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This year Mr. B has a pirate themed classroom (check out this post on how to make an octopus for your bulletin boards) and we have been going through our books and researching others for an engaging start to the pirate theme for his crew mates. Read on to find links to the books we enjoy and be sure to check out the Free Editable Labels at the end of the post!
How I Became a Pirate by David Shannon
We love all the David Shannon books – the No David books are some of our favorites for beginning the school year. I made this display board many moons ago as an introduction to school rules and it was a big hit!
Pirates have green teeth—when they have any teeth at all. I know about pirates, because one day, when I was at the beach building a sand castle and minding my own business, a pirate ship sailed into view.
So proclaims Jeremy Jacob, a boy who joins Captain Braid Beard and his crew in this witty look at the finer points of pirate life by the Caldecott Honor–winning illustrator David Shannon and the storyteller Melinda Long. Jeremy learns how to say “scurvy dog,” sing sea chanteys, and throw food . . . but he also learns that there are no books or good night kisses on board: “Pirates don’t tuck.” And don’t miss the follow up, “Pirates Don’t Change Diapers“!
Bring some non-fiction into the mix with the fabulous photographs and drawings in this DK Eyewitness book all about pirates. Learn who devised the terrifying Jolly Roger, how a surprisingly disciplined life was maintained aboard pirate ships, and what cunning ruses pirates used to lure merchants to their doom.
Create this fun pirate to go on your bulletin boards to enhance your classroom theme.
Meet the Jolley-Rogers — a pirate family who is moving to Dull-on-Sea, a quiet seaside town, while they fix up their ship. This unusual family soon has the whole neighborhood gossiping. Defying the grown-ups, Matilda becomes friends with young pirate Jim Lad. When the Jolley-Rogers return to sea, the town realizes that they were wrong to assume the worst when it is discovered that the pirates have buried treasure in everyone’s yard. The neighbors are thrilled, but Matilda is sad to have lost her new friend, until she discovers her own treasure — a pen pal!
I have had this book for years, and I am not sure that it is still available, maybe only through third party stores on Amazon. Ebay may also be a good place to check. Perfect for Talk Like a Pirate Day, Pete explains,
“Ye gots to be stubborn and mighty cranky,
Ye gots to be dirty and awfully stanky!
Ye gots to load a cannon and know how to fire it,
But most of all, ye gots to talk
like a pirate!”
One by one Pete interviews his potential crew, and one by one they get the boot! Whoever will he find to help him sail the high seas?
Don’t forget to make your hats for Talk Like a Pirate day (September 19th)!
Any book with the word underpants is sure to be a hit, and this is no exception from the authors of the underpants series of books.
These pirates SO love underpants,
They’re on a special quest
To find the fabled Pants of Gold,
For the Captain’s treasure chest.
I would love to know what are your favorite pirate books? Leave your suggestions in the comment section below. And be sure to download these FREE EDITABLE PIRATE LABELS when you join our newsletter!