I want to share a few of my favorite St Patricks Day Books. There is nothing like chasing the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow or falling for a leprechaun trap!
The first St Patricks Day picture book I’d like to share is Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie DePaola. This classic book is filled with Irish folklore and it is the laziest man in Ireland who happens upon a mischievous leprechaun. Jaime tries to get the leprechaun’s gold but instead, the leprechaun gives him a seed so Jaime can continue to be lazy!
We use this Irish folktale as part of our interactive read-aloud lessons. It is a great book to get us in the mood for St. Patrick’s Day! Young readers love how old Jaime stumbles into his good luck.
We spend the week working on this fun book by Tomie DePaola. It is a perfect book to get us in the mood for Saint Patrick’s Day!
St. Patrick’s Day Books for Kids in the Classrooms
On day 1, we work on predictions. We will read until we get to the point in the book where Jaime has let the leprechaun go and the leprechaun has scampered away. Here is the prompt we give the students:
We are now going to make a prediction about what will happen in our story. The author has already given us some clues! First, there is a leprechaun. What do we know about leprechauns? (They are magical but they can be tricky.) Also… think about the title of the book. Does that give us a clue about what might happen?
On day 3 , we ask the students to make a connection to the story. We like to use an anchor chart to help organize our thoughts.
Here is the prompt we use: In our story, Jamie grows a BIG potato. Imagine you had a massive potato growing in your backyard. What would you do with it?
On Day 4 we ask our students to state an opinion and to support their opinion. As you can see, this is the comprehension prompt: Jamie O’Rourke was a lazy man. Do you think it was fair that the villagers game him their food?
As you can see, these children do not have a problem sharing their opinions. LOL
On day 5, students are asked to infer. The discussion prompt is: The leprechaun told Jamie O’Rourke that he only had two pieces of gold. How do you know he was not telling the truth?
Jamie O’Rourke Craft and Retelling
Just because this is a fun holiday book, it doesn’t mean we can’t put the craft to work. Here a few photos of the sentence study and retelling craft.
Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato Video
I always like to have a video version of books so my students can experience another model of reading fluency…plus I can’t do an Irish brogue. It starts out in Ireland and ends up somewhere in Australia!
Here Are a Few Other Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Books
These children’s books are great for classroom use or in your own child’s home library!
This is a hilarious rhyme book is filled with colorful illustrations and it must go on your book list. It is also one of my favorite books. The book shows so many examples of leprechaun traps that you can use as a springboard for your own STEAM classroom activities!
This St. Patrick’s Day book is written by the infamous nonfiction author Gail Gibbons. You will learn about the history of St. Patrick, both the story of Saint Patrick, Irish legends, and the history of the holiday. Do you want to know about four-leaf clovers, Irish culture, and St Patrick’s Day parades? This is a good book to pick up to learn all about the patron saint of Ireland.
In this fun holiday story, 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 but his shamrocks go missing! I love Eve Bunting and this book is a keeper.
The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day is a story about two children who set out to catch a leprechaun. The story is told him the familiar rhythm of Clement Moore’s Night Before Christmas. This is a fun book filled with laugh-out-loud moments. This fun and simple text will become a classroom or family tradition!
This s a cute Irish story about a man and his wife who are down on their luck. Then they stumble upon a group of “wee folk” who bring him good fortune… but not without some mischief.
This is a classic Irish legend, two harpists enter a contest to be named the finest harpist in all of Ireland! When Young Tom realizes that Old Pat is truly the better musician, he schemes to be the winner—but he doesn’t reckon with the clever trickery of a mischievous little leprechaun.
The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever is the story of a leprechaun family’s charming St. Patrick’s Day celebration, complete with a fun parade and an Irish feast!
Tom thinks it is his lucky day when he finds a leprechaun. Tom has his sights set on pots of gold and what is at the end of the rainbow, but the leprechaun is pretty clever too!
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St Patricks Day Free File
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