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The Best St Patrick’s Day Books for Preschoolers and Toddlers

St Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and if you are looking for some fantastic books to read aloud and share with your toddlers and preschoolers we have a fantastic selection here that we know you and your little ones will love. Learn about the Patron Saint of Ireland, the Leprechauns, Four-Leaf Clovers, the gold at the end of the rainbow and more with this brilliant St Patrick’s Day Books. So here we go our pick of the best St Patrick’s Day Books for your Toddlers and Preschoolers and you to enjoy together.

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St Patrick’s Day Books for Preschoolers

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These books are aimed more towards your older toddlers, preschoolers and into kinder. They are slightly longer, paperback or hardback rather than board books and feature some of our favourite characters, as well as introduce a little non-fiction reading to your book basket for St Patrick’s Day.

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Ten Little Leprechauns

Counting books are great and if you can find one for the holiday or theme you and your little ones are focusing on then it’s a really good way to help them develop number sense. For St Patrick’s Day, we recommend Ten Lucky Leprechauns by Kathryn Heling counting up from one there is magic in the air as these little Leprechauns find their friends till there are 10.

Ten Lucky Leprechauns
  • Heling, Kathryn (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 24 Pages – 01/01/2013 (Publication Date) – Cartwheel Books (Publisher)

Love rhymes like the Ten Lucky Leprechauns book above – then check out our songs and rhymes for St Patrick’s Day.

The Luckiest St Patrick’s Day Ever

Written in rhyme join the Leprechaun family as they celebrate The Luckiest St Patrick’s Day Ever! by Teddy Slater in this fun tale. This is a fun read-aloud that you will enjoy as much as your kids. We found ourselves smiling and giggling along with our little ones as we read it aloud. Be warned though it’s definitely not a bedtime book!

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The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever
  • Teddy Slater (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 02/01/2008 (Publication Date) – Cartwheel Books (Publisher)

How to Catch a Leprechaun

Have you ever seen a Leprechaun? Well maybe there’s a chance after reading How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace I’m sure you’ll agree these mischievous little folk need catching as they have some grand tricks up their sleeves. Will it inspire your little ones to create their own leprechaun trap afterwards I really hope so!

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How to Catch a Leprechaun: A Saint Patrick’s Day Book for Kids
  • Hardcover Book
  • Wallace, Adam (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 02/02/2016 (Publication Date) – Sourcebooks Wonderland (Publisher)

Why not make and enjoy this simple rainbow snack whilst you read your pick of these fantastic books for St Patrick’s Day.

Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato

A lovely Irish Folk Tale this story of Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie Depaola. Follow along as Jamie O’Rourke is the laziest man in the village gets given a seed potato to grow by a Leprechaun. The potato gets soooo big but it’s all sorted out and the question remains exactly was it the Leprechaun that tricked Jamie O’Rourke or did Jamie manage to swindle the Leprechaun.

A great book to add to your St Patrick’s Day Book collection but also to pose some questions with your older preschoolers.

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Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato
  • dePaola, Tomie (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 01/27/1997 (Publication Date) – Puffin Books (Publisher)


St Patrick’s Day

If you have seen any of our other lists of themed books for toddlers and preschoolers then you will know that we love to include fiction as well as non-fiction and we have a favourite author Gail Gibbons. Well, the wonderful St Patrick’s Day is another favourite to add. More about the history and legends of Ireland the the day, what happened and how it is celebrated this book is explained and explored in the book.

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St. Patrick’s Day (New & Updated)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Gibbons, Gail (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 02/14/2023 (Publication Date) – Holiday House (Publisher)

Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk

Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk by Gerald McDermott is a wonderfully illustrated book about a poor farmer than is really struggling and his neighbours aren’t helping at all! That is until he meets the “Wee Folk” a group of Leprechauns that really help him out. It’s a great story and one that I highly recommend you read together with your preschoolers.

