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Whether you’re looking for books to use in speech therapy or for books to read to your own lucky little one, here are some of my absolute favorite St. Patrick’s Day-themed books for babies, toddlers, and kids! Scroll down for descriptions of each book and ways I use them as a speech-language pathologist and as a mom.
The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing
The “Night Before” series is my favorite for getting in the holiday spirit– no matter what holiday you’re celebrating! This story follows the structure of the traditional “Night Before Christmas” story, but with a St. Patrick’s Day flair! Make a list of the rhyming words that are sprinkled throughout the book.
The Itsy Bitsy Leprechaun by Jeffrey Burton
Instead of just reading this book, I sing it to the tune of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”! Noelle adores this book and it is almost always her first choice when we pick books for the night. The story and illustrations are precious. I also use this book in speech therapy with my youngest clients! We target tolerance for booksharing, joint attention, and requesting (they usually want “more” since it’s quick little read).
Five Little Leprechauns by Jeffrey Burton
Another treasure by Jeffrey Burton! Sing this book to the tune of “Five Little Monkeys” as you follow five little leprechauns on a St. Patrick’s Day adventure hiding in clovers and rainbows.
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover by Lucille Colandro
That crazy old lady is at it again! In this silly book, she’s swallowing items to make the perfect rainbow to hide a pot of gold. Use this book to target sequencing skills.
How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace
The “How to Catch a …” series is a delight for elementary-aged kids! In this funny rhyming book, you’ve created the perfect leprechaun trap complete with shamrocks, pots of gold, and rainbows. Will this be the year you finally catch a leprechaun?! Maybe you’ll be inspired to create a leprechaun trap of your own! Prompt your student to describe how they’d catch a leprechaun in their own words!
Lucky Tucker by Leslie McGuirk
This short, engaging story is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. I enjoy the simple storyline and pictures. After having an unlucky day, Tucker rolls in a patch of four-leaf clovers and watches his luck turnaround! This book could be used to target sequencing and story retelling.
This is the Way the Leprechauns Play by Arlo Finsy
Read this book to the tune of “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush” as the leprechauns make their shoes, dance and sing, hide their gold, and more this St. Patrick’s Day! Perfect for targeting tolerance for booksharing and joint engagement.
Ten Lucky Leprechauns by Kathryn Heling & Deborah Hembrook
This fun rhyming book follows ten little leprechauns looking for treasure, counting 1-10. This is great for targeting rhyming and sequencing skills.
The Berenstain Bear’s St. Patrick’s Day by Mike Berenstain
Berenstain Bear books are classics! Gramps introduces the cubs to the legend of the leprechaun, prompting them to visit this magical land in their dreams and learn about St. Patrick’s Day along the way. This is a longer story but could definitely be used to target listening comprehension, answering WH questions, and story retell.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Curious George by H.A. Rey
Everyone’s favorite monkey loves a celebration! It’s St. Patrick’s day and Curious George needs to make it to the parade without causing trouble. He’s dressed in his finest festive frock, looking for leprechauns, and learning some Irish dance steps. Will his lucky four-leaf clover help him make it to the parade?! This book can be used to target rhyming, listening comprehension, answering WH questions, and story retell.
Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase by James & Kimberly Dean
It’s St. Patrick’s Day AND it’s the opening of Pete the Cat’s leprechaun-catching business. He plans to catch a leprechaun for his friends but it’s not as simple as he thought, especially when the leprechaun is as tricky as Clover! Is today Pete’s lucky day?
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