Story Time Starter: Pirates

October 13, 2016

Ahoy mateys! Who loves pirates? While traditionally not the nicest of people, pirates have been used it children's literature for some time--these days, picture book pirates are often friendly, goofy, and downright entertaining! We picked out some of our favorite pirate books, rhymes, songs, and crafts to share with you for this month's Story Time Starter!

What be some jolly scurvy pirate books? Here are a few of our favorites:

Bubble Bath Pirates by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
The Pirate Jamboree by Mark Teague
Pirate Nap: A Book of Colors by Danna Smith
Pirate Pete’s Talk Like a Pirate by Kim Kennedy
Pirates Aren’t Afraid of the Dark
by Maudie Powell-Tuck
Pirates on the Farm by Denette Fretz
Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC by June Sobel
There was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish by Jennifer Ward
This Little Pirate by Philemon Sturges

Here's some sea-worthy music to go along with your books:

Rhymes are a fun way to work on those early literacy skills! We like these:

“Five Pirates on a Treasure Chest”
Five pirates on a treasure chest, one jumped off and four are left.
Four pirates on a treasure chest, one slid off and three are left.
Three pirates on a treasure chest, one fell down and two are left.
Two pirates on a treasure chest, one was pushed off and one is left.
One pirate on a treasure chest, he climbed down and none are left.
No pirates on the treasure chest, yo-ho-ho and now it’s all mine!
Credit: Mega Storytime

“If You’re a Pirate and You Know It”
If you’re a pirate & you know it, swab the deck (swish, swish)
If you’re a pirate & you know it, swab the deck (swish, swish)
If you’re a pirate & you know it, then you’ll hear sea winds a’blowin
If you’re a pirate & you know it, swab the deck (swish, swish)
(Walk the plank, stomp stomp // Say ahoy, ahoy!)
Credit: Born Librarian

“Ten Little Pirates”
Ten little pirates stood in a row (hold up all ten fingers)
They bowed to their captain so (lower and raise fingers)
They marched to the left (march hands to left)
And marched to the right (march hands to right)
They shouted yo-ho! (cup hands over mouth)
And gave their captain a fright (act scared, cover mouth with hands)
Credit: Born Librarian

And what story time would be complete without a craft? Give one of these a try!

Have a jolly good time, buckos!

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