St. Patrick's Day is less than two weeks away, and I have compiled a long list of books and resources about this great patron saint of Ireland. I have organized everything in approximate age-order, from a story for the youngest children to biographies for adults, plus items for family celebrations. Enjoy!
For the littlest ones, try The Story of Saint Patrick's Day by Patricia Pingery. My children have several books from this series, and I like their simple, straight-forward explanations of the meaning behind different holidays and celebrations. This board book is on sale for $4.20 right now on Amazon.
For $6, you can get can a really cute Sanctus Stitches St. Patrick finger puppet.
This little book, St. Patrick, is just $1.50.
For children ready for a longer picture book, Tomie DePaola's books are always gorgeous. Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland is marked down to $5.66 for the paperback on Amazon.
The Story of St. Patrick by James A. Janda is also bargain priced at just $5.70.
Another option is Patrick: Saint of Ireland by Joyce Denham for $11.99 from Christian Book. It is illustrated in full-color watercolors.
Another fun idea is a St. Patrick Magnetic Dress-Up Doll from Magnetic Catholic, for $12.
There are films about St. Patrick available as well! CCC of America's classic title Patrick, Brave Shepherd of the Emerald Isle is available for $12.75 from Sacred Heart Books and Gifts.
For a slightly older audience, try St. Patrick: The Irish Legend, which is currently on sale for $17.95 from Ignatius Press. This movie came out on secular TV a number of years ago, and I remember that my family was surprised and pleased at how well done and respectful it was.
For saintly fun year after year, you could get this gorgeous St. Patrick Costume for $50 from Faithful Findz. This would be great for All Saints Day too.
It's nice to have statues of the saints to display at feast day celebrations. A lot of statues are expensive, so I tried to find a very reasonably priced model. This 6" St. Patrick Statue is $19.99 with Free Super Saver or Prime shipping on Amazon.
And let's not forget books for adults. How much do you know about St. Patrick, besides a few popular legends? You can learn all the historical facts in Philip Freemen's extensively researched biography, St. Patrick of Ireland: A Biography, for $14.39 on Amazon.
Or learn about St. Patrick through his own words with The Confessions of Saint Patrick and Letter to Coroticus, which is just $5.99 from Christian Book.
Finally, don't think that you are forced into only decorating for the holiday with leprechauns and pots of gold. Oriental Trading actually has a good selection of religious-themed St. Patrick's Day decorations and craft kits.
St. Patrick, pray for us!
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