Find ten of the best fun Leprechaun picture books outlined in this post specifically suited to special education and preschool students.
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When we look for picture books for kids, we are normally looking through the best sellers list on Amazon OR we simply find a book that look desirable and interesting enough for kids to want to read, but sometimes, we also want to target language and literacy skills to further develop those early learning skills in children.
Benefits of Picture Books for Preschool and SPED
A picture book is a great way to teach children about the world around them. They can help kids learn to read and also help them understand certain concepts and ideas. Kids are also very curious about Leprechauns, they are simply hilarious and fun to read about.
Don’t forget to check out the popular post on Hands-on Rainbow Themed Free Preschool Printables.
There are many benefits of reading picture books to children. In this post, I will mention some of the benefits.
Picture books are a great way to teach kids new things. They can help children learn about different cultures and traditions, as well as teach them about emotions and how to cope with them. Picture books also help children learn how to read and write in a fun way.
Leprechaun Books for Preschool
How to Catch a Leprechaun: this book is so interesting to kids. Kids will learn how to create the perfect traps, with shamrocks and pots of gold. These will also be a great way to encourage learning new vocabulary. It includes hilarious rhymes and fun ways to learn with songs!
There Was Once an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover: this book is part of the series: ‘there was once…’ and kids LOVE to see what happens when the old lady swallows a clover. It is also in the spirit of Leprechauns and St Patrick’s Day. Follow along in this fun rainbow inspired book as the old lady swallows rainbows to hide a pot of gold.
Liam the Leprechaun Loves to Fart: this cute Leprechaun book talks about how he loves to fart and it makes him quite unpopular with the rest of the Leprechauns. This story features a rhyming component which is great for special education and preschoolers just starting to learn their CVC words.
Leprechaun Books for Speech Therapy
In every classroom, I know that we will always have to target out lesson plans for several abilities. ANd I know for sure that choosing books with a focus on rhyming / speech articulation focus will help not only the kids who need speech therapy, but those who are also still new to forming their speech sounds. Here are some fun books for March which you could use to help target language and speech sound activities with your class.
Lucky Tucker: this super cute book will target the L blends like luck, little, clovers. It also has a language target of practicing good and bad luck. Grab this book from Amazon at a steal:
Hooray for St Patrick’s Day: this book targets the R sounds which kids at age 4-5 might still be working on. Have them lift the flap and enjoy this fun reader! They also take readers through the history of St Patrick’s Day, traditions and MORE!
The Night Before St Patrick’s Day: this book has a focus on lots of holiday vocabulary and traditions for March. The kids in the story create Leprechaun traps, meet a Leprechaun, hear magpipes and more! This book has a focus on L blends, have the kids retell the story and also sequence it for more targeted language practice.
Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase. This book is a bestseller for a reason, Pete prepares himself to catch a Leprechaun for his friends, but on his way to do so, he finds it difficult because it’s never easy to catch a Leprechaun! Also targets L blends as well as K blends. A great book to add to friendship day too.
Leprechaun Emergent Readers Free
If you’re looking for emergent readers that you could print in PDF format, I’ve got quite a few listed here too which are worth adding to your arsenal of lesson plans in March.
I love teaching positional words, and when I can incorporate positional words within a themed or holiday themed activity, I do not even hesitate! Check out this Leprechaun positional reader from Natalie Lynn Kindergarten’s TPT store:
The Little Leprechaun is a great little reader which suits preschool and kindergarten kids working on their comprehension skills. They color the pictures and write sentences all about their little Leprechaun! Find this book for free over at Keeping My Kinders Busy.
If you’re looking to get kids ‘creating’ their own Leprechaun trap, check out this reading and writing activity. Have them draw and write about it in preschool! Find this free printable over at Dash into Kindie.
How to Catch a Leprechaun Movie
If you’re looking for some fun ways to engage kids with videos and movies during the month of March, have them watch a ‘How to Catch a Leprechaun Movie’. Below are some of the most fascinating YouTube shorts for Leprechauns!
Check out this fun animated movie / video of the Mystery of the Green Leprechaun:
Check out this movie on how to draw a Leprechaun:
10 Reasons Why Reading is Important
If you’re not sure about including reading materials or books into your lessons, finding more reasons as to why you don’t want to buy more books for your kids. I’ll give you 10 important reasons below as to why reading is crucial in those early years and why kids in special educaiton would benefit from exposure to different types of print material.
Reading books for kids is an important part of a child’s development. Children learn so much from reading books. They learn about their world and the people in it, they learn about themselves and they can explore different emotions and feelings. Reading is also a great way to bond with your children and students as you read together.
More St Patrick’s Day Activities Preschool you may like:
- 10 hands on Rainbow Printables for Preschoolers: that won’t bore the kids!
- 3 Fun Ten Frame Printable: Rainbow Activity Puzzles Kids will Love!
- Making Ten Activities: St Patricks Day Theme Ten Frames Worksheet
- CVC Spin & Color St. Patrick’s Day Freebie
- St Patrick’s Day Interactive Sentence “Mystery Picture” Booklets
Reading with children is not only good for them, it’s also good for you! It helps you stay up-to-date with what’s going on in the world, it encourages empathy and understanding of others and helps you to improve your vocabulary.
- Kids learn in a passive way from reading books they are interested in
- Students who are struggling with learning new words will benefit from more exposure to reading sentences and different types of texts.
- Kids develop patience and learn to appreciate different types of books
- Builds on kids’ imagination, which is crucial to their development
- One of the most important benefits is that it helps children learn vocabulary and language skills
- Reading also helps them with their reading comprehension skills, which is a key part of literacy development
- Reading also encourages children to explore new worlds, make friends with characters in the story, and learn about different cultures and lifestyles
- Reading can also help develop empathy for others by showing how other people think, feel and behave in different circumstances.
There you have it! So many reasons to incorporate different books and texts into your lesson plans and classroom. These Leprechaun books provide many different ways in which kids will interact with the books, picture books build vocabulary, literacy and speech skills, emergent reader books build on fine motor and comprehension skills.