All that may be okay for grown-ups, but not so much for the kids. There needs to be a way to satisfy their curiosity about St. Patrick and the mysterious little people they’ve heard so much about.
Everybody loves a good story, especially the wee lads and lassies who may not be too familiar with St. Patrick and the traditional stories of the Emerald Isle.
I’m amazed at the number of books available for kids that allow them to visit the legendary leprechauns and wee people, experience their special magic, and meet some of the larger-than-life folk heroes who live on in Irish tall tales. Books such as Leprechauns Never Lie, O’Sullivan Stew, Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk, and Clever Tom and the Leprechaun will enchant the young readers with imaginary yarns that will make them wonder if leprechauns really do exist.
We can’t forget about St. Patrick either. After all, the day is supposed to commemorate the death of the beloved man who brought Christianity to Ireland. He was a real person who was kidnapped by Irish raiders at the age of 16 and worked as a shepherd for six years before escaping back to his home in Britain. Patrick later returned, challenging the old druid beliefs and converting the residents to the Christian religion. By the way, did you know why it’s correct to say St. Paddy, but not St. Patty? Paddy is the shortened form of Patrick, which itself comes from Pádraig.
A nonfiction children’s book, St Patrick’s Day, by Gail Gibbons details the life of the saint, how St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated, and six legends about Patrick himself. This book combined with one of the fictional tales should give a child an incredible adventure this St. Paddy’s Day.
I found these titles and the meme at https://everyday-reading.com/st-patricks-day-childrens-books/ (I’ve got to give credit to those who did the work.)
Are there any other books you’ve read and want to recommend for this holiday celebration?