Ahoy there me hearties! Shiver me timbers and shiver me toes. It’s time to get on board the Jolly Roger and sail the seven seas in search of buried treasure, because this week’s storytime is all about Pirates.

Books to Read

Captain Yellowbelly: the tale of the Terrible pirate

Captain Yellowbelly book cover

Captain Yellowbelly is absolutely terrible at being a Pirate! In fact, Yellowbelly is the most terrible Pirate to sail the seven seas. All the other pirates laugh at him and steal his treasure. Until one fateful day, a seagull poops right in Yellowbelly’s eye! And that’s just the start of a string of unfortunate mishaps. Yellowbelly also gets a bucket stuck on his foot, a coat hanger wedged up his sleeve, an upset parrot pecking at his head and a clump of stinky seaweed stuck to his chin. Yellowbelly becomes the most fearsome pirate ever, or does he? Read Captain Yellowbelly to find out!

 Pirates Love Underpants


Full of pirates, sharks and treasure join the Captain of the Black Bloomer on his quest to find the fabled Pants of Gold to add to his treasure chest. This brightly illustrated and funny rhyming story is great for reading aloud. Yo-ho-ho along with these pirates who so love underpants. Will they find the glittering pants of gold?

A Rhyme or Two

Sail, Sail, Sail Your Ship

Sail, sail, sail your ship
Gently over the sea
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
A pirate’s life for me.

pirateparrotJolly Roger had a Parrot

Jolly Roger had a parrot
And Polly was her name – Ho!
And Polly was her name – Ho!


Did You Know?

It is national Talk Like a Pirate Day on the 19th September each year. It is promoted as a fun day that involves people talking (and dressing up) like pirates. Popular pirate talk includes “Yo-ho-ho”, “Shiver me timbers”, “Arrrrrrgh!”, “Treasure ahoy!” and “Ahoy me hearties!” What is your favourite pirate talk?

Pirate Craft

Make a pirate hat and parrot.

You will need:

  • Card
  • A hat template
  • Feathers
  • A picture of a parrot
  • Popstick
  • Tape
  • Black dot stickers

Storytime pirate craft




For the pirate hat, copy or draw a pirate hat onto a piece of card. Colour and cut out. Put some black sticker dots along the base and tape some feathers to the top. Then cut a 5cm wide strip of card long enough to fit around the back of your head and tape it to the sides of your pirate hat. It is now ready to wear.

To make the parrot, copy or draw a picture of a parrot onto card. Colour, cut out and tape a popstick to the base.

And Remember

Reading for pleasure is the most important indicator of the future success of a child. Happy reading!

PS I would love to hear about your favourite pirate phrases, stories and rhymes, so please write to me and share them. Ahoy there, me hearties!