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Episode 20 — Shiver Me Timbers: Books About Pirates


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Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers

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Grades K – 5
Podcast Series Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers
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Duration 14:59
Original Air Date Published December 16, 2009

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  • The Usborne Official Pirate’s Handbook: Be the Best Buccaneer on the Seven Seas written by Sam Taplin, illustrated by Ian McNee; designed by Stephen Wright (Usborne Books, 2007)

    Have you ever wanted to be a pirate? If so, check out this book that describes the ins and outs of pirate life in a perfectly kid-friendly, light-hearted way. After reading this handbook, which includes information on how to talk like a pirate, how to keep your ship in tiptop shape, how to deal with the “foul food” aboard ship, and how to “beat boredom” while sailing on the vast ocean in between raids, kids may think twice about turning professional. This book makes learning facts interesting and fun, so pick this book up me hearties and give it a read…Aaargh!
    Best for ages 8-11
  • Sea Queens: Women Pirates Around the World written by Jane Yolen; illustrated by Christine Joy Pratt (Charlesbridge, 2008).

    Did you know that not all pirates were men? It’s true! Some of the greatest pirates were actually women. Jane Yolen gives women pirates the booty they deserve—recognition! Each chapter is devoted to a notable female pirate and within each chapter are sidebars of information that put myths to rest and provide interesting piratical facts. Kids will be fascinated by such fierce women pirates as Grania O’Malley, the longest reigning pirate queen, or Pirate Peg who was a much tougher, stronger, and better sailor than her husband. So, pick up this book me matey if you want to read about some fierce swashbucklin’ buccaneer women of long ago!
  • Pirate Pete’s Talk Like a Pirate written by Kim Kennedy; illustrated by Doug Kennedy (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2007)

    Pirate Pete and his parrot are off to Rascal Island to find a pirate crew. To be a part of Pirate Pete’s crew you must have a peg leg, eye patch, be mighty stanky and cranky (and the list continues on), but MOST of all “ye gots to talk like a pirate.” Pirate Pete finds lots of fine candidates, but none of them talk like a pirate. Kids will laugh at Pirate Pete’s pirating problem and how he ends up solving it. The author maintains a nice pattern and rhyme throughout, which makes this book a perfect pirate-read for children ages 4-8!

Cookies and Milk

Emily shares chocolate chip cookies with Jen and Hunter while they discuss the fact and fiction of pirates. Hunter shares information that he learned about pirates, and Jen discusses how having conversations about what is and is not real can help kids become critical thinkers in everyday life.

Expert Chat

Emily shares her interview with notable author Jane Yolen who wrote Sea Queens: Women Pirates Around the World. Jane Yolen shares the history of the book and how it’s been a work in progress for forty years. She also discusses how researching for a book has changed over time.