Being an Irish father to young children, I always try to include a daily dose of Irish culture and heritage in my kid’s lives. One of the ways I do this is by reading Irish fairy tales to them. There’s certainly no shortage of Irish mythical characters, or wonderful fairy tales to read them – many of which I grew up with. Some of their favorites include Saint Patrick and the Salmon, Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn McCool), The Land of Tír na nÓg, and stories about leprechauns and fairies, most of which can be found in A Pot O’ Gold by Kathleen Krull, and beautifully illustrated by David McPhail.
The book was a great find by my wife. $10 on Amazon for an Irish kid’s book which includes fairy tales, poems, and blessings, is not a bad deal! The book also includes a few Irish recipes – Irish Stew, and Soda Bread are the 2 that might seem most appealing, neither of which I have tried, but it’s a nice addition to an already great little book.
My kids are a little young to appreciate the entire book for the time being, but I am sure it’ll be one that’ll sit on their bedroom bookshelf for many years to come, to be brought out at night to give them a little reminder of where their daddy comes from.