Best Pirate Books
Pirate Versus Pirate: The Terrific Tale of a Big, Blustery Maritime Matchcould also be known as Mean Mo vs. Bad Bart. The two fierce pirates battle it out to see who is the best pirate in the world but each contest ends in a tie. The final contest is who has the most treasure. You’ll be surprised at the unexpected turn of events and how it leads to pirate love! (Which your kids may or may not really like . . . )
One of our new favorite books is Captain Buckleboots on the Naughty Step by Mark Sperring. When Sam is naughty, he has to go to the naughty step. When he’s there all he can do is think – no books, no toys. One day, Captain Buckleboots and others join him on the naughty step. This charming tale ends with the group finding ways to say that they are sorry. JJ said, “The pirate was just doing what pirates do!” (Does he really have to say he’s sorry for that?) LOVE this book!!
Finally, another new excellent pirate books is Shiver Me Letters, A Pirate ABC by June Sobel. “R,” roars the captain as he sends his crew off to find the ABCs. You’ll read about their discoveries like, “They dug for doubloons and scooped up a D.” It’s fun, pirate-ish, and clever!
Melinda Long is the Pirate Queen of pirate picture books — she’s written so many great ones. How I Became a Pirate is a charming story, illustrated by David Shannon, tells of how a regular kid named Jeremy Jacob learns about pirate life, which he decides he doesn’t like as much as he thought.
Pirate Mega Mash-Up (Noisy Crow)
We love these books – and this one is tons of fun! Get reading AND writing with this silly story of pirates vs. ancient egyptians.
Pirate Nap a Book of Colors by Danna Smith, illustrated by Valeria Petrone
I really love this book because it takes the color book a step further, into a compelling story. That rhymes. It’s a great adventure as the swashbuckling pirates play around the house, they find pirate treasure, and chase the purple monster little sister, and sail into nap time.
The Dagger Quick by Brian Eames
Young boy, Kitto, must go with his pirate uncle when his dad is murdered. The story is suspenseful as Kitto tries to discover his family’s secret history and survive life among pirates. I loved the action!
Best Pirate Games
We’re having fun playing a new math game called Ahoy, Me Hearties, a Young Learners Game from Creative Toyshop. Preschool and older girl and boy pirates race around the island, filling their treasure chest with gold coins. The first pirate to fill up his or her treasure chest with ten gold coins wins! This cool pirate game encourages number recognition, counting, and first adding skills. (So far I’ve won a lot. Does that make me a bad mom? Or just a good pirate?)
Loot is another entertaining game by Gamewright. (I love their games!) This is a fun card game of strategy for players 8 and older.
Pirate Pretend Play
Dress up like a pirate. Create your ship area – ocean, fish, sharks, boat. Read pirate books. Learn more pirate info on National Geographic. (You might want to get yourself The Guide to Pirate Parenting, too.) You might be interested to know that there is an International Talk Like a Pirate Day every September 19. Oh, yeah. I knew you’d want to know that!
Gather your props – treasure chest, treasure, treasure map, telescope, pirate flag, plank, sword, pirate patch, shield, parrot, wooden leg, and anything else your pirate might need.
Have a sword fight. (We like to use cut up pool noodles.)
Go on a treasure hunt. (Watch for upcoming post on UKloo Treasure Hunt for Early Readers.)
Capture prisoners and make them walk the plank. (My personal childhood favorite and why my sister still harbors hatred towards me.)
Sing pirate songs, kid-appropriate of course.