The Love of the Irish: #RWYK Certified Great Read

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#RWYK Certified Great Read #Review –The Love of the Irish: Why We Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in America by Jaimie Hope

Hurray! We’re so very pleased to announce the addition of a brand new children’s book to the list of RWYK Certified Great Reads. Congratulations to Jaimie Hope for winning the RWYK Great Read title for her wonderful picture book The Love of the Irish: Why We Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in America. Placing a Reading With Your Kids Certified Great Read seal on a book or product tells parents, grandparents, educators, and caregivers they are giving their kids the very best. And we hope you and your family enjoy reading The Love of the Irish as much as we did!


Lets look at the book blurb

The Love of the Irish: Why We Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in America

Ever wonder why we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in America? Well, Ashlyn and Brendan are about to find out; however, they aren’t thrilled about it. Still, that doesn’t stop their grandfather from teaching them the meaning behind the traditions at each stop they make throughout the day. Will the kids discover pride for their heritage before the end of the day? Only time will tell.

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About author Jaimie Hope

Jaimie HopeJaimie Hope was born November 3, 1976, in New York. It wasn’t until high school, where she joined the newspaper staff that
she decided she wanted to be a writer. After graduation, the author went to college and received an Associate’s degree in 1999. In 2002, she moved to Florida where she was an active volunteer in the local historical society and the Deltona Regional Library, this was the turning point for the author. In 2005, she
started writing and hasn’t stopped yet.

In 2006, she moved back to New York where she released her
first Children’s book, The Adventures of Baby Jaimie. As they say,
the rest is history. Jaimie Hope now has books in multiple genres.
They include Children’s picture books, Young Adult Romance,
New Adult Romance, Paranormal Romance, and Non-fiction.

Find out more about Jaimie Hope and her books by visiting


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Our Review

The Love of the Irish: Why We Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in America by Jaimie Hope is a beautifully illustrated look at the life of St. Patrick, and the history, legends, and traditions associated with March 17th. It is a factual book presented in an entertaining way. What an incredible way to teach history to children!

St. Patrick’s Day is here and Ashlyn and Brendan are going to discover why do people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in America? However they aren’t very excited about it. But that doesn’t prevent their grandfather from showing them the importance behind this holiday and it’s traditions as they begin their celebrations of the day by attending a mass at church, attending the parade and then meeting their father for a special dinner. At the end of the story kids discover pride for their inheritance and realize that St. Patrick’s Day means plenty of music, dancing, and feasting fun!

It is a very informative book on the Irish holiday. Before I read this book I knew very little about St. Patrick’s Day. As I was reading this book, my favorite part was learning about the history of the holiday. The only thing I knew prior to reading this book is people wear green and leprechauns have something to do with it. This would be an excellent book to include into a classroom during the holiday to understand different cultures.

You can learn so much from reading this book. According to tradition, St. Patrick chased Ireland’s snakes into the sea however this book explains that St. Patrick had nothing to do with driving snakes out of Ireland. What he really did was bring Christianity to the island and we celebrate it on March 17th because Saint Patrick died on that day in 461 so it is celebrated, by honoring his accomplishment and attending Mass.”. I also learned that St. Patrick’s Day parades started in New York in 1762 and it represents the military, the police department, schools, and many other Irish societies in New York.

Final Verdict

Overall, it’s a great book to introduce young kids about how the Irish actually celebrate St Patrick’s Day and to learn about their customs, culture and traditions. With wonderful illustrations and a sweet story, it can be a great addition to your St. Patrick’s Day, especially since books for this holiday are hard to find!

The Love of the Irish: Why We Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in America


A big thank you to author Jaimie Hope for providing us a free copy of this book through Reading with your Kids certified program. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely our own.


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