solve this mystery?


Parent Helps

Easter & St. Patrick's Day Thematic Unit
by Keith Vasconcelles, Illustrated by Cythia Holzschuher, Sue Fullam
This book is geared to teach ages 9-12 and is based on the following pieces of literature: Leprechauns Never Lie, The Tale of Peter Rabbit. This reproducible resource is filled with ready-to-use lessons and cross-curricular activities. Also included are management ideas, creative suggestions for the classroom, and a bibliography.


CRAFTS FOR ST. PATRICK'S DAY (Holiday Crafts for Kids)
by Kathy Ross
illustrated by Sharon Lane Holm
Millbrook Press
ISBN: 0761304479
Ages 4-8
48 pages

This book provides twenty projects that you can make from basic household materials. If you are looking for a special project this St. Patrick's Day, why not check out this step-by-step illustrated holiday craft book?

MRS. MCCOOL AND THE GIANT CUHULLIN: An Irish Tale (Books for Young Readers)
by Jessica Souhami
Henry Holt & Company
ISBN: 080506852X
Ages 4-8
32 pages

Cuhullin is a legendary giant, and he believes that he is the strongest in the world. In order to prove that he's the strongest, he must defeat another giant --- Finn McCool. Finn decides to ask his wife Oona for advice in helping him outwit Cuhullin. Oona develops a plan for Finn, but you'll have to read the book to find out which giant wins!

by Annemarie O'Grady
illustrated by Stella Kearns
The O'Brien Press
ISBN: 086278557X
Ages 4-8
80 pages

Learn all things Irish in this fun book. You'll learn about Ireland's past and about life there today, while making Celtic-style jewelry!


by Margaret Hodges
illustrated by Paul Brett Johnson
ISBN: 0531070891
Ages 4-8
40 pages

A poor, kind peddler owns a cast-iron pot which is inscribed with a saying he can't read. After St. Patrick visits him in his dreams, the peddler heads to town and finds someone who can translate his pot. It says "Here I stand, old and good, With something better under me." With this kind of clue, he digs underneath his house to find a fortune in gold.

compiled by Alice Taylor
illustrated by Nicola Emoe
Barefoot Books
ISBN: 190228318X
All ages

Straight from the Emerald Isle comes this collection of traditional Irish verse. Playful, pretty and just plain interesting, you'll love to read aloud these poems with old-fashioned Irish flavor. From fairies ("The Fairy Shoemaker") to elves ("The Little Elf Man") to animals ("The Thin Cat"), there's something here to delight almost everyone.

by Robert D. San Souci
illustrated by Sally Wern Comport
Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 0689810725
Ages 5-10
40 pages

Margaret is a beautiful and strong woman who runs her own farm in County Donegal. But she's grown tired of her ordinary life and longs for adventure. So when a tall ship docks in the harbor just below her property, Margaret begs the captain, King Simon, to go along with them. Soon Margaret has more adventure than she bargained for --- after a big storm, Margaret is separated from the ship's crew and comes eye-to-eye with a sea serpent. After her ordeal she is washed ashore and taken in by a woman who turns out to be a witch. Can Margaret outwit her and save the day? Find out in this rousing book.


PATRICK: Patron Saint of Ireland
by Tomie dePaola
Holiday House
ISBN: 0823410773
Ages 4-8
32 pages

This look at the life of Saint Patrick also contains five of the best-known legends that have been written about him, including the story of how he rid Ireland of snakes.

by Ann Tompert
illustrated by Michael Garland
Boyds Mills Press
ISBN: 1563976595
Ages 5-up
32 pages

This picture book biography focuses not on the legends about St. Patrick but on letters he wrote and the few facts known about his life. But even without the Irish stories about him, Patrick's life is plenty exciting. He was sold into slavery by pirates as a boy, and later heard voices calling him to do the work of God and convert the Irish people to the Catholic faith.

by Gail Gibbons
Holiday House
ISBN: 0823411737
Ages 3-8
32 pages

In simple text and bright illustrations, Gibbons fills us in on the life of this saint and why and how we celebrate his special day. You'll find legends, shamrocks and shillelaghs galore.

