CRRL Kids: Stories from the Emerald Isle

Brave Margaret
Brave Margaret An Irish Adventure By San Souci, Robert D. (Book - 1999 ) 398.0941 Sa Available in some locations

Annotation:In this retelling of an Irish folktale, a brave young woman battles a sea serpent and rescues her true love from a giant.

Brendan the Navigator
Brendan the Navigator A History Mystery About the Discovery of America By Fritz, Jean (Book - 1979 ) 398.22 FR Available in some locations

Annotation:Recounts St. Brendan's life and voyage to North America long before the Vikings arrived.

Clever Tom and the Leprechaun
Clever Tom and the Leprechaun An Old Irish Story By Shute, Linda (Book - 1988 ) 398.0941 Sh Available in some locations

Annotation:Tom is clever and when he sees a leprechaun he knows just what to do and what not to do to capture the little man in order to have his gold. But leprechauns are tricky and Tom learns the hard way that a leprechaun enjoys “playing” the fool in order to keep his gold.

A Fine St. Patrick's Day
A Fine St. Patrick's Day By Wojciechowski, Susan (Book - 2004 ) FICTION Woj Available in some locations

Annotation:Every St. Patrick's Day two Irish towns compete for the best decorations. But no one has counted on a stranger arriving who will turn the contest upside down!

Finn McCool and the Great Fish
Finn McCool and the Great Fish By Bunting, Eve (Book - 2010 ) 398.2 Bu Available in some locations

Annotation:Irish giant Finn McCool is told that in order to become wise he must catch and eat the salmon that possesses knowledge, but Finn finds that he cannot bring himself to kill the miraculous fish.

Finn McCoul
Finn McCoul By Gleeson, Brian (Book - 2005 ) 398.0941 Gl Available in some locations

Annotation:The hilarious legend in which the famous Irish hero Finn McCoul and his clever wife Oonagh defeat the brutish giant Cucullin once and for all.

Fiona's Luck
Fiona's Luck By Bateman, Teresa (Book - 2009 ) FICTION Bat Available in some locations

Annotation:A clever woman named Fiona must pass the leprechaun king's tests when she tries to get back all the luck he has locked away from humans.

Harp O' Gold
Harp O' Gold By Bateman, Teresa (Book - 2001 ) FICTION Bat Available in some locations

Annotation:Poor Tom is a wandering minstrel of Ireland. Alas, his harp is old and battered. Then out of nowhere he is made an offer he can’t refuse for a harp of gold. But this “gift” has an unexpected price. A fun tale to celebrate one of Ireland’s national symbols.

Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato
Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato An Irish Folktale By DePaola, Tomie (Book - 1992 ) 398.0941 De Available in some locations

Annotation:“Jamie O’Rourke was the laziest man in all of Ireland.” He lives off the hard work of his good and loving wife until she hurts her back and must stay in bed. By chance Jamie comes upon a leprechaun and soon finds himself the owner of the largest potato ever. So large, in fact, it takes the entire village to dig it and eat it. A fun tale you will be lucky to share! Also available as a board book.

The King of Ireland's Son
The King of Ireland's Son By Colum, Padraic (Book - 1986 ) 398.0941 Co Available in some locations

Annotation:Chronicles the adventures of the King of Ireland's eldest and wildest son, describing how he encounters an enchanter's daughter, the king of the cats, Gilly of the goat-skin, and numerous others.

Lara and the Gray Mare
Lara and the Gray Mare By Duey, Kathleen (Book - 2005 ) FICTION Due Available in some locations

Annotation:"Nine-year-old Lara is the daughter of the leader of her cattle-raising clan. While she spends her days tending to the cattle, her heart lies with her beloved gray mare. When Lara goes to the highlands to set the cattle out to graze, she finds the mare in the process of a difficult birth. Lara vows to take care of the foal as a dying promise to the gray mare, and with the help of a childless milk-cow, she cares for the spindly-legged filly. But just when she is confident that the foal can survive, a rival clan captures them both and throws Lara's life into turmoil. When the filly is eventually given to a titled baron in the castle town of Athenry, Lara, determined to stay with the horse no matter what, goes along. Together, she and her beloved horse face seemingly insurmountable challenges, but all along Lara keeps two things in mind. One day, she will manage to flee, and will set off in search of the family that she was taken from. And she will not leave without her silver mare." First of a series.

