GreenSt. Patrick’s Day (this Sunday, March 17th) is a fun and whimsical holiday, and there are a lot of great books to help you celebrate. Check out these books about St. Patrick’s Day, rainbows, leprechauns, and the color green!

In her 2013 Caldecott Honor Book, Laura Vaccaro Seeger takes us on a journey through the world of Green. We see all kinds of green, including forest green, sea green, pea green, and lime green. Each page is a cutout, and when you turn the page, the cutout become a different shape which corresponds to the shade of green; two leaves (forest green) become a fish (sea green), the fish becomes a freshly cut lime (lime green), and so forth. This vibrant and creative book introduces children to color in a new way.

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Children who are learning to read will love seeing Sam-I-Am try to convince a friend to eat Green Eggs and Ham in the beloved classic by Dr. Seuss.

In Tomie dePaola’s retelling of the Irish folktale, Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato, we meet Jamie O’Rourke, “the laziest man in all of Ireland.” Jamie is accustomed to his wife doing all the house and garden work, but when she injures her back he fears they will starve. With the luck of the Irish, a leprechaun appears to Jamie and offers him magic potato seeds. Jamie plants the seeds and soon the potato grows larger than he could have imagined. Once again, his wife comes to the rescue before the potato can take over the town, and everyone is fed and happy. Jamie doesn’t learn his lesson in the end, but children will enjoy this silly story and dePaola’s signature illustrations. Check out the sequel, Jamie O’Rourke and the Pooka, too!

In Sean Callahan’s The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow, Roy G. Biv has lost his pot of gold and asks a girl named Colleen to help him find it. Colleen is planning to watch her grandfather play bagpipes in the St. Patrick’s Day parade, but rain may cause the parade to be cancelled. Roy G. Biv says that if Colleen helps him build a rainbow, he will not only find his pot of gold, but the sun will come out and the parade will be saved. Colleen helps build the rainbow and receives a surprise in the end.

In Lucky Tucker by Leslie McGuirk, it’s St. Patrick’s Day, and nothing is going right for Tucker the Terrier. Tucker’s luck changes when he rolls in a bed of four leaf clovers that belongs to a leprechaun. After that, Tucker has a very lucky St. Patrick’s Day!

A Rainbow of My Own is a lovely story by Don Freeman, the author-illustrator of the popular book, Corduroy. After a rainstorm, a boy goes outside in search of a rainbow. When he can’t find one, he imagines a rainbow appearing in front of him. He imagines playing games and having fun with the rainbow. When he goes home, he sees the sun has made a prism with his fish bowl, creating a rainbow against the wall.

Shamrocks, Harps, and Shillelaghs: The Story of St. Patrick’s Day Symbols by Edna Barth is a cozy, colorful book explaining the history and lore of St. Patrick’s Day, and the importance of this traditional Irish holiday around the world.

In Frank Asch’s Skyfire, Bear sees a rainbow for the first time and thinks the sky is on fire. He and his friend Little Bird go on an adventure to find the pot of gold that will put out the skyfire, though Little Bird already knows it’s a rainbow. Through this imaginative story, Vermont author-illustrator Frank Asch shows how rainbows actually appear in the sky.

In St. Patrick’s Day, author-illustrator Gail Gibbons (who comes from Vermont – the Green Mountain State) offers straight forward yet fascinating information about the life of St. Patrick and how people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Eve Bunting’s That’s What Leprechauns Do tells the story of three leprechauns, Ari, Boo, and Col, who have the job of putting gold at the end of the rainbow. But since they are leprechauns, they can’t avoid getting into mischief along the way! Children will get a kick out of the three pranksters, as they paint a cow’s hooves scarlet, tie a pair of drying long johns in a knot, and plant a tennis ball in hen’s nest. Eventually, the leprechauns reach the end of the rainbow to deliver the pot of gold. As usual, no one comes to find it, but Ari reassures the others that the gold will be found by the right person. Children may imagine they will be the one to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!

Until next time, Happy Reading!


the Singing Librarian