Friday, February 28, 2014

Differentiated Kindergarten's St. Patrick's Day Library

February is gone and it’s time to get my green on just in time for the St. Patrick’s Day season.  A friend recently asked, 'when do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day?  The week before or after?  I am of the mind set that St. Patrick's is not a day, but a state of mind.  I wait all year for this season, I like to start it as soon as March rolls around, and I make every second count.  

First step in getting your green on for the season is a good supply of books.  A great story, a great Irish, St. Patrick's, Leprechaun story will get your kids HOOKED and engaged for weeks of fun and learning.

Any new theme I start, I want to have an ample supply of books for me to read, but also for my students to use during read to self.  But lets face it, books are pricey.  So you really have to make sure the ones you buy are going to be ones your class will love.

I have been fortunate enough to gather a decent collection over the years.  There are really tons of great choices.

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These are some favorites, simply for the illustrations.  

As is this one, there is just something about that weathered little man . . . 

There are really so many great choices.  Some about leprechauns, others that are Irish folktales and even a couple that are informational text, giving you all the low down about this great holiday and its' traditions.

I'll admit, I'm pretty much a sucker for any book about leprechauns.  There is just something about those mystical, magical little gents that sets my mind in the St. Patrick's mood. 

So if you're looking for some new sources for St. Patrick's or Irish lore this season, I've left a list of some of favorites. Go ahead and click on them if you'd like to more about a particular title and make sure you leave me the name of your most favorite St. Patty's book.  (I'm always looking for more for my own library.)

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