The Last Snake in Ireland
The Last Snake in Ireland A Story About St. Patrick By MacGill-Callahan, Sheila (Book - 1999 ) FICTION Mac Available in some locations

Annotation:Before he becomes a saint, Patrick drives all the snakes but one out of Ireland and that last one he throws into Scotland's Loch Ness.

Leprechaun in Late Winter
Leprechaun in Late Winter By Osborne, Mary Pope (Book - 2010 ) FICTION Osb Available in some locations

Annotation:Jack and Annie are on their third mission to find (and inspire!) creative people to bring happiness to others through the arts (Mozart and Louis Armstrong so far). Set in Ireland, Jack and Annie meet an Irish girl and go on a magical adventure that changes the girl's life--she grows up to be Lady Gregory, who helped bring back the Irish legends, started a theater, and helped the Irish people regain both their heritage and their pride.

Leprechauns and Irish Folklore
Leprechauns and Irish Folklore A Nonfiction Companion to Leprechaun in Late Winter By Osborne, Mary Pope (Book - 2010 ) 398.209 Os Available in some locations

Annotation:"When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #43: Leprechaun in Late Winter, they had lots of questions. What are leprechauns? How do we know many of the old Irish stories? How do fairies spend their time? Who speaks the Irish language? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts. Filled with up-to-date information, photos, illustrations, and fun tidbits from Jack and Annie, the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers are the perfect way for kids to find out more about the topics they discovered in their favorite Magic Tree House adventures."

Leprechauns Never Lie
Leprechauns Never Lie By Balian, Lorna (Book - 1980 ) FICTION Bal Available in some locations

Annotation:Gram is ailing and Ninny Nanny, too lazy to care for their simple needs, says she'll catch a leprechaun to discover his hidden gold. Gram thinks it won't work--but does it?

Maggie's Door
Maggie's Door By Giff, Patricia Reilly (Book - 2003 ) FICTION Gif Available in some locations

Annotation:In the mid-1800s, Nory and her neighbor and friend, Sean, set out separately on a dangerous journey from famine-plagued Ireland, hoping to reach a better life in America.

Market Day
Market Day By Bunting, Eve (Book - 1996 ) FICTION Bun Available in some locations

Annotation:Tess and Wee Boy observe the farm animals, wonder at the sword-swallower, hear playing of pipes, and experience all the excitement of a country fair in Ireland

Mrs. McCool and the Giant Cuhullin
Mrs. McCool and the Giant Cuhullin An Irish Tale By Souhami, Jessica (Book - 2002 ) 398.0941 So Available in some locations

Annotation:Who is the strongest giant in all of Ireland? With the help of his smart wife Finn McCool is about to prove himself once and for all. This is a simple version of a favorite Irish tale.

O'Sullivan Stew
O'Sullivan Stew A Tale Cooked up in Ireland By Talbott, Hudson (Book - 1999 ) FICTION Tal Available in some locations

Annotation:This is a grand tale set in the small Irish village of Crookhaven. Kate comes to the rescue of the village witch when everyone says she’s not “one of us.” Kate then saves herself and her family from a sentence of death by cooking up four exciting stories within a story as her imagination stirs together monsters, giants, sea serpents and leprechauns.

Patrick Patron Saint of Ireland By DePaola, Tomie (Book - 1992 ) 921 Patri Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 9 copies

Annotation:Relates the life and legends of Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.

The Prince of Ireland and the Three Magic Stallions
The Prince of Ireland and the Three Magic Stallions By Milligan, Bryce (Book - 2003 ) 398.2 Mi Available in some locations

Annotation:In this retelling of an Irish folktale, the Prince of Ireland's stepmother curses him to stay no longer than two nights anywhere until he brings her a giant's horses from the western edge of the world.

