If you live in Weber County, Utah and you are ever frustrated at the lack of availability of holiday/seasonally-appropriate books at the library, I apologize. It’s my fault. Hopefully you can content yourself with contrived little “‘Twas the Night Before _____” picture books with no plot, because the good books are all at my house. If you really want to read them, just come on over!
Sometimes I worry that the library employees hate me because of the sheer volume of books I request. I picture them rolling their eyes when they see a list of 20 books of the same subject to be pulled. They don’t even have to look at the name anymore. They know who I am.
But then I think of all the late fees and I tell myself that those employees actually pull my books from the shelf with grateful tears welling up in their eyes, knowing that I pay their salaries. Where would they be without overenthusiastic yet slightly irresponsible readers like me? And of course they get excited when they put my name on a brand new book – the ones they’re particular about and that cost a lot to replace. ‘Surely one of her little brats will bend a page here or there. We’ll get 23 bucks out of her this time! Bwa ha ha!’ Main library patrons, you know what I’m talking about!
But I digress. My purpose here is to tell you about the many St. Patrick’s Day books we’ve read and which ones are worth your time and not.
- The Last Snake in Ireland by Sheila MacGill-Callahan
- O’Sullivan Stew by Hudson Talbott
- Leprechauns Never Lie by Lorna Balian
- Fiona’s Luck by Teresa Bateman
- Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie dePaola
- S is for Shamrock: An Ireland Alphabet by Eve Bunting
- Green Shamrocks by Eve Bunting
- This Is Ireland by Miroslav Sasek
- Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk by Gerald McDermott
- The Leprechaun Under the Bed by Teresa Bateman
- A Fine St. Patrick’s Day by Susan Wojciechowski
- St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting
- That’s What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting
- The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing
- Lucky Tucker by Leslie McGuirk
- Ballywhinney Girl by Eve Bunting*
There you have it. I was going to write a blurb about each one, but um, that would take forever and be a really long post, so I just linked to Goodreads instead. So click through, or just trust me and check them out at the library – but you’ll have to beat me to it!
*This one is actually a good book IF you’re wanting to read about finding a mummy in a garden. It definitely has some nice Irish flavor, but it’s not really on the same plane as all the other mischievous leprechaun stories and funny, cautionary tales of greed and laziness.