by Susan Wojciechowski, illustrated by Tom Curry
The community comes together to paint the village Limerick Lime. A stranger in need of aid is also helped by this close-knit community. Nice lessons about helping others. The folk art illustrations are perfect for this very sweet tale.
by Teresa Bateman, illustrated by Kelly Murphy
What a wonderful tale, with a stingy leprechaun king who wants to keep all of the luck for himself and a plucky Irish girl who knows that something must be done about this injustice. With her cleverness and instincts she gives the stingy king his comeuppance in this story. This is a nice book to teach children about problem solving even when the problem seems insurmountable.
by Lecia Balian, Lorna Balian
This story is about a leprechaun, a lazy girl, her grandmother, and the lesson that is learned on the way to retrieve a pot of gold. The watercolor illustrations done by the author’s daughter Lecia are gorgeous and really go very well with the story.
illustrated by Hudson Talbott
A feisty Irish girl sets out to save her village. This is a great one to read aloud to your children or better yet a group of kids.
by Sean Callahan, illustrated by Kathleen Kemly
Shannon is a poor Irish step dancer. Three days before the St. Patrick’s Day step dance contest, the heel on her dance shoe breaks and Shannon’s parents can’t afford another pair. Shannon makes a wish in Irish, and lo and behold, a 6-foot tall leprechaun appears! But aren’t leprechauns supposed to be short? This is a charming read for St. Patrick’s Day or any time of the year.
by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully
Ari, Boo, and Col are three leprechauns that must dig up their pot of gold before the rainbow comes and exposes the gold’s location. Caldecott Medalist McCully’s whimsical illustrations are a great accompaniment to this cute, comical tale.
by Gerald McDermott
The evil McGoons trick Tim O’Toole out of his fortune, so he teams up with his benefactors The Little People to gain it back.
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Leah lives near Washington D.C. and is an obsessive list maker. She loves lists so much that she creates topical bibliographies -- for fun. She also collects volvelles, nutcrackers, unusual names and map hankies. She talks about books and many other things on her blog, Fig Newtons and Scotch.
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