Children's Books About Pirates!

Pirates seem to be very popular on the West Coast these days. In fact there’s even an International Talk Like a Pirate Day. In California, Legoland’s Pirate Shores area is composed of five pirate themed adventures with rides. Then in San Francisco, you’ll find The Pirate Shop carries an extensive array of essential pirate paraphernalia like various Jolly Roger flags, glass eyes, spyglasses and skeleton keys. 

“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”, the fourth installment of the ever popular Disney film series is due out in the summer of 2011. The famous pirate ship Black Pearl sailed from the Bahamas all the way to Hawaii because the next “Pirates of the Caribbean” series is being filmed in Oahu. Johnny Depp will continue his role as Jack Sparrow in the film “On Stranger Tides”. So along with Titanic and Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest grossed the most money in U.S. history with $1.07 Billion.

The original score of the 2003 film Pirates of The Caribbean was composed by Klaus Badelt. My students love to play The Curse of the Black Pearl on the piano, listening to those low bass tones. For Pirates of The Caribbean; Dead Man's Chest, Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack, listening to the pipe organ and other folksy tunes just might cause you to wear an eye patch and mount a parrot on your shoulder!
Pirate stories are full of famous pirates, like Blackbeard, Anne Bonny, and Jack Rackham. I would say that pirates in the entertainment field are very popular right now and of most interest.

If you have a 3 to 7 year old Pirate Wannabe who loves reading books, then I would like to recommend two special, quality children’s books to you.

First, Barefoot Books has published Portside Pirates by Oscar Seaworthy. (What a name, so appropriate for this subject.) The fun-loving music is worth the price of the book for its catchy tune on the CD. At the back of the book, you will find great information filled with interesting facts about famous pirates around the world and famous pirates in history. The vibrant illustrations, along with the sing-song story will really capture your imagination. The book is great for little buccaneers who love pirates but don't want anything too scary to read before bed. Portside Pirates

So, jump aboard and sing along with this courageous band of young buccaneers! After visiting Timbuktu, the crew cannot keep the Galleon from being blown off course. But don't fret, when the storm blows out, they find and explore a wreck filled with fun surprises.

Secondly, If You Want to be A Pirate by E.Winfield Scott is another great choice for children of all ages. The author, E. Winfield Scott, is a self-taught artist and developed “If You want To Be a Pirate” to the delight of the children at the community health fitness center where he works. Growing up as the son of a Marine Corp officer, he has lived all over the United States and Bavaria, Germany. He has been a positive influence with children in his work for many years. He currently resides in Colorado amidst the snow-crested Rocky Mountains where hiking, biking, and all things outdoors keep him fit and ever ready to create delightful stories.

 I met the author’s mother at a friend’s birthday party and she shared this wonderful hardcover children’s book with me. It is a delightful story and song that awaits you in this enchanting peek into the life of a Pirate! Inspired by rich illustrations and lively action, children will eagerly enter into the fun-filled world of E. Winfield Scott.

Set includes “Pirate Song” on CD along with the sheet music for the piano and guitar, just perfect for rowdy pirate sing-alongs! Set on the high seas of imagination, the CD is designed to go along with the rhyme and rhythm of the text.

“If you never ever brush your teeth,
or ever change your clothes;
and never ever take a bath,
and never blow your nose…
Then you can be a PIRATE!!
A Pirate just like ME”

(Sounds very typical of a pirates lifestyle. However, I found it to be true that only once in pirate history was someone made to walk the plank!)
If You Want to Be a Pirate

So when the music in the movie swells, it’s difficult to put in words what I feel and what affect it has on me. But with a swashbuckling “yo ho” swaying to the background music of the film, pirate books will continue to reveal great treasure to my grandsons and will certainly unleash the pirate in everyone. Arrrrrr! 

 With both children's books, I give ***** stars!

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis

My Family from
(Barefoot Books Ambassador)
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