Saint Patrick
Saint Patrick By Tompert, Ann (Book - 1998 ) 921 Patri Available in some locations

Annotation:A picture book biography of the patron saint of Ireland.

Saint Patrick and the Peddler
Saint Patrick and the Peddler By Hodges, Margaret (Book - 1993 ) 398.22 Ho Available in some locations

Annotation:When a poor Irish peddler follows the instructions given to him by Saint Patrick in a dream, his life is greatly changed. Includes background on Saint Patrick and on the origin of the story.

St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's Day By Gibbons, Gail (Book - 1994 ) 394.262 Gi Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 19 copies

Annotation:This bright and colorful book tells the story of the saint's life and describes his miracles.

The St. Patrick's Day Shillelagh
The St. Patrick's Day Shillelagh By Nolan, Janet (Book - 2002 ) FICTION Nol Available in some locations

Annotation:A family retells the story of the shillelagh that was whittled from a tree. During the Irish potato famine, Fergus and his family left for America. But first Fergus cut a branch from a blackthorn tree to take a piece of Ireland with him.

Shamrocks, Harps, and Shillelaghs
Shamrocks, Harps, and Shillelaghs The Story of the St. Patrick's Day Symbols By Barth, Edna (Book - 1977 ) 394.262 Ba Available in some locations

Annotation:Explores the origin and meaning of the symbols and legends associated with St. Patrick's Day.

Shannon and the World's Tallest Leprechaun
Shannon and the World's Tallest Leprechaun By Callahan, Sean (Book - 2008 ) FICTION Cal Available in some locations

Annotation:Shannon is a stepdancer with a broken shoe. How can she ever win the Saint Patrick's Day stepdancing contest? Enter Liam, the world's tallest leprechaun. A leprechaun grants wishes, right?

Small Beauties
Small Beauties The Journey of Darcy Heart O'Hara By Woodruff, Elvira (Book - 2006 ) FICTION Woo Available in some locations

Annotation:Darcy Heart O'Hara, a young Irish girl who neglects her chores to observe the beauties of nature and everyday life, shares "family memories" with her homesick parents and siblings after the O'Haras are forced to emigrate to America in the 1840s.

Tales From Old Ireland
Tales From Old Ireland By Doyle, Malachy (Book - 2000 ) 398.0941 Do Available in some locations

Annotation:"This enchanting collection of favorite Irish folk tales deserves to be read aloud at every hearth. Described by Malachy Doyle in captivating language, the larger-than-life characters, dramatic landscapes, and magical happenings of all the tales, including the famous legend of the bewitched Children of Lir, are also brought vividly to life by the luminous art of Niamh Sharkey, making this a book that will transport readers to another world for many happy hours."

That's What Leprechauns Do
That's What Leprechauns Do By Bunting, Eve (Book - 2005 ) FICTION Bun Available in some locations

Annotation:When leprechauns Ari, Boo, and Col need to place the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, they cannot help getting into mischief along the way.

Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk
Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk An Irish Tale By McDermott, Gerald (Book - 1990 ) 398.0941 Mc Available in some locations

Annotation:Poor Tim and his wife Kathleen have little, not a penny or potato. When Tim goes out looking for a job he finds a group of leprechauns and demands their gold. Through his own foolishness and some trickery Tim gets more than he bargains for.

Too Many Leprechauns, Or, How That Pot O' Gold Got to the End of the Rainbow
Too Many Leprechauns, Or, How That Pot O' Gold Got to the End of the Rainbow By Krensky, Stephen (Book - 2007 ) FICTION Kre Available in some locations

Annotation:Finn O'Finnegan returns home after a year in Dublin and when he finds his village taken over by leprechauns, he must devise a way to get them to leave without making them angry.

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Many of the selections are legends and picture books but there are some chapter books, too. All feature stories about or set in Ireland.


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