St. Patrick’s Day is a great opportunity to learn about Irish customs and history with these fun St. Patrick’s Day Read Alouds.
St. Patrick’s Day is coming up quick! There are so many fun crafts, discussions, games, and books to celebrate this holiday.
That’s right, books too!
There are so many great St Patrick’s Day Read Alouds out there that highlight different aspects of the holiday. I’ve gathered up my favorites here!
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St Patrick’s Day Read Alouds
This original folktale tells the story of an Irish girl named Fiona. She devises a cunning plan to get back all of the good fortune that a greedy Leprechaun King has taken. Fiona is super smart and uses her brain to bring luck back to the Irish people. I love a story with a strong female role model!See “Fiona’s Luck” on Amazon
Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato
This classic folktale is a favorite for a reason! The hilarious story of Jamie O’Rourke, the laziest man in Ireland, and the giant potato is bound to be a favorite of your students.
Jamie grows a giant potato and has to enlist the help of anyone he can find to get it out of the ground. But what do you do with a giant potato? This story is excellent for sequencing and is such a fun one to retell at literacy stations, too!See “Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato” on Amazon
The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day
I love this take on the amazing Christmas classic. In this story, two siblings spend the night before St. Patrick’s Day creating a plan to trap a leprechaun.
Not only do the siblings work together to create a plan but the author also does a great job of adding in St. Patrick’s Day traditions. The most exciting part is trying to figure out if their plan will work and if they will end the story with the leprechaun’s pot of gold!See “The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day” on Amazon
How to Catch a Leprechaun
I love this fun, rhyming story written in the point of view of a leprechaun! The rhyme makes the story both clever and entertaining.
Students will have so much fun trying to find the leprechaun on each page and trying to figure out what the leprechaun will be up to next.
This story can be used to discuss or brainstorm what they would do if they had to create a leprechaun trap. (It may even inspire a writing and STEM lesson! 😉)See “How to Catch a Leprechaun” on Amazon
The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever
If you are looking for a story to highlight St. Patrick’s Day traditions, this is the story for you! The story uses rhyme to describe a charming St. Patrick’s Day parade and all of the events leading up to it.
This book is especially great for sequencing . Have fun with your students as you go through the leprechauns’ day leading up to the parade. It will be both fun for your students and a great way to practice useful reading skills.See “The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever!” on Amazon
That’s What Leprechauns Do
Set in Ireland, this story truly captures the legend of the leprechaun. The book highlights how mischievous leprechauns really are. The story’s mischievous moments are also its funniest moments and they will your students laughing while enjoying learning about St. Patrick’s Day legends.
It is a longer book and may have to be read multiple times in order to practice skills such as: identifying character traits, comparing and contrasting with other St. Patrick’s Day books, or cause and effect.See “That’s What Leprechauns Do” on Amazon
A Book of Nonsense
This is definitely the quirkiest book on the list. I love sharing limerick’s with my students, especially on and around St. Patrick’s Day! These are the silliest and kids absolutely love them.
These limerick’s were written in the 1800s and have been compiled into one book full of nonsense that will have your whole class cracking up.
You may even get brave enough to create a few limericks together! I do know one thing: if anyone can think of a random story with crazy characters, it’s our students!See “A Book of Nonsense” on Amazon
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?
By far my favorite book to read during St. Patrick’s Day (or any day honestly ☺️) is this Dr. Seuss classic! This story is such a great book for making connections while reading.
The wise old man in the Desert of Drize tells Duckie what he has to do in order to realize how lucky he is. The story goes through many individuals and circumstances that Duckie can think of whenever he is feeling unlucky or blue. My students love brainstorming and making connections on what reminds them of how lucky they are!See “Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?” on Amazon
I hope these St. Patrick’s Day Read Alouds add to your fun and your students get the chance to use their reading skills, while also enjoying this charming holiday!
It’s no secret I love read alouds. 😅 I have compiled all of my favorites in one place, organized by theme 😍 You can check that out here!Shop all of these St. Patrick’s Day Read Alouds on Amazon!
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