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Ireland

Ireland
Ireland certainly lives up to its nickname, the "Emerald Isle" – it's unbelievably green, with expanses of rolling fields and hills, lush vegetation under foot, colorful gardens. And with a touch of rain, watering the whole countryside, no wonder there's so many Irish legends with rainbows and sparkling leprechauns. Who knows what magic your kids may find as you travel through Ireland.
  Dublin
 

County Kerry – Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula

      Tip: Irish weather is very changeable, even in summer. If going you're out for a walk, even it's sunny, bring a water-proof windbreaker. In just a short time, the weather can change, the clouds blow in and you'll find yourself in the midst of a rain shower.
   

Fun food

     

The potatoes in Ireland are fresh and fabulous – try delicious "chips" (they're nothing like pale limp French fries made from frozen potatoes). In the afternoon, take a break for tea. You'll find delicious apple pie with thick cream, cakes, and fruit desserts in tea shops all over Ireland.

   

Shopping

     

Ireland has lots of fun souvenirs to bring back home – kid-size drums (bodhrans), tin whistles, singing leprechauns, wooly sheep plush animals, lovely silver jewelry with Celtic motifs, claddagh rings, woolen hats and scarves, and tweed caps.

kids books ireland
     
Tales from Old Ireland childrens books  
Tales from Old Ireland
Malachy Doyle, Niamh Sharkey

Marvelous retelling of best-loved Irish folk tales – "The Children of Lir," "Fair, Brown and Trembling," "The Twelve Wild Geese," "Lusmore and the Fairies," "The Soul Cages," "Oisín in Tír na nÓg." Rich, imaginative illustrations bring a fresh appeal to these timeless tales. (Chapter book)

 

     
Too Many Leprechauns
Stephen Krensky, Dan Andreasen

Charming tale of how that pot o' gold got to the end of the rainbow. Nobody in Dingle can get a good night's sleep, for all the noise the leprechauns are making, until clever Finn O'Finnegan has a plan for the fairy gold. (Picture book)

 

 
ireland kids myths Too Many Leprechauns
     
The New Policeman adventure kids ireland
 
The New Policeman
Kate Thompson

J.J. Liddy, a gifted flute and fiddle player, discovers his tunes enable him to cross into the world of the sidhe (fairies). But all is not well in the land of eternal youth – time is leaking out and the fairy folk are in dire straits. Wonderful high adventure, Irish tradition and lore, a magical read! (Chapter book)

More magical adventures as the story of the Liddy family continues: The Last of the High Kings

 

     
Finn the half-Great
Theo Caldwell

Action-packed adventures of the legendary Irish king, Finn mac Cuhail, as he battles the Frost Giant with his great sword Breanain, journeys to the Black Loch to save Eire, and along with the Wyvern, a blue dragon, meets his destiny. (Chapter book)

 

 
     
Leprechaun in Late Winter kids books ireland
 
Leprechaun in Late Winter (Magic Tree House)
Mary Pope Osborne

Jack and Annie travel back in time to Galway, where they meet an old woman who knows the ways of the fairies, and the magic of stories. (Easy reader)

And also, the Magic Tree House research guide, for all about leprechauns and different kinds of fairies, Irish folklore, fairy places, dancing and music.

 

     
O'Sullivan Stew
Hudson Talbott

Kate O'Sullivan is in trouble with her king, but she has a way with words, with tales about fairies and leprechauns on Midsummer's Eve, a greedy sea monster, and people-eating giant. Spirited story, imaginatively illustrated. (Picture book)

 

 
ireland tale kids O'Sullivan Stew
     
Fergus and the Nigh-Demon  
Fergus and the Night-Demon
Jim Murphy, John Manders

Humorous, quick-witted story of Fergus O'Mara, a lazy lad who skips out on his chores. On the way to Skibbereen, Fergus meets a fiery-eyed Night-Demon, and it looks like his time has come, unless he can talk his way out. (Picture book)

 

     
A Pot O' Gold
Kathleen Krull, David McPhail

Delightful collection of Irish folklore, legends, poems, recipes, songs, battle cries, limericks, riddles, nonsensical ballads, folk cures, advice from Oscar Wilde, and a bit of blarney. Enchantingly illustrated. (Chapter book)

 

 
ireland folklore kids A Pot O' Gold
     
Brigid's Cloak saint kids ireland  
Brigid's Cloak
Bryce Milligan, Helen Cann

Tale of Ireland's ancient and beloved saint, St. Brigid. Over 1500 years ago, on the night of her birth, an old Druid wizard brings a rare blue cloak to the baby, "I greet little Brigid, who will be a mother to the new Ireland that is to come." (Picture book)

 

     

In west Ireland, young Conn helps Brian Boru to escape the Vikings, leading him to safety in the fort at Drumshee. The Vikings continue to plunder gold and silver from the Irish, but Conn and his sister Emer hatch a daring plan to sail to Limerick and steal the treasure back. An exciting novel of 11th century Ireland. (Chapter book)

 

 
The Viking at Drumshee ireland kids books
     
horses kids ireland Hoofbeats: Lara and the Gray Mare  

Adventures of Lara and Dannsair, a rare silvery white horse, set in 14th century Ireland. Lara, daughter of a local chieftan, saves the filly, but only boys can tend horses. After a rival clan steals Dannsair, soon she finds herself disguised as a boy in the baron's stable, riding in a race to win the filly for herself. A captivating read, filled with wonderful local color. (Chapter books)

 

     

As you travel around Ireland, you'll see distinctive Celtic motifs everywhere you look, in jewelry, books and architecture. Kids will have fun coloring spirally eagles, lions, serpents, birds, fishes and mythological creatures. Fun for all ages, and easy for little kids. (Coloring book)

Also, Celtic Stained Glass Coloring Book

 

 
Celtic Animals Coloring Book kids
     
ireland colleen sexton  
Ireland (Exploring Countries)
Colleen Sexton

Fun facts about Ireland today, "The Land of 40 Shades of Green"– landscape, wildlife (Connemara ponies, puffins), daily life, going to school, food, holidays, sports. (Picture book)

 

     

Fabulous animated feature, a quest to complete an incredible book that will illuminate the darkness – the Book of Kells. Brendan, a young monk, must search deep in the forest for tiny berries to make colors, defeat the monster Crom Cruach, and save the book from Viking raiders. Magical! (DVD video)

 

 
The Secret of Kells
     
This is Ireland kids  
This is Ireland
M. Sasek

Take a trip through the Emerald Isle old and new – Rock of Cashel where Brian Boru was crowned, Blarney Castle, Giant's Causeway, St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Cliffs of Moher, and a leprechaun who guards the crock of gold at the end of the rainbow. Whimiscal illustrations, this is a classic. (Picture book)

 

(More children's books on other Ireland pages)
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