A few years ago I had the privilege of working at an all-girls Catholic school in Manhattan as a reading specialist. The teachers treated St. Patrick's Day with almost the same enthusiasm as Christmas. They would go all out planning late the night before to prepare the classrooms. In the morning you could hear screams down the hallway from the girls when they entered the room to find it covered in gold and glitter the leprechauns left behind. Those teachers are saints (no pun intended) for doing so much work to create a little magic for their students. If you are looking for a few ways to celebrate the holiday with your kids, check out the following picture books to inspire fun activities and writing.
How to Trap A Leprechaun by Sue Fliess - A group of friends sets out to catch a leprechaun so that they might have their wishes granted. The book is funny and colorful and will have kids laughing, crafting and plotting to catch a leprechaun this year. This book could also act as a fun writing prompt for kids who want to write about their wishes.
Fiona's Luck by Teresa Bateman - Fiona tricks the Leprechaun King who has put a spell on Ireland by taking their luck and hiding it away. This book is a story of perseverance and determination and can appeal to a wide range of ages. Great for a character study!
O'Sullivan Stew by Hudson Talbott - Kate brings peace to her village after someone has stolen the witch's horse. The book is a funny and adventurous tale that highlights the Irish tradition of storytelling.
Fiona's Lace by Patricia Polacco - You can never go wrong with Patricia Polacco. Fiona's Lace tells the story of an immigrant girl who has a talent for creating beautiful lace. As the girl struggles to adapt to America the lace unites the family. This book will spark timely and significant conversations.
Brave Margaret: An Irish Adventure by Robert D. San Souci - A classic fairy tale with a female heroine makes for a well-crafted and exciting plot line. Margaret battles the storms and sea serpents, and in the end she saves her knight.
If you find yourself taken by the idea of Ireland and daydreaming of a family vacation, check out Miroslav Sasek's traveling collection, This is Ireland. You will love both the illustrations and the fascinating facts about the country.
Fun Fact: Did you know that Ireland elected its first female president in 1990?
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