September 19 – Talk Like a Pirate Day

Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day… A day to say things like ‘booty’ and ‘poop deck’!

Arrgg Matie! Wishing you the treasures of the high seas! Ye can learn more about real pirates or read swash-buckling pirate legends in picture books like the ones below.


P is for Pirate, A Pirate Alphabet written by Eve Bunting and Illustrated by John Manders (2014)

Learn more about pirates in this alphabet picture book HERE.


Legends of the Seas: Pirates by Rebecca Rissman (2010)

This informational book tells about a pirate life, the pirate code, and pirate attacks just to name a few topics. There are also fun ‘Is it true?’ featured questions with upside-down answers, actual photos, and even movie references. Learn about famous pirates and modern day pirates. And there’s even a glossary, so you can learn to talk like a pirate too!


How I Became a Pirate written by Melinda Long and illustrated by David Shannon (2003)

Jeremy Jacob leaves his sandcastle building on the beach to bury a treasure with Braid Beard, the pirate captain. On board the pirate ship, Jeremy learned how to talk like a pirate, eat with his mouth full, and he was allowed to stay up past his bedtime. But soon, Jeremy starts to miss some of his regular routines. And when a storm hits, Jeremy no one has time to talk to him. A bolt of lightning splits the mast right down the middle and the pirates will have to turn back without burying their treasure, until Jeremy Jacob saves the day…  He gives the pirates a map to his backyard where they bury the treasure until they can come back for it!


The Pirate of Kindergarten written by George Ella Lyon and illustrated by Lynne Avril (2010)

Ginny loved reading, but she had trouble seeing. Her vision was blurry and when she made mistakes, someone would always laugh. When she closed one eye, she was able to see better, but her teacher would tell her not to squint. When she tried to use scissors, she often cut off the wrong piece. When she worked with numbers they jumped all over the page. Then on vision-screening day, Ginny cried because she saw two of everything when everyone else only saw one. So the next week Ginny’s mom took her to see the eye doctor. He said she needed glasses, but until the frames came in, she could wear an eye patch to help her see better. Ginny became the Kindergarten Pirate who could do numbers, work with scissors, and read!

2 Responses to “September 19 – Talk Like a Pirate Day”

  1. jheitman22 September 19, 2014 at 9:14 AM #

    These are grrrrreat suggestions, Juliana. Two other good ones are pirate poetry picture books: Pirates by David L. Harrison and When You’re a Pirate Dog and other Pirate Poems by Eric Ode. My very favorite pirate book of all time? Avi’s The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle!


    • Juliana Lee September 19, 2014 at 11:25 AM #

      Thanks Jane, I know I can always count on you to have even more suggestions! 🙂


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