Best Books about Ireland for Kids

If you are planning a trip to Ireland with kids and would love to help them discover something about the Emerald Isle before you go, then why not read some of the best books about Ireland for kids with them.  This list of some of the best Irish books for children are sure to get the excitement rising.

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As it becomes ever more important to teach my son about his Irish heritage, I have been investing in Irish books for children. From Irish short stories for children to old Irish fairy tales, these are fast becoming some of our favourite bedtime reading and learning material.

If you are planning a family vacation to Ireland, or even if you are just dreaming about it in the future, these great books for children set in Ireland are sure to delight your kids. Featuring leprechauns, a president and more, why not check out these best books set in Ireland for kids and grab a few to read to your kids at bedtime and to incorporate into your learning lessons.

Buy our favourite book set in Ireland here.

Comparison of the best books set in Ireland for kids

NameRecommended
Reading
Ages
Our RatingPrice RangeBuy Now
Spuds and the Crock of Gold8-124.0/5$Buy Here
Let's See Ireland!4-83.5/5$$Buy Now
The Adventures of Shamrock Sean3-65/5$Buy Now
The President's Cat/Glasses5-84.5/5$-$$Buy Now (CAT)
A Dublin Fairytale4-123.5/5$$Buy Now
Sally Go Round The Stars3-83.5/5$$Buy Now
O'Brien Books of Irish Fairy Tales & Legends8-124.5/5$$Buy Now
Brian and the Vikings8-124.5/5$Buy Now
The Great Big Book of Irish Wildlife Through the Seasons5-125/5$$$Buy Now
Irelandopedia8-115/5$$$Buy Now

10 Best Books about Ireland for Kids

These children’s books based in Ireland are ones that we personally own and read regularly. Some are suitable from a young age while one or two would be suited to older children. But no matter the age of your children, there is no harm buying them and keeping them safe, ready to read once you believe your children are ready for them.

A collection of Irish storybooks for children

Spuds and the Crock of Gold – Seamus O’Conaill (illustrated by Daniele Archimede)

This lovely Irish children’s book features Spuds Potsofgold, a leprechaun whose first day of summer is not going well at all after losing his crock of gold and the onset of non-stop sneezing. As his trials and tribulations continue, his wife Rose carries on regardless.

However, as autumn comes he learns a valuable lesson through his sneezing fits and eventually recovers his crock of gold. It is a lovely story book with beautiful illustrations and is a regular feature at bedtime in our house.

Buy your copy of Spuds and the Crock of Gold here.

Let’s See Ireland – Sarah Bowie

Let’s See Ireland is one of the best Ireland travel books for kids. It follows Molly as she and her family set off on a holiday around Ireland. They visit many of the famous tourist attractions in Ireland including Glendalough and Bunratty Castle, while their poor cat Mipsy gets left behind. Or does she?

This lovely Irish children’s book has beautiful illustrations of some of the best places to visit in Ireland with kids and there is a fun ‘hide-and-seek’ game throughout the book. Look out for it, I won’t spoil it. The story and the pictures are suitable for kids from a small age, so can be enjoyed by all the family.

Grab your copy of Let’s See Ireland here.

The Adventures of Shamrock Sean – Brian Gogarty (illustrated by Roxanne Burchartz)

One of the fun Ireland books for kids in our collection is The Adventures of Shamrock Sean. Sean is a lively leprechaun who lives in the west of Ireland and this book features three stories about his adventures.

Sean loves fishing and digging and also likes to lend a helping hand. However, despite his best efforts he always seems to find trouble. My son loves this book, especially the story about the birds nest. It is a light-hearted book and contains fun and bright pictures. This is probably my son’s favourite of our books that take place in Ireland.

Buy our favourite Irish children’s book, The Adventures of Shamrock Sean, here.

The President’s Cat/Glasses – Peter Donnelly

Two of our other favourite kid’s books about Ireland are the series of books about the Irish President. These books feature the current Irish President, Michael D Higgins and tell the story of his cat being left behind after their vacation, and an important day when he forgot his glasses at Áras an Uachtaráin (the presidential residence in the Phoenix Park).

Two of the best Irish books for kids, The President's Cat and The President's Glasses by Peter Donnelly

In the President’s Cat, the beloved pet has been left behind in Cork after the president and his wife took him on vacation. The story follows the cat’s journey home. While in the President’s Glasses, he has left them behind at home on an important day and the President’s pigeon has to fly over Dublin to get them to him.

These two books are lovely and suitable for kids from a young age who will enjoy the fun and colourful illustrations. There is a new book in the series which we don’t have yet called the President’s Surprise. I must pop it into my husband’s Amazon basket!

Get your copy of the President’s Cat here.

And the President’s Glasses here.