THE LAST SNAKE IN IRELAND: A Story About Saint Patrick
by Sheila MacGill-Callahan
illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
Holiday House
ISBN: 0823414256
Ages 4-8
32 pages

According to the old Irish legend, one of the greatest things St. Patrick ever did (before he became a saint) was to drive all the snakes away from Ireland. In this feisty picture book we find Patrick doing battle with the one snake who refused to go. Patrick finally finds a way to trick the snake and sinks him in Loch Ness in a locked box. But is that the end of the story? No way. Years later when Patrick checks up on the naughty snake he finds it has grown into....the LOCH NESS MONSTER!

by Lloyd Alexander
illustrated by Diane Goode
ISBN: 0140565043
Ages 5-9

Tooley is always complaining. He thinks he's got the worst luck in the world, and he rarely sees the bright side of things the way his chipper cat Gladsake does. When a little chubby man shows up at Tooley's door, he thinks it's one of the Friendly Folk (same as Wee Folk) come to bring him some good luck for a change. Tooley invites the little man in, only to find out he's a greedy monster who won't leave! Luckily Gladsake has a plan to get rid of the monster and save the day. Find out what it is when you read this book.

by Shirley Climo
illustrated by Loretta Krupinski
ISBN: 0064435776
Ages 5-9
32 pages

This picture book set in Ireland gives the traditional Cinderella story a fun twist. Becan, an Irish boy, has a miserable time living with his new, cruel stepmother. So he decides to run away. As he travels the countryside, he meets a magical bull who helps him slay a dragon and rescue a princess. But before the princess can thank Becan for his kindness, he disappears, accidentally leaving one of his boots behind. What do you think happens next?

by Tomie dePaola
ISBN: 0399234675
Ages 4-8
32 pages

Jamie O'Rourke, "the laziest man in all of Ireland," is back in this funny tale about a magical Pooka (a kind of animal spirit/ghost) who pays a nighttime visit to Jamie's cottage.

A Tale Cooked Up in Ireland
by Hudson Talbott
ISBN: 0399231625
Ages 4-8

Kate O'Sullivan and her family are in a tough spot. They've been accused of horse stealing. They were really just trying to return an already-stolen horse to its rightful owner. But in the process, they've made the king and a local witch very angry. Now the O'Sullivans are sentenced to hang. Luckily, quick-thinking Kate has a plan. She creates a batch of colorful stories so clever they earn her family's freedom.

by Gerald McDermott
ISBN: 0140506756
Ages 4-8

Tim O'Toole is the poorest of farmers --- until he meets a group of jolly "Wee Folk," little magical people (think leprechauns) who bring good luck, and often star in Irish fairy tales and legends. The Wee Folk supply Tim with a magic duck and a napkin that always holds all the food Tim and his wife can eat. But when the greedy McGoons trick Tim out of his gifts, the Wee Folk step in to help their friend retrieve his fortune.

by Teresa Bateman
illustrated by Jill Weber
Holiday House
ISBN: 0823415236
Ages 4-8
32 pages

Tom is a minstrel traveling the Irish countryside barely scraping by on the money he earns from playing his harp. He's sure he could make more money if he had a fancier looking harp. That's when leprechaun Sean O'Dell magically appears, offering Tom a harp made of gold. The expensive instrument brings om more money, but not happiness --- or even great sounding music. Find out how he fixes the problem in this original Irish tale.

Lets Celebrate St Patricks Day by Peter Roop (Paperback - Feb 6, 2003)

Hooray for St. Patrick's Day! (Lift-the-Flap, Puffin) by Joan Holub and Paul Meisel (Paperback - Jan 14, 2002)


St. Patrick's Day by Gail Gibbons


St. Patrick's Day in the Morning (Clarion books) by Eve Bunting and Jan Brett
St. Patrick's Day Alphabet by Beverly Barras Vidrine and Patrick Soper
St. Patrick's Day (Rookie Read-About Holidays) by Carmen Bredeson
That's What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting and Emily Arnold McCully
The Night Before St. Patrick's Day (Reading Railroad) by Natasha Wing and Amy Wummer


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