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Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk (Picture Puffins)
  • McDermott, Gerald (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 02/01/1992 (Publication Date) – Puffin Books (Publisher)

There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Clover

Another series we enjoy reading is the series based off the classic nursery rhyme “There was an old lady who swallowed a fly”. The St Patrick’s Day version There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Clover by Lucille Colandro is fun and easy to read together. With spring and St Patrick’s Day themed objects the old lady is in for fun.

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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover!
  • Lucille Colandro (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 01/01/2012 (Publication Date) – Cartwheel Books (Publisher)

Green Shamrocks

Green Shamrocks by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Joelle Dreidemy is the tale of a little rabbit that is growing shamrocks in his pot to wear for the St Patrick’s Day Parade but sadly the pot and the shamrocks go missing, can they be found in time! At the moment this book is not available new however your library or second hand book store may have copies to read.

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Green Shamrocks
  • Bunting, Eve (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 01/01/2011 (Publication Date) – Cartwheel Books (Publisher)

Pout Pout Fish: Lucky Leprechaun

We’re finishing off with two character books although there are plenty more based on your children’s favourite series. Our pick of them are this first one Pout Pout Fish: Lucky Leprechaun by Deborah Diesen as you follow the Pout Pout fish and his friends trying to find their pot of gold. It’s a fun story and we do love under the sea creatures so this has always been a favourite with our little tots.

Pout-Pout Fish: Lucky Leprechaun (A Pout-Pout Fish Paperback Adventure)
  • Diesen, Deborah (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 24 Pages – 01/08/2019 (Publication Date) – Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (Publisher)

Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase

Is Pete the Cat one of your children’s favourites? It was here and Pete thee Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase by James Dean is so fun to read together. It’s one that my little ones enjoyed reading as they got older and found it very funny indeed. Can you image Pete the Cat has decided to start a Leprechaun catching business to get the Leprechaun’s Gold what will happen on St Patrick’s Day I wonder! You’ll have to read to see.

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Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase: Includes 12 St. Patrick’s Day Cards, Fold-Out Poster, and Stickers!
  • Hardcover Book
  • Dean, James (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 24 Pages – 01/15/2019 (Publication Date) – HarperCollins (Publisher)

St Patrick’s Day Book for Toddlers

We starting off our selection with books for toddlers specifically. These are easy to read together, generally shorter and have bold and bright pictures. Although your preschoolers will enjoy them too I’m sure. These are picked for quick sit and reads, for your little ones to explore on their own and to help develop vocabulary so here we go our pick of the best St Patrick’s Day books for toddlers.

Baby’s First St Patrick’s Day

First is Baby’s First St Patrick’s Day. by DK Yes, there is baby in the title but this adorable board book is great for your youngest toddlers it has bright large pictures and simple text meaning that you can focus and read exactly what is on the page or extend it to include what is going on more if your toddler is engaged.

Baby’s First St. Patrick’s Day (Baby’s First Holidays)
  • DK (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 14 Pages – 02/04/2020 (Publication Date) – DK Children (Publisher)

You’re My Little Lucky Charm

You’re my little lucky charm by Nicola Edwards is another simple board book, but this time a little longer and with cutouts revealing more about the story. We love the illustrations of these Irish symbols and folk in the book maybe it will bring you some luck too.

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You’re My Little Lucky Charm
  • Edwards, Nicola (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 18 Pages – 09/26/2023 (Publication Date) – Silver Dolphin Books (Publisher)

The Itsy Bitsy Leprechaun

The Itsy Bitsy Leprechaun by Jeffrey Burton is another favourite board book that we think you’ll love. Written in rhyme it’s great for chanting along with your toddlers and preschoolers as the Itsy Bitsy Leprechaun has a mini adventure with the bold and colourful rainbow.

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The Itsy Bitsy Leprechaun
  • Burton, Jeffrey (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 16 Pages – 01/30/2018 (Publication Date) – Little Simon (Publisher)

Looking for activities to do why not check out our St Patrick’s Day Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers for some ideas.

More Ideas to Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with your Little Ones

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