A Dublin Fairytale – Nicola Colton

A Dublin Fairytale is an Irish children’s book set in Dublin. Fiona’s granny is sick and her mother sends her on an errand to collect the ingredients she needs to make a witches brew that will make her better. However, Fiona’s journey is not a simple one and she meets some fantastic characters along the way.

This is a short storybook that is suitable for young kids who are used to hearing about trolls and wolves and dragons. My son enjoys this book, although I’d say that out of all our Ireland books, this is the one he least reaches for when we are reading our Irish story books.

You can buy A Dublin Fairytale here.

A picture of three of the best books set in Ireland for kids, Shamrock Sean, Spuds and the Crock of Gold, and Brian and the Vikings

Sally Go Round The Stars – Sarah Webb and Claire Ranson (illustrated by Steve McCarthy)

If you are looking for some Irish children’s books that include nursery rhymes, then Sally Go Round The Stars is the one you want. Combining traditional nursery rhymes with old Irish songs, this book is ideal for reading to younger members of the family and bringing back memories of your own childhood. There were some I’d forgotten about and even a few I hadn’t heard before. And while my son is getting a bit old for this book, he enjoyed some of the rhymes when he was younger.

Get your copy of Sally Go Round The Stars here.

The O’Brien Book of Irish Fairy Tales & Legends – Una Levy (illustrated by Susan Field)

This book is all about the traditional tales and legends of Ireland with very beautiful illustrations that invoke memories of Ireland for me. Full of Irish myths and legends stories for children, you can learn about the Children of Lír, Cúchulainn and the tale of the Giant’s Causeway, among others. If you are looking to discover Ireland’s traditional tales, told from generation to generation, then this is the perfect book to do it with.

Some of the tales are thousands of years old and I loved re-reading the old tales of my childhood that I had forgotten. However, as some of the tales can be quite dark, I have not started reading this book to my son. When I do, it will also not be at bedtime. This is a great book for discovering some of Ireland’s legendary history. Although this is a book of Irish myths for children, as mentioned, this is not suitable for young children.

Buy the O’Brien Book of Irish Fairy Tales & Legends here.

Brian and the Vikings – Chris Judge (illustrated by Mark Wickham)

If you are looking for some children’s books about Ireland to start introducing them to the history of Ireland, then start with Brian and the Vikings. Brian is a small village boy who, along with his friends, manages to defeat some scary Vikings who arrive to attack their village.

Brian Boru grew up to become the High King of Ireland and this book is a lovely little book with charming illustrations to start introducing some Irish history to kids. My son enjoys this book, especially as it features his favourite creature, a dragon.

You can buy Brian and the Vikings here.

A picture of two of the best books about Ireland for kids, Irelandopedia and the Great Big Book of Irish Wildlife Through the Seasons

The Great Big Book of Irish Wildlife Through the Seasons – Juanita Browne (illustrated by Barry Reynolds)

A wonderful learning book about Ireland for kids is The Great Big Book of Irish Wildlife Through the Seasons. This 80-page book takes you on a journey around Ireland through the seasons and shows you the flora and fauna you can find on the island of Ireland during the four seasons.

While some are residents all year round, some are visitors and the book will teach you the best time to spot these visitors to Ireland. This is a brilliant book to incorporate learning about nature on Ireland and is a must for any collection of Ireland books for kids. I love this book, except for page 43 which features the picture of a basking whale’s open mouth. They are one of my least favourite whales and this picture gives me the heebie-jeebies.

Buy your copy of this amazing book here.

Irelandopedia: A Compendium of Map, Facts and Knowledge – Fatti and  John Burke

This is my personal favourite of all our books about Ireland. Irelandopedia is filled with fun facts for kids about Ireland, divided into the 32 counties. Two pages are dedicated to each county of Ireland and is filled with facts about the county including rivers that flow through them, landmarks to visit and famous people from the county. Young kids will enjoy the illustrations while older kids will enjoy discovering everything there is to know about Ireland.

This is my personal favourite of all our books about Ireland. Irelandopedia is filled with fun facts for kids about Ireland, divided into the 32 counties. Two pages are dedicated to each county of Ireland and is filled with facts about the county including rivers that flow through them, landmarks to visit and famous people from the county. Young kids will enjoy the illustrations while older kids will enjoy discovering everything there is to know about Ireland.

As well as county guides, Dublin City gets its own set of pages and there are also pages dedicated to Irish culture, farming, Irish food, music, dance, and even nature. It is jam-packed with facts about Ireland for kids and I absolutely love it. Each time we choose a new county I learn something new about my homeland. If you would like to start learning about Ireland before travelling there with kids, Irelandopedia is a must-buy!

Add Irelandopedia to your book collection by purchasing here.

These are the best books about Ireland for kids that are part of our book collection and there are a few more we plan to add to our Ireland section. If you have any recommendations for books set in Ireland for children that we should add to our collection, please, please let me know in the comments below!

Cath x

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