September 19, 2018

‘Argh’ you ready for Talk Like a Pirate Day?

Ahoy ye maties! September 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day! To celebrate, create a handout or a display of titles with pirates as the central theme. A great many books have ample pirate content, so you can go in most any direction and for almost any age. If fiction is your game, then don’t forget Treasure Island or, interestingly, some of the many genre blending titles that have appeared (e.g., the Vampirate series for teens, or the adult title On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers). But, if you are really looking to talk like a pirate (or at least talk the way they are often portrayed), picture books are your best bet for some fun and often funny pirate titles. Below, I’ve listed just a few with a high concentration of the popular jargon, making for a treasure trove of read aloud fun. Be ready to interpret for the little ones!

  • Kindergarrrten Bus by Mike Ornstein -- A new choice for the kindergarten crowd.
  • How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long, ill. by David Shannon -- Shannon is always a favorite for colorful and inviting illustrations. And don’t miss the sequel (below)
  • Pirates Don’t Change Diapers by Melinda Long, ill. by David Shannon -- Another well reviewed one to make the preschoolers giggle.
  • Pirate Pete’s Talk like a Pirate by Kim Kennedy -- Third in a series.
  • Pirate vs. Pirate by Mary Quattlebaum -- A little different and my favorite of the bunch, lots of pirate talk and a wedding at the end!
  • The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle
  • Pirate Jack Gets Dressed by Nancy Raines Day

Other recent pirate picture books that don’t especially highlight pirate talk but still might interest the preschool crowd include Do Pirates Take Baths? by Kathy Tucker, The Treasure of Pirate Frank by Mal Peet, and Sun by Sam Usher.

For additional pirate titles and precise searching in NoveList try an “Advanced search” using field codes. To start, go to the home page and click on “Advanced Search” underneath the main search box. In the top search box, type the following:

                                                DE Pirates

That is a “Subject Exact” search that looks for terms in the subject fields.  For a similar keyword subject search, try this:

                                                SU Pirates

Add a genre search in the second box to limit your results to Picture books for children.

                                GX Picture books for children

Below the search boxes are additional ways to limit your search (e.g. Audience, Lexile Range and more).

You can use the same field codes (those two letter codes) to search for picture books on whatever kind of display you’re working on or theme of your storytime: farming, Thanksgiving, grandparents, princesses, or cats -- the sky is your limit.

NOTE: With all the talk about peg legs, for instance, children’s pirate books are not always politically correct.

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