Introduce Your Child to Ireland Through Books

Introduce Your Child to Ireland Through Books

Elisabeth Wilborn
Mar 16, 2012

Sure, wearing green is great and all. This annual ritual for St. Patrick's Day is fun, patriotic, and the kids love it. But what if you're not Irish? Doesn't this make most of us feel just a little left out? Like most holidays, don't we just get swept up in the commercialization of it without regard to what we're actually celebrating? Here are four books to help your child, Celt or no, understand what all the fuss is about.

Fin M'Coul, THe Giant of Knockmany Hill by Tomie de Paola - Brought to us from author of the beloved Strega Nona, this book will have you and your children in stitches, with a few fairies, giants, and a bit of magic thrown in.

Fiona's Luck by Teresa Bateman, illustrated by Kelly Murphy - During the potato famine, a witty young lass outsmarts the mean leprechaun in a tale of luck versus brains.

This Is Ireland by Miroslav Sasek - Sasek's classic tale goes far beyond its 1960s origins to paint a vibrant and entertaining picture of the Emerald Isle that still rings true today.

Tales from Old Ireland by Malachy Doyle, illustrations by Niamh Sharkey - Keep the Irish tradition of storytelling alive with these seven folkloric narratives.

Do you have a favorite children's book featuring the emerald isle?

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