Lucky you! We made a list of seven of our favorite Leprechaun tales. We hope you are as entertained by these awesome St. Patrick's Day books as we were. Each book's description includes its suggested grade level, a summary, and why we love each of them!
Our St. Patrick's Day Picks:
1. How to Catch a Leprechaun
By: Adam Wallace • Illustrator: Andy Elkerton
St. Patrick's Day is all about luck, and in How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace, readers must use their luck to assist the narrator on a leprechaun hunt! This picture book introduces basic science projects and "leprechaun trap" ideas with super silly wording. This engaging tale will surely keep readers' on their toes.
Why we love this book: How to Catch a Leprechaun is an easy-to-follow tale, yet it invites discussion of STEAM projects and holiday spirit. It is a short read and a page-turner!
2. The Luckiest St. Patrick's Day Ever
By: Teddy Slater
What's better than catching a leprechaun, perhaps being one! This picture book allows readers to gain insight into a leprechaun's life, and how they celebrate St. Patrick's Day! While you may not be able to find a four-leaf clover this March, The Luckiest St. Patrick's Day should do the trick! A fun parade with music and dancing, what is not to love?
Why we love this book: This book has beautiful and detailed illustrations which keep all readers engaged! Despite its elementary school reading level, this tale will keep both adults and kids amused.
3. The Night Before St. Patrick's Day
By: Natasha Wing • Illustrator: Amy Wummer
Siblings Tim and Maureen love St. Patrick's Day and look forward to it each year! As the night before approaches, these two children create a plan... They are going to catch a leprechaun. Join Tim and Maureen on their exciting journey to find the leprechaun's pot of gold!
Why we love this book: This book explores Irish culture by discussing traditional instruments and meals. The Night Before St. Patrick's Day includes thirty-two fun-packed pages of drawings and beginner-level reading.
4. The Gingerbread Man and The Leprechaun Loose at School
By: Laura Murray • Illustrator: Mike Lowery
If you are looking to laugh, definitely check out The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School. A trouble-making leprechaun and a vengeful gingerbread man begin feuding. Reader's are brought on the journey of their "battle."
Why we love this book: This book's silly nature makes it an excellent read for young children, while also putting a smile on parents' faces!
5. Mr. Mischief and The Leprechaun
By: Adam Hargreaves
Mr. Mischief is quite the trickster, so when someone beats him at his own game and pranks him, he is more excited than irritated. Mr. Mischief and his new pranking-peer come together for a good-hearted and twisted tale.
Why we love this book: With beautiful and colorful illustrations and lots of silliness, this is a great read.
6. Magic Treehouse: Leprechaun in Late Winter
By: Mary Pope Osborne
The Magic Tree House series absolutely never falls short of excellent. Leprechaun in Late Winter is no exclusion. Siblings, Jack and Annie, are in for a treat when they are brought on a magical journey with their new Irish friend. This book is both amusing and enriching!
Why we love this book: The Magic Tree House series is dense with facts and cultural education. This book allows kids to enjoy a cute St. Patrick themed tale, while also absorbing information.
7. A Fine St. Patrick's Day
By: Susan Wojciechowski • Illustrator: Tom Curry
Two feuding neighborhoods come together each year for the St. Patrick's Decoration competition. Both towns are eager for victory. Despite the event's annual occurrence, a surprise visitor makes the competition one they will never forget.
Why we love this book: This book is a simple narrative that is great for children who are starting to read. It has many illustrations, which allow students to achieve a more comprehensive portrayal of the story.