15 Books to Read with Your Little Leprechaun This St. Patrick's Day

This St. Patrick’s Day weekend, settle in with one of these great reads recommended by children’s book author Sarah Meade:

Leprechaun Stories

Who doesn’t love those mischievous little guys?

How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace

You've been planning night and day, and finally you've created the perfect trap! Now all you need to do is wait. Is this the year you'll finally catch the leprechaun? Start a St. Patrick's Day tradition with this fun and lively children's book.

The Itsy Bitsy Leprechaun by Jeffrey Burton

The itsy bitsy leprechaun is ready for a St. Patrick’s Day adventure as he searches for a lucky four-leaf clover. Little ones will love this magical twist on the classic nursery rhyme “The Itsy Bitsy Spider!”

The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever! by Teddy Slater

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

Teddy Slater's delightful rhyming story is accompanied by lively illustrations from Ethan Long.

Read Aloud Fun

These stories just beg to be read and reread.

The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing

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? Natasha Wing’s latest title is once again told in verse to the same meter of Clement Moore’s classic. 

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover by Lucille Colandro

There was an Old Lady who swallowed things over and over, and now she's come back! That lovely old lady has returned just in time for St. Patrick's Day. Now she's swallowing items to make the perfect rainbow to hide a pot of gold.

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Lucky Tucker by Leslie McGuirk

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!

Familiar Characters

Everyone wants to get in on the holiday hijinks.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Curious George by H.A. Rey

Today is George’s lucky day—St. Patrick’s Day is here! George loves a celebration, and St. Patrick’s Day means plenty o’ music, dancing, and feasting fun! He dresses up in his festive finest, looks for leprechauns, and learns some Irish dance steps. But can George make it to the parade without causing any trouble? See if his lucky four-leaf clover will come through . . . Fun tabbed pages are ideal for little fingers, and jaunty poems make for a fun read-aloud celebration!

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Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase by James Dean

It's St. Patrick's Day, and it's also the grand opening of Pete the Cat's leprechaun catching business. Pete gears up to trap a leprechaun for his friends! But catching a leprechaun is never easy—especially if it’s Clover, who's full of tricks.

Will luck be on Pete’s side? Or will Pete learn luck is actually something earned? Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase also comes complete with a poster, stickers, and twelve punch-out St. Patrick's Day cards.

Pout-Pout Fish: Lucky Leprechaun by Deborah Diesen

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Pout-Pout Fish in The Pout-Pout Fish: Lucky Leprechaun! Will Mr. Fish and his friends find their pot of gold? At an affordable price point, and with two pages of stickers, this new format is fun and accessible for Mr. Fish's fans and newcomers alike.

The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School by Laura Murray

After a mischievous leprechaun makes a mess of the band room, the Gingerbread Man vows to catch him. He follows the leprechaun's clues all around the building finding chaos everywhere--even in the library! But then he finds the worst clue of all. It says the leprechaun's next target might be a house made of gingerbread!

Luckily, the Gingerbread Man makes it to his classroom in time to set a trap for the leprechaun. He'll show that mischief maker that he messed with the wrong cookie this time.

Classics by Beloved Authors

You can’t go wrong with Eve Bunting or Tomie dePaola.

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Green Shamrocks by Eve Bunting

A lucky St. Patrick's Day paperback!

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?

That’s What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting

The three leprechauns Ari, Boo, and Col have a job to do. They must race to where they’ve buried the pot of gold and dig it up before the rainbow comes. The clouds are already gathering, so there’ll be no time for mischief along the way. But Mrs. Ballybunion’s cow, Miss Maud Murphy’s hen, and Old Jamie soon find out that the three clever fellows can’t resist having a little fun on the road to Paddywhackers Bog. For, in addition to putting a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, mischief is what leprechauns do!

Delightful illustrations from a Caldecott medalist and a playful text written in a lilting Irish style make this a perfect story for St. Patrick’s Day or any other time of year.

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Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish Folktale by Tomie dePaola

When his wife injures her back and can't do all the work, Jamie O'Rourke--the laziest man in all of Ireland--is sure he'll starve to death. A wiley leprechaun intervenes, and one wish later, Jamie is the proud owner of a potato as big as a house! An engaging read-aloud choice for St. Patrick's Day.

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Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola

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. 

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St. Patrick’s Day by Gail Gibbons

In this bright picture book, nonfiction master Gail Gibbons tells you everything you need to know about this holiday. You'll learn the story of Patrick's life, legends about the saint, and the history of the holiday.

From shamrocks to shillelaghs, Gail Gibbons' signature combination of accessible text and clear, colorful illustrations creates a perfect introduction to a fun holiday. A perfect introduction to the customs surrounding the holiday-- parades, special meals, and of course wearing lots of green.