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12 Best St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Books for Kindergarten

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These leprechaun books for kindergarten are an excellent addition to your March lesson plans. Add these St. Patrick’s Day books to your classroom literacy center, storytime, or read aloud selection, and watch as your little learners get excited about the story of the leprechaun.

These picture books are filled with tales of classic Irish legend and new twists too. I’ll share my favorite hands-on fun, printable activities, and St. Patrick’s Day traditions for kindergartners.

You won’t want to miss out on meeting these mischievous little leprechauns with your young readers! Please keep reading to discover our favorite titles to read aloud in the classroom and at home.

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Leprechaun Books for Kindergarten Storytime

I’m so excited to share our favorite leprechaun books for kindergarten with you! As a teacher and a mom, I am always looking for ways to tap into kids’ excitement about the holidays. This March, let’s embrace four-leaf clovers, pots of gold, and the end of the rainbow to keep our kindergarten students engaged and excited!

The St. Patrick’s Day books below are a great way to introduce all kinds of fun learning activities. Plus, they’re perfect for helping increase vocabulary, print awareness, and many more early literacy skills.

Check out my favorites to get started!

Fiona’s Luck

Once upon a time, Ireland was filled with luck and leprechauns. Fiona’s Luck by Teresa Bateman is an amazing story about a clever girl who outsmarts the greedy leprechaun king to save the luck he stole during the potato famine.

This beautiful story is a great way to begin discussing Irish history and legends with your kindergarten students this March.

How to Catch a Leprechaun

I love Adam Wallace’s fun leprechaun book for kindergarten students! The book How to Catch a Leprechaun presents creative and sometimes silly ways to set a trap for a leprechaun and steal its gold.

After reading the book aloud, involve the whole class in building the perfect trap!

Then tie in writing and fine motor skills with this easy leprechaun craft and writing assignment. Your students will be building on their sequencing skills as they give step by step directions on how to catch their very own leprechaun this March.

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Be sure to also grab this printable leprechaun note to leave behind along with some gold coins.

Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato

This Tomie de Paola picture book is a classic Irish tale filled with magic and mischief. Your kindergarten students will love hearing this retelling of a story Tomie de Paola’s grandfather told him as a boy. It’s a wonderful way to introduce them to Irish culture this Saint Patrick’s Day.

Lucky Tucker

Tucker the terrier spends St. Patrick’s Day rolling around in four-leaf clovers. Then, he magically becomes the luckiest dog of the day in Lucky Tucker by Leslie McGuirk. This adorable book makes for lots of excellent discussions and writing prompts with your kindergarten readers!

Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase

James Dean’s character Pete the Cat is a kindergarten favorite! Bring him into your classroom this March with Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase

In this book, Pete opens a leprechaun catching business to trap mischievous leprechauns for his friends. Catching leprechauns is never easy and one special leprechaun named Clover has a bag full of tricks to make it even harder for Pete in this great book. 

Ten Lucky Leprechauns

Practice math facts and early counting skills with your kindergarten students with St. Patrick’s Day books like Kathryn Heling’s Ten Lucky Leprechauns. In this book, kids can practice counting to ten as one little leprechaun looking for treasure multiplies into ten silly wee folk at the end of the rainbow.

This adorable book is also filled with rhymes you can use to build phonemic awareness in the kindergarten classroom this March.

The Leprechaun’s Gold

In this classic Irish legend, two characters begin a contest to name the finest harpist in all of Ireland. When ill-spirited Young Tom realizes that Old Pat is a better musician than he is, he decides to use clever tricks to become the winner.

Then, a mischievous little leprechaun outsmarts clever Tom in this Irish folklore classic retold by Pamela Duncan Edwards.

The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever

Get ready to join a real leprechaun family for their St. Patrick’s Day celebration at your kindergarten story time with this fun book! Children will love reading about the Irish feast and fun parade in The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever. Read along as the leprechauns gather for their favorite day of the year with music, dancing, and a St. Patrick’s Day parade.

The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day

What happens on the night before St. Patrick’s Day? Find out in Natasha Wimmer’s book The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day.

This fun story is told in the same verse and meter as the Clement Moore classic. It’s all about what happens when two children catch a little leprechaun and begin the search for his pot of gold.

The Story of the Leprechaun

If you want to have the luckiest St. Patrick’s Day ever, you’ll need to know the story of the leprechaun. Learn this old Irish story in a beautiful picture book by Katherine Tegen.

This original story captures the magic of a leprechaun in a way that will ensure your little readers fall in love with St. Patrick’s Day this March.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover

If you’ve read There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, you won’t want to miss this children’s book for St. Patrick’s Day. In this retelling, the old lady swallows a clover and goes on a sequential adventure that might just lead to a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow and good fortune for all your little readers.

Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk

Tim O’Toole and his wife are so poor they don’t have pennies or even a potato. He goes out looking for a job and finds the wee folk instead. This band of leprechauns gives Tim magical gifts to bring good fortune.

Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk by Gerald McDermott is told in the traditional Irish fashion with beautiful illustrations. This Caldecott winning book is the perfect addition to your St. Patrick’s Day children’s books this year.

Hands-On St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Kids

After you’ve finished reading these leprechaun books for kindergarten in the classroom or at home, don’t miss some of my printable St. Patrick’s Day activities to bring these magical books to life. Discover some of my favorite hands-on printable activities to get started with your little learners below.

Leprechaun shape craft

Leprechaun Shape Craft

Printable Leprechaun Activity

leprechaun printable

Leprechaun Directed Drawing

St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold Craft

More St. Patrick’s Day Printables for Lucky Leprechauns

There are so many awesome St. Patrick’s Day activities and printables you can add to your March lesson plans! Check out my list of St. Patrick’s Day Activities for more printables, hands-on learning activities, and book suggestions your kindergarten kiddos will love. 

Do you have great St. Patrick’s Day books or activities that I forgot to mention? Share your favorite leprechaun books for kindergarten in the comments. I can’t wait to read all your great ideas and add some new titles to my classroom literacy center this March!

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