Thursday, March 11, 2010

Fantastic St. Patrick's Day Books For Kids

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! So now is the perfect time to start thinking about how to celebrate this fun holiday with your kids. A great way is to read a good book together about leprechauns, shamrocks, and everything green.

Here is a list of our top 5 picks to get you started:

#1: Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk
by Gerald McDermott
This is a very funny tale about poor Tim O’Toole, ostracized by the townspeople for his misfortune. One day he comes across a group of Little People and demands some of their treasure. The evil McGoons in turn rob Tim of his fortune, until he utilizes the help of ten tiny men with clubs to retrieve the goods. This whimsical story is full of Irish humor, making it an enjoyable St. Patty’s Day read for kids.

#2: The Leprechaun’s Gold
by Pamela Duncan Edwards

There is a contest to find the best harpist in Ireland, and it comes down to two musicians- Tom and Pat. Pat is clearly the more talented of the two, so Tom relies on a sneaky scheme to try to win the title. His attempt fails miserably, thanks to the assistance of a leprechaun Pat befriended. Children will enjoy the moral of this suspenseful little story, and will have fun searching for the shamrocks hidden through the book.

#3: That’s What Leprechauns Do
by Eve Bunting

Ari, Col, and Boo set out to find their pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but like most leprechauns, they find themselves creating quite a bit of mischief along the way. Their antics will tickle the funny bone of every child as the endearing trio creates havoc throughout the beautiful Irish countryside.

#4: The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever

by Teddy Slater

Sit back and enjoy this lighthearted rhyming romp with a group of leprechauns celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. The day is filled with music, dancing and a fun parade. Young children will enjoy the colorful illustrations and simple story about a day full of cheerful little people.

#5: O’Sullivan Stew

by Hudson Talbott

Mix things up a bit with a story about an Irish girl who takes it upon herself to restore peace to her Irish village. Kate O’Sullivan is a clever heroine who, despite her good intentions, gets into trouble. She manages to outwit the king and saves the day in a funny tale full of subtle humor and vibrant illustrations.

Sweet Reading!
Karen Gallagher