Luck o’ the Irish for Young Readers

"Wherever you go and whatever you do, may the luck of the Irish be there with you." - Irish blessing

As the winter snows melt and the sun shines for more hours each day, we look forward to spring and festivities like St. Patrick's Day. On March 17 each year, we celebrate the people and culture of Ireland. If you are lucky enough, you might get to check out some of these books for young readers.

Learn about the history of St. Patrick's Day in this short title for beginning readers. Simple sentences about St. Patrick, the flag of Ireland and Irish music and dance are illustrated by bright, colorful photographs. It also highlights some modern St. Patrick's Day celebrations including Chicago's parade and the tradition of dyeing the Chicago River green.

The Irish enjoy a playful sense of humor, so giggle along with There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Clover! From a clover—to a daisy—to a pot—to some gold—"It is a riddle why she swallowed a fiddle!" The Old Lady keeps on swallowing until a leprechaun joins her for a jig.

It's St. Patrick's Day! takes young readers through all the fun to be found on this Irish holiday. From wearing green to slurping some Irish stew, people all over the world get to join in on the merriment. "It's St. Patrick's Day! No matter where you were born, today you can be Irish and wish everyone 'Top o' the morn!'"

How will you celebrate St. Patrick's Day?