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Best Leprechaun Books For Kids And Adults Alike
So you're looking for leprechaun books: you've come to the right place. While I have no kids myself, my brother used to love these books and as I baby-sat him for many years, I had to read him from tens, if not hundreds of leprechaun books for kids, so I know a thing or two about these little St. Patrick's Day cuties.
Here you will find some of the best books with leprechauns that I remember and some new ones that I think will be perfect for any kid. But adults, don't despair!
I have read a book or two on leprechauns as well, so right after the kiddie section, I have listed some great books for you to check out as well. Romances, encyclopedias and books about these mythical creatures in general, and lots more.
Let's face it, these Irish fairies are just too cute to miss. While they are mostly talked about and read around St. Paddy's Day, many kids simply love them enough to want them the whole year through. Luckily the shops carry them every month of the year and new books are published regularly, so you or your kid will never have to wait for the next St. Patrick's Day to read a good leprechaun story!
Leprechaun Books For Kids
Jack and the Leprechaun
by Ivan Robertson
Jack and the Leprechaun is a lovely story for kids involving Jack the Mouse on St. Patrick's Day visiting his cousin Sean in Ireland.
One of the reason I really love this book for this is because it's not only a fun book, but also one that actually teaches. It teaches about Irish customs, about another country (especially if you're from the US), and it teaches history and mythology.
While Amazon has it for ages 5 and up, my neighbor's daughter who is 4 right now has the book read to her and she loves it to bits!.
That's What Leprechauns Do
by Eve Bunting
This is a great book by Even Bunting who has written over 200 kids books. I love this one (and I'm not even a kid!).
It is a beautiful picture book that kids will simply adore. The story is quite charming about leprechauns hiding their gold and digging up the pot before the rainbow comes to show to the world the place of hiding. Full of cute mischief and learning, I think it's a real winner for any kid who loves a little mystery and fun.
The Leprechaun's Gold
by Pamela Duncan Edwards
This is a cute little book full of mischief and fun that will be enjoyed by any leprechaun lover.
Absolutely lovely writing that flows easily, with a wonderful story that is totally fun. Of course like any good book out there, it has a lesson to be learned as well. In this case is about 'be good to strangers', a lesson that kids can learn quite early on in life. Kindness is a rare virtue these days, so I personally find this book invaluable for any kid.
The pictures in the book are also fun and very well done. Kids will enjoy this one!
Clever Tom and the Leprechaun: An Old Irish Story - by Linda Shute
This is a book that I read to my brother a long time ago - yes the book is that old, but the story is timeless and the kids will have lots of value in reading it (or having it read to them).
The story is about Tom Fitzpatrick who hears a leprechaun tapping in the woods, so he goes off and catches him (like on the cover picture). Most leprechaun stories are about the gold they are hiding, and this book is no different. Of course the leprechaun has to show Tom his hiding hole in order to regain his freedom. And so the adventure starts, one that kids will love, no matter their age!
The Leprechaun Trap: A Family Tradition For Saint Patrick's Day
by David Clinch
Have you ever tried to trap a leprechaun? And have you ever succeeded in trapping one? If you've ever tried it, then this book will be a great companion, as this is exactly what the heroes in this book are trying to do: finally get a leprechaun for real. It's an adorable book with a very cute story that children will love, especially when reading about the many different ways that are used to trap a leprechaun.
The stuffed leprechaun in this book is brought to life during the night and of course, the result is lots of mess in the house. A truly fun and entertaining book for any kid!
The Luckiest St. Patrick's Day Ever - by Teddy Slater
A typical St. Patrick's Day story with a family of leprechauns having fun, dancing, marching and enjoying themselves.
A rather short story that small kids will also love, especially if they enjoy stories with leprechauns. I love how the letters in the book are printed big enough so that kids only starting to read can actually tackle this - and of course, grandmothers needed reading glasses will have an easier time with this book as well when reading to their grandkids.
How To Catch A Leprechaun: How to Trick A Wee Person!
Just adorable - a great book for kids of ages 9-12 instructing them how to catch a cute leprechaun - something that lots of kids often wanted to learn how to do - well now they can do it :-)
It's comes as a Kindle downloadable book so it can be read right away.
Watch The Video On How To Catch A Leprechaun - Based on the book How To Catch A Leprechaun: How to Trick A Wee Person! by Crystal Chandler
O'Shaughnessey: A Boy and His Leprechaun
by Jeremy McGuire
A lovely tale that kids will enjoy reading. It's not a picture book, although it has a lot of great pictures in it. It is one that has to be read, so kids who are past the first 2 grades should tackle with ease on their own. Of course as a parent you can read this book to your kid of ages 4-6 as well. In fact, reading the book aloud will give it a life of its own..try it and you'll see what I mean...
It is about Bobby, a 7 year old boy who is a normal kid...until he wakes up on night from a nightmare, only to find a leprechaun on his bedpost. The leprechaun, O'Shaughnessey is Bobby's guide in a series of fun adventures that will take him, along with the reader of the book, into a magical world, one that the reader won't want to end at all.
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Leprechaun Books For Adults
Summer With the Leprechauns: A True Story
by Tanis Helliwell
Here is another favorite leprechaun book that I enjoyed reading. It is a beautiful book that gives a beautiful message full of spirituality, love and the fairy world.
It is a true story of the Canadian author Tanis Helliwell, who spent a summer in Island, the country of leprechauns. She basically wanted to find her family roots. Instead she found a family of leprechauns and got to spend time with them, learning about their customs and traditions, and got to have some serious (and positive) life changing experiences that are wonderfully shared in her book. A highly recommended read, not only for adults.
Pilgrimage with the Leprechauns: A true story of a mystical tour of Ireland - by Tanis Helliwell
The author has written another great book on leprechauns and Ireland. I have both books and treasure them both. I found this book very spiritual and I enjoyed reading about the traditions of the Irish, their rites, sacred sites, and the lovely story written by the author. If you love reading books about the Irish, or you love reading traveling books (or both), I highly recommend you pick this up.
Spirits, Fairies, Leprechauns, and Goblins: An Encyclopedia
by Carol Rose
If you like mythology and folklore, you will love this encyclopedia which is all about fairies, leprechauns, goblins and other mythological creatures.
With over 100 pictures and over 2000 entries, all alphabetically listed, you can find here anything that you've ever wanted to know of forest spirits. Some of the fun creatures you can read about are: angels, demons, elves, encantados, fairies, familiars, keremets, nats, nymphs, leprechauns, goblins and many, many more.
Perfect book for all ages, both for research and for a fun exploration of the mythical world.
The Truth about the Leprechaun - by Bob Curran
This is one of my favorite adult book on leprechauns. It has lots of great information on these mythical creatures and the Irish folklore that is quite entertaining to read. You will learn about the habits, traits and characteristics, along with daily occupations of this fairy being.
If you're interesting in the Irish folklore and symbolism, you should pick this book and put it on your permanent shelf. You won't regret it.
Also a perfect book to give as gift to anyone who is celebrating St. Patrick's Day.