Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up next weekend and so I thought for this post on non-fiction I’d write a little on a few books on Ireland that we have here in the children’s department.
First is Ireland’s instalment in the Countries of the World series published by National Geographic. I’m a fan partially because the cover photo shows a lovely bookstore in Dublin which I visited a few times last year, but also because this book talks about Ireland as a complex place with modern issues and, I think, avoids the romanticism the comes up often in writing about this country. There’s also lots of gorgeous pictures because, let’s admit it, it’s a gorgeous place.
Next is St. Patrick’s Day from the Celebrations in My World series. This book is aimed at slightly younger readers, uses simpler language, and explains the traditions, customs, and history behind St. Patrick’s Day (and some Irish history in general). It’s also got some information and photos of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in other countries, like the United States, which I think is a nice touch.
And finally, we have The Children of Lir, which, though it is an Irish myth, can be found in the non-fiction section! In this myth, a jealous queen turns her stepchildren into four swans who must live on the waters throughout Ireland until a monk will bless them and break the spell. The illustrations in this edition are especially beautiful.
These books and others on Saint Patrick’s Day and Ireland are currently on display in the children’s department. Stop by and pick one up!
-Kayleigh, children’s staff