Picture books and read alouds are a great way to educate students on different holidays and St. Patrick's Day is a perfect day to share silly stories, funny limericks, and historical picture books. Here are a few St. Patrick's Day books for upper elementary students that you can read aloud this March.
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1. Fiona's Luck by Teresa Bateman
Fiona's Luck is an original folktale about a young girl who must find a way to get back the good fortune that has been taken away from Ireland by the Leprechaun King. Fiona gets through several events through clever charades and restores the good fortune to Ireland.
This book offers a great opportunity to discuss sequence of events, vocabulary, character traits, and theme.
2. Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish Folktale by Tomie dePaola
Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato is a short Irish folktale that focuses on Jamie O'Rourke, the laziest man in Ireland. He encounters and leprechaun and makes an unusual deal.
Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato offers an opportunity to discuss cause and effect with your upper elementary students.
3. O'Sullivan Stew by Hudson Talbot
O'Sullivan Stew is a much lengthier book. In this book, someone has stolen the witch's horse and peace will not return to village until it is returned. Kate O'Sullivan has a way with words, so she attempts to bring safety for her family and peace to the village through her funny tale of when "she almost married the king of leprechauns."
4. Patrick - Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePoala
This book is a lengthier picture book. It recounts the life of Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, in great detail. It also recalls a number of legends associated with St. Patrick such as how he drove the snakes from Ireland.
5. St. Patrick's Day by Gail Gibbons
Just like Patrick - Patron Saint of Ireland, this book, St. Patrick's Day, discusses the life of Saint Patrick, but in less detail. It also goes over some of the traditions associated with the holiday. Just as in the previous book, it discusses some of the legends as well.
6. S is for Shamrock: An Ireland Alphabet by Eve Bunting
S is for Shamrock gives readers a guided tour of Ireland through short rhyming verses on each page. There are also images and sidebars that provide more information and historical details.
7. Looney Limericks by Frank Jacobs
Looney Limericks contains a collection of 60 limericks.
They are fun to read, easy to memorize, and would make a great sample to teach students how to write limericks as well as have them orally present limericks.
You can grab this FREE limerick resource to share with your students.
If you have any other suggestions for St. Patrick's Day books for upper elementary, let us know in the comments below. We'd love to hear about them. You can also check out more St. Patrick's Day activity ideas.