Saturday, March 17th, Saint Patrick’s Day will be celebrated throughout Boston. Merrymaking, singing, and some questionable fun will be had all in the name of the Irish patron Saint Patrick. Despite the controversy surrounding the negative stereotypes propagated by the holiday, it is one of the most celebrated events internationally.
In fact, many children’s books are centered around the festival. The mystical culture, such as leprechauns or four-leaf clovers, surrounding the holiday makes for some fun stories.
How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace
This picture book is a New York Times and USA Today Bestseller! The title does not leave much to the imagination, and the plot centers around attempting to catch a sneaky leprechaun.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Curious George by H. A. Rey
Who can forget Curious George? This time he’s causing trouble in a Saint Patties parade. The author, Rey, was actually a soldier in WWI. His first manuscript was the first story of Curious George, written after he escaped Paris in 1940. This book was written in poetry style.
The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing
Goodreads hails this as a clever, fun picture book that is enjoyable for children and adults alike. A brother and sister attempt to catch a leprechaun and wake up the next day to find their family acting a bit strange.
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover by Lucille Colandro
Swerving away from the theme of leprechauns, this story focuses on a woman who never stops swallowing items. In a pattern of rhymes, her goal is to create a rainbow to lead to a pot of gold. Does she ever accomplish this feat?
St. Patrick’s Day by Gail Gibbons
This children’s book recounts the biblical history of the holiday. It delves into the Saint’s life and how the special day is celebrated. It describes important symbolism, such as shamrocks and Celtic harps. A teacher could use this to help children learn about the holiday, or their heritage if they’re Irish.
These selections are only a peek into the literary world of Saint Patrick’s Day. When the holiday rolls around in a few days, remember that it is not all about celebration.
-Laura Rodgers, Intern