Saint Patrick’s Day reads

June 18th, 2015 10:29 am

First Posted: 3/2/2015

Learn about Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day with these selections from the Abington Community Library:

An immigration story drawing on real-life family history, “Fiona’s Lace” by Patricia Polacco is a picture book that will be enjoyed by all ages.

If you are looking for history, try “The Irish Famine: The Birth of Irish America” by Tony Allen. This book explores the plant disease that changed the course of United States history.

For more on “the emerald isle” itself, try “Ireland” by Melanie Waldron, part of the “Countries Around the World” series. Beautiful photographs depict landscapes, limestone, ruins, and wildlife.

Ready to celebrate? Check out “Let’s Throw a St. Patrick’s Day Party” by Rachel Lynette. Find instructions on crafts, food, games, and more.

Create Celtic jewelry, a bodhran (Irish drum), a hand fan and even a blarney stone by following the instructions in “St. Patrick’s Day Crafts” by Carol Gnojewski. Use materials like tissue paper, cotton, yarn and paper bags to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a fun and easy way.

After Bradley, Brian, Nate and Lucy dress up a leprechaun statue for a contest and leave it out on the porch, it goes missing - and it isn’t the only one! In “March Mischief” by Ron Roy, solve the mystery of the missing leprechauns.

If you enjoy the “Magic Tree House” books, why not try a non-fiction research guide? Written as a companion to “Leprechaun in Late Winter,” “Leprechauns and Irish Folklore” by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce is full of facts, stories, and mythical creatures.

Darcy is a gray Connemara pony living in Ireland in 1917. She is sold to a farm family so she can pull a cart and plow. But is she destined for more? Hear the story in her own words in “Darcy” by Whitney Sanderson.