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12 Sham-Tastic Books for Saint Patrick’s Day To Share With Preschool Children

Fairies, leprechauns and promised treasures of gold at the end of a rainbow, let’s celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

12 Sham-Tastic books to share with any preschool child.


1.) St. Patrick’s Day

The latest in the Rockwells’ long-running holiday series, which takes place mostly in the elementary-school classroom of Mrs. Madoff, this picture book showcases a harmonious, multicultural group of students ready to learn more about other cultures. On the opening spread, the mother-and-daughter team dispense with the most obvious of St. Patrick’s Day trappings: the wearing of green. (No mention of pinching those who disobey.) Instead, happy groups of two and three work on holiday projects, including a play featuring St. Patrick and a bunch of fleeing snakes (made from socks). Anne Rockwell’s text is light and appealingly conversational, while Lizzy Rockwell’s illustrations are cheerful and unobtrusive.
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2.) The Story of Saint Patrick’s Day

The story begins with the traditional symbols of the day that are often found in schoolrooms, such as shamrocks, harps, and leprechauns. Then the narrative moves to a short biography of Saint Patrick himself: as a shepherd, as a missionary, and as a teacher. This colorful board book ties together the life of Patrick with the traditional images of Ireland. Buy The Story of Saint Patrick’s Day through Amazon


3.) St. Patrick’s Day

In addition to the story of St. Patrick’s life, here is information about how St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated. There are decorations from shamrocks to shillelaghs. People give cards, share meals, and wear green to honor Ireland, the Emerald Isle. And there are parades! Included are six legends about Patrick. Full color. Buy St. Patrick’s Day through Amazon


4.) Green Shamrocks

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?
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5.) Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland

The story of Patrick’s life, from his noble birth in Britain, to his being captured and taken to Ireland by a group of bandits, to the “dreams” that led him to convert the Irish people to the Christian faith. DePaola also retells several well-known legends, including the story of how Patrick got rid of all the snakes in Ireland. Full color.
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6.) St. Patrick’s Day Alphabet

“E is for ‘Everybody is Irish,’ a favorite saying on St. Patrick’s Day. Almost everybody, Irish or not, celebrates this day.”

Or so Beverly Barras Vidrine reminds the reader that St. Patrick’s Day is all-inclusive in her beautiful, vividly green “St. Patrick’s Day Alphabet,” illustrated by Patrick Soper and published by Louisiana’s Pelican Press.

A teacher can do a fine job of teaching what St. Patrick’s Day is all about, using this delightful alphabet book. Not only St. Patrick, but key symbols of Ireland are also illustrated. G is for the green-ness of the Emerald Isle; S is for the shamrock that represents the Holy Trinity, M is for March 17–the day St. Patrick is honored, and I is for Irish, the people of Ireland.

K is for Kells and the Book of Kells, T is for the tri-color flag of Ireland, O is for oak from which shillelaghs (walking sticks) are made–great tourist buys in Ireland, H is for Harp, a national symbol of Ireland. See what I mean? Teachers could use this book to great advantage…

Parents interested in the Irish will also delight in sharing this book with their little ones. Buy St. Patrick’s Day Alphabet on Amazon


7.) The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day

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? Purchase The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day on Amazon


8.) The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever

hare in this leprechaun family’s charming St. Patrick’s Day celebration, complete with a fun parade and an Irish feast!

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!
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9.) Lucky Tucker

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!
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10.) A Fine St. Patrick’s Day

WELCOME TO THE rival towns of Tralee and Tralah, where the annual St. Patrick’s Day decorating contest is under way. Every year, Tralah defeats Tralee. This year, though, little Fiona Riley has a wonderful idea that will help Tralee win the contest for sure. But neither town has counted on a stranger arriving—a funny little man with pointed ears and boots trimmed with bells—who will turn the contest upside down! Purchase A Fine St. Patrick’s Day on Amazon


11.) St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning

Young Jamie wakes early on St. Patrick’s Day, much earlier than his sleeping family. He remembers that there will be a parade to the top of Acorn Hill today, and then he remembers that his brothers say he’s too little to march in the parade.
Well, fine then! He’ll just have a parade of his own!!

Jamie sets off in his green sweater, hat and coat with Nell the dog and march up the center of town to Acorn Hill by themselves. Along the way, the meet some of the other villagers, one of whom gives Jamie an Irish flag that he proudly waves in his own parade. Does he make it to the top?? You’ll have to read to find out!!

“St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning” is a beautiful story for any child who has ever been told that they’re too small, too weak, too short, too this, too that, to do something. You can see Jamie’s’ happiness at proving everyone wrong. The pen and ink illustrations are lush and detailed: you could count the shingles in the roofs or the bricks in the walls. Green and a little yellow are the only colors in the book, emphasizing the spirit and colors of St. Pats in Jamie’s sweater, the flag of Ireland and, of course, the lush green grasses of the Emerald Isle.

Because it’s not a book about the history or legend of St. Patrick, there is no reason to limit it’s reading only to March 17th. Teachers would find it a useful book in teaching both about Ireland and, of course, proving that smaller doesn’t mean incapable. A fine book by Bunting and Brett, and highly recommended. Buy St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning from Amazon


12.) Patrick’s Day

Patrick Quinn Murphy, living in a small Irish village, knows he must be special because everybody celebrates Patrick’s Day with a parade. When he finds out that Saint Patrick is the real honoree, Patrick feels grumpy and ordinary. A crabby round of his usual errands, however, convinces him that he doesn’t need to be mean to be “just me,” and his family and friends surprise him with a rainbow-colored mini-parade. Although the story is slight, it captures the flavor of Irish conversational patterns and village life as well as family interaction everywhere. The watercolor-and-pencil illustrations depict regional landscapes and exteriors nicely, and Connell, Patrick’s dog and buddy, is drawn as an expressive chum. Buy Patrick’s Day on Amazon

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