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How To Trap Your Leprechaun – A Wee Collection of Books for St. Patrick’s Day

Even General Mills has gotten in on the leprechaun trap-making trend this year, as I noticed on my grocery store run this morning. While building these traps and leaving them overnight in the classroom on the night before St. Patrick’s Day has been a popular activity for elementary school children during the month of March for many years, the trend seems to be picking up even more steam this year.


So, for my St. Patrick’s Day Holiday Book List, I thought I’d list some books that either highlight this trend or explain a little more, in fiction, behind the leprechaun lore.


How To Trap A Leprechaun
Published 2017
By Sue Fleiss, Illustrated by Emma Randall
Kindle 1.99/Paperback 8.99


On the night before St. Patrick’s Day, leprechauns show up to steal your treasures and then disappear as quickly as they came. However, if you’re careful you might be able to catch one and then he’ll grant you a wish. You’ll have to be sneaky and set just the right trap to trap a leprechaun.

How To Build a Leprechaun Trap
Published 2018
By Larissa Juliano


Catching leprechauns is no easy task – you need more than dandelion tea and four-leaf clovers! You’ll need the perfect trap with precise calculations and proper engineering – and this book can help!

What’s inside?
•15 traps with step-by-step instructions sure to lure in your leprechaun
•STEAM Connections exploring the science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics behind each activity
•Yummy leprechaun recipes
•Exciting bonus activities
•Plus space to design your very own trap!

How To Catch a Leprechaun
Published 2016
By Adam Wallace, Illustrated by Andy Elkerton


You’ve been planning night and day, and finally you’ve created the perfect trap! Now all you need to do is wait. Is this the year you’ll finally catch the leprechaun? Start a St. Patrick’s Day tradition with this fun and lively children’s book.

How to catch a leprechaun?
It’s tougher than you think!
He’ll turn your whole house upside down.
He’s quicker than a wink!

And for extra detail for the child that likes to do a little ‘historical research’ before crafting the contraption, here are a few titles.

That’s What Leprechauns Do
Published 2009
By Eve Bunting, Illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully


What do leprechauns do? They bury a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, of course. But as Mrs. Bally Bunion’s ox, Miss Maude Murphy’s hen, and Old Jamie soon find out, they can’t resist having a little fun along the way. For, besides burying pots of gold, mischief is what leprechauns do!

The Story of the Leprechaun
Published 2011
By Katherine Tegen,‎ Illustrated by Sally Anne Lambert


In a faraway village lives a talented little shoemaker—who also happens to be a leprechaun. He keeps the gold that he earns from making shoes hidden away in his home, where he thinks it will be safe. But one day a greedy man named Tim spies the leprechaun’s pot of gold and tries to steal it! How can the little leprechaun outsmart Tim and make sure his pot of gold will be safe forever?

The Leprechaun’s Gold
Published 2006
By Pamela Duncan Edwards,‎ Illustrated by Henry Cole


Based on a classic Irish folktale, this is the perfect picture book to share on St. Patrick’s Day.

In this classic Irish legend, two harpists—merry-hearted Old Pat and ill-spirited Young Tom—set off for a contest to name the finest harpist in all of Ireland. When Young Tom realizes that Old Pat is truly the better musician, he schemes to be the winner—but he doesn’t reckon with the clever trickery of a mischievous little leprechaun.

Celebrated picture book creators Pamela Duncan Edwards and Henry Cole have imagined a joyful and fanciful tale with a priceless lesson.

My own Rosco the Rascal book about St. Patrick’s Day involves seven-year-old Mandy’s inner conflict over not having built a leprechaun trap for school, believing she’s been jinxed by the leprechauns because she chose to ignore their treasure-baiting tradition this year, believing no good ever comes of it anyway.

I decided to write this into the book because I knew plenty of kids would be able to relate quite well to the custom. So I’m including my book in my list, because, well, it fits. And this is my list. 🙂

Rosco the Rascal at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Published 2017
By Shana Gorian, Illustrated by Josh Addessi and Ros Webb


While Rosco is usually the troublemaker in the series, this time it’s not Rosco who’s been making mischief, it’s the leprechauns. When Rosco’s buddy, Sparks the pug, goes missing, Rosco and the kids set out to find him, embarking on real-life adventures through the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. At the same time, Mandy thinks the leprechauns have jinxed her with bad luck because she broke with tradition and didn’t attempt to lure them in with treasure this year.

Will brother and sister be able to restore Mandy’s good luck, or will the leprechauns ruin her St. Patrick’s Day? And will Rosco and the kids find Sparks before it’s too late? Find out in this heartwarming, family adventure, full of ancient Irish magic and contemporary, big-city fun.

Thanks, as always, for reading! And I hope you have a very happy St. Patrick’s Day! What are some of your favorite children’s books for this holiday?

Photos courtesy Shana Gorian and WordPress Free Library



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