I do not come from an Irish American family....our roots come from Italy but that never stopped my Mother from celebrating St Patrick's Day in a somewhat traditional way. She always said that St Patrick was a great Saint and should be celebrated. Every year she would watch the St Patrick's Day parade, where green and make Irish Soda Bread. I only remember her making corned beef and cabbage a few times....my Dad was not fond of it....but we would always have the soda bread. So for my Mom and for the day I am wearing green while the Irish Soda Bread bakes in the oven.
Here are some of my favorite St Patrick's Day books -----
Tim O' Toole and the Wee Folk by Gerald McDermott---a great read aloud.
Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie dePaola----another fun "Irish" story.
The Luckiest St Patrick's Day Ever by Teddy Slater and illustrated by Ethan Long----cute little leprechaun book.
St Patrick's Day by Gail Gibbons---the best book to explain this holiday to children...keeps it simple.
Just a few ideas to help celebrate --- Erin Go Bragh!