A Pirate’s Life For Me

With International Talk Like A Pirate Day coming up September 19, and Alexandria’s pirate weekend coming up September 16-18, we thought we’d highlight some book booty for you and your pirate crew:

Pirates Go to School by Corinne Demas and illustrated by John Manders; Orchard Books, an imprint of Scholastic; 2011; $16.99; 3-6

Like a memorable sea shanty, Corinne Demas’s lyrical rhyming text stays with you in this mash-up of two topics that don’t usually go together: pirates and school.

“Pirates like to paint black skies, make cannonballs with clay. Pirates bring home artwork to their pirate ship each day.”

Making the story even more entertaining is the fact that the pirates’ school isn’t exclusive to pirates, but shared by regular everyday school-going children. John Manders’ illustrations of the reactions of these children to their pirate classmates is highly humorous. We also like that the pirates include a pirate girl in their ranks.

Pirate Creativity Book CoverThe Pirate Creativity Book by Andrea Pinnington; Barrons; 2011; $12.99; ages 6-10

Whether sailing on the high seas, cruising in the car on errands or marooned indoors on a rainy day, your young scallywags will have no problem entertaining themselves with this book. It’s a true treasure trove of activities: coloring pages, spot the difference pictures, create your own story, stencils, stickers and much, much more. You’ll never say “Aarrrrg!” with bordom with this handy activity book around.

Pirates Don't Take Baths Book CoverPirates Don’t Take Baths by John Segal; Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Group; 2011; ages 3-6

A cute book about a little piggy who refuses to take a bath and the piggy parent who tries to reason with him. This little piggy comes up with excuse after excuse for not getting into the tub: I’m a pirate, a cowboy, a knight–none of them take baths. The piggy parent counters each iteration of his child’s declarations with the problems associated with them: getting seasick, sleeping on the hard cold ground, facing fire-breathing dragons. Eventually the piggy settles on being an treasure hunter and the piggy parent knows exactly where to find some–underwater. A great book to read (after your little piggy has had his/her bath)

Pirates of the Sea! Book CoverPirates of the Sea! by Brandon Dorman; Greenwillow Books, an imprint of Harper Collins; 2011; ages 3-6; $16.99

After spending all their booty, a band of pirates sets sail in search of treasure, facing sharks, sea monsters and storms along the way. Dorman has created a story with rich illustrations full of color, action and things you’ll miss the first time around, so you’ll have to look again and